No. 4449 Thursday 9 October 1997 Vol. 128

New Vice-Chancellor : Dr Colin Lucas, Master of Balliol College, was admitted as the new Vice-Chancellor for 1997–2001 at a meeting of Congregation in Convocation House on Tuesday (7 October).

Fund-raising buoyant as eleven more join Chancellor's Court : A varied portfolio of new chairs, new opportunities for students, and new building projects, have been effectively pursued by the University since the end of the Campaign in 1994, the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors was told at its annual meeting on 1 October.

Ashmolean Sunken Court opens : The £1.25 million Sunken Court development, which expands and improves the display of the Ashmolean Museum's collections of Antiquities and Eastern Art, is now complete.

New Computing Professor comes from Australia : Richard Brent, currently Professor of Computing Sciences in the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University, has been appointed to the Professorship of Computing Science from 1 March 1998.

Oxford sending spectrometer to Saturn : Equipment specially designed and built by a university team in the Department of Astrophysics is about to be launched on a three-billion-kilometre, seven-year journey, to Saturn.

Potatoes set to yield more starch : Research by Professor Christopher Leaver, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science, and Dr Steven Hill, University lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences, has provided an important insight into ways of increasing the starch content of crops like potato, rice, and maize.

Christ Church exhibition: The enduring appeal of Rome for artists from across Italy and Northern Europe is explored in The Lure of Rome exhibition of Old Master Drawings at Christ Church Picture Gallery until 10 December. Works reflect the study of antiquity, the prospect of patronage, and the attractions of the climate and the nearby countryside.

Awards: John Hammersley, FRS, Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, has been awarded the London Mathematical Society (LMS) Polya Prize for `his contributions to the development and the application of probability theory'. Dominic Joyce, a Fellow of Lincoln, has been awarded the LMS Junior Whitehead Prize for `his construction of a number of very elegant examples in differential geometry'.

Fulbright awards: Six Oxford graduates have won Fulbright Awards to further their studies in the US. They are Asif Husain-Naviatti and Anna Jolles (Christ Church), Felix Martin (Balliol), David Pinto-Duschinsky and Jack Thurston (Pembroke), and Richard Sanders (Merton).

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