No. 4458 Thursday 11 December 1997 Vol. 128

New awards unveiled for overseas students : A raft of new overseas scholarships schemes is being established to start next year (October 1998) with University co-funding, specifically aimed at supporting students admitted from the University's current priority regions of Africa, China, and South America.

Boost for AIDS research with African children : An Oxford academic has received a grant, worth $650,000 (c.£392,300) over five years, to continue her work with colleagues in Kenya and the Gambia investigating immunity to HIV among African children.

French Studies Professor appointed : Professor Alain Viala, Professor of French Literature at the Sorbonne, Paris, has taken up a chair in French Studies for five years, with a Fellowship of Wadham College.

New grant brings meningitis vaccine closer : University scientists hope that new clinical trials will help identify a vaccine against meningitis within the next two years.

`Lost' Donizetti opera scored by Music Faculty : An opera by the nineteenth-century Italian composer, Donizetti, resurrected by Professor Roger Parker and four undergraduates from the Music Faculty, will be performed this month by the Royal Opera House.

Archaeologists trace early Britons in Brittany : Recent excavation work by University archaeologists has unearthed evidence of the early history of Brittany—including its strong cross-channel links with Britain.

Meritorious Oxonians: Lord Denning (Magdalen, 1916), who became perhaps Britain's most famous judge, and Sir Norman Foster (D.Litt., Oxon.) world-renowned architect, have been appointed to the Order of Merit.

Grant for Ashmolean: The Ashmolean Museum has received £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to buy an Italian Renaissance bronze bowl, which commemorates a marriage involving two prominent Milanese families in 1580. The Lottery money covered half the cost, with grants also coming from other bodies.

Heart research award: The British Heart Foundation has awarded £95,000 for research into the genetics of an often fatal heart condition, known as dilated cardiomyopathy, led by Dr Joanna Poulton, University Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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