No. 4450 Thursday 16 October 1997 Vol. 128

OUP to back libraries in every college : Oxford University Press is to give £10,000 per annum for each of the next three years directly to support every college library.

No `pot of gold' to cover if fees lost : The University can and will mount `a powerful case' to justify the continued payment of college fees at a significant level, promised Dr Peter North, in the oration which marked his retirement as Vice-Chancellor.

Genetic breakthrough on Alzheimer's disease : A team of Oxford pharmacologists have made an important discovery in the genetic predisposition to late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Malaria exhibition : Every 12 seconds someone in the world dies of malaria—even though 100 years ago, an English doctor, Ronald Ross, proved for the first time that the disease was carried by mosquitos.

Prodigy at St Hilda's : Thirteen year-old Sufiah Yusof has become the youngest student ever admitted to St Hilda's College.

Oxford team works to avoid more forest fires : An Oxford research project in Indonesia is helping to tackle one of the apparent causes of the forest fires which have recently left the region enveloped in choking fog—rapid land clearance.

Computer to help find best treatment : A new computer system, designed by Oxford GP and Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Health Care, Dr Robert Walton, who is a local General Practitioner, is being developed to help doctors prescribe the best treatments.

Honour for President Havel: Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, will receive the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma from the University, at a ceremony in Convocation House on Wednesday, 5 November. His plays, which were once banned in his own country, have been performed around the world and his writing translated into many languages. A few places may be available, please contact 270010

HEFC appointments: Marilyn Butler, Rector of Exeter College, has been appointed as one of seven new board members of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In addition, the new Chairman is Sir Michael Checkland (Wadham 1956). Professor Butler will represent the interests of both Oxbridge and the humanities on the Committee.

Media Law programme: The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, is setting up a programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy with the help of a $227,000 (c.£140,000) grant from the John T. and Mary Markle Foundation in New York. The programme, which will promote research and debate in media law, was founded by Professor Monroe E. Price.

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