No. 4451 Thursday 23 October 1997 Vol. 128

Anthropologist heads £3.8m programme : An Oxford anthropologist is to head a new £3.8 million research programme on Transnational Communities, investigating the impact migrant ethnic communities and their networks have on the world, including global labour and commodity markets, culture, and social and political processes.

Chemistry Nobel prize won by Oxford graduate : This year's Nobel prize for Chemistry has been awarded to Dr John Walker, who is currently a senior scientist at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

Portrait prints at the Ashmolean : A selection of portrait prints from the collection of The Revd F. W. Hope (1797-1862), described as one of the most important collections of its kind in the country, is on display at the Ashmolean Museum.

HRT study pinpoints breast cancer link : The most comprehensive review of existing research on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and breast cancer shows that the risk of breast cancer is slightly increased in women on HRT.

New head for research services : Dr Roger Pritchett has recently been appointed Manager of the Research and Commercial Services Office in the University Offices.

First students set to study via the Internet : The Department for Continuing Education is set to recruit a dozen students who will enrol at the University without actually coming to Oxford.

New centre for water research : The School of Geography, the University's Environmental Change Unit, and St Peter's College are working together to develop a centre with a new approach to water research.

Skateboard aid: At a meeting of the committee for the Oxford Wheels Project (OWP) last week, Mr Ted Roberts, the University Marshal, and Mr Roger Hobby, the Administrator of the Ashmolean Museum, presented cheques totalling £3,250 to support much needed facilities for skateboarders in the Oxford area.

Oxford–Bonn link: As part of the Oxford– Bonn 50th anniversary celebrations this year, more than a hundred Oxonians and friends attended a reception hosted by the University of Bonn. Bonn Vice-Rector, Professor Willi Hirdt spoke of the growing close ties between the two universities. The event followed the May visits to Oxford by Bonn University and civic groups.

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