No. 4491 Thursday 12 November 1998 Vol. 129

Oxford's `green' credentials praised by Hague : Conservative Party leader, the Rt. Hon. William Hague, praised the University as a `world leader in environmental science' whose policies and personnel help shape the global green agenda.

Diana Rigg to be new Theatre Professor : Dame Diana Rigg, CBE, has been appointed as the new Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre.

Lawyers boost Italian connections : A new four-year BA and Italian Law course is to be mounted by the Universities of Oxford and Siena following an academic co-operation agreement signed between Siena and the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law, formerly the Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law.

New Chair for welfare economics expert : Professor Kevin Roberts, Professor of Economics at the LSE, is to be the first Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics.

Seminars on governance : Venues for the series of seminars on certain aspects of the Report of the Working Party on Governance have now been arranged.

Chromosomes used to identify President's `heirs' : Scientists at Oxford University have used DNA analysis to help solve the 200-year-old enigma by discovering that Thomas Jefferson, one of America's founding fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence, did indeed have a child with Sally Hemings—his slave and, according to some, long-time mistress.

Oxford historian probes Cambridge family's past : An Oxford historian has been given unrestricted access to the archives in London, Paris, and Moscow of the Rothschild family—which once thought Oxford too orthodox for a teaching protestant family to be associated with.

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