No. 4497 Thursday 14 January 1999 Vol. 129

New diabetes centre will `care and cure' : Efforts to find cures for diabetes and other hormone-related diseases received a boost this week with the launch of a new £10 million international centre of excellence in Oxford.

New Year's Honours for six tied to Oxford : Three knighthoods were among the awards for those with Oxford connections given in this year's New Year's Honours List.

Preserving the performing arts : The future development and survival of the performing arts was cause for concern for some of the leading lights in the world of theatre and art at the final lecture by Thelma Holt, Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for 1998.

Tools dug up may belong to early Britons : Twenty-seven stone tools uncovered at a fossil site near Stanton Harcourt during excavations conducted by two Oxford researchers demonstrate the presence of humans in the area during a warm interglacial period some 200,000 years ago.

New Press Office head : Ms Helen Carasso has joined the University's External Relations Office as the new Head of Press and Public Relations, following three years as Public Relations Officer at the University of Brighton.

Green College Lectures: Dr James Watson, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his role in discovering the structure of DNA, will give the first of the Green College Lecture Series on genes this month. His lecture, entitled `From the Double Helix to the Human Genome Project', takes place on 18 January at the Witts Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Infirmary at 6 p.m.

Clarendon Laboratory award: Scientists from Oxford's Clarendon Laboratory, the Royal Institution, and Yokohama University, received the £12,500 Daiwa-Adrian Prize for their joint work on organic molecular ferromagnets and superconductors. Dr Stephen Blundell, Dr Christopher Hayes, and Dr John Singleton from the Clarendon Laboratory collected the award on 9 December.

Sunday opening for Museum: The University Museum of Natural History will open on Sunday afternoons, starting on 31 January. Professor Keith Thomson, who became Director of the Museum in July 1998, said: `Sundays are the prime time for families to visit a museum, and we very much want to make the Museum a special resource for families and friends in the community, and indeed the whole region.' From the end of the month the Museum will be open daily from 12 noon to 5 p.m., except for holidays.

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