No. 4502 Thursday 18 February 1999 Vol. 129

Rothermere adds more support for American Institute : The funding needed to complete the building of the University's American Institute is now in place, following a further pledge of £1½ million from the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT).

Philosophy don elected to chair General Board : Dr Ralph Walker, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Magdalen College, has been elected as Chairman of the General Board, for the important transitional year of 1999–2000.

Oxford graduates in gastronomic display : Two Oxford alumni acknowledged for their role in the evolution of modern British cookery and the resurgent interest in food and drink are among 30 subjects featured in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Revised laws for Falklands : The laws governing life for the 3,000 inhabitants of the 12,000 sq km Falkland Islands have been rewritten by a team led by an Oxford don.

`Green' Professor appointed : Undergraduate courses on the general principles of sustainability, renewable energy, life-cycle assessment and fuel cells are being given at the University this term, thanks to an award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Ornithologist warns curlews may be extinct : An Oxford ornithologist ihas warned that a rare species of curlew is in grave danger of becoming the first European bird to become extinct since the demise of the great auk more than 150 years ago.

Meningitis update : Following the death of a first year student at Oxford Brookes University on Saturday from meningococcal disease, Oxford University is in close contact with the local Public Health Physician, Dr Dick Mayon-White, to ensure that we take all appropriate preventative measures.

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