No. 4492 Thursday 19 November 1998 Vol. 129

New companies move into Oxford Science Park : Links between the University and Oxford Science Park, the 75-acre development area dedicated to scientific research and business activities near Sandford-on-Thames, have been boosted with the completion of a new building named in honour of Howard Florey, the Nobel Prize-winning Oxford pathologist.

Florey centenary sparks Oxford celebrations : The centenary of the birth of Lord Florey, Nobel Prize winner for his role in the discovery of penicillin, has been celebrated with a series of world-wide events throughout 1998.

£2 million for Argentine Studies : A new £2 million programme for Argentine Studies is being established as part of the Latin American Centre, based at St Antony's College.

Chair for number theorist : Dr David Heath-Brown, currently Reader in Pure Mathematics and Fellow of Magdalen College, has been elected to a new Chair of Pure Mathematics, succeeding Professor Bryan Birch, holder of a personal Chair in Arithmetic.

Robot sheepdog herds animals with `less stress' : A robot sheepdog nicknamed `Rover'—resembling a hatbox on wheels—has been developed by researchers at the University to control the behaviour of animals.

Sir Walter Bodmer: Sir Walter Bodmer, F.R.C.Path., F.R.S., Principal of Hertford College, has been appointed as Chairman of the National Radiological Protection Board, an independent statutory body which conducts research and provides advice on issues including the effects and risks of radiation, monitoring radon in homes, and the environmental impact of nuclear discharges.

Oxford Academic Scheme: Participants in the Oxford Academic Travel Scheme (OATS) will now be eligible to apply for small travel grants to cover any additional travel and accommodation costs. OATS, set up in 1991 by the External Relations Office to help link University academics with overseas alumni and friends' groups, is being re-launched this term in response to the growing number of invitations from overseas groups. For further information, please contact Ms Wendy Fuggles on (2)78113, and see in `Notices' in this Gazette.

Oxford Transport Strategy exhibition: Oxford Transport Strategy proposals are featured at an exhibition in Linacre College from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. today (Friday, 20 November) and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, 21 November). It includes the proposed traffic calming scheme and the Science Area cycle route. Information leaflets will be available at the exhibition and from County Hall until 11 December.

Chemistry award: Professor William Richards, Chairman of the Chemistry Faculty and scientific founder of Oxford Molecular Plc, has been awarded the 1998 Royal Society Mullard Award in recognition of his work on the development of the methods of computer-aided molecular design, their application and exploitation.

French awards: Three Oxford academics have been honoured for services to French culture. Professor Robert Fox, Professor of the History of Science and Fellow of Linacre College, Dr David Goldey, Fellow of Lincoln College, and Dr Robert Gildea, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Merton College, were admitted Chevaliers in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques at the French Embassy in London.

Alumni Travel Programme: The new Oxford University Alumni Travel Programme for 1999 includes India, China and Australia among its new destinations. Oxford academics will be among the guest lecturers accompanying the travellers. Further details from the Alumni Office (78184).

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