OXFORD UNIVERSITY
GAZETTE

No. 4493 Thursday 26 November 1998 Vol. 129

Two new firms `spin-out' of University : Two new `spin-off' companies—one based on a new class of medical drugs and the other a new form of computer hardware—are being launched this week.

Malchair's art and music on show : The life and work of artist and musician John Malchair, who captured eighteenth-century life in Oxford in his art, is celebrated at an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum.

War Poets' site wins University Web award : The University is marking the use of new technology to enhance teaching and learning with awards for the best design and innovation at a ceremony next week.

Drug companies `do care' about ethical issues : A robust defence of the ethical stance taken by the pharmaceutical industry in the face of increasing public pressure was mounted by Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of Glaxo Wellcome PLC, in the annual Radcliffe Lecture, hosted by Green College on 3 November.

OUP backs arts access programmes : Oxford University Press has entered into a three-year partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to enable more people to learn about the Museum's exhibitions and about twentieth-century art.

Engineering awards: Professor John Allen, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Science and Fellow of University College, has been awarded the Institution of Electrical Engineers Achievement Medal for Science, Education, and Technology. Dr Manus Henry received the Younger Engineers award, and Dr Basil Kouvaritakis was jointly awarded the prize for best paper.

Faraday Award for Professor Greenfield: Professor Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology, has won the Royal Society Michael Faraday Award for the Public Understanding of Science. She is soon to become the first woman Director of the Royal Institution, but will retain an academic link with the University.

Material success: Professor John Hunt, Professor of Materials Science and Fellow of St Edmund Hall, and his team have created the world's first computer programme to predict the structure of metal alloys at a microscopic scale as a molten mixtures cool. The programme has already been supplied to fifty users in thirteen countries.

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