No. 4489 Thursday 29 October 1998 Vol. 129

Havel honoured for restoring Czech freedom : President Václav Havel of the Czech Republic was honoured by the University at a special ceremony in Convocation House on 22 October as the saviour of his country, who restored public confidence, and re-established freedom and justice.

Ashmolean shows Anne Desmet retrospective : The work of Anne Desmet, a graduate of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (1983–6), described as `one of the most original talents in contemporary British print-making', is set to go on a national tour of England and Wales following an exhibition now open at the Ashmolean Museum.

New May Professor of Medicine : Professor Rajesh Thakker, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Medical Research Council's Molecular Endocrinology Group, Consultant Physician, and Endocrinologist at the Imperial College School of Medicine and Hammersmith Hospital, London, has been appointed to the new May Professorship of Medicine.

Amos Oz looks at how to begin a great novel : The enduring problem faced by the novelist of how to begin a story—and how great authors have overcome this—is the subject of the series of eight lectures being given by Professor Amos Oz, the new Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Literature, at the Examination Schools.

Study looks at children's language problems : Young children who have problems with language for no apparent reason are to be the subject of a new research project at the University, supported by a £1.27m grant from the Wellcome Foundation.

Daily news service: A daily news information service—Ox News—has been set up by the External Relations Office to provide details of national and local news stories relating to the University. Details, including the headline, a brief summary, and the page references, appear on the web by 11 a.m. daily at: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/po/today. htm.

Romanes Lecture: Professor Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics, will give the annual Romanes Lecture at the Sheldonian Theatre at 5.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 November. The Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, who was awarded the prize for his work in the field of development economics, will speak on `Reason before Identity'.

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