No. 4541 Thursday 2 March 2000 Vol. 130

Astrophysics explores final frontier : A university astrophysicist has received funding of £433,134 from the Leverhulme Trust to establish an Institute for Particle Astrophysics (IPA), dedicated to a focused interdisciplinary effort to resolve the questions posed by the presence of `dark matter' in space.

University professor nominated as Royal Society president : Sir Robert May, Fellow of Merton College and Royal Society Research Professor at the Department of Zoology, has been nominated by the Council of the Royal Society for the office of President.

Genetic engineering offers environmental benefits : Researchers at the University's Department of Chemistry are conducting research into genetically engineered bacteria that could cleanse dangerous chemicals from the environment.

Research into treatment for sleep disorders : A systematic review of treatment for children with sleep disorders has been carried out by researchers at the University's Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Sheldonian stages world première : The Sheldonian Theatre was the setting for a world première of Around the Curve of the World, a new work commissioned by the Canterbury Association 2000 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Canterbury Province of New Zealand and its principal city of Christchurch, by men and women from Christ Church, Oxford.

New Professor of General Linguistics : Dr Stephen Pulman (BA London, MA, Ph.D. Essex), Reader in Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, has been appointed as Professor of General Linguistics.

India conference: The Golden Jubilee of the Republic of India has been commemorated at the University, with a two-part international conference over the last two months, entitled `India-50'. Proceedings were convened by Indian Rhodes scholar Mr Vasan S. Seshadri and hosted by the Warden of Rhodes House, Dr John Rowett. The conference was addressed by Sir David Gore-Booth, Former British High Commissioner to India, His Excellency Mr H.S. Puri, (Acting) High Commissioner of India to UK, Lord Megnad Desai, Professor, London School of Economics, and His Excellency Mr Ma Zhengang, Chinese Ambassador to the UK.

Music honour: Mr Graham Pye has been nominated for an Honorary MA for his commitment to the musical life of the University and the City of Oxford, particularly through his foundation of the new charitable trust Music at Oxford.

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