No. 4551 Thursday 8 June 2000 Vol. 130

Funding awarded for University's world-leading tropical medicine research : The university's Centre for Tropical Medicine (CTM) has been awarded over £800,000 by the Wellcome Trust to continue its administrative co-ordination and facilitation of the research and training carried out by the Oxford Tropical Network (OTN) over the next five years.

Four leading artists take up Oxford residencies : The university has received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Southern Arts Board for four visual arts projects which form part of the millennium celebrations for Year of the Artist (YoA).

Michael Beloff lectures on the art of advocacy : The Honourable Michael Beloff, QC, President of Trinity College, gave the annual lecture (now associated with Trinity) in memory of barrister Margaret Howard, entitled `Advocacy as Art', on Thursday, 18 May.

Conclusive proof that Neanderthals were carnivorous : University archaeologists have led an international research team involving Washington University, Northern Illinois University, the Croatian Academy of Sciences, and the University of Zagreb, to solve the hotly-debated question of how carnivorous Neanderthals were.

New Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering : Dr Zhanfeng Cui, MA, M.Sc., Ph.D., Fellow of Keble College and Reader in Engineering Science at the University, has been appointed to the Donald Pollock Professorship of Chemical Engineering with effect from 1 October 2000.

Professor Christopher Leaver: Professor Christopher Leaver, FRS, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences and Fellow of St John's College, has been appointed as a member of the Council of Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council until 2003.

Dr Michael Freeman: Dr Michael Freeman, Supernumerary Fellow in Human Geography at Mansfield College, has won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award 1999 for his work Railways and the Victorian Imagination (Yale, 1999). The prize was presented in Leeds on 18 May. Previous winners include Simon Armitage—All Points North (1998) and Juliet Barker—The Brontës (1994).

Professor James Woodhouse: Professor James Woodhouse, Fiat–Serena Professor of Italian and Fellow of Magdalen College, has been awarded the D'Annunzio literary prize for his critical biography Gabriele D'Annunzio: Defiant Archangel. This is the first time that the prize has been awarded to a non-Italian academic.

Dr Jeffrey Aronson: Dr Jeffrey Aronson, of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, has been appointed to the Medicines Commission, which was established under the Medicines Act of 1968 to advise Ministers, and is one of the Government's main sources of independent advice on medicinal products.

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