No. 4532 Thursday 9 December 1999 Vol. 130

Prime Minister delivers the Romanes Lecture : The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, MP, Prime Minister, delivered the last Romanes Lecture of the century in the Sheldonian Theatre on 2 December, entitled `The Learning Habit'.

JIF bid success for Oxford research : The University has been successful in three solo bids and one joint bid in the second round of the Joint Infrastructure Fund (JIF), announced on 7 December.

University wins five Leverhulme Fellowships : University academics have won five out of a total of 21 Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships being awarded for the academic year 2000–1.

Murdoch offers a vision of the future : Mr Rupert Murdoch shared his vision of the role of new technologies in the coming millennium, in a lecture delivered in the Sheldonian on 1 December.

New Rector of Lincoln College appointed : Professor Paul Langford, FBA, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, has been appointed to the Rectorship of Lincoln College.

Professor Sir John Krebs: Professor Sir John Krebs, Royal Society Research Professor at the University's Department of Zoology and Fellow of Pembroke College, has been appointed as first head of the new Food Standards Agency (FSA), which will come into being on 1 April 2000. Sir John was the head of the Natural environment Research Council until September.

Dr Martin Westwell: Dr Martin Westwell, Fellow in Biochemistry at Lincoln College, was the winning speaker in the `Scientists for the New Century' lecture series, held at the Royal Institution in London throughout this year and sponsored by The Times and Novartis. Dr Westwell spoke about the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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