No. 4547 Thursday 11 May 2000 Vol. 130

New e-business initiative for Saïd Business School : The University of Oxford's Saïd Business School has been chosen by Sun Microsystems Inc, the leading provider of open network computing solutions for colleges and universities, as one of six universities worldwide to host a new programme to foster and implement e-business plans developed by graduate business students.

New era for university sport : The Boat Race, Varsity Matches, and Oxford Blues are all part of a great sporting tradition at the University. Following a Review of Sport at Oxford, published in 1998, the new millennium has seen the launch of a new Oxford University Sports Federation, bringing all the University Sports Clubs under one administration, promoting sporting excellence, and ensuring that standards in university sport are maintained for future student generations.

`Let there be light' produces glorious Technicolor : Dr Andrew Parker, a researcher at the University's Department of Zoology and a Fellow of Somerville College, delivered a lecture on the Cambrian Explosion at the Royal Institution last month, as part of the Institution's `Scientists for the New Century' lecture series, sponsored by The Times and Novartis.

Clinical trials show low-dose aspirin reduces post-operative complications : The University's Clinical Trials Service Unit (CTSU) has contributed to a major international study which demonstrates that daily low-dose aspirin significantly reduces the risk of life-threatening blood clots in patients recovering from surgery.

Public opinion can make a difference, says Lord Melchett : Lord Melchett, environmental campaigner and Director of Greenpeace UK since 1989, gave a lecture `Campaigning for Environmental Solutions', as part of the Linacre series `Consciousness of Connections: global environments in the new millennium' on 9 March.

Award for Professor Peter Sleight: The Galen Medal in Therapeutics, which is presented annually by The Society of Apothecaries and is its most prestigious award, has been awarded to Professor Peter Sleight, Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College, for his work on Cardiovascular Physiology and its application together with the use of beta-blockers and Streptokinase in the treatment of cardiac infarction.

Award for Sir Roger Penrose: Sir Roger Penrose, FRS, Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, has been appointed as a member of the Order of Merit by Her Majesty The Queen. The Order of Merit was founded in 1902 by King Edward VII as a special mark of honour conferred by The Sovereign on individuals of exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas.

Award for Dr Peter B. Sullivan: Dr Peter B. Sullivan, University Lecturer in Paediatrics and Fellow of Magdalen College, has been appointed as the first David Baum Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The fellowship was established in memory of the late president of the college. The fellow is responsible for directing and co-ordinating the international activities of the college with emphasis on support for the education of doctors in the delivery of care to disadvantaged children in developing countries.

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