No. 4534 Thursday 13 January 2000 Vol. 130

Oxford's research income totals £179m : Research income from external sponsors reached more than £120 million last year, a rise of 5.3 per cent on the £114m total for the year 1997–8.

Members sought for new Council of the University : Nominations are currently being sought for membership of the new Council of the University.

Cézanne stolen from Ashmolean : Early on New Year's Day, thieves stole an oil-on-canvas painting by Paul Cézanne, Auvers-sur-Oise, from the Ashmolean Museum.

University figures recognised in New Year Honours list : Her Majesty's New Year Honours, announced on 1 January, included awards recognising academic and research excellence by Oxford figures, as well as awards for long-serving members of college staff.

`Virtual' Heart becomes reality in Millennium Dome : A `virtual heart' created by an international team of scientists at the University is among the exhibits displayed in the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, as part of a `futuristic' attraction which points the way towards the health care techniques of the future.

Spotlight on prostate cancer : A university biochemist has won funding from a new appeal to conduct research into prostate cancer, the second most common cancer to affect men.

Zoological Society appointment: Professor Paul Harvey, FRS, Head of the Zoology Department, has been appointed Secretary of the Zoological Society in London. Constitutionally, he becomes Chief Executive of the Society with responsibilities including London Zoo, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, the Institute of Zoology, the Zoological Society Library, and the Awards Committee. Previous Secretaries include Lord Zuckerman and Sir Julian Huxley.

Public relations review: International Public Relations Ltd, has been appointed as the University's external public relations advisers, initially to carry out a strategic review of communications, which begins this month. IPR, which is headed by Lord Chadlington, will be working closely with the University's Public Relations Office and reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar.

Roger Graef lectures: The acclaimed documentary filmmaker Mr Roger Graef, News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media, will give the first of three lectures and one workshop in his series The Illusion of Information next week. His first lecture, Brave New World: Public service broadcasting in the 21st century, is at 6 p.m. on Monday, 17 January in the Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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