No. 4552 Thursday 15 June 2000 Vol. 130

University academic identifies ancient princesses : Dr Stephanie Dalley, Shillito Research Fellow in Assyriology at the Oriental Institute and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, has identified two royal skeletons as part of a project to reassess the achievements of the Assyrian king Sennacherib.

Chelsea medal triumph for Botanic Garden : The University Botanic Garden has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Science and Education section of the Chelsea Flower Show.

University student wins first Science Graduate of the Year award : A final-year D.Phil. student ifrom the University's Centre for Molecular Sciences has been awarded the first ever Science Graduate of the Year Award, sponsored by L'Oreal and the Royal Institution.

New Professor of Law : Professor Ewan Mckendrick, MA, BCL (LLB Edinburgh), Professor of English Law at University College, London, has been appointed to a Professorship of Law, created following a reorganisation of the faculty's senior posts.

Lecture honours the anthropology of women : Dr Sandy Toussaint's lecture on `Interpreting Cultural Narratives: Ethnography, Biography and the Paradox of Memory', was the eighteenth in a series sponsored by the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, Queen Elizabeth House, to honour pioneers in the anthropology of women.

Dinosaur and dodo collection unveiled : The official opening of the new permanent exhibition in the Main Court of the Museum of Natural History took place on Friday, 2 June, attended by the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar, and Museum and university staff.

The Oxford Declaration on Landscape : A group of European leaders in environmental policy and protection met for the Oxford University Conference on Cultural Landscapes last month to formulate a historic document.

Christ Church Picture Gallery: From the beginning of June, entrance to Christ Church Picture Gallery will be free every Monday throughout the year. This new initiative has been planned to expand access to the Christ Church collections. Normal opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10.30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4.30 p.m., Sundays 2–4.30 p.m., but the gallery is currently remaining open until 5.30 p.m. every day until the end of September.

HEFCE appointment: Dr Geoffrey Thomas, Head of the Continuing Education Department and President of Kellogg College, has been appointed to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The appointment was announced by Tom Middlehurst, Assembly Secretary for post-16 Education and Training, on 7 June.

Professor Gordon Clark: Professor Gordon Clark, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and Fellow of St Peter's College, has been appointed to a newly established panel of academic experts by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF). The panel will provide the NAPF with added expertise to help frame its own proposals and analyse those that emerge from government and elsewhere.

Professor Vernon Reynolds: Professor Vernon Reynolds, Professor of Biological Anthropology and Fellow of Magdalen College, has been awarded the President's Award of the American Society of Primatologists in honour of his work founding and serving as Director of the Budongo Forest Project, Uganda. The President's Award is given to individuals or organisations that have made unique and exceptional contributions to primatology.

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