No. 4543 Thursday 16 March 2000 Vol. 130

OED goes online for the e-generation : The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online was launched on the World-Wide Web on 14 March.

Oxford students take up robot challenge for National Science week : Engineering students from the University took part in the first robotics Olympics staged by the BBC in the shadow of the Millennium Dome earlier this month.

Genomics offer hope for a Meningitis B vaccine : Researchers at the iUniversity's Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) have participated in an international collaboration to determine the complete genome sequence for Neisseria meningitidis, the bacterium primarily responsible for meningococcal disease.

Oxford South Africa Awards : A programme which aims to strengthen the management, teaching, and research skills of mid-level academic staff in South Africa's Higher Education sector has been run for the second successive year.

St John's College appoints new President : Sir Michael Scholar, currently Permanent Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry, has been pre-elected as the next President of St John's College.

Honours for OUP (USA) President : Mr Edward Barry (BA Connecticut), President of OUP (USA), has been nominated by special resolution for the Degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa.

Another spin-out: The University has announced the launch of another spin-out company, ThirdPhase Ltd., which is developing data acquisition technology to enable pharmaceutical companies to guide their products through the lengthy clinical process faster and more cheaply. ThirdPhase was set up by Dr Mark Holt and Dr Tim Corbett-Clark, former research students at the Department of Engineering Science, Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mr Neil Flint, who will be Managing Director of the company. It will utilise emergent technologies based around the Internet to fast-track the process of clinical trial reporting.

Women's rugby: The University's Women's Rugby Blues team won a 52–0 victory against Cambridge in their Varsity Match on Saturday, 11 March. Their success follows the triple victories gained by the men's teams earlier in the season, when the men's Blues team won their Varsity Match 16–13, scoring the final try in the last four minutes. The under-21s also won their Twickenham match, and the Oxford Greyhounds notched up their third successive victory against the Light Blues in a match held at the University's Iffley Road Sports Complex.

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