No. 4533 Thursday 16 December 1999 Vol. 130

University lecturer to deliver BBC Christmas lectures : The Royal Institution's annual Christmas Lectures, televised by the BBC, will this year be given by Dr Neil Johnson, Fellow and Tutor at Lincoln College and University Lecturer in Physics.

ICRF announces major funding initiative : The Imperial Cancer Research Fund this week announced plans to expand its research in Oxford and take advantage of Oxford's outstanding record in cancer research.

Wolfson appoints new President : The next President of Wolfson College is to be Professor Sir Gareth Roberts, FRS, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

New Head of Physical Chemistry announced : Professor Jacob Klein, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, has been appointed as the new Head of Physical Chemistry at the University of Oxford from October 2000.

Extra Terrestrials exist, says Savilian Professor : Professor Joseph Silk, the newly appointed Savilian Professor of Astronomy, presented his inaugural lecture, `The Infinite Universe', on 29 November at the Examination Schools.

Beetles meet Bach : The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), one of the world's leading early instrument groups, staged a lunchtime prom concert to launch a unique collaboration with the University Museum on Friday, 10 December.

GlycoSciences celebrate 11 years : Oxford GlycoSciences (OGS), the University spin-out company founded in 1988, celebrated its eleventh anniversary on 2 December, with an event attended by the company's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and board members, together with senior members of the University.

Dr Niall Ferguson: Dr Niall Ferguson, Fellow in Modern History at Jesus College has been awarded the Wadsworth Prize for Business History for 1998 for his book The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild. The prize is presented annually by the Business Archives Council. Dr Ferguson's book was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award.

University Club: The University is planning the renovation of the Oxford University Club, a social and recreational venue for University academics, staff, and alumni. The Management Committee of the Club has drafted a needs assessment survey to gauge the priorities of the Club's eligible membership in an effort to design the renovated facility to cater to these needs. A survey questionnaire can be found at aisuwww2.offices.ox.ac.uk/club/

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