No. 4548 Thursday 18 May 2000 Vol. 130

Oxford tests solar technologies in race against climate change : The University's Environmental Change Institute (ECI), in association with Solar Century, launched the UK's first performance test for the world's leading solar photovoltaic technologies on Thursday, 11 May—the same day that the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution called for a tripling of the target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, from 20 per cent to 60 per cent of 1990 levels, and the day after BP Amoco agreed to consider massive increases in renewable energy investment in response to shareholder pressure.

New Royal Society Fellows elected : Three Oxford academics were amongst 42 new Fellows of the Royal Society elected on Friday, 11 May, whilst a visiting Professor at the University was also honoured with Foreign Membership.

Oxford pitches for success : A-level students from across the country found out more about studying at Oxford and Cambridge at special recruitment conferences held at two of the country's major football venues this month.

Oxford poet wins NESTA award : Mr Tom Paulin, G M Young Lecturer in English and Fellow of Hertford College, has been awarded £75,000 by the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) in the biggest act of state patronage for poetry since the reign of Elizabeth I.

Newsnight host reveals how to survive spin : The second Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture, entitled `Surviving Spin', was delivered by Mr Jeremy Paxman at the Examination Schools on Friday, 5 May.

University researcher goes back to basics : A university researcher has participated in a science challenge programme, Rough Science, which will be screened in four instalments on BBC 2 from 26 May.

Oxford economist directs auction marathon : The work of a university economist has helped the British government raise £22½ billion (enough to buy 400 new hospitals for the NHS) for mobile phone licences, following a complex auction marathon, which lasted nearly eight weeks and 150 rounds of bids, until only five of the original 13 contenders were left to be declared the winners.

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