No. 4535 Thursday 20 January 2000 Vol. 130

Oxford success in JREI awards : Ten university research groups have won a total of £1.1 million in government funding under the 1999 Joint Research Equipment Initiative (JREI) from more than 230 successful bids nationwide.

University poses a question of sport : The role which scientific advances play in a range of sporting endeavours is the theme of the fourth Oxfordshire Science Writing competition, marking the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Graef punctures `the illusion of information' : Our everyday lives are saturated by information from television, radio, newspapers, and now the Internet. Yet in many ways we seem more confused and less well-informed about the world around us, and the issues which affect our lives.

New Professor of Economic History : Dr Avner Offer, Fellow of Nuffield College and Reader in recent Social Economic History, has been appointed to the Chichele Professorship of Economic History.

Oxford awarded major EU grant : A group of researchers at the University's School of Geography has been awarded a major European Union grant for 800,000 écus (£500,000), for the study of the competitive performance of small and medium enterprises in labour intensive industries located in peripheral regions of Europe.

Chancellor opens debt exhibition : The Rt Hon Gordon Brown, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has opened an exhibition entitled `In the Red—A History of Debt 2000 BC–2000 AD' at the Ashmolean Museum.

Dyslexia linked to `wobbly eye' : Some dyslexic children could have a better chance of learning to read if they use just one eye, according to a paper by Professor John Stein, Professor of Physiology and Fellow of Magdalen College.

Refugee Studies change: The Refugee Studies Programme has been renamed the Refugee Studies Centre, with effect from the start of the Hilary Term. Since it was established in 1982, the Programme has won an international reputation as one of the world's leading multi-disciplinary centres for research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration. The Centre continues to be part of the University's International Development Studies department.

Faraday Medal award: Professor Mike Brady, Professor of Information Engineering and Fellow of Keble College, has been awarded the Faraday Medal by the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The Faraday Medal is the highest award which can be conferred by the Institution.

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