No. 4549 Thursday 25 May 2000 Vol. 130

Government funding to benefit University's priceless collections : The University's museums and galleries are set to benefit from Government funding, following an announcement by the Culture Secretary Mr Chris Smith last week.

Venturefest 2000 to showcase Oxford business : The competition between Oxford and Cambridge to be recognised as the UK equivalent to Silicon Valley has hotted up with the announcement that Oxford is to repeat last year's highly successful Venturefest fair.

University biologist leads rescue effort for Kalahari lions : A university biologist is leading a conservation project to save a rapidly dwindling population of lions on the edge of the Kalahari desert in northern Botswana.

Chemistry group wins leading industrial award : A university chemistry research group has received one of 14 awards offered through the new Foresight LINK awards.

Study offers new hope for breast cancer sufferers : A study carried out by the University's Clinical Trials Service Unit (CTSU), published in The Lancet this month, shows that better use of breast cancer treatments has already reduced UK and US breast cancer death rates by at least one quarter in youth and middle age.

OUP USA appointment: Ms Laura Brown has been appointed President of Oxford University Press USA following the retirement of Mr Edward Barry. Ms Brown has worked for OUP USA for 20 years and has been responsible for a huge expansion of the trade publishing programme.

Business liaison unit: The University's new Business Liaison Unit has joined the Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce in a bid to help local firms. The Unit will act as a first point of contact between the University and regional business.

Young journalist award: Ms Laura Barton, an English student at Worcester College, has been awarded the Catherine Pakenham Award for young women journalists, which was established in 1970 in memory of the daughter of Lord and Lady Longford, who died in a car crash at the age of 23 whilst writing for The Telegraph Magazine. Ms Barton was presented with £1,000 and a commission to write for the Daily or Sunday Telegraph.

Glass exhibition: `The Glass of 4 Millennia' is a new Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum which will run from 18 May to 9 July 2000. The exhibition explores the history of glass from 1500 bc to the works of present day engravers. The exhibition is accompanied by a Study Day `Reflections on Glass' on 24 June, Tel: (2)78015 for details.

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