No. 4530 Thursday 25 November 1999 Vol. 130

Prime Minister to lecture at Oxford : The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, MP, will give the last Romanes Lecture of this century at the Sheldonian next week---the latest distinguished public figure to be invited by the Vice-Chancellor to give the annual lecture.

New Director of Business School appointed : The Peter Moores Directorship of the Said Business School has been offered to and accepted by Professor Anthony Hopwood, American Standard Companies Professor of Operations Management at the University and a Student of Christ Church.

New status for leading environmental research centre : The Environmental Change Unit at the University of Oxford, which since 1991 has established itself as a leading research centre into climate change and environmental issues, this week celebrated its new status as an Institute.

Balzan Prize Returns to Oxford : Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus in the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, has been awarded a prestigious international prize for his work on Spanish history.

International bid to save endangered flycatchers : A university biologist is part of a multinational effort to save two rare species of bird—the Rarotonga and Tahiti flycatchers—from extinction.

Richard Branson lectures at Oxford : Mr Richard Branson became the fifth lecturer in University College's `Builders of the Millennium' series on 8 November, when he lectured on `Enterprise in the New Millennium' in the Examination Schools.

Mathematics award: Professor John Ball, Fellow of Queen's College, has been awarded the Theodore von Kàrmàn Prize for 1999 by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Professor Ball was honoured for his work on microstructure and the austenite-martensite transition.

New President for OCHJS: Mr Peter Oppenheimer has been appointed President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies from 1 April 2000. It is hoped that Mr Oppenheimer's appointment will further strengthen the academic integration of the Centre into the University signalled by the establishment of the new Oxford University Teaching and Research Unit in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, to be inaugurated in January 2000.

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