No. 4545 Thursday 27 April 2000 Vol. 130

University wins BT award for pioneering telemedicine initiative : Pregnant women will soon be able to monitor the health of their unborn child at home, find out the latest pregnancy and childcare information, and receive career and education advice on a TV or computer screen, thanks to a pilot online project undertaken by the University.

University seminar on data protection : A data Protection Seminar, outlining the implications of the new 1998 Data Protection Act which came into force on 1 March 2000, was held on 11 April at the University Museum.

Oxford builds up the health technology of the future : The University has been awarded two grants under the Joint Infrastructure Fund (JIF) initiative for a new Trials and Epidemiology building and an Oxford Centre for Gene Function.

University scientist links genes and genealogy : Professor Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics and Fellow of Wolfson College, has published the first paper to link genes and surnames in the April issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Oxford galleries commemorate Ruskin : The University is commemorating the centenary of the artist and critic John Ruskin with two unique exhibitions, one in Christ Church Picture Gallery and the other in the University Museum.

New Professor of Jurisprudence : Dr John Gardner, BCL, MA, D.Phil., Reader in Legal Philosophy at King's College, London, and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, has been appointed to the Professorship of Jurisprudence.

Award for Duke Humfrey: The refurbishment works carried out in the Duke Humfrey's Library last academic year have won an Award of Excellence in the National Lighting Design Awards 2000 from the Lighting Industry Federation.

Technology Centre Open Day: The Invensys University Technology Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (UTC) at the University's Department of Engineering Science has held its first Open Day. Mr Allen Yurko, Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc, presented a plaque to the Director of the UTC, Professor David Clarke, FRS, F.R.Eng., Professor of Control Engineering and Fellow of New College, and announced that the research undertaken by the UTC will enable the development of a new generation of Intelligent Automation sensor products and services by Invensys. Commercial plans are being finalised.

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