No. 4554 Friday 30 June 2000 Vol. 130

Oxford poised to carry forward Human Genome Project : The university officially opened its new Henry Wellcome Building of Genomic Medicine on Tuesday, 20 June, at the end of a day of seminars and presentations by leading international researchers.

£1 million grant for ion channel research : Researchers at the University's Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry, have been awarded over £1 million by the Wellcome Trust to investigate how ion channels in cells work at an atomic level.

University opens doors for Oxfordshire's Millennium Festival : The university will be joining in the celebrations for Oxfordshire's own Millennium Festival (OOMF) this weekend from 30 June to 2 July, with colleges, museums, and gardens opening their doors to welcome people who wish to explore seldom-visited corners of Oxford.

Hertford Tutors teach-in in East London : Tutors from Hertford College headed to East London on Thursday, 22 June, to lead a teach-in for Year 10 pupils (aged 15) from fifty-five local schools.

New Master of Balliol elected : Andrew Graham has been elected as the next Master of Balliol College and will succeed Dr Colin Lucas, who has resigned from his post at the College following the extension of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor, which takes effect in 2001.

Support for Archaeology : English Heritage (EH) is to give financial support to some courses offered through Continuing Education's Professional Archaeology Programme.

OUP support for colleges: The Delegates of the Oxford University press are to continue for a further two years their scheme for making available annually a grant of £10,000 to each of the colleges for the benefit of their libraries. The proposal has been warmly welcomed by Hebdomadal Council.

Professor Malcolm Bowie: Professor Malcolm Bowie, Marshal Foch Professor of French and Director of the European Humanities Research Centre has been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Weidenfeld Prize: The Fifth Weidenfeld Translation Prize was awarded by Lord Weidenfeld at St Anne's College on 6 June 2000. The prize went to Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of Saramago's All the Names (Harvill).

Medical award: Dr Piotr Musialek, Research Fellow at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Wolfson College, has been awarded the Raftery Prize in Cardiovascular Sciences 2000 for elucidating a novel mechanism that regulates the beating rate of the heart. The award is given by the Medical Research Society in recognition of the best submission by a young investigator in cardiovascular medicine. The mechanism identified by Dr Musialek involves direct stimulation of the heart by nitric oxide.

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