The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 148, 19 January 2005
Taking Imperial from strength to strength«
UK-Thai scientific collaboration boosted by new agreement«
Cirque du Soleil in the main entrance«
A nose job«
Frizzy hair today, gone tomorrow«
New microscope gives boost to UK nanotechnology«
Lord Sainsbury visits Imperial«
Imperial leads the way in surgical training and innovation«
New programme will train next generation of health leaders«
Tea off to good health«
Success halts trial«
The perfect Formula«
Spotlight on new R&D solutions«
Imperial students are best trainees«
Cash boost for Wye’s top new scholars«
In Brief«
Media mentions«
What’s on«

In Brief

Top honours for Imperial academics
Two Imperial academics are among distinguished figures recognised in the latest New Year honours. John Lawton, visiting professor in the department of biological sciences, is awarded a KBE, while John Burland, emeritus professor of soil mechanics, received a CBE.

Professor John Beddington FRS, environmental science and technology, has been appointed the new chair of Defra’s Science Advisory Council (SAC) taking over from Professor Roy Anderson.

New DFID Chief Scientific Adviser
Professor Gordon Conway FRS has been appointed as DFID’s Chief Scientific Advisor.

Gordon Conway is the first person appointed to this new, part-time post, which aims to promote progress towards identifying where new science and technology can contribute to poverty reduction.

Award for Imperial professor
Professor Sir Ara Darzi has received the prestigious International Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excel-lence in Dubai. Sir Ara was the winner of the minimally invasive surgical technology category for his pioneering work using robotic surgery developed as the first minimal access system to eliminate tremor in a surgeon’s hand.

Imperial volunteers best again
The Imperial volunteer centre has, for the second time, received the best practice award from HEFCE as recognition of its work with the local community. The centre nominated several of its projects, of which the Pimlico Connection and the Community Action Group (CAG) were shortlisted. The Pimlico Connection won the outstanding project award at the finalist day last month.

Small likelihood of large vCJD epidemic
Imperial researchers, led by Dr Azra Ghani, primary care and population health sciences, have claimed that there will be around 70 future cases of vCJD arising from the consumption of BSE-infected beef, by using computer modelling to run a number of different scenarios.

PolSoc events
November 2004 saw the College’s Polish Society (PolSoc) holding an Andrzejki (St Andrew’s Day) party at the Polish Hearth Club’ in Exhibition Road. If you missed out, another party is planned at the same venue next month. For more information, contact them at

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