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There’s an All-Women Portrait Intervention at Oxford

There is currently an all-female flashmob of portraits descending on Oxford University. The dining hall of Hertford College is replacing the all-male portrait gallery of famous men with photographs of alumnae who have distinguished themselves as philosophers, politicians, economists, athletes, and business leaders. Jennifer Schuessler at the New York Times reports... More »

Quote of the Day?

"I have a PhD in Islamic studies from Oxford University, unlike my opponents who went to some donkey college in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia." Taj Hargey, founder on Capetown's "Open Mosque", which welcomes gay and embraces women's equality, on his qualifications as a religious leader.

Dry roasting could help trigger peanut allergy

Dry roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergy to peanuts than raw peanuts, suggests an Oxford University study involving mice. The researchers say that specific chemical changes caused by the high temperatures of the dryShow More Summary

South Africa Pro-Gay Mosque Draws Backlash

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Oxford University professor Taj Hargey’s open mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, has drawn the attention--and ire--of the local conservative Muslim community. In the past Hargey, who is the Director of Oxford’s Muslim Education Centre and Imam of the university’s...

The not-so-sweet smell of excess

last weekArts : Prospero

THAT the freedom gained by swapping home for university results in alcohol-fuelled mayhem is nothing new—Oxford, Cambridge and Paris were, in the Middle Ages, considered dangerous places to live precisely because they contained so many rowdy students—but the advent of freshers' or student orientation weeks has certainly distilled the phenomenon. Show More Summary

A Balm(er)y Fall

It's hard to keep up with Randall Balmer, but this fall is especially frenetic. Oxford University Press just released a new, twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (and the scholar who had his evangelical conversion...Show More Summary

UK university starts Ebola vaccine tests

Healthy British volunteer becomes first person to receive new vaccine for virus in a trial at the University of Oxford.

British volunteer receives Ebola vaccine in second human trial

last weekHealth : The Checkup

A 48-year old British woman became the first volunteer to receive a dose of an experimental Ebola vaccine as a new trial began Wednesday at the University of Oxford. Ruth Atkins, a former National Health Service nurse, received an injection in her upper arm on Wednesday morning, becoming the first of 60 participants in the trial. Read full article >>

Helen Dale on Why the Scottish Should Vote 'Yes' on Independence

last weekNews : Reason

On Thursday the Scottish will vote on whether or not to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Helen Dale, who studied English law at Oxford University and Scots law at Edinburgh University, argues that the Scottish should vote "yes" on independence. Show More Summary

Of Oxford, Edinburgh and Glasgow

A FEW years back, your correspondent was in a pub in Oxford with two other students. One, a Scot active on the political left at the university (and a member of its doughtiest left-leaning college, Balliol), was bemoaning the lack of political choice back home in Glasgow. Show More Summary

NY Jobs: ‘Dr. Oz: The Good Life,’ Oxford University Press, Gannett

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlNY

This week, Dr. Oz: The Good Life is hiring a senior designer, while Oxford University Press needs an online marketing manager. Gannett is seeking a senior manager of digital analytics, and the Council on Foreign Relations is on the hunt for a general manager for CFR.org. Show More Summary

Prince William: Flying Solo in Oxford Following Pregnancy Announcement

Taking care of his royal duties, Prince William showed up at the University of Oxford on Monday (September 8) for the opening of The Dickson Poon China Centre. During his tour of the facilities, the handsome heir was greeted by a little...Show More Summary

Bros beat frat dude with bag of bagels

3 weeks agoOdd : Death and Taxes

The frat bros of Kappa Alpha at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, were trying to teach those nerds over at Phi Tau a lesson with a classic Prank of the Century.

Prince William On Kate: Thrilled To Have Another Baby With Wife

Prince William spoke out on news that Kate Middleton is pregnant with their second child… and he says that they are both thrilled! According to azcentral, the 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge was at Oxford University on Monday where he spoke after the exciting baby news broke. Show More Summary

Prince William Can't Stop Smiling After Kate Middleton Pregnancy News!

Prince William cannot stop beaming as he arrives to open the The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building on Monday (September 8) in Oxford, England. The 32-year-old royal, who could not keep the smile off his face after news broke that his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) is pregnant, met [...]

Anna Karenina redux

A few years ago it was Don Quixote, more recently Madame Bovary; now Rosamund Bartlett asks -- apropos of her own new translation, forthcoming from Oxford University Press -- "Do we need another translation of Anna Karenina ?" in The Guardian, in Anna Karenina -- the devil in the details. Sure, the Pevear/Volokhonsky-(re-)translation is... Show More Summary

First international standards for growth of developing babies and size of newborns

The first international standards for fetal growth and newborn size have been developed by a global team led by scientists from Oxford University. The standards depict the desirable pattern of healthy growth for all babies everywhere, regardless of their ethnicity or country of birth. Show More Summary

Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You: Greatest Hits of Oxford’s Bodleian Library

Who DOESN’T want to have a book that also contains a picture of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s hair strand?! University of Chicago Press has unleashed this behemoth: Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Bodleian Libraries. The book corresponds with a traveling exhibition currently at the Morgan Library (NYC) called “Marks of Genius” which [...]

The importance of identifying depression and loneliness in cancer patients

When a diagnosis of cancer is made, doctors tend to concentrate purely on treating the physical condition. However, a three-part study by the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford shows that clinical depression in people with cancer is six times more common than in the rest of the population. This may not come as a great [...]

Parrots go to carpentry school

Scientists from Oxford University, the University of Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute at Seewiesen have shown that a spontaneous innovation by a Goffin's cockatoo can spread to other conspecifics by social learning. read more

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