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December 7, 2001

Courtauld becomes London college
The Courtauld Institute of Art is to become a college of the University of London. At present it is an integral part of the central university with no separate legal identity. Fundraising led by Sir Nicholas Goodison, chairman of the Courtauld's advisory board, will create a permanent endowment fund for the institute.

HE boosts business output
Stronger commercial links are being forged between business and universities, according to research for the Department of Trade and Industry. Higher education minister Margaret Hodge said today: "UK higher education punches above its weight in research, and this survey shows that this is being increasingly converted into business innovation."

Bush announces new cancer chief
President Bush has announced that he new director of the National Cancer Institute, the largest of the National Institutes of Health, is to be Andrew C. von Eschenbach, a clinical researcher and surgeon at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.   

Vitamin clue to allergy prevention
Pregnant women could help prevent their children suffering allergies such as asthma by eating foods rich in vitamin E, researchers at Aberdeen University said today. They found that while genetic history, birth order and maternal smoking were influential factors, intake of foods containing the vitamin may be important in preventing the development of allergies in children.

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