Reporter 396, 3 February 1997

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An up-to-the-minute database of information on education and training developed by Philip Sheffield of the Brotherton Library and Hugh Wellesley-Smith of the Edward Boyle Library - is now available electronically. Education-line was launched as a service to the education and training community at the prestigious North of England Education Conference in Sheffield, and provides a searchable archive of reports, conference papers and research materials.

As well as being updated on a daily basis, the system offers readers the chance to comment on documents and to take part in debate. The service will be available freely over the Internet for 18 months, and it is likely to have a notable impact on research and practice in the wider education and training communities. The Web address is:

Research training

Do you need research training? Do you have views on training provision for research staff and students? If so, Dr Margaret Orchard, Senior Project Officer on the Training and Development of Research Students and Research Staff Project (see The Reporter 394), would like to hear from you. She can be contacted on 6659 or by e-mail at Deadline for replies is Friday February 14.

On the move

The Department of Postgraduate Dental Education (formerly the Regional Dental Postgraduate Office) will relocate from the Worsley Medical and Dental Building next Wednesday (February 12) to join Postgraduate Medical Education in a refurbished building opposite the conference auditorium and sports centre at Willow Terrace Road.

IT Open Day

Video teleconferencing and the chance to win 80 will be on offer at an open day next Friday, (February 14) from 10am to 4pm. The University Computing Service and the Teaching and Learning Support Unit will be previewing training courses and answering questions about individual needs. All staff and postgraduates are welcome. The event, which takes place in room 6.35 of the EC Stoner Building, will be particularly useful for anyone considering a UCS computing course or using technology to support and deliver teaching and learning. For more details e-mail or telephone Ext 5417.

FRS for lecture

Apply now for tickets for the 1997 Edward Boyle Memorial Lecture, to be given by Professor Sir David Weatherall FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford. An honorary graduate of the University of Leeds, Professor Weatherall's topic will be: "Medical research in the next millennium; the relationship between the richer countries and the developing world." The lecture will be held in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre at 5.30pm on Tuesday 11 March. Contact Jane Freer Ext 6025, e-mail or by post to Room 12.72 EC Stoner Building.

Life-saving innovation

University physiologist Dr Deborah Withington has beaten a field of several hundred entries to the semi-final stage of this year's Prince of Wales' Award for Innovation. Her entry, the 'Localizer' directional siren, alternates its wail with white noise, and is designed to help motorists recognise the direction of an approaching emergency vehicle. The Localizer has been proved to cut ambulance journey times and allow people to move out of the path of the vehicle.

Exhibition news

The work of Tibor Reich (1919-96), who designed fabrics for G-Plan and Ercol furniture in the 1950s, features in a new exhibition opening at the University Gallery on Wednesday (February 5).

Reich, who studied textiles at Leeds in the 1930s, designed fabrics for the Royal family, and carried out commissions for Lotus cars and Concorde.

A shift to monochrome from her previous explosive use of colour marks recent work by Leeds-based Monair Hyman. Her canvases will also be on display, together with works by Therese Lessore and Walter Sickert. Exhibitions continue until 27th March.

Women wanted

Women aged 23 to 44 are wanted for a study examining the effects of exposure to pheromones on perceptions of relationships with men and women. Contact Maddy Arden in Psychology on 6682 or e-mail:

Physics competition

Articles showing the importance and excitement of physics are eligible for the 5th Annual Science in Print Competition - preferably covering new research, unusual applications of physics, and its relevance to culture and education. The competition is open to scientists, teachers and students. The closing date is Friday 2nd May - further information is available at the National Physical Laboratory's web site:

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