Reporter 408, 20 October 1997


A city of science

A history of the scientific community in Leeds has been published to mark last month’s meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, hosted by the University.

Scientific Leeds, an illustrated pamphlet written by Geoffrey Cantor and John Lydon, traces the role of the city’s scientists from the era of Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725) to the 1990s. Particular attention is paid to the four previous meetings of the BAAS in Leeds. A map of landmark buildings is also included.

The pamphlet, which costs £1 and is available from the Parkinson reception, has been published by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, The City Museum, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AA.

Have a heart

A blood donor session will be held at the Riley Smith Hall on Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 October from 10.45am to 1pm and from 2.45pm to 4.30pm. To enrol as a blood donor call 0345 711 711 any time.

Baroque delights

A duo recital for violin (Pauline Nobes) and harpsichord (David Francis) will be held at 7.30pm on Friday 24 October in the Clothworker’s Concert Hall. The recital – entitled The Riches of the Baroque 1 – features the work of Bach, Biber and Scarlatti. This is the first in a series of four concerts. Tickets are available from the reception in the Parkinson Building (ext 4082), priced £8.50, £6.50 concs. and £3 student standby. Season tickets are also available at £29 or £22 concessions. For those who have not subscribed before there is a first time offer of £22 or £17 concs.

Osteoporosis explored

An open meeting about recent developments in the medical treatment of osteoporosis and bone scanning facilities in the Leeds area is to be held by the Leeds branch of the National Osteoporosis Society. All are welcome to the coffee reception at 9.45am and the meeting at 10.15am on Saturday 25 October in the Littlewood Hall, Leeds General Infirmary.

Music for the world

Sales of new CDs, LPs and cassettes of classical music in aid of the World University Service will take place in the Senior Common Room fortnightly on Thursdays and Fridays this term, October 30 and 31 onwards. Prices are 10 – 15% below normal retail price and the sales take place between 12 and 2pm.

Butterfly hunt

David Guttierrez has been studying for his post-doctorate in the Department of Biology since February thanks to a Marie Curie grant, although he has spent most of his time so far doing fieldwork in North Wales. A graduate of Oveido University in northern Spain, David is studying how changes in agricultural and forestry practices have affected butterfly populations and hopes to return to Spain eventually for further research.

The University currently has 12 Marie Curie grantholders from across Europe, including Greece, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The scheme pays for European researchers at postgraduate or postdoctoral level to undertake scientific research in a university in a country other than their own. Funding covers a generous salary payment, bench fees, an overhead for consumables and PhD fees if applicable.

Continental students at postgraduate level who are currently in Leeds can apply as long as they have been undertaking research in the UK for less than 18 months in the last two years. The deadline is 16 December.

For further information contact Burkhard Hauder in the European Office email or visit http://www. /tmrshop.htm

Derek Wood – a thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Emeritus Professor Derek Rawlins Wood will be held at 2.30 pm on Friday 31 October at St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley. It will be conducted by the Vicar of St Chad’s, the Reverend Barry Overend. The Dean of the School of Medicine Professor Brian Jewell and the Vicar of Lothersdale, Reverend Simon Hoare, will speak on his life and work.

Designing for 2000

Scientists are being invited by the Design Council to take part in its Millennium Products programme by submitting products or services launched onto the market between 1 January 1995 and 31 December 1997.

The programme, backed and launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair, aims to identify, encourage and promote forward-thinking products and services which show how effectively British businesses are competing at home and abroad. It means your product or service could be showcased world-wide, featured in travelling exhibitions and used in the development of new learning tools for business and education.

A Millennium Product is defined by the Design Council as one which opens up new opportunities, challenges existing conventions, is environmentally responsible, demonstrates application of technology, solves a key problem and shows clear user benefits. For more information, visit or tel 0181 580 8826.

Early bird

With the festive season fast approaching, Fairbairn House has published its seasonal menus, to run from 1 to 19 December. With a choice of a three course meal with coffee and warm mince pies, festive music and crackers, the menu is £13.95 (excluding VAT) and parties from two to 100 can be catered for. For details ring ext 6633 or email

Working image

A special art exhibition will run alongside an international conference on Work and the Image to be held at the University in April 1998. Papers are invited on topics including work and gender, craft and technology, artisits in practice and work in the medieval world. The closing date for abstracts, which should be sent to Dr Valerie Mainz in the Department of Fine Art, is 31 October.

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