Reporter 428, 30 November 1998

In the news

The Yorkshire Evening Post carried a lengthy article on the search for a new University Chancellor. It reported how the students union had proposed Yorkshire media darlings Michael Palin and Michael Parkinson as possible successors to the Duchess of Kent. Other names thrown into the debate were actress Julie Walters, TV wit Clive Anderson, maths whiz Carol Vorderman, athlete Denise Lewis, and (finally) Trevor McDonald.

Computer Studies researchers from Leeds and Bristol told BBC Radio 4 listeners of their project to create a robot sheepdog. The robot was already being used to track and herd ducks, and future applications were expected to be in computer games and in "robot nannies" to watch over farm animals.

John Altringham, a zoologist in the School of Biology, contributed Don's Diary to the Times Higher Educational Supplement. His expedition to search for bats and insects on the 2,600m-high Brandberg in Namibia will also feature on BBC Radio 4 on December 14 (9pm).

A lengthy feature in the Yorkshire Post explained how the Business School's Masters in Business Education courses offer a thorough preparation for the world of commerce.

The Yorkshire Evening Post told of plans to give away 15,000 condoms to Leeds University students as part of Healthy Sex Week, which begins today.

The Guardian reported on The Statute Law (Repeals) Act, which has deleted numerous obsolete pieces of legislation from English law. Among them was an 1888 statute which stated that degrees from the "new" universities - Leeds included - were equivalent to those conferred by Oxford, Cambridge and London.

The opening of the new clinical skills learning centre was also featured in the Times Higher Educational Supplement.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on the Heavy Rock Show at Leeds City Museum, where experts, including a group of Earth Sciences Students, examined meteorites, ancient rocks and dinosaur droppings - as well as mystery objects brought in by the public.

The Yorkshire Evening Post also reported how the Centre for Health Service Research had uncovered links between everyday farm chemicals and diabetes. Although the centre's full findings were not revealed, the paper claimed that researchers had identified a far higher rate of diabetes in rural areas where nitrate levels in tap water can be up to four times higher than that in city supplies. Nitrates are used heavily in farm pesticides.

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