Reporter 429, 18 January 1999


In the news

Professor Sir Roy Meadow hit the headlines in the national press over his recent research on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A recent paper titled 'Unnatural sudden infant deaths' by Professor Meadow, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, suggested that some victims of cot-death are wrongly diagnosed and may actually be victims of parental abuse.

The findings were reported in the Daily Mail, the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post. Interviews were also featured on the national and local BBC news.

The Pro-Chancellor, Colonel Alan Roberts, was featured in the Observer. Colonel Roberts has developed a technique to create life-like body parts. Many are exported to Tokyo, providing a great monetary boost for the NHS.

The article said that many of Colonel Roberts prosthetic creations benefit the Yakuza - the Japanese underworld whose members often cut off their own fingers!

The Guardian described the University's art collection as "one of the most remarkable in the country". the collection began over 100 years ago and was greatly added to by Sir Michael Sadler.

Philosophy lecturer and Dean for Students Jim Parry's advisory role to the International Olympic Committee - featured in Reporter 427 - was included in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post. Mr Parry is advising the IOC on the ethics of drug use and doping in sport and is to attend its World Conference on Doping in Sport

The Yorkshire Evening Post carried a feature on Optimise, the University's special part-time degree scheme for single parents and carers over 25. Dr Tony Donajgrodzki, the University's director of part-time education, explained the background of the scheme, which is among the first of its kind in Britain.

The Financial Times carried a profile of Professor David Rhodes and his electronics company Filtronic. Professor Rhodes is a visiting lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The University and Filtronic have recently developed a MSc scheme for the company's employees.

The Institute for Transport Studies was featured by the Yorkshire Post in an article on road pricing. A road toll scheme in Singapore has relied heavily on the expertise of the Institute.

The decision to allow the extradition of General Pinochet by one of the university's most famous graduates, Home Secretary Jack Straw was featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post. Dr Javaid Rehman, from the Department of Law, was quoted in the article, saying that he welcomed the historic decision.

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