Reporter 446, 7 February 2000

In the news

The Reporter 445 article discussing a new psychology project aiming to use forgiveness to help recovering addicts release anger, produced a flurry of coverage for researcher Ken Hart.
Dr Hart’s work was featured in the Independent and the Guardian, he was interviewed on BBC Radio Two’s drivetime show and even made it onto the airwaves in Australia.

The Guardian also featured the gold panning field courses offered by continuing education lecturer Rob Chapman included in Reporter 445. (Places are still available on the next course - see noticeboard.)

Blind people could be offered ‘second sight’ through a new University project included in the Daily Telegraph. Professor Deborah Withington, Professor Brian Hoyle, Dr Dean Waters and Dr Malcolm Povey are pooling their knowledge to come up with a 'spatial imaging device' that could help the blind navigate around obstacles.
The device will use ultrasound to build up a picture, in a similar way to a bat. Echoes bouncing off objects will help create a ‘tactile map’.

Chemistry lecturer Terry Kee offered advice for colleagues enduring outbreaks of flu among their students through the pages of the Times Higher Educational Supplement.
Dr Kee pointed out students skipping classes were still likely to meet a flu victim on campus. He added a tot of ‘Night Nurse’ prior to lectures might keep the afflicted from coughing through the finer points of catalytic synthesis.

The Yorkshire Post kept a close watch on research in computer studies to develop security cameras that automatically register suspicious behaviour. First mentioned way back in Reporter 417 the work of Professor David Hogg was also recently featured in New Scientist and the Daily Record.

Leeds city centre shoppers will need little introduction to the source of funding behind one of the latest University projects. The Yorkshire Evening Post highlighted the efforts of Danny Freeman, who has raised nearly £200,000 for leukaemia research with his extravagant singing.
Professor Alex Markham has used some of the money to appoint fourth year medical student Robert Tuffin to help the fight against the disease.

And finally, Professor Tony Wren’s explanation of why buses come in threes first featured in Reporter 436 continues to wind its way around the world. Commuters in Germany are the latest to find out there is little that can be done to prevent it, thanks to articles published in the Hamburger Abendblatt and Bildzeitung.

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