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Issue 472, 5 November 2001

In the news

The hunt for an acne vaccination, featured in Reporter 471, was covered by the regional and national press. The Yorkshire Post explained their theory that the "response of the body’s immune system to proteins in skin based bacteria could be a key cause of spots." Professor Eileen Ingham told the Daily Express "Acne is usually treated with antibiotics, but this isn’t always effective." Talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Dr Mark Farrar was cautious about the work: "This research is in the very early stages and it could be a long while before we say any product we can create will prevent acne."

Medical student Oliver Monfredi was in New York at the time of the World Trade Center attacks. He described his experiences of work in a US mortuary to the Yorkshire Post and the Mirror. In the Independent Oliver recalls identifying victims from family photos ‘was as low as it got’.

Professor of constitutional and human rights law Colin Harvey, and the University, have played what the Yorkshire Evening Post described as a ‘key organisational role’ in organising a conference, Constitutionalism and Governance in Transition, to debate the future of Northern Ireland. Professor Harvey’s book Seeking Asylum was singled out by Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown as a ‘lucid, dispassionate book’ in her article about government asylum policy.

Professor Alastair Hay was interviewed by Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Channel 4 News’ special report on anthrax. When asked if he was concerned about large-scale anthrax attacks Professor Hay said: "I’m less concerned because we are aware of its existence now. Once there has been preparation in defence, these weapons are less effective."

Chemist Mike Hoyland appeared in BBC TV’s What the Victorians did for us… to demonstrate the limelight used in Victorian theatres as part of the episode Pleasure Seekers.

Founder of Soundalert and biomedical sciences professor Deborah Withington was profiled in the Financial Times. She is described as one of the rare ‘serial entrepreneurs’ from university spin-off companies. She advised other entrepreneurs to find a ‘project champion’ and use university networks: "Universities increasingly have databases of local non-execs. There are business angel networks, a university’s own innovation centre and, of course, a growing band of academics who have had similar experiences."

Student newspaper, Leeds Student won best student campaign in the National Student Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Independent. Marion Schnelle was voted best student arts journalist. The paper was runner-up in the Guardian-sponsored Student Media award for best campaign and Clare Rudebeck a finalist for the diversity award.

Leeds students Lyndon Easterbrook, Rebecca Ault, Dan Bye and Will Howells have fought their way to the second round of University Challenge. Qualifying as highest-scoring losers following a first round game against St Hugh’s College, Oxford, they now face Downing College, Cambridge.


 
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