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Issue 476, 4 February 2002

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  • No-spin doctors make cloth without weaving
    The county which clothed the world in wool during the industrial revolution is set to do it again, this time without looms or spinning machines.
  • Staff survey went swimmingly
    A campus swimming pool was the overwhelming winner in the recent staff survey into social and leisure provision, well-being, training and development.
  • Growing greener with a new strategy
    If your recycling bin is full, you're supporting the good environmental practices that have existed in the University for over 20 years. They made a difference: the University has reduced its energy consumption by over 20% per student over the last decade.
  • Leeds in 11m cancer initiative
    An 11m government initiative to speed up the delivery of new cancer treatments will have one of its eight centres at Leeds. The National Translational Cancer Research Network (NTRAC) aims to ensure patients benefit from scientific breakthroughs more quickly, enabling those who fail to respond to conventional medicines to take part in clinical trials of new treatments.
  • Valuing the national sport – how to put a price on football
    Volcanoes don't only erupt – they sing, and in a new development by geophysicists at the University of Leeds, the sounds or seismic tremor made by a volcano thousands of miles across the Atlantic will be transmitted directly to Leeds, where they will be analysed to show the minute changes in pressure which foretell an imminent eruption.
  • Leeds scientists discover Ethiopia suffers twelve earthquakes a day
    Braving hyenas, Kalashnikovs and innumerable punctures may not be an average day for most scientists, but for a team from Leeds who have begun a major study in Ethiopia, this was par for the course in a part of the world, which, they discovered, experiences up to 12 earthquakes a day.
  • Three awards for teaching fellows
    University fellowships for outstanding contributions to teaching and the development of student learning have been awarded to Pauline Kneale in Geography, Deborah Murdoch Eaton in medical education/paediatrics and Rebecca O'Rourke in continuing education.
  • University keeping an eye on local water quality
    The University is helping to support a local environmental group in overseeing water quality in the river Aire and the becks which run into it, by becoming a guardian of Eye on the Aire. As well as supporting the group financially, the University can help by identifying areas of useful research, and reporting incidences of pollution.
  • Less than one in ten to teach
    Only nine per cent of science and mathematics undergraduates are interested in going into secondary school teaching, according to a survey by the school of education.

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