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Issue 477, 18 February 2002

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  • Heaney – privilege to hear him speak
    Nobel prize-winning poet and Leeds honorary graduate spoke to a packed auditorium at the University on January 30.
  • Iron-stomach scientists test pollution in the sky
    Lecturers and students from leeds will need strong stomachs as they bounce through the clouds on a specially equipped plane to test pollution levels in the atmosphere around West Yorkshire.
  • More HASTE makes for less distraction
    As technology becomes more sophisticated and we spend more time on the road, the car is becoming a mobile office. Known collectively as in-vehicle information systems (IVIS), these technologies all pose potential distractions to the driver, and the Institute for Transport Studies is co-ordinating a Europe-wide evaluation to assess the safety risks involved.
  • New posts boost city relations
    Two new posts are to be created as part of the University's ongoing commitment to activities in the city and region.
  • Crowds, gangs and best behaviour – scientists find that our actions could be a little fishy
    How do you behave in a crowd? Do you stand meekly behind the next person, shuffling forward when they do, or push past other people to get through faster? You might think that you act in an individual way, and there's no pattern to your movements. But researchers at Leeds have found that our behaviour bears striking resemblances to the behaviour of animals, following certain rules that can be mapped, explained and even predicted.
  • No smoke without fire – the ethics of tobacco funding
    Amidst the clamour of protest over Nottingham University's decision in December 2000 to accept a 3.8m grant from British American Tobacco, the voice of the university's Vice-Chancellor, Sir Colin Campbell, was rarely heard. Sir Colin is now coming to the University to lecture on the rights and wrongs of tobacco funding.

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