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477, 18 February 2002
privilege to hear him speak
Nobel prize-winning poet and Leeds honorary
graduate spoke to a packed auditorium at the University
on January 30.
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.
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.
posts boost city relations
new posts are to be created as part of the University's
ongoing commitment to activities in the city and region.
gangs and best behaviour scientists find that
our actions could be a little fishy
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.
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.