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No 490, 19 May 2003
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The trials of Leeds United and Peter Ridsdale’s resignation as chairman drew comment from Dr Bill Gerrard of LUBS in the Times. The reshuffle at Elland Road has led Dr Gerrard to be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the club’s future, reported the Daily Mail.

Professor Stuart Lane from geography has been examining statistics to explain the increases in flooding of Yorkshire rivers (Reporter 489). Changes in land use may be the main cause and field work to confirm this is under way, reported the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post. Talking to the Daily Telegraph, Professor Lane said: “Something other than rainfall is causing the flooding, something which affects how the water drains off the land, where it can go and at what speed. That is the land itself, and how that land is managed.”

Director of the credit management research centre Professor Nick Wilson joined BBC Radio Five Live’s breakfast show to discuss Halford’s policy of taking 90 days credit and late payment of commercial debt.

Commenting in the online Derry Journal about the fifth anniversary of the Good Friday agreement, Professor Colin Harvey from law was positive about the approach taken: “The emphasis on democratic bodies, institutional transformation and the inclusion of a substantial human rights and equality agenda provides a template not just for Northern Ireland. The meeting of President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair in Belfast reflects a belief that despite ongoing problems, progress is being made in the search for lasting peace.”

Professor Harvey also joined BBC Radio Leeds to discuss Iraq’s future. “We must ensure that the UN is fully involved in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq. Extensive UN involvement and backing will help reassure those who are troubled by the dangers ahead,” he said.

New techniques developed by an earth sciences team at Leeds will make analysis of ancient sea water possible, reported the Guardian. “This will be the oldest sea water ever investigated,” said Dr David Banks. The work has been made possible by a new laboratory in earth sciences (see page 4). An editorial in the same paper said that ‘drinking this stuff ... would almost certainly be a disgusting experience’, but added that the University ‘has a natural partner in the local brewery, Tetley’s, for an experiment in marketing a bottled version of the Elixir of Life.”

Professor Juliet Lodge was interviewed by Spanish national and regional TV, radio and press on the future of the EU,
e-democracy, and the implication of the Iraq crisis for EU unity, following her opening speech at the information and communication technologies conference in Bilbao.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research Professor John Fisher was identified by his peers as one of the country’s top ten medical engineers in the Independent on Sunday: ‘A specialist in joint replacements and artificial heart valves, he heads a group that has developed new materials and designs for artificial joints’. Professor Fisher said: “There are now opportunities to harness developments in biological sciences to deliver new solutions for tissue replacement and regeneration.”

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