All entries for March 2006

March 31, 2006

China – Economic Miracle or Timebomb? New Warwick Podcast

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/#china

The growth of China in recent years has been described as an economic miracle with Western companies and governments rushing to build partnerships with the new power in the East.

The opening up of the Chinese market and the expansion of industry, technology and production within the country has, however, had a profound effect on the people of China, its political leaders and the rest of the world. This impact can be seen in the growing inequalities within China, the loss of jobs in the west and the effect on the price of key resources such as oil. The ability of both China and other nations to successfully manage these changing relationships will influence the lives of billions of people.


March 28, 2006

Expert Comment – French Rioting

Professor Danielle Joly, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations

'The French Government no longer has the confidence of the French people. It has not fulfilled its promises on employment. It has not consulted with the French people – this is a slap in in face for the French people.'

Daniele Joly can be contacted on 0121 449 7792/02476 524869

Dr Jim Shields, Department of French, 02476 523334/02476 523334

(Also contact press officer Richard Fern 07876 217740)


March 27, 2006

Minister visits University to mark first national consulting award to a public sector organisation

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000162541/

Minister of Trade Ian Pearson has announced he is to make a special visit to the International Manufacturing Centre at the University of Warwick to personally present the first ever National Consulting Award to a public sector business advisory service.

The National Business to Business Centre (B2B), based in the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group, is the first ever public sector body to be awarded the accolade of 'Premier Practice' by the Institute of Management Consultancy (IMC).


March 20, 2006

£5 Million Fuses UK Astrophysics and Fusion Energy Research

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000160194/

The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced a £5 million initiative that will fuse the talents of two of the UK's leading teams researching plasma physics. The new "Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics" (CFSA) will see astrophysicists researching the high energy plasmas in the solar corona working alongside researchers who are exploring how to confine plasma in order to produce useful fusion power here on earth. The new centre will open up significant new opportunities in astrophysics, fusion and plasma physics in the UK and draw many more physics students to take up research in this crucial field.

£8.8 Million EPSRC Research award for Warwick

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000160188/

£8.8 Million EPSRC Research award for Warwick

….of which £5 Million Fuses UK Astrophysics and Fusion Energy Research

The University of Warwick has just been awarded £8.8 million in the Science and Innovation Awards announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council This is the largest award to any university in this round of EPSRC's Science and Innovation Awards.


March 16, 2006

Tackling Diabetes and Obesity in the UK's South Asian Communities

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/

Recent research has highlighted the problems of growing rates of diabetes and obesity in the UK's South Asian communities. A number of factors, including diet, lifestyle and genetics, means that there is increased exposure to these conditions and the associated risk of heart disease, strokes and other problems.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have been working closely with South Asian communities in Leamington Spa and Coventry to develop strategies for tackling the obesity time bomb. Working with community groups, restaurants and local retailers the researchers are encouraging healthier lifestyles and new approaches to diet and exercise.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar is a Professor of Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism. Professor Kumar works with a multi-disciplinary research team including basic scientists and clinicians to investigate the pathogenesis and treatment of obesity and its metabolic and cardiovascular complications.


March 07, 2006

Research Shows Fat Fuels Inflammation Killer

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE100000015815/

New research by the University of Warwick's Warwick Medical School shows that the biggest health threat to fat and obese people isn't the fat itself but the fact that the fat fuels a killer inflammation response in people.

The research published in the International Journal of Obesity on Tuesday 7th March shows that inflammation is a crucial and dangerous step in the development of obesity.


A New Direction for the Child Support Agency

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/

Since its establishment in 1993 the UK's Child Support Agency has faced mounting criticism about its ability to administer a support system often labeled as inneffective and unfair. Despite revisions to the processes and methods of calculating liability the CSA finds itself facing yet another review as Government ministers try and untangle the child support problem.

In a recent report Professor Ian Walker from the University of Warwick and Dr Yu Zhu from Kent University have proposed a radical new approach to child support, arguing that the CSA itself should carry the liability for payments as an incentive for chasing 'dead-beat dads'.

Professor Ian Walker is a member of the Economics Department at the University of Warwick. His research interests include the econometrics of the labour market and applied aspects of public policy issues, such as taxation and work incentives, social security issues, the analysis of risk aversion, and the relationship between parental incomes and child outcomes.


March 06, 2006

Robots To Slash Farm Labour Costs

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000157337/

Robots are on the march again into the last bastion of labour intensive industry – farming and horticulture. Warwick researchers are working on a suite of robots and automated systems which could transform farming and horticulture over the next decade.

The researchers from the University of Warwick's horticultural arm, Warwick HRI, and its manufacturing engineering section, Warwick Manufacturing Group, are working on a number of robotics and automation products that will vastly reduce the labour costs of farmers and growers.


University Opens New Quarter of a Million Pound Islamic Prayer Hall

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE100000015786/

More than 1500 Muslim students at the University of Warwick are celebrating the opening of a new dedicated on-campus prayer hall.

The new hall, which includes space for a 160 people to pray at any one time, will be opened on Saturday 4 March by students and staff, who will be joined by a number of representatives from the embassies of Islamic countries.


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