All entries for June 2006

June 29, 2006

Escaping the Earth

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=escapetheearth.mp3

According to Professor Stephen Hawking the future of the Human race is dependent on our ability to begin colonising other planets – within 100 years!

Is this a realistic goal and if it is achievable, is it desirable? How might mankind go about building new homes amongst the stars?

Professor Ian Stewart, Department of Mathematics, is an expert on the parallels bewteen science and science fiction.


June 23, 2006

WBS Research Asks – Can The Public Sector Become Lean?

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000213205/

Research by Dr Zoe Radnor and Mr Paul Walley of Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick has found that the methods employed by Toyota, to make their production system "Lean", can be applied to public sector services. This could have a positive impact on employee morale, customer satisfaction and process efficiency.

University of Warwick Honorary Degrees announced for July 2006

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000213201/

The University of Warwick has announced that it is to award honorary degrees to 8 people in its July degree ceremonies including CBI chief Digby Jones and leading Hong Kong democracy campaigner The Honorable Martin Lee Chu Ming. Biographies of each honorary graduand and the degree they will be awarded follow below. A release detailing photo and interview opportunities on the day each will person will receive their degree will be issued nearer to the time.

Predicting a World Cup Winner – into the knockout stage

Writing about web page /mehttp://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=wcknockout.mp3

Following on from our previous discussion with Henry Stott of Warwick's Psychology Deparment and Decision Technology, we examine how the predictions for the World Cup have performed so far and look forward to the knockout phase of the tournament.

Who has performed better than predicted? Who are the underperformers and are Brazil still favourites to lift the trophy. Have the England performances affected our chances of winning the tournament and what is the impact of the injury to Michael Owen. Does it really matter what formation Sven picks?


June 22, 2006

Information for podcasters

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/communications/corporate/web/forpodcasters/

If you are a podcaster and would like to include Warwick University material in your own podcasts please feel free to get in touch with us and we will endevour to provide you with the content and information you need.

If you would like to use part of a podcast interview then this can usually be arranged.

For more information please contact:

Tom Abbott – t.abbott@warwick.ac.uk or 024 7657 4474

Additionally, if you would like to arrange an interview with a Warwick expert or other University spokesperson for your podcast please contact:

Richard Fern – r.w.fern@warwick.ac.uk or 02476 574255

Peter Dunn – p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk or 024 7652 3708

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June 20, 2006

University of Warwick Professor gets CBE

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE10000002131/

Professor Jonathan Bate, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick, has been awarded a CBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Jonathan is also the Director of the University's new CAPITAL Centre, a £4.5 million performance partnership between the University and the Royal Shakespeare Company.


June 19, 2006

Are you getting enough sleep?

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=sleep.mp3

Our lives are getting busier and busier and it can often seem that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. For many of us this means we are cutting down on the amount of time we are asleep. There is plenty of evidence, however, that in doing so we are increasing the risk of serious health problems, such as obesity and heart disease, as well as the problems associated with daytime sleepiness.

Professor Franco Cappuccio, Chair of Warwick Medical School's sleep research group, has examined the problems associated with a lack of sleep and explains how you can make sure that you get a full night's sleep.


June 15, 2006

Defining City Regions

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=cityregion.mp3

The concept of 'City Regions' has been picked up by political leaders in the UK at both a national and local level. The concept has been used as the basis for a number of policy initiatives, but what lies behind the idea of a 'City Region' and what are the implications for governance and local identity if we start to think in these terms.

Professor Colin Crouch, Professor of Governance and Public Management at Warwick Business School, has studied City Regions for the OECD.


June 14, 2006

Problems in French Politics

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=france.mp3

France seems to be undergoing a period of intense political instability. Dramatic images of demonstrations and riots on the street parallel rumours and scandal in the corridors of power.

To what extent do the current events represent a real upheaval in the French political environment and what is the likely impact on the forthcoming Presidential elections?

Ben Clift is a Senior Lecturer in Warwick's Department of Politics and International Studies and is an expert on the politics of France.


Butterfly Farming to Help Save Rain Forest

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000209270/

Researchers at the University of Warwick's plant research arm Warwick HRI have received a £295,000 Darwin initiative grant to develop a butterfly farming industry in Guyana that will help support 5000 people in 16 rainforest communities and help save the rainforest itself.

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