All entries for July 2008

July 30, 2008

Expert Comment – WTO Failure

Professor Richard Higgott is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Warwick Commission into the WTO. He said:

“The failure of the Doha Development Round of Multilateral trade Negotiations reveals the deep-seated problems with the nature of modern multilateral negotiations under conditions of globalisation in general and at the WTO in particular. The implications for other international issues, such as climate change are profound and deeply concerning.

“Solutions need to be found in the reform of traditional patterns of multilateral negotiations without which deadlocks are likely to continue

“The year-long Warwick Commission produced an eight-point plan aimed at making the WTO and multilateral agreements fairer and more successful.

Serious consideration should be given to ‘critical mass’ decision-making. This ‘variable geometry’ solution would only bring together those countries with clear direct interests in the particular trade issue to be discussed without disavdantaging non participants “

Contact Professor Higgott on 02476 524633, or via the Press Officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740.


July 29, 2008

Expert Comment – PM Gordon Brown

Professor Wyn Grant – Politics

Prof Grant is an experienced media commentator and established expert in the field of contemporary politics.

He may be contacted on 024 7652 3720, or via the press officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740.


July 28, 2008

Fungus Foot Baths Could Save Bees

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

One of the biggest world wide threats to honey bees, the varroa mite, could soon be about to meet its nemesis. Researchers at the University of Warwick are examining naturally occurring fungi that kill the varroa mite. They are also exploring a range of ways to deliver the killer fungus throughout the hives from bee fungal foot baths to powder sprays.


July 24, 2008

Research Says Fat Friends and Poor Education Helps People Think Thin

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

Research by economists at the University of Warwick, Dartmouth College, and the University of Leuven, finds that people are powerfully but subconsciously influenced by the weight of those around them. Without being aware of it, the researchers believe, human beings keep up with the weight of the Joneses.


July 22, 2008

‘Art Gives One Complexity’

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

Novelist and academic Eva Hoffman, who has been awarded an honorary degree at Warwick, talks about her life experiences and inspirations behind her best selling memoir ‘Lost in Translation’ and her new novel ‘Illuminations’.


July 18, 2008

‘Troubles in Zimbabwe must be resolved peacefully’

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

Dr George Kanyeihamba, one of this year’s honorary graduates, helped establish democracy and the independent judicial system in Uganda, and is considered the ‘Founding Father’ of human rights in Africa. Here, he talks about his experiences, and the need for peaceful resolution of events in Zimbabwe.


July 17, 2008

Central banks ‘key’ to stop recession

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

Economist Professor Stephen Nickell, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of this year’s honorary graduates at Warwick, says the UK could see a severe recession but that will depend on the action of the Bank of England and other central banks around the world.


‘Second life’ for Warwick Commission

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

Chair of the first Warwick Commission, Pierre Pettigrew, one of this year’s honorary graduates at Warwick, says the commission report into the future of world trade is set to have an even bigger impact after the completion of the Doha round of negotiations of the World Trade Organisation.


July 16, 2008

Warwick ‘unique bridge’ with business

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

Business leader John Edwards, the former chief executive of the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands and one of this year’s honorary graduates at the University of Warwick, talks about the continuing importance of the university’s links with business.


‘The biology of the 21st Century’

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

A pioneer of systems biology Professor Denis Noble, an honorary graduate at the University of Warwick, talks about how society’s view of the discipline is set to change.


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