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October 29, 2010

Warwick Week – Women Philosophers, Sperm Banking and GDP

Where are the women philosophers?

On Wednesday, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour looked at the study of Philosophy at University. A group of students from the University gave their views on the study of philosophy and Dr Angie Hobbs discussed the relationship that women have with philosophy.

Last week the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury branded itself the UK’s first philosophy town. But when it comes to the study of philosophy at university, women are largely under-represented in teaching posts. Jenni explores the reasons and examines why female philosophy students seem to prefer applied philosophy such as the study of ethics, whereas male students are drawn to the theoretical side such as the study of logic. She is joined by Dr Angie Hobbs, Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, also appointed as one of Malmesbury’s “town philosophers” and Professor Helen Beebee, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and Director of the British Philosophical Association.

Listen again on the Woman’s Hour website >>

Male cancer patients are missing out on sperm banking

A new study funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by researchers at Warwick Medical School has shown that only half of oncologists and haematologists across the UK agreed that information on sperm banking is readily available to patients, despite national guidelines which state sperm banking should be offered. In a survey of nearly 500 clinicians, the researchers also found that 21 per cent were unaware of any local policies on sperm banking.

Read the press release on the Cancer Research UK website >>

So we've built a chocolate race-car, but can we build a "gravy train"?

CBC Radio in Canada have been discussing Toronto's mayoral contest and the crticism that candidates and politicans have received for riding the "gravy train". They asked Dr Steven Maggs, Principal Teaching Fellow at WIMRC and Project Director (Warwick Formula Student) whether it would be possible to build a real life "gravy train".

Read more and listen to the interview on the CBC Radio website >>

Examining the Economy

On Tuesday, the Office of National Statistics published its estimate of GDP for the third quarter of 2010. Prof Nick Crafts, Director, CAGE (Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy) was on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s breakfast show talking about what these latest figures say about the growth of the economy under the coalition government.

Listen again (2:15.16) >>

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