Archive for 5 June 2010

Smoking kills: the revolutionary life of Richard Doll by Conrad Keating

Posted in research with tags on 5 June 2010 by Steve

“I only once had the opportunity of hearing Richard Doll speak. It was in 2004, after a hard-hitting lecture by Charles Warlow on over-regulation of research. Doll, aged 92, looking physically frail but mentally alert, stood up to point out that under current ethics regulation, none of the epidemiological studies that he had done to demonstrate a link between smoking and cancer would have been possible …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 5 June]

Oxford student Tories in sexism row after female speaker told ‘get back to the kitchen’

Posted in Life with tags on 5 June 2010 by Steve

“… After Miss Burton, 19, ignored the comments, the King’s College London student, who had been attending last weekend’s event as a guest, continued his abuse, chanting ‘kitchen, kitchen, kitchen, get back to the kitchen’. He was then overheard telling her to ‘go back to washing the dishes’ instead of debating politics …” (more)

[Andrew Hough and Matthew Holehouse, Daily Telegraph, 5 June]

Niall Toíbín honoured: Doctorate awarded to veteran actor

Posted in Life with tags on 5 June 2010 by Steve

“Niall Toíbín showed he has lost none of his mordant wit when asked how did he feel at being awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the National University of Ireland (NUI) …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 5 June]

UCD come from behind to win

Posted in Life with tags on 5 June 2010 by Steve

Drogheda United 1 UCD 2 UCD came from behind to advance to the next round of the competition thanks to a goalkeeping error that handed them victory. Drogheda goalkeeper Paul Skinner got it all wrong after 76 minutes when he allowed David McMillan’s relatively harmless cross into the net …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 June]

Call to end ‘unfair’ unpaid work

Posted in Life with tags on 5 June 2010 by Steve

“Too many professions are relying on young people doing unpaid work, a think-tank has said. The Institute for Public Policy Research says it is unfair that school-leavers and graduates are expected to work for free …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 June]

Keeping up appearances

Posted in Life with tags , on 5 June 2010 by Steve

“Some years ago I was at an academic conference, and found myself looking for a friend and colleague at the reception just before the main conference dinner. I couldn’t see my friend, but as I scanned the crowd it suddenly occurred to me that – how shall I put this – the majority of those present had not exactly made an effort to dress nicely for the event …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 June]

Authority and author on early modern Irish

Posted in Life with tags on 5 June 2010 by Steve

“Breandán Ó Buachalla, who has died aged 74, was professor of modern Irish language and literature at University College Dublin. Previously he had been professor in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 June]