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News archive - March 2009

Young ex-servicemen at increased risk of suicide
(02 Mar 2009)
Young men who have served in the British Armed Forces are up to three times more likely to take their own lives than their civilian counterparts, research published tomorrow (March 3) has found.

I enjoy the money but not the writing, confesses top author
(02 Mar 2009)
One of the world’s most respected authors has revealed how he sees writing as a compulsion in a candid interview with the online arts journal The Manchester Review.

Totem in pole position at iconic library
(03 Mar 2009)
The University of Manchester’s world-famous John Rylands Library has commissioned an 11-metre high piece of public art.

Neurotic Ulsterman gives rich slice of eighteenth century life
(04 Mar 2009)
An investigation into the life of an obscure but energetic eighteenth century Ulsterman has provided a vivid insight into early Hanoverian Britain.

University bags £2.5 million of research funding
(05 Mar 2009)
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded £2.5 million to The University of Manchester under a new funding scheme.

Bus ride into the brain...
(05 Mar 2009)
Why does the smell of cut grass remind you of summer? How can you measure your nerve endings with a paper fastener? And how can you create the sound of church bells with just a serving spoon and a piece of string...?

Manchester wins national status in health care research bid
(09 Mar 2009)
The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) – a new partnership between The University of Manchester and six local NHS trusts – has been awarded official national status.

Wellcome Trust Strategic Award for ethics institute
(10 Mar 2009)
The University of Manchester’s Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic Award, which provides funding of more than £800,000 over 5 years.

Victorian poets brought Manchester to the brink
(10 Mar 2009)
A little known period when Manchester and North West England edged to the brink of revolution has been brought to life through the poetry of the rebels.

High-achieving students offered a helping hand by the University and BP.
(12 Mar 2009)
Students at the University of Manchester are to benefit from a new package of scholarships as a result of a partnership between the University and BP plc.

University scientists race to discover how Solar System began
(12 Mar 2009)
Scientists at the University of Manchester are continuing in their quest to answer questions about the creation of the Solar System - after being given £3.5million by a leading research council.

Diane Modahl launches 2009 Two Cities Boat Race
(13 Mar 2009)
Former Olympic athlete Diane Modahl visited Salford Quays this week to officially launch the 2009 Two Cities Boat Race, which takes place on Sunday 10th May.

Birth brain defect could be treated with vitamin supplement
(17 Mar 2009)
Pioneering research published today suggests that a vitamin supplement taken during pregnancy could prevent hydrocephalus - one of the common forms of birth brain defect.

Scientists make quantum leap in developing faster computers
(19 Mar 2009)
Scientists have created a molecular device which could act as a building block for future generations of superfast computers.

Experts turn to web to combat distressing skin disease
(23 Mar 2009)
People experiencing the skin disease psoriasis may get relief from their symptoms and the psychological distress they can cause through a new web-based therapy programme.

University consortium is Recommended Bidder for National Nuclear Lab
(23 Mar 2009)
A consortium of Serco, Battelle and The University of Manchester has today been named Recommended Bidder to run the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Deepening tolerance makes British Obama ‘possible’ says Putnam
(25 Mar 2009)
The UK has the necessary preconditions for the emergence of a black prime minister according to a joint study by Harvard University and The University of Manchester.

10 Million Euro boost for Radio Astronomy in Europe
(26 Mar 2009)
SCIENTISTS from the University of Manchester are to benefit from a Euro 10million grant, designed to support radio astronomy across Europe.

Biology students create a buzz in Salford school
(27 Mar 2009)
Science students from The University of Manchester have taken their ‘Save our Bees' campaign to children at St Philip's Church of England Primary School in Salford.

Fireflies and jellyfish illuminate cause of infertility
(27 Mar 2009)
Genes taken from fireflies and jellyfish are literally shedding light on possible causes of infertility and autoimmune diseases in humans.

Research to determine whether art is in the eye of the beholder
(31 Mar 2009)
Scientists from the University of Manchester are to transform a leading art gallery into a laboratory to determine whether or not people experience art in the same way.