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News archive - May 2010

Salford man attends every University Boat Race in history
(05 May 2010)
One man who is hoping for sunshine at this year's boat race is Tony Frankland – who's not missed the competition in its 39-year history.

Rolls-Royce expands growing network of University Technology Centres
(06 May 2010)
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has announced the opening of a new University Technology Centre (UTC) dedicated to nuclear technology at The University of Manchester.

Manchester ‘Oarsome' in 39th Two Cities Boat Race
(11 May 2010)
The University of Manchester stormed to victory in this year’s Two Cities Boat Race, winning six out of the seven races to beat their rivals from Salford in the annual regatta at Salford Quays on Saturday

Chemical remains of Dinobird found
(11 May 2010)
A 150-million-year old ‘Dinobird’ fossil, long thought to contain nothing but fossilized bone and rock, has been hiding remnants of the animal's original chemistry, according to new research.

Square Kilometre Array telescope strengthens team with two new positions
(11 May 2010)
The SKA Program Development Office (SPDO) today announced the appointment of Mr Kobus Cloete to the role of Project Manager and Dr Minh Huynh to the role of Deputy International SKA Project Scientist. The appointments are made at a crucial stage in the finalisation of the design for the world’s largest radio telescope.

Easter Island discovery sends archaeologists back to drawing board
(12 May 2010)
Archaeologists have disproved the fifty-year-old theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island.

Water was present during birth of Earth
(14 May 2010)
New research by The University of Manchester and the Carnegie Institution of Washington is to make scientists rethink their understanding of how Earth formed.

Early bird was no high flier
(14 May 2010)
The evolution of flight took longer than previously thought with the ancestors of modern birds “rubbish” at flying, if they flew at all, according to a Manchester scientist.

Whitworth Art Gallery Director wins Breakthrough Fund award
(17 May 2010)
Maria Balshaw, Director of The Whitworth Art Gallery at The University of Manchester, has been awarded £260,000 as one of five recipients of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund.

Ten grand reasons to volunteer at Manchester
(17 May 2010)
Student volunteers from Manchester are hoping to cash in thanks to a national competition.

North West family tree website launched
(17 May 2010)
A free specialist website containing valuable information for people researching their families' past has been launched by a University of Manchester historian.

Fast food lamb curries have carbon footprint of 140 million car miles
(17 May 2010)
Supermarket lamb curry ready-made meals eaten in the UK amount to an annual carbon footprint equivalent to 5,500 car trips around the world or 140 million car miles.

Robert Hahn appointed as SCI Executive Director
(19 May 2010)
A leading economist has been appointed Executive Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute at The University of Manchester.

Poet Laureate puts John Rylands Totem in pole position
(20 May 2010)
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is to unveil an 11-metre high piece of public art at The University of Manchester’s world-famous John Rylands Library today (20 May).

Funding boost for new Jodrell Bank ‘live science’ centre
(21 May 2010)
£3.1m funding announced by NWDA and ERDF. Major redevelopment project gets the go-ahead from planners.

Scientists find important new step in protein production
(21 May 2010)
Scientists at the University of Manchester have identified an extra step in protein production, a major activity of all cells, which they believe impacts particularly on how our cells respond to stresses such as starvation and virus attack.

Outstanding volunteers win Uni awards
(24 May 2010)
The remarkable volunteering achievements of University of Manchester staff and students have been recognised and celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

Psychotherapy open day
(25 May 2010)
People in Greater Manchester will have the chance to find out more about the benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) this summer.

University water cooler rises to global challenge
(25 May 2010)
The University of Manchester is using its choice of water cooler to help bring water to some of the world's poorest people.

Students making a difference in South Manchester
(25 May 2010)
Student volunteers have helped to create a welcoming environment for young homeless people as part of a series of community voluntary projects across South Manchester.