In these features, we highlight some of the diverse work being undertaken at the University.
Posted on Friday 16 July 2010
The way Hong Kong coped with a chronic water shortage in the 1960s provides important lessons for a world dealing with global warming, according to research by Dr David Clayton in the Department of History.
Posted on Wednesday 3 March 2010
The relationship between the urbanisation of the United States in the mid to late 19th Century and the landscape art of the period is the focus of research by Professor David Peters Corbett of the Department of History of Art.
Posted on Wednesday 13 January 2010
A new project led by the University of York aims to reduce biodiversity losses linked to palm oil production in tropical agricultural landscapes.
Posted on Monday 16 November 2009
Research in the Department of Physics is revealing the properties of some promising building blocks for nanotechnology.
Posted on Thursday 10 September 2009
A research partnership with a theme park aims to help conserve a forest in Tanzania and educate children and adults both there and in the UK.
Posted on Wednesday 12 August 2009
At first glance, the answer to the question “when does somebody die?” might appear to have a straightforward answer. However, scientific advances have made this one of the central ethical challenges facing medicine.
Posted on Friday 12 June 2009
The University of York is leading an international consortium that aims to revolutionise communications systems by giving them artificial intelligence.
Posted on Thursday 16 April 2009
Research that documents the recent history of a West Yorkshire community is challenging preconceptions of what heritage is and how it should be preserved.
Posted on Thursday 5 March 2009
Making it possible to make a telephone call on the move using a pocket-sized device and at an affordable price is a relatively recent technological achievement but consumers already expect far more from their mobile phone.
Posted on Thursday 15 January 2009
The role of women as investors and managers of their finances is the focus of research by Professor Josephine Maltby in The York Management School.
Posted on Friday 12 December 2008
The effect of face coverings on how people speak and how they are understood is the subject of research in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science.
Posted on Sunday 26 October 2008
The problem of 'water poverty' in England and Wales is the focus of investigation by a group of researchers from the University's Department of Social Policy and Social Work.
Posted on Friday 26 September 2008
"Would an eighteenth-century gentleman wink? What’s a strong eighteenth-century swear word? Who were the Whigs anyway?" These were just a few of the questions York historian Dr Hannah Greig faced as historical advisor to The Duchess.
Posted on Tuesday 26 August 2008
Policy makers need to give greater priority to the housing needs of disabled children, according to research undertaken by Dr Bryony Beresford from the University's Social Policy Research Unit.
Posted on Sunday 4 May 2008
Alien invasive insect species (such as the Asian Longhorn Beetle) are being detected in a project that uses computing technology to study animal sounds (computational bioacoustics). Globalisation of trade is increasing the incidence of invasive pests in the UK, and in other countries around the world, often causing significant economic damage.
Posted on Friday 4 April 2008
The natural world is unpredictable, so how can we ever hope to exploit it sustainably? This question forms a major area of study in the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA), a multi-disciplinary centre which studies complexity science. Complexity science uses mathematics and computational modelling to study the behaviour of systems across diverse scales and applications.
Posted on Tuesday 4 March 2008
We have all seen it and we all know what it means — but what is it called? The ‘hand with pointing finger’ symbol has been used for centuries to point us to places, to sell us things and to draw our eyes to important messages.
Posted on Monday 4 February 2008
Families in low-income households in Britain suffer daily hardships, research by staff in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and the NSPCC has revealed.
Posted on Monday 3 December 2007
While today’s fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation of the seas began not in the modern era, nor even with the dawn of industrialisation, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. This long and colourful history of commercial fishing and hunting is explored by Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York, in his book The Unnatural History of the Sea: The Past and Future of Humanity and Fishing.
Posted on Monday 3 September 2007
A comparison of pay in the public and private sectors in Britain reveals considerable benefits for experienced and highly skilled men working in the public sector, particularly those from an ethnic minority.
Posted on Tuesday 3 April 2007
A new University research centre to monitor gases in the atmosphere has been set up in Cape Verde, the collection of islands in the North East Atlantic Ocean, about 300 km off the North African coast.
Posted on Thursday 1 February 2007
For more than 2,300 years, doctors have relied on their patients' faith in their ability to cure, faith that was misplaced, argues Anniversary Professor History David Wootton in his controversial book, Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates.
Posted on Sunday 1 October 2006
It is difficult to accept that something as solid and unyielding as a tree is mostly made out of fresh air. Uproot a tree, pull it to bits, and you will discover that over half of the tree is carbon - sucked from the air as carbon dioxide. Forests not only store this carbon in the trees tissues, but also in the soils they develop, giving them their greener-than-green reputation as key players in the carbon cycle and our fight against global warming.
Posted on Tuesday 1 August 2006
A turbulent period in York's history, which included the execution of its Archbishop, underlies the text and images in the rare and richly illuminated medieval manuscript the Bolton Book of Hours, owned by York Minster Library. It is the subject of a new interdisciplinary study by Dr Sarah Rees Jones and Professor Felicity Riddy of the Centre for Medieval Studies.
Posted on Thursday 1 June 2006
Death is inexorably linked to history and culture, and the ritual and customs of death and burials provide a valuable insight into society. Emergency measures during the Second World War, and post-war changing attitudes saw England's death culture run counter to the Victorian trends still existing earlier in the century.
Posted on Monday 1 May 2006
With the physical devastation and human tragedy caused by recent climatic events, the new York Institute of Tropical Ecosystem Dynamics (KITE) is a timely initiative to plot way s in which the world can manage the impact of climate change through a better understanding of land use and conservation.
Posted on Saturday 1 April 2006
Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor responsible for promoting Christianity and arguably the most influential figure in the growth of the Church, is the focus of a major international exhibition in York at the Yorkshire Museum until 29 October 2006.
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