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News archive: 2000 releases

First plant genome completed

Thursday 14 December 2000

The completion of the first plant genome is published in four articles in this week's Nature.

York teenagers discover university life in Green Apples scheme

Thursday 14 December 2000

Teenagers from three York schools will find out more about universities at a day conference at the University of York on Monday 18 December.

University and Colleges sign statement of collaboration

Wednesday 13 December 2000

The University of York, the College of Ripon and York, and York College are to collaborate on a range of projects.

Another perfect score as Philosophy continues York's superb teaching record

Thursday 7 December 2000

The Department of Philosophy at the University of York has scored 24 out of 24 in its official Subject Review (formerly known as Teaching Quality Assessment), which was carried out this week.

New laboratory for leading cancer team

Tuesday 28 November 2000

One of the world's leading research teams in cervical and prostate cancer is to get a new state-of-the art laboratory at the University of York. The first turf on the site of the building to house the laboratory will be cut today (Tuesday 28 November).

New sports pavilion opens

Monday 20 November 2000

A new pavilion providing facilities for the University's sports teams and those of Norwich Union will be declared open on Wednesday 22 November at 1pm.

Politics continues York's superb teaching record with another perfect score

Thursday 9 November 2000

The Department of Politics at the University of York has scored 24 out of 24 in its official Subject Review (formerly known as Teaching Quality Assessment), which was carried out this week.

Archives saved from floods

Wednesday 8 November 2000

Conservators who normally work preserving medieval documents at the University's Borthwick Institute of Historical Research have stepped in to rescue archives and other files damaged by floods in York's riverside business properties. Files are currently being dried out in St Antony's Hall - home to the Borthwick Institute.

Flood crisis: please reduce water waste

Tuesday 7 November 2000

The flood crisis in York means that the University currently has had a major problem with the disposal of effluent.

Nortel funds new software laboratory at University

Wednesday 25 October 2000

The communications company Nortel has funded the refurbishment of a new software teaching laboratory in the department of Computer Science at the University of York.

Rowntree Fellows to explore impact of Charitable Trust

Tuesday 24 October 2000

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is funding four Fellowships at the University of York as part of its centenary celebrations for 2004. The Fellows will research the impact of the Trust's support for initiatives in various fields over the course of its history.

Before Hitler: Jewish Life in the Weimar Republic

Tuesday 17 October 2000

'Before Hitler: Jewish Life in the Weimar Republic' is the title of a public lecture to be given on Tuesday 31 October by Professor Michael Brenner, Germany's first Professor of Jewish History.

University launches city bus service as part of sustainable transport plan

Thursday 12 October 2000

A new bus service with routes designed to help staff and students reach the University is launched today (12 October) by the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Shan Braund. Operated by Top Line Travel and subsidised by the University, the 'Circle Line' will leave the University every 30 minutes on routes around the eastern part of the city.

Universities bid for new medical school for Yorkshire and Humber region

Tuesday 10 October 2000

The Universities of York and Hull are working together to prepare a bid for a new Medical School based in both cities which will provide medical training facilities for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

York scores well on efficiency, drop-out rates and research value for money in new performance indicators for UK universities

Friday 6 October 2000

The University of York continues to perform exceptionally well, according to new performance indicators published by the Higher Education Funding Council today (6 October).

AuroraWatch website predicts spectacular Northern Lights displays

Tuesday 19 September 2000

The majestic northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a spectacular dancing and flickering multi-coloured light show in the night sky.

Chemistry Network wins Green Apple Award

Tuesday 8 August 2000

A prestigious national award has been presented to the Green Chemistry Network at the University of York for its work to promote environmental best practice in the chemical community.

Eight Honoured by University of York

Monday 3 July 2000

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University will be conferred on eight distinguished people by the University of York's Chancellor, Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, at degree ceremonies on 13 and 14 July.

Class of the future studies the world of work

Friday 9 June 2000

All employers need a supply of well-qualified and employable graduates. Finding them can be a headache.

Virtually no library fines for archaeologists

Thursday 25 May 2000

Very old books are getting the very newest digital treatment in a new library service from the University of York.

Mark Tully to give annual Toleration lecture at the University of York

Friday 28 April 2000

Mark Tully, former BBC India correspondent, will be giving this year's JB and WB Morrell Memorial Address on Toleration held at the University of York.

University of York's high-tech firm opens in Scotland

Friday 28 April 2000

The unique University of York spin-off company York EMC Services (YES Ltd) opens its newly-purchased test laboratory in Scotland next week. (Tuesday 2 May).

Individual agents and shared responsibilities

Thursday 20 April 2000

Onora O'Neill gives public lecture at University of York

Princess Anne to visit leading researchers in York

Monday 10 April 2000

The Princess Royal will visit leading researchers in the University of York's Biology department on Wednesday 12 April. She will hear about work in cancer research, using plants as factories and the encouragement of spin-off companies from the University via its 'bioincubator'.

University signs New Music Players as Ensemble in Residence

Thursday 23 March 2000

The University of York has appointed the New Music Players as its Ensemble in Residence from October 2000.

200 years of speech machines

Wednesday 15 March 2000

Scientists have long been interested in designing machines to produce artificial speech. Phoneticians and linguists are now making this possible and a public lecture by Professor John Local will explore the techniques which have been employed over the last 200 years in trying to produce machines that would speak.

Whale shark protected in new marine conservation project

Wednesday 8 March 2000

The biggest fish in the world, the charismatic, docile, but little-known whale shark is at the centre of a project which breaks new ground in marine conservation.

Biology continues York's teaching record with another perfect score

Thursday 2 March 2000

The Department of Biology at the University of York has scored 24 out of 24 in the official Subject Review (formerly known as Teaching Quality Assessment), which was carried out this week.

University helps mobile phones fly high

Tuesday 22 February 2000

The mobile phone masts that now disfigure much of the landscape could become a thing of the past. Thanks to a leap forward in scientific thinking, they may be replaced by airships, or small pilot-less light aircraft, beaming down a new generation of radio communications.

Major cancer breakthrough by University of York team

Thursday 17 February 2000

Dramatic discovery by Yorkshire Cancer Research-funded scientists points to cure for cervical cancer.

Four leading British universities announce global alliance

Tuesday 15 February 2000

Four leading British universities have announced their intention to form a partnership with four American universities in order to take advantage of the growing global markets in teaching and research.

Bronze age archives rescued from obsolete technology

Thursday 10 February 2000

A team of archaeologists has recently completed one of the most unusual rescue operations ever attempted. Instead of neat trenches or sharpened trowels, this expedition was mounted entirely at the click of a mouse and the hum of a computer terminal.

York scores a third perfect score for teaching

Thursday 10 February 2000

The Department of Psychology at the University of York has scored a perfect 24 out of 24 in the official Subject Review (formerly known as Teaching Quality Assessment), which was carried out this week.

Health Studies gets seal of approval for teaching

Monday 31 January 2000

The Department of Health Studies at the University of York has scored 21 out of 24 in the official Subject Review (formerly known as Teaching Quality Assessment), which was carried out last week.

Whitbread winner, Heaney, visits York

Wednesday 26 January 2000

Seamus Heaney, announced winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award on 25 January, will give a special poetry reading at the University of York today. The reading, his second at the University in the last four years, will be in aid of the newly launched 'Friends of the University of York Library'.

Helping Africa access the Internet

Monday 24 January 2000

Electronics experts at the University of York hope their knowledge can help African countries to get access to the modern world's fastest-growing communications tool, the Internet.