Oxford plans climate change lectures

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgUnder pressure from student-led activism, lecturers in Oxford and other universities across the country will be turning over their usual timetables next week to devote teaching time to climate change.The plans are a way of raising awareness before the UN’s climate change summit in Copenhagen in December.Oxford University will be taking part in a national climate change awareness campaign initiated by the Campaign Against Climate Change, backed by the national University and College Union, over 50 top academics, 5 Oxford JCRs and OUSU’s Environment and Ethics Committee.A series of lectures, talks and debates will be taking place throughout 8th week on the subject, including a debate:  “Is the University Doing Enough in the face of Climate Catastrophe”, a talk by eminent philosopher, John Broome on “The Ethics of Climate Change” and a lecture to be given by the head of Oxford’s Climate Dynamics department, Myles Allen.Much of the week’s activity, however, will be focused on the 1st December, when lecturers from a number of departments around the University will turn over the content of their ordinary lectures to climate change.Although negotiations are ongoing between Oxford Education against climate change, a pressure group of mostly undergraduate students, and departments across the University, lecturers in Physics, Earth Sciences, PPE and Philosophy have already committed to give over teaching time to the cause.The Physics department has pledged to dedicate the last ten minutes of every lecture given in 8th week to discussion of climate change, while the Earth Sciences department has given a similar pledge.Sophie Rimington-Pounder, a second year Physics student said, “I think it’s a good idea – it promotes a crucial aspect to today’s science, as long as it is more relevant to the scientific aspect of climate change and not completely politically charged.”However, a Physics student from Magdalen was less supportive: “I think raising awareness is a good thing, but I’d be disappointed if it takes time away from actually teaching my course. I’m not sure whether talking for ten minutes to a group of people who don’t really want to be there is the best way of promoting any cause, even a worthwhile one.” Political Theory and Utilitarianism lecturers have also agreed to devote time to the subject on the 1st and throughout the week, and various PPE lectures on the 1st are being modified with climate change in mind.Mike Webb, a second year PPE student from Balliol will be attending the Political Theory lecture and argues that climate change poses many questions for the political theorist about the role of government. “Some of the world’s most eminent political philosophers, such as Michael Sandal, John Broome and Amartya Sen, are thinking and writing about these questions, so I for one am looking forward to hearing what Stuart White, the lecturer, has to say on the subject.”Other departments involved include the International Development Department, which held a series of evening lectures this week including “Climate change refugees: What’s all the fuss about?” and will also be turning over its timetable on Tuesday 1st.Jake Colman, a 3rd year Physics student at St. Peter’s involved in pressuring departments to take action explained the initiative, “These actions mark the beginning of a long-term campaign both to activate students in the struggle against climate change and to challenge the current conception of education as something decided upon from above…with Climate Change already thought to be killing about 300,000 people a year and rising fast, we currently face a threat to humanity itself. [The UN Climate Conference in] Copenhagen will not provide the answers we need. The solution doesn’t simply lie with our leaders, who are driven by economic and political interest – it lies with us.”Another Oxford student involved, Amy Gilligan argued, “So far the responses to the impending catastrophe of climate change that are visible in the UK’s educational institutions are feeble. In subjects like Physics, Economics and Geography isolated courses on climate change are taught, but we lack the integration at every level, with every subject and at every age group that is necessary for the kind of widespread consciousness that we need.”The week’s national activities will culminate in students around the country joining “The Wave” in London – set to be the largest climate change demonstration hitherto staged in the capital.last_img read more

Baby joy for Seamus and Rachel Coleman

December 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKillybegs footballer Seamus Coleman and his wife Rachel have announced the birth of another beautiful baby girl to their family. The couple welcomed their second child on Tuesday morning, who they have decided to name Ellie.Ireland captain and Everton ace Seamus posted a sweet photo online today to share the happy news that he has another girl to dote upon. He said: “My girls! What an amazing day our amazing baby girl Ellie Coleman born this morning at 7.25am weighing a healthy 7lb 4.5oz.“My wife is amazing.”Seamus Coleman with wife Rachel and baby Lily at a civic reception in his honour at Donegal County Council headquarters. June 2017. (North west Newspix)The Colemans’ first-born girl Lilly, who is almost two years old, was clearly excited about meeting her new sibling too. It appears she had already gone shopping for Ellie, who is pictured in the hospital wearing a pink top with ‘Sister’ written on it.As his squad grows, Seamus will soon have to get out and shop for a family kit! Baby joy for Seamus and Rachel Coleman was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:rachel colemanseamus colemanlast_img read more

Top stories friendly foxes a creature from a lost world and wasps

July 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Top stories: friendly foxes, a creature from a lost world, and wasps that won’t wait Mysterious, frond-shaped Ediacaran organisms dominated Earth’s seas half a billion years ago, and scientists have long struggled to figure out whether they’re algae, fungi, or even an entirely different kind of life that failed to survive into the modern era. Now, two paleontologists think they have finally identified the strange creatures: They were animals, but unlike any living on Earth today.Scientists spent years on a plan to import this wasp to kill stinkbugs. Then it showed up on its ownA decade ago, as the invasive brown marmorated stinkbug tore through crops and invaded homes in the United States, a team of entomologists went looking for a solution. They traveled to Asia to identify one of the stinkbug’s natural enemies—the samurai wasp—and began the painstaking process of deciding whether to release it back home. Then the wasp showed up on its own.University finds prominent astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss grabbed a woman’s breastAn investigation by Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe concluded earlier this month that high-profile astrophysicist and atheist Lawrence Krauss violated the university’s sexual harassment policy by grabbing a woman’s breast at a conference in Australia in late 2016. In response to an email, an ASU spokesperson wrote: “Professor Lawrence Krauss is no longer director of Arizona State University’s Origins Project,” but remains on administrative leave.She’s the world’s top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and intimidated themTania Singer, a celebrated neuroscientist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, is known as one of the world’s foremost experts on empathy. But her lab was a very different story, according to eight former and current colleagues. Meetings often ended in tears, and Singer, who is currently on a 1-year sabbatical, regularly made harsh comments to women who became pregnant. The institute acknowledged the allegations and said the society’s vice president had investigated them, but the details remain confidential. Email (left to right): KINGSTON PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE JAB CANID EDUCATION AND CONSERVATION CENTER; J. HOYAL CUTHILL; ELIJAH TALAM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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A new study found that tame foxes are likely to carry a unique version of SorCS1, a gene that helps ferry proteins involved in synapse formation and nervous system signaling.These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known todaylast_img read more