31 May 2005

UK tennis talent search

Tennis aces back UK talent search@BBC

British number one Tim Henman and former Wimbledon winner Boris Becker have leant their support to a scheme to find new British tennis talent.

27 May 2005

UK anti-doping education campaign


A new campaign has been launched by UK Sport to educate athletes about anti-doping issues and secure their commitment to drug-free competition.

25 May 2005

budget for 2008 Beijing Olympics


Beijing will invest more than 320 billion yuan ($36billion) over the next four years to beautify the city in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, up from an original investment of 230 billion announced in 2003.

23 May 2005

Want to do PhD in UK?

PhD studentships 2005
Closing date of applications: 24th June 2005

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham
has achieved the highest national Research Assessment Exercise rating (6*).
As part of the School’s commitment to research excellence, it is offering
several PhD Scholarships this year which will be available to European Union
citizens. The studentships are for three years, start in October 2005 and
have an approximate annual value of £7000 plus fees.

The titles of the studentships available are:
1) Regulation of pulmonary blood flow during exercise in humans
2) Venous distensibility, capacitance and tone: gender differences in reflex
3) Comparing theories of risk perception and communication
4) Psychosocial Factors and the Humoral and Cellular Immune Response to
5) Mechanisms and clinical implications of stress lymphocytosis
6) Response of muscle protein synthesis to exercise and nutrition
7) Do interventions that increase insulin sensitivity always translate into
improved lipid handling?
8) Biomarkers for Apoptosis Revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
9) Metabolic interventions in chronic heart failure
10) Effects of exercise on insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2
11) Effect of triathlon fatigue and action transition on motor coordination
and cognitive functions
12) Modelling the mechanical interaction of forces between the musculo
skeletal system of a rower and boat
13) The relationship between visuomotor decline and falls in older adults
14) Quantifying brain metabolism in human visual cortex by functional
magnetic resonance imaging techniques
15) Determinants and correlates of prosocial and antisocial behaviour in
16) Goal striving, well-being and need satisfaction in sport: Testing the
self-concordance model
17) Exercise Imagery

More details about the studentships can be found at our website:

Application packs can be obtained from Mrs. J.E. Bailey, Admissions
Secretary, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham,
Birmingham B15 2TT (J.E.Bailey@Bham.ac.uk, tel: 0121 414 4108).

20 May 2005

wearing red = win!?

Psychology: Red enhances human performance in contests@Nature

UK researchers found that wearing red is consistently associated with a higher probability of winning.

UK's new anti-doping policy

New Anti-Doping Policy launched@UK sport

"The launch of the Policy and Model Rules puts the UK in a very strong position in the fight against doping in sport,"

16 May 2005

McDonald's new strategy


McDonald's UK has launched a campaign calling on Britain's youngsters to take more exercise.

AIS's new CEO

Australian Institute of Sport gets new CEO@Optus net

Leading sports scientist Peter Fricker has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

11 May 2005

Google library access

Library access@Google blog

Google are launching a feature in Google Scholar that lets people read their academic library's subscriptions directly from their Google Scholar search results.

06 May 2005

UK targeting sports scientists

The Future's World Class@UK sport

Interns need to understand and embrace the high-performance culture, develop the right technical skills and be able to analyse athlete performance and provide support that will improve performance.

02 May 2005

US postdocs need build bridges to opportunity

Not Your Father's Postdoc@science

In today's scientific labor market, just doing good science is no longer enough. Postdocs need realistic expectations, good information, and an entrepreneurial attitude toward their careers.