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New Head for NRI

guypoulter2Dr Guy Poulter is the new head of NRI. Originally an expert in fisheries, Guy has over 25 years experience of working for - and in - developing countries. He was previously Director of Operations at NRI and has now been appointed Acting Director of the Institute following the retirement of Tony Clayton at the end of 2002. Guy will lead the work of over 115 staff - including about 90 specialist natural and social scientists - at the Institute, which has a prestigious worldwide reputation for research, consultancy and training services in sustainable development. NRI's diverse expertise includes such areas as social anthropology, land management, farming systems, food science and pest management.

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New Look for 'nri.org' in 2003

In January 2003, NRI will launch a restructured 'nri.org' website. The new site will reflect the significant changes that NRI has undergone in the past 18 months.

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'Making Ends Meet' Radio Series

'Making Ends Meet' is a multi-media project which is a collaboration between NRI and the BBC. Funding for NRI's participation in the project has been provided by DFID. The project has at its core a series of radio programmes that were first broadcast on the BBC World Service in August 2002.

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NRI Scientist Reaches BBC Science Presenter Finals

An NRI plant chemist beat 1500 other hopefuls to make it to the finals of BBC Talent's 'Science on Screen' initiative, designed to find a new presenter for BBC science programmes.

"A friend of mine showed me the advertisement," explained Dr Phil Stevenson, Reader in Plant Chemistry at NRI, "and as I already have some experience of science-presenting on the satellite science channel Einstein TV, it seemed like an opportunity too good to miss." The field of applicants was narrowed down to 140 for the first auditions. In these, Phil presented a mock TV report about the use of viruses to control insect populations and, after further short-listing in a one-day workshop on broadcasting techniques, he was delighted to be one of the six selected for the final competitions 'on air.'

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Royal Visit to NRI on 28 March 2002

Her Majesty arrives accompanied by Prof Rick Trainor, the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Greenwich On 28 March 2002 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh honoured NRI by a Royal visit. There was an opportunity for the Royal party to meet with NRI scientists and students in the Ward Room of the Pembroke building on the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich.

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Artificial Cows Fatal to Disease-Carrying Tsetse Fly

tsetseOne of Africa's most harmful pests, the tsetse fly, which can infect humans and cattle with fatal sleeping sickness and nagana (the equivalent disease in cattle), has been all but eradicated from parts of the African continent with the help of artificial cows.

Developed by an international group of researchers including scientists from NRI, the artificial cows attract tsetse by using kairomones (chemicals emitted by one species that influence the behaviour of another) to mimic the smell of real cattle. The fake cattle are impregnated with insecticides that kill the tsetse attracted to them.

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Science Magazine 'News Focus'

Professor Andrew Gale, working with Andrew Smith and Neale Monks of the Natural History Museum, has been the subject of a Science Magazine 'News Focus' published yesterday, because the group's research has cast doubts on the Cenomanian-Turonian (C-T) mass extinction of 94 million years ago.

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Re-organization at NRI

Reflecting changes in demand by NRI's clients, together with changes in the management structure of the University, NRI has re-organized into six thematic Groups participating flexibly in interdisciplinary project teams, co-ordinated by a Director's Office that oversees business winning, marketing, financial planning and policy-direction. NRI also works closely with the University's Medway Sciences team, specializing in research and consultancy on pharmaceutical chemistry and allied subjects, and this team's work is therefore featured on our website.

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NRI Scientist in Demand

tanya sFollowing her successful submission to the Younger Scientists, Engineers and Technologists Awards, held at the House of Commons in March, which ranked a very creditable third ranking overall and was awarded the De Montford Prize, NRI's Tanya Stathers has been in great demand by the media.

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Queens Anniversary Prize for NRI's Work on Food Security

qapThe University of Greenwich has received a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its work on 'Food Security in the Developing World.' This national award recognizes outstanding achievement which also benefits the wider community.

The Prize has been won by the University's Natural Resources Institute (NRI), whose food systems experts work with partners in the developing world on processing, conservation and marketing of food supplies. A distinguished panel of judges commended NRI, saying that its work "in the field of sustainable food security is of international renown." Their citation states that NRI's "practical projects together with its educational and training programmes have brought huge benefit, making a real difference to the lives of thousands of people in developing countries and ensuring that its multidisciplinary expertise is shared widely."

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