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thumbnail Diet or DNA: are we fated to be fat?

Marks on the genetic 'code' that babies have at birth is different for children who go on to be obese or overweight compared to those who do not, new research has found.

thumbnail Inside the magazine business: a chat with Anna Jones

AlumNews meets publishing impresaria Anna Jones née Sheard (BA International Business Management 1997), whose role as acting COO of Hearst Magazines UK sees her presiding over some of the UK’s best loved glossies, including Elle, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health.

thumbnail Newcastle retains Stan Calvert Cup for fifth consecutive year

Team Newcastle lifted the Stan Calvert Cup for a landmark fifth time in a row at Gateshead International Stadium on 4 March, beating rivals Northumbria by 100.5 points to 52.5 points.

thumbnail Do you remember the 1995 or 1949 British Science Festival?

The British Science Festival returns to Newcastle for the seventh time in September 2013. Do you remember previous Festivals in 1995 or even 1949? If so, please send us your photos and memories.

thumbnail The world at 7 billion: a review of IDC 2012

ACG member Dr David Moffatt (BSc Agriculture 1966, PhD 1971) reviews the fourth International Development Conference, held at Newcastle University on 18–19 February 2012.

thumbnail Prof Jonathan Shepherd to speak on alcohol policy

A world-renowned expert on the prevention and treatment of alcohol-related injuries will deliver the School of Dental Sciences' annual 'Founders and Benefactors Lecture' on 16 June.

thumbnail New book celebrates life on the North East coast

A book of drawings, photos, poems and prose capturing the beauty of the North East's coastline has been produced by the School of Marine Sciences and Technology (MAST).

thumbnail Five minutes with Britpop impresario, Tony Wadsworth

AlumNews chats to BPI Chairman and former CEO of EMI Music, Tony Wadsworth (BA Economic Studies 1977), who returns to campus in June as the judge of our inaugural battle of the bands.

thumbnail A simulating driving experience at TORG

A state-of-the-art driving simulator at TORG, which lets transport researchers study how age affects driving ability, will be open to guests at CW12. Amelia Wareing and Maria Douglas take a virtual spin. 

thumbnail Sharp dance moves from the Newcastle Kingsmen

Masters of the traditional Northumbrian Rapper sword dance—the Newcastle Kingsmen—will be showcasing their unique talents at Convocation Weekend 2012, writes Maria Douglas.

thumbnail Old Boy football: North versus South

On Saturday 16 June, North meets South in a battle of footballing prowess as London-based Newcastle Old Boys FC take on Garnett Bohemians FC as part of Convocation Weekend.

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