Oxford City Council has approved plans for a 300-bed student complex to be built in Headington for Oxford Brookes students, despite fierce opposition from local residents.The student accommodation will be built on the former Dorset House School site on London Road, in close proximity to retirement flats and a nursing home. When plans were announced, the council received numerous complaints regarding potential noise pollution in the area.The chief concerns centred around a potential clash of lifestyles between the students and local residents. The residents of nearby retirement flats have an average age of 86. Fears were expressed that the process of building the three- and four-storey buildings and introduction of students to the area would disrupt the quiet for the elderly residents in the area.Whilst in accordance with city planning regulations, students will not be allowed to park cars in the area. Residents have voiced discontent with students potentially parking in streets that do not enforce residents\’ parking permits. Concerns have also been aired of student cyclists posing a threat to the elderly residents.Other complaints relate to the design of the buildings, which have been labelled \’overbearing\’ and \’an eyesore.\’However, Brookes university regards the site as a good location for halls of residence as it is situated between Oxford Brookes and the Headington shops. Residents have been assured that wardens will be on site twenty four hours a day, to quell any drunken or rowdy behaviour and prevent sleepless nights for neighbours.A spokesperson for Oxford City Council said, \”We consider all planning applications on their individual merits. We take in concerns and comments from residents through the consultation process.\”In addition we assess proposals against our planning policies that we have to follow when granting or refusing planning permission. In this case the Council decided that there were important benefits in providing student flats to help reduce the number of students sharing in family housing and that the possible impacts on adjacent residents could be suitably controlled by using planning conditions.\”The issues regarding the new halls of residence appear to confirm an increasing sense amongst local people and home-owners that Oxford is effectively becoming a \’student ghetto,\’ overrun by members of the city\’s two universities.One Brookes student said, \”I can understand the concerns of locals with regards to a clash of lifestyles, as it is common knowledge that halls produce a lot of noise pollution, especially in contrast to a retirement home. It is important to note the necessity of a quiet and calm environment in respect to the well-being of members and staff at the retirement homes.\”However she noted that, \”Oxford is home to one of the oldest universities in the word, therefore the city shall and always will be dictated by its student population\’s lifestyle and needs.\”Â
Read Full Story Exposure to diesel exhaust on the job appears to raise the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease, according to Aisha Dickerson, a Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Dickerson was one of seven Fellows who presented their research at the Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Symposium, held Feb. 26, 2018 at Harvard Chan School.Named for Dr. Alonzo Smyth Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Program aims to advance the intellectual and professional development of its Fellows. The program has trained more than 50 Fellows since its inception in 2001. It is directed by Christina Burkot, senior search and review officer, and overseen by Betty Johnson, assistant dean for faculty and staff diversity, development and leadership.Meredith Rosenthal, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Karen Emmons, dean for academic affairs, gave opening remarks. Rosenthal called it “a gem in our efforts to diversify the faculty and invest in the next generation of public health researchers.”Dickerson described how she and colleagues—including her mentor, Marc Weisskopf, professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology—used national data from Denmark to identify 1,639 patients with ALS. They then estimated the ALS patients’ exposure to diesel exhaust based on their employment history and compared that information with 100 others of the same age and sex who did not have ALS.They found that anyone ever exposed to diesel exhaust through their work had 17 percent higher odds of getting ALS. The greater the exposure to diesel exhaust, the greater the risk.Six other Fellows presented at the symposium:Maria Andrée López Gomez talked about her work at Harvard Chan School’s Center for Work, Health and Well-Being. Her research has suggested that mental health issues could be a risk factor for occupational injury.Carlos Giovanni Silva-García, who conducts research in William Mair’s lab in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, discussed his study of the role of a protein called CRTC-1 in lipid metabolism and how that impacts the aging process.Loren Saulsberry, a Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management, discussed the impact of breast density notification laws on the use of supplemental breast imaging and breast biopsies. Some states require women be notified if mammograms reveal that they “dense breasts,” because mammograms may fail to detect tumors in dense tissue.Ambika Satija, who works with Department of Nutrition chair Frank Hu, talked about their research comparing the effects of healthy vs. less healthy types of plant-based diets on cardiometabolic health.Özge Karanfil, a fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population, discussed her work on how changing guidelines for health screening tests—such as mammograms, pap smears, and PSA tests for prostate cancer—impact clinical practice.Tia McGill Rogers, who does research on trauma epidemiology with Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, talked about how the prevalence of “complex trauma”—trauma that is pervasive, prolonged, and often repetitive, and linked with undermining primary caregiver relationships—affects children’s health over time.– Karen Feldscher
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The Telegraph 30 June 2014Almost one in four British women believe their main role in life is to be a good wife and mother, an international study has found.Women in the UK are almost as likely as men to hold a traditional view on the role of the sexes, it shows.New global polling by Ipsos MORI found that British people are less traditionalist overall on the issue of gender than Americans, Germans or Australians but substantially more so than those in many other European countries including France, Spain, Italy and Sweden.British women are just as likely to see their role in traditional terms as their counterparts in Turkey.More than 16,000 people in 20 countries were polled as part of a survey of attitudes to a range of social issues to be published later this year.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10935616/One-in-four-British-women-think-their-main-role-is-in-home.html