27-29 November 2010

LSE in print

It's a girl! Guess what that says about you and your looks
The Times, 29/11/2010, p.9, Hannah Devlin
Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, has carried out a study, which is to be published in the journal Reproductive Sciences, which is contentious. He also argues that beauty is a stronger predictor of reproductive success for women than men.

Norman Dennis
The Guardian, 29/11/2010, p.38, Unattributed
An obituary of Norman Dennis, a sociologist known for his research into community life. He was part of a group of sociology students who would go on to shape and cement the discipline in Britain which started their studies at the London School of Economics in the late 1940s, from which he graduated with a first. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/nov/28/norman-dennis-obituary|

Muriel Nissel
The Guardian, 29/11/2010, p.39, Unattributed
An obituary of Muriel Nissel, who co-founded the respected "statistician's bible" Social Trends. In 1964 Nissel took a job as a research assistant at the London School of Economics and began working there with Professor Claus Moser. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/nov/28/muriel-nissel-obituary|

Back skivers, say teachers
The Sunday Times (Scotland)*, 28/11/2010, p.25, Jonathan Leake
Some of the Britain's most senior teachers have called on their profession to stand up for any children threatened with punishment for skipping classes to attend protest rallies. Ashok Kumar, of the London School of Economics students' union, who joined a picket of the office of Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem MP, said: "Everywhere the Lib Dems go, they will be hunted. A generation now knows nothing more than hatred for them."

Brown fails to follow in Blair's £2,000-a-minute footsteps
The Sunday Times (Scotland)*, 28/11/2010, p.3, Jason Allardyce
While Tony Blair enjoys six-figure sums for sell-out speaking engagements around the world, organisers of a question and answer session with his successor are struggling to shift tickets for £4 a time. The London School of Economics said it was too early to say how many would attend an earlier free event for staff and students next Tuesday to launch Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation.

Teachers back skiving pupils in fees protest
The Sunday Times, 28/11/2010, p.14, Cal Flyn , Robin Henry
Students taking part in protests against increased tuition fees and higher education spending cuts have the backing of NUT president Gill Goodswen and 11 teacher representatives, who have signed an open letter pledging their 'wholehearted support'. Increasingly targeted by the angry students are the Liberal Democrats, whose reneging on their pre-election promises has - according to Ashok Kumar of the LSE students' union - earned them the hatred of an entire generation.

A bike race brought us to Britain
The Sunday Times, 28/11/2010, p.8, Anna Sofat
Anna Sofat, holder of a masters degree from the LSE, has established Addidi, a boutique wealth management organisation offering lifestyle and concierge services to rich women - those with over GBP1m in liquid assets. Last year, Addidi launched Britain's first female 'angel investor' club: Business Angel. She is profiled here and talks about her business.

Spain's puzzling home prices
The Wall Street Journal (Europe), 26/11/2010, p.17, Sara SchaefermuÑoz
LSE professor Luis Garicano found in a study that Spanish house prices had been pumped up y over 10pc by the country's housing boom and its market accounted for two-thirds of the housing units erected in Europe between 1999 and 2007. Now Spain faces problems as house price valuations depend on who is doing the calculations, leaving lenders vulnerable. One risk is that the uncertainty about actual property values obscures the amount of potential losses sitting on bank balance sheets. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703531504575624652

Fury builds over policing
Morning Star, 26/11/2010, p.3, Unattributed
An estimated 130, 000 students participated in a day if action on Wednesday, and police tactics used for dealing with them in the Whitehall area deemed 'outrageous and unacceptable' by Coalition of Resistance and National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts. As the Morning Star went to press, some 45 LSE and LSB university students were blockading the offices of the deputy leader of the Lib Dems, Simon Hughes. http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/98109|

Economics focus
The Economist, 27/11/2010, p.86, Unattributed
The 'Depression Report' which was co-written by Richard Layard in 2006, noted that more people were claiming incapacity benefits in Britain due to depression and other mental problems than were on the dole, and he concluded that unhappiness beat unemployment as a social problem. Though this latter factor is no longer true, David Cameron has pledged to focus not only on GDP but on 'general well being' and has asked the Office of National Statistics to measure this commodity in the country. http://www.economist.com/node/17578888?story_id=17578888|

US envoys forced to apologise in advance as Wikileaks release looms
The Independent, 27/11/2010, p.8, Jerome Taylor
The Wikileaks website is poised to release up to three million confidential diplomatic communiqués thought to be cables taken from SIPR-Net, the global secret-level communication level of the Pentagon, and US official are trying to stem the potential fallout. LSE professor Michael Cox, an expert in international relations, feels the cables will prove embarrassing rather than diplomatically threatening and that though state versus state rivalries are bound to be revealed, the officials concerned would probably prefer to pool their energies in closing Wikileaks than dwelling on their content. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/jerome-taylor-this-is-a-public-airing-of-washingtons-dirty-linen-2144994.html|

'Today' reveals its guest editors (and Jordan isn't one of them)
The Independent, 27/11/2010, p.30, Ian Burrell
BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme has revealed the five guest editors of the show in the week after Christmas, one of whom is the former LSE chief executive Clara Furse. Not on the list was model Katie Price - though Today did say it had been taking to her about the possibility of her acquainting its listeners with ' a world a million miles away' from the one it usually occupies.

The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?
Times Higher Education, 25/11/10 p53 Michelle Baddeley
A review of Howard Davies’ book The Financial Crisis which ‘makes significant progress…a relatively clear and apolitical analysis of the many, varied and connected causes’ of the crisis

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Coalition spends £1.2 million on climate change talks
Mail online – But Dr Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics said: 'Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. Just relying on countries to decide on their own how much to cut emissions at home would be unlikely to result in efficient and fair actions by all countries.'

Some US college students look to the UK
Wall Street Journal - When final-year economics undergraduate Robert Rogers transferred from Georgetown University to the London School of Economics, his annual tuition fees plummeted to around $20,000 a year from around $41,000.

Windows 7 tablets, Kinect Openness, Black Friday marked Microsoft Week
Eweek.com – Nov 28 That represented something of a pullback from earlier in October, where Ballmer reportedly told an audience at the London School of Economics: "You’ll see new slates with Windows on them. You’ll see them this Christmas."

Vietnamese student show to open in UK
Thanh Nien daily – Nov 28 Initiated by the Vietnam Society at London School of Economics (VNLSE), the cultural show typically attracts hundreds of Vietnamese students every year.

Translating governmentspeak … this week: happiness
Herald Scotland - Nov 28 2010 7:21AM GMT hang in there with an economic text until page 24, especially one written by a professor at the London School of Economics. But I?ll wager that 99.9% of the population knew this before Layard told them. His book, Happiness: Lessons From A New Science, http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/james-cusick/translating-government

Friends in need: the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics and Scholars at Risk help to rebuild lives
Times Higher Education Supplement - Nov 28 2010 12:52AM GMT to fund her PhD. A wider context for such issues was provided by a recent debate at the London School of Economics, titled Silencing the Classroom: Persecuted Academics Share Their Experiences. Mina Al-Lami, a visiting Fellow at LSE’s department of http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=414420&c=1|

Kirk takes suburban roots to Senate
Chicago Herald – Nov 28 He attended graduate school overseas, at the London School of Economics, spending time working for the 1983 re-election of English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and at an English private school before returning to the U.S. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101128/news/711299867/|

ClickFox Sniffs Out $17.9M - cbl
Citybizlist Atlanta – Nov 28
Geoff holds a BA in Economics from Hamilton College, an MBA from Boston University as well as General Course at The London School of Economics & Political Science. http://atlanta.citybizlist.com/3/2010/11/28/ClickFox-Sniffs-Out--17.9M---cbl.aspx|

First class graduates
Star online (Malaysia) – Nov 28 One of the award recipients, Lim Tse Wei, who scored five A’s and will be reading Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, attributed his success to his lecturers. http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2010/11/28/education/7419539&sec=education|

The euro has been sunk by ignorance
Mail online – Nov 27 Roger Alford, late of the London School of Economics, gave me a copy of his most recent research work, modestly entitled Some Help In Understanding Britain's Banking Crisis. Alford fixes the blame for the recession on an American, Alan Greenspan, and rightly so.

Middle East expert Bulloch dies
BBC - Nov 27 2010 3:04PM GMT things were going long before most of us did."Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics, said: "As a student of the modern Middle East, you have to read John Bulloch. He was in the thick of it.""He really knew

The killing of a 10-year-old boy in south London shocked the UK but why, asks Tom de Castella, does Damilola's death remain such a painful memory a decade later?
Manchester Wired - Nov 27 2010 4:45AM GMT is there a racial element to how cases are reported? Dr Myria Georgiou, a media lecturer at the London School of Economics, says the coverage created a lot of sympathy for Damilola and his family: "It showed the possibility for the media to create a http://www.manchesterwired.co.uk/news.php/111342-Damilola-Taylor-How-his-murder-shocked-a-nation|

Damilola Taylor: How his murder shocked a nation
London Wired - Nov 27 2010 4:19AM GMT is there a racial element to how cases are reported? Dr Myria Georgiou, a media lecturer at the London School of Economics, says the coverage created a lot of sympathy for Damilola and his family: "It showed the possibility for the media to create a

Damilola death
BBC - Nov 27 2010 3:40AM GMT is there a racial element to how cases are reported? Dr Myria Georgiou, a media lecturer at the London School of Economics, says the coverage created a lot of sympathy for Damilola and his family: "It showed the possibility for the media to create a

Women love soldiers because of power, authority ~
Daily Sun – Nov 27 In between, I met a friend of mine, a lecturer in the London School of Economics who introduced me to the World Bank Chief in Africa and he invited me to participate in the World Bank-assisted health programme here and that encthe African Development Bank between 1996 and 1998.

51-hour occupation at South Bank SE1
London SE1- Nov 27 Elsewhere, students from the London School of Economics and the University of the Arts London were involved in a protest at the constituency office of Simon Hughes MP at The Blue market in Bermondsey.

Taiwanese vote in closely-watched election
The Hindu – Nov 27 Ms. Tsai, 54, was educated at Cornell Law School and the London School of Economics, and has considerable appeal among the centrist voters who put Mr. Ma over the top in 2008. http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article917477.ece|

New wave of "pot" culture makes Naya a global village
Times of India – Nov 27 Bhattacharya, an IIT graduate, London School of Economics fellow and eastern zone finalist of TOI's Lead India' campaign, said: "We're looking at revenue generation for these artists and turning Naya into a sustainable tourism hub."

Cut VAT To Turn One Million Empty Properties Into Homes, Says FMB
Build.co.uk - Nov 26 2010 6:05PM GMT Brian Berry, Director of External Affairs at the FMB said: "Recent research commissioned by the FMB from the London School of Economics reveals that there is capacity within existing towns and cities to create all the new homes the UK needs and that

Respected academic and family values campaigner dies at 81
Christian Institute - Nov 26 2010 5:43PM GMT Dennis was born in Sunderland in 1929 and attended Bede Grammar School. He began his career at the London School of Economics and then became a lecturer at Newcastle University. In the late 60s, Mr Dennis was a councillor for the Millfield ward in http://www.christian.org.uk/news/respected-academic-and-family-values-campaigner-dies-at-81/|

Colin Firth to edit Today programme
Portsmouth Today - Nov 26 2010 5:42PM GMT Private Eye and The Oldie founder Richard Ingrams and businesswoman Dame Clara Furse, a former CEO of the London School of Economics. Taylor-Wood, who directed her first movie Nowhere Boy last year, will look at issues surrounding childbirth and examine...

Performance data may not guide patients’ choice
OnMedicanet - Nov 26 2010 2:40PM GMT November 2010 Experts have cast further doubt on whether patients can successfully use performance data to choose their health provider, in a paper published today on bmj.com. This echoes concerns expressed in the King’s Fund/London School of Economics http://www.onmedica.com/newsArticle.aspx?id=60149711-55ac-49b7-948e-b6aabbd80971|

Here’s how the euro could collapse – and why it’s unlikely to
Citywire - Nov 26 2010 1:53PM GMT fund early retirement for Greeks, or Ireland’s super-low corporate tax. Professor Iain Begg, research fellow at the London School of Economics, noted that of the scenarios in which the eurozone breaks up, one where Germany defects and takes with it

Burstow flames claims poor councils will be hit worst by cuts
Communitycare.co.uk - Nov 26 2010 11:20AM GMT decisions should not come as a surprise to Burstow. In July Tony Travers, local government expert at the London School of Economics, warned that the timing of the comprehensive spending review and the subsequent local government settlement (of which the http://www.communitycare.co.uk/blogs/adult-care-blog/2010/11/burstow-flames-claims-poor-councils-will-be-hit-worst-by-cuts.html|

FMB calls for cut in VAT on housing repairs
Stock Market Wire - Nov 26 2010 8:45AM GMT Brian Berry, Director of External Affairs at the FMB said: Recent research commissioned by the FMB from the London School of Economics reveals that there is capacity within existing towns and cities to create all the new homes the UK needs and that

Cut VAT to turn 1m empty properties into homes
Propertytalk Live - Nov 26 2010 7:54AM GMT speaking during the 17th National Empty Homes Week who said: "Recent research commissioned by the FMB from the London School of Economics reveals that there is capacity within existing towns and cities to create all the new homes the UK needs and that

Bank of England MPC split: Mervyn King and Adam Posen in profile
Telegraph - Nov 26 2010 7:24AM GMT s next 20 years were spent as an academic. He came to prominence as a professor at the London School of Economics, producing ground-breaking papers on tax which attracted the attention of Government officials. By the end of the 1980s he had got a toehold http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/8160914/Bank-of-England-MPC-split-Mervyn-King-and-Adam-Posen-in-profile.html|

Taiwan poll could hold clues for vital China ties
Asian Correspondent - Nov 26 2010 5:09AM GMT emerges from the voting in the stronger position. Tsai, 54, was educated at Cornell Law School and the London School of Economics, and has considerable appeal to the centrist voters who put Ma over the top in 2008. By contrast, the 63-year-old Su is a http://asiancorrespondent.com/breakingnews/taiwan-poll-could-hold-clues-for-vi.htm|

Professor David Frisby: Sociologist who established himself as the world's leading expert on German social thought
The Independent - Nov 26 2010 12:34AM GMT as management trainee for the National Coal Board, who awarded him a scholarship to study sociology at the London School of Economics. The terms of the scholarship demanded that David spend part of his vacations painting coal wagons black, a task he http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/professor-david-frisby-sociologist-

US stocks decline on dollar gains
Bloomberg – Nov 26 Paul Woolley, senior fellow at the London School of Economics, talks about the state of the financial-services industry. Woolley speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (Source: Bloomberg)

How wrong can you be?
The Irrawaddy – Nov 26 When Queen Elizabeth made a public appearance at the London School of Economics shortly after the start of the 2008 global financial crisis, she famously asked her influential academic audience why they didn't see it—the world's worst economic meltdown in decades—coming.

LSE on TV/radio

Five Live Breakfast
BBC Radio Five Live
Tony Travers interviewed on public spending cuts

The Westminster Hour
BBC Radio 4
Tony Travers on local government cuts

The Wright Stuff
Reference to an LSE professor who warned it could be difficult to get Italian cheese if the UK left the EU