Just an update on this research project. Sadly the chappy who was travelling from the US to do this research for his Masters can no longer make it.
... that means it is up for grabs, if anyone is interested.
Although there's no scholarship attached, the research is of such a topical nature that it will be funded at some point. I'm preparing two grant applications now, although, if successful, funds would not become available until September 2004 (and these are hotly contested grants).
Well, sad news. The person who was to undertake this project, having had it approved by our committee (Doctoral) has had to withdraw at this late stage (due to commence within a month) for personal reasons.
I have two other students considering it right now, one as a Masters and one as a PhD. I've re-advertised it here, as it is something that I am anxious to see undertaken.
I have one Bachelors (Hons) lass, Emma, who will be looking at the Kogia stomach contents, so this part of the project is gone.
The way I got my screen is like this: I keep forgeting my screen name on a lot of multi-player games such as Battlefield, Runescape and C&C seris, so I just use that all the rest of my online stuff. Chrono means teleport or something...
In editing the original post for this thread a message popped up to say 'text too long'. So I've had to remove the references and post them separately. Sorry. The following links to the first post in this thread.
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