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25 October 2006 PR 06/121

Lecture to give new take on ‘What (not) to wear’

Man’s use of clothing to protect the human body from extreme temperatures and other environmental hazards will be the focus of a lecture taking place at Loughborough University next week.

Entitled ‘What (not) to wear’, the inaugural lecture is being given by George Havenith, Professor of Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics.

Professor Havenith, a world expert in the field of human thermoregulation, has appeared in several television programmes examining how the body copes when faced with inhospitable climates. Speaking about the lecture he said: “Clothing is an important interface between humans and the environment.

“Apart from the cultural and social function, clothing provides insulation against the cold, protection from the sun, wind or rain, as well as protection from a large variety of other environmental hazards, such as bacteria and chemicals.

“Understanding how heat exchange occurs in clothing is essential for the design and selection of the right apparel. For an athlete, a wrong choice may cost them their place on the podium - for a user of protective clothing, it could be a matter of life and death.”

The lecture is taking place on Wednesday November 1 in the Stewart Mason Building, room SMB0.14, at 5.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Trish Swift by calling 01509 222475 or emailing p.j.swift@lboro.ac.uk

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  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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