University of Leicester in the News: 7-13 February 2011

Posted by pt91 at Feb 14, 2011 05:10 PM |
A regular review of coverage of the University in the media.

The University had two prominent stories in the Times Higher Education this week (10–16 February): they reported on the work of Alex Sutton, Professor of Medical Statistics, in combating publication bias in systematic reviews; and the ‘Odds and Quads’ section of the magazine featured the discovery by the University of Leicester Archaeological Services of the remains of three dogs guarding the Hallaton Treasure.

A homicide detective from Florida visited the laboratory of Dr John Bond, Honorary Research Fellow at the University, for the purposes of applying a revolutionary fingerprinting technique to a recent murder case, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (11 February). The Leicester Mercury (7 February) has also reported that Dr Bond is to travel to the US to investigate whether the technique can be applied to identify bomb-makers by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS).

Photographs released by the Earth Observation Science Group in the Space Research Centre of cyclone Yasi approaching Queensland, Australia, were also picked up by Space Daily (9 February).

And a number of publications have reported on a warning by Dr David Harper, of the Department of Biology, on the impact that cheap Valentine’s roses in supermarkets is having on the ecosystem of Kenya’s Lake Naivasha. Among them are Science Daily (12 February), blog Science 2.0 (13 February) and The Sun newspaper (11 February).

There was television coverage of a seminar in Media and Communication dealing with issues of the Internet and radicalisation and the item was also picked up by radio nationally.