University of Leicester in the News: 11 April – 8 May

Posted by pt91 at May 11, 2011 04:44 PM |
A regular review of coverage of the University in the media
University of Leicester in the News: 11 April – 8 May

University of Leicester scientists examined how nerve cells are involved in triggering stress.

There was a wealth of media coverage over the extended Easter holidays including research from the University achieving the front page lead story of a quality national paper.

The discovery of an enzyme that may lead to an injection to prevent damage from heart attacks brought huge coverage across the UK and internationally for a team led by Professor Wilhelm Schwaeble of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation. It was most prominent on the front page of the Daily Telegraph (19 April), but was also featured in the Daily Express (19 April) and the Metro (19 April), as well as many local newspapers. It was featured online Medical News Today (19 April) and Pharma Times (21 April) and internationally in the Indian Express (19 April), Voice of Russia (19 April) and Greek Reporter (20 April), among many others.

Academics that spend the most time supporting students are at the most risk of ‘burnout’, according to a study in the School of Psychology that was featured in the Times Higher Education (14 April) and then picked up by several websites. It was the subject of online debate in the Higher.

The discovery by scientists in the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology of a brain pathway that triggers stress also made a big impact in the media. The Daily Mail (21 April), Daily Express (21 April), the Metro (21 April), the Sun (21 April) featured the story nationally and it appeared in local newspapers such as the Huddersfield Daily Examiner (21 April) and Leicester Mercury (22 April) and internationally in outlets such as the Press Trust of India (21 April) and Australia’s MX (21 April). Marie (21 April) and ABC Science (21 April) were among the many websites that ran the story.

The University announced that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to be awarded an honorary degree at this summer’s graduation ceremonies and the news was covered in the Leicester Mercury (25 April) and many other local newspapers, including the Coventry Evening Telegraph (28 April) and the Glasgow Evening Times (28 April). News about all the University’s honorary graduates this summer was prominently featured with photos in the Leicester Mercury (30 April).

News that thousands of adults with austism could be undiagnosed with the disorder, according to a study led by Professor Terry Brugha from our Department of Health Sciences, was covered most prominently in the Independent (4 May) and Daily Mail (5 May), and was picked up by Reuters (2 May) and many online outlets such as Science Daily (2 May) and Doctors Lounge (4 May).

A number of academics made comments in the media:

  • Professor Martin Barstow spoke to Sky News (12 April) about the United States’ involvement in space programmes.
  • The Jamaica Observer (18 April) reported on a lecture by Roger Dickinson from our Department of Media and Communication in which he discussed the likelihood of newspapers becoming ‘extinct’.
  • Geneticist Professor Mark Jobling commented in the Guardian (3 May) on the DNA evidence used to identify Osama Bin Laden.
  • Simon Kear, senior learning technologist in the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, commented on their non-stop 48-hour online conference in University World News (13 April).
  • Lecturer in Media Communication Dr Paul Reilly was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol's Breakfast Show (2 May) on the use of social media to organise protests against the opening of a Tesco store in the Stokes Croft area.
  • The School of Museum Sudies' Dr Ross Parry was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row (27 April) on 'The Digital Future of Museums'.