University of Leicester in the News: 8 August – 4 September 2011

Posted by pt91 at Sep 08, 2011 11:41 AM |
A regular review from the Press Office of coverage of the University in the media

The announcement of a new science-fiction style sick bay, harnessing cutting edge technologies in space science, chemistry and cardiovascular science, brought a wealth of prominent coverage nationally and internationally this month. It was filmed by Central News (1 September), BBC East Midlands Today (1 September), BBC World News (2 September) and CNN. BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC World Service Radio as well as local stations such as BBC Radio Leicester (31 August), BBC Three Counties Radio and LBC 97.3FM interviewed researchers on the topic. National newspapers the Daily Mail (1 September) and the Sun (1 September) ran the story, as well as numerous online sources such as The Engineer (2 September) and the Huffington Post (1 September).

Substantial national coverage came from the announcement by NICE of new guidelines for diagnosing and treating blood pressure issues, changes chaired by Professor Bryan Williams of our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. National TV and radio featured the story, including BBC Breakfast Live (24 August), Daybreak (24 August), ITN news (24 August), the Today programme (24 August) It was covered by The Times (24 August), Daily Telegraph (24 August), The Independent (24 August), The Guardian (24 August), BBC News (24 August) and Reuters news agency (23 August); and appeared in a host of trade and online media, including Pulse (23 August), GP online (24 August), Nursing Times (24 August), Chemist and Druggist (27 August) and Medical News Today (24 August).

Research from our Department of Health Sciences into the attitudes faced by nut allergy sufferers made a big impact internationally, starting with the Daily Mail (16 August), Leicester Mercury (16 August) and (17 August) in the United States in the Wausau Daily Herald (1 September), the Chicago Sun-Times (28 August), Newfoundland’s The Telegram (26 August)‎ and the Huffington Post (17 August).

The unveiling of a sculpture in Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre to raise awareness of the Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal received a big splash  including a double-page spread with pictures in the Leicester Mercury (25 August), as well as an opinion column (25 August) and an interview by BBC Radio Leicester (25 August) with Director of Development Steve O’Connor and Dr Andre Ng who both also appeared on Sabras Radio. The Leicester Mercury carried a picture and report on the day after the launch too.

CNN’s Road to Durban series featured an extensive interview with the Department of Chemistry’s Professor Paul Monks and Dr Roland Leigh from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Their research also features on the CNN International website (18 August) and was on their Home Page.

The London riots saw criminologists James Treadwell and Dr Matt Hopkins, as well as the Department of Media and Communication’s Dr Paul Reilly, interviewed by a variety of media including the BBC's One Show (9 August) and News Online (9 August), Central News (10 August), Bloomberg (9 August), BBC Radio Leicester (9 & 12 August), UKAuthorITy (9 August) and the Current (10 August), a Canadian current affairs radio programme.

This month saw Clearing open and BBC East Midlands Today (19 August) were on campus to film call handlers and interview Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs and Planning. There was also coverage by Radio Leicester doing a live report from the Clearing centre and reports in the Leicester Mercury.  Jonathan Tinnacher was interviewed on Radio 5 Live and Richard also appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme to talk about marketing of universities.

MIRI 250
Credit: NASA

MIRI, one of the instruments for the James Webb Space Telescope that academics from the Space Research Centre are involved in designing, was featured on BBC South Today (18 August), Channel 4 News (18 August) and ITV Central News (22 August) as well as the Leicester Mercury (20 August).

The International Society of Hypertension (September) named Radek Debiec of our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences as their New Investigator of the Month.

Dr Karl Ryder of our Advanced Microscopy Centre commented on a new holographic microscope in BBC News Online (1 September) that was also quoted in Time (1 September) magazine.

Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences Dr Glen Rodrigo discussed the technique of ‘conditioning’ for the BBC World Service’s Health Check programme (31 August).

John Williams from the Department of Scoiology commented in the New York Times (16 August) on rumours that Manchester United may sell some of its shares on the Singapore stock exchange.

The School of Museums Studies’ Janet Marstine joined colleagues in writing a response in Anthropology Today (August) "Ethics and the 9/11 museum complex" to a previously published article.