Expert opinions cover Cassini, minority governments, the euro and baby names

Posted by ap507 at Sep 19, 2017 03:55 PM |
The Conversation and Think: Leicester talking points: a range of topical issues tackled by academics between 14 - 20 September

With Parliament back and Theresa May’s government trying to pass controversial legislation, Emmeline Ledgerwood, oral history project volunteer and PhD student at the British Library/University of Leicester, has written a blog on the periods of minority government during the 1970s.

At his annual state of the European Union speech last week, Jean-Claude Juncker said all countries in the EU should adopt the euro. The currency should “unite rather than divide”, the European president said. In an article for Public Finance International, Professor Panicos Demetriades, from our School of Business and former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, discusses this.

Planetary Scientists Dr Leigh Fletcher and Professors Emma Bunce and Stan Cowley from our Department of Physics and Astronomy recently bid a fond farewell to the Cassini mission at Saturn and discussed the inspirational impact that the mission has had on scientists young and old across the world. Dr Fletcher also appeared at the National Space Centre on Friday 15 September delivering a Q&A session and lecture on Cassini and its legacy.

Watch Dr Fletcher's BBC East Midlands interview here:

 

Academics from across our University have collectively captured the imagination of over 4 million readers through nearly 230 articles written for The Conversation - setting a new milestone for Leicester in delivering expert opinion in response to topical news.

Dr Jane Pilcher from our School of Media, Communication and Sociology has written an article for The Conversation discussing the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) data on the latest trends in baby forenames.

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