Media coverage – December 2017

Climate change scientist to receive funding from President of France

University of Plymouth academic Professor Camille Parmesan has been selected by the President of France Emmanuel Macron to receive funding as part of his “Make Our Planet Great Again” programme.

Plastic bags can be ripped into 1.7m pieces – Mail Online, New Atlas and others

Study by the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre suggests marine wildlife may be unwittingly contributing to the spread of microplastics which threatens them.

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Should subjects like child abuse be off limits for video games? – Daily Mirror

Andy Phippen, Professor of Children and Technology, features in a column exploring how graphic subject matter should be tackled in modern-day blockbuster video games.

Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China – Reuters

Professor Richard Thompson is quoted in several articles following research showing that tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China.

Using music to unlock the mysteries of DNA – BBC Radio 3

Professor Eduardo Miranda appears on the station's Music Matter programme talking about his new work for percussion and electronics, Artibiotics, which is inspired by a European research project to discover new antibiotics

We won’t save the world by watching celebrity nature shows – The Guardian

Columnist Lucy Siegle cites the work of Professor Richard Thompson in a piece which argues that for all its worth, Blue Planet doesn’t exactly provide a thorough education

Thwarting the tricksters out to get your money – Raconteur (Sunday Times)

Phishing emails remain the main weapon used by hackers trying to steal valuable information and cash, but Professor Steve Furnell contributes to an article outlining some of the ways of protecting your business

'Raise £20m and cut traffic by charging people to park at work' – The Times

Visiting Professor David Begg has called for the SNP-led council in Glasgow to consider implementing a range of radical ideas to cut pollution and convince people to abandon their cars.

EU eyes high-tech cleanup for plastic pollution in rivers – Deutsche Welle

Dr Sabine Pahl, Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology, urges scientists from different fields to work together to address the cause of the plastic pollution.

Professor Liz Kay announced as Oral Health Foundation president –

She will start her new two-year role immediately, combining her presidency with working as foundation dean of Peninsula Dental School at the University of Plymouth.

GAIN secures £8.7m for regional businesses – Devon Live

The University's Growth Acceleration and Investment Network (GAIN) is in the news after helping businesses to benefit from the South West Growth Fund, an £8.7m fund set to create 1,136 new jobs.

Award-winning photos of animals – CBBC NewsRound

A picture by PhD student Adam Rees earns an award from the British Ecological Society.

New chair announced at CruiseBritain – Seatrade Cruise News

CruiseBritain, the membership association which brings together the ports and service sector of the UK cruise industry, will welcome University graduate James Stangroom as the new chair.

West Country residents honoured by the Queen – ITV News

News that Professor Richard Thompson and Wendy Smith had received awards in the New Year Honours List generated media coverage

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