Media coverage – February 2018

Owl Sense is Radio 4 Book of the Week (Radio 4)

A study of the human relationship with owls by Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr Miriam Darlington is being serialised on BBC Radio 4.

Visit the Book of the Week webpage

Tokyo building set to be world’s tallest wooden skyscraper (iNews)

Professor Bob Brown was quoted in an article which revealed plans for a 350m-tall building, which is 70 storeys high, in the Japanese capital.

Bringing salmon back to Dartmoor (BBC2)

A project involving Geography researchers from the University recently featured in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s current BBC2 series, Hugh’s Wild West.

Plymouth graduate on Animals with Cameras (BBC1)

Photography graduate Marcus Shirley worked with the BBC to develop the underwater cameras for their latest landmark series.

Animals with Cameras: Meet the Plymouth techie who built cameras used to capture sea life in BBC series

Many second hand plastic toys could pose a risk to children’s health, study suggests

There was continued coverage during February of a study by Dr Andrew Turner, Reader in Environmental Science, which showed that some second hand toys contain toxic chemicals has received widespread international coverage. It suggested the plastic used in many second hand toys could pose a risk to children’s health because it may not meet the most up to date international safety guidelines.

Valentine’s warning on STIs and antibiotic resistance

Dr Tina Joshi, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, has been explaining why people should take precautions against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and not rely on antibiotics for a cure.

Read an article in the Daily Mail

Psychology academic navigates Moral Maze on Radio 4

Dr Susan Blackmore, Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology, has appeared on Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme discussing whether religious orthodoxy is able to exist in a world of increasingly liberal values.

Professor co-authors Lancet paper on landmark bladder cancer trial

Professor Syed Hussain, Chair in Oncology in Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, has co-authored a paper published in The Lancet detailing the largest randomised control trial of the effectiveness of drug Atezolizumab in metastatic bladder cancer in a second-line setting.

Read the full study in The Lancet

Researching resilience in social care

An article calling for social workers to share their experiences and interpretation of ‘resilience’ has been published in the magazine Community Care.

iCub makes cover of Scientific American

Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Cognition Angelo Cangelosi has featured in the cover story of the latest edition of Scientific American

Academic interviewed by BBC on Goonhilly improvement

Dr Natasha Stephen, Lecturer in Advanced Analysis in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, has appeared on BBC News talking about the Goonhilly Earth Station and one of its satellite antenna being upgraded so it can be used in future ESA and NASA missions to the moon and Mars.

Professor Steve Furnell interviewed by Infosecurity

The Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics spoke to the magazine about new degree apprenticeships which offer the added incentive to graduates of becoming associate members of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP)

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