Media coverage – November 2017

How scary! Halloween rubbish weighs as much as 1,000 double-deckers – Mail Online

Professor Richard Thompson, Head of our International Marine Litter Research Unit, features in article about the novelty plastic items clogging up landfill sites or ending up in the oceans.

The Robot Will See You Now – Channel 4

Professor of Robotics Tony Belpaeme has featured in Channel 4’s Rise of the Robots season.

Glasses decorated with cartoon characters or festive designs could contain harmful levels of toxic metals including lead – Mail Online

A study by Dr Andrew Turner, Reader in Environmental Science, shows 70 per cent of decorated glasses tested as part of new research contained lead and nearly the same had cadmium.

The checklist and app cutting sudden epilepsy deaths in half – Channel 4

An app developed by a team including Dr Craig Newman, Senior Research Fellow and Mobile Health Tech Innovations Lead at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, has featured on Channel 4 to launch a campaign highlighting the significant number of young people who die suddenly from epilepsy.

Antimicrobial resistance and what we're doing to help – Sunday Express

Following World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Dr Mathew Upton, Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology, has appeared in the Sunday Express discussing the University’s work to identify and develop potential new antimicrobials produced by the microbiome of sponges which live deep beneath the ocean surface.

Glitter is not just annoying, it could be bad for the environment – CNN

Professor Richard Thompson responds to calls for a ban on glitter after a UK nursery banned its children from using it.

The chemistry of large firework displays – Chemistry World

Dr Roy Lowry, Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry, wrote an article for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “explainer” website on how the combustion of gunpowder is modified to provide precise timings for large public displays.

Leading historian interviewed about historical double murder – Yesterday Channel

Dr Judith Rowbotham, Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Business, provided her expertise to an episode of crime documentary series Murder Maps on the channel Yesterday.

Everyone Can Code – Apple

The University has featured in the international technology press as one of 20 colleges and universities outside the United States to be part of a global scheme run by technology giant Apple.

Plymouth obesity campaigner demands tighter controls on takeaways – ITV WestCountry

Clare Pettinger, Lecturer in Public Heath, says that the producers of fast food, politicians and individuals all need to take more responsibility for combating obesity.

Spin out venture granted US patents – Business Insider

News that University spin out venture PulsiVSolar, founded on breakthrough research by Dr Mohammed Zaki Ahmed into the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels, has been granted two patents in the United States has been featured by business media.

Diesel bus ban 'devastating' to communities, transport expert says – LocalGov

Visiting Professor David Begg said a blanket ban on diesel buses in city centres would lead to the loss of eight in 10 services, increased social deprivation and higher unemployment.

Plymouth develop resource to assist health services deliver more personalised care – Care Appointments

A study by Dr Helen Lloyd and her team at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry sees the development of a practical tool to support organisations and practitioners achieve the organisational change which needs to happen if they are to provide personalised and coordinated care for people with multiple long term conditions.