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A selection of news highlights from the media in April and May 2011. The Public Relations office prepares and distributes media releases on behalf of the University and each year responds to more than 600 calls from the media (ranging from expert comment to filming location requests).
Two University scientists were elected Fellows of The Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Professor Alun Davies, School of Biosciences and Professor John Parkes, Head of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, were honoured with lifetime Fellowships. The awards recognise the world’s most eminent scientist, mathematicians and engineers, and are widely regarded in the scientific world as second only to a Nobel Prize in prestige. As well as national coverage of all Fellows, Professor Davies and Professor Parkes featured in The Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Golwg, and on BBC Radio Wales.
One of the UK’s leading figures in Alzheimer’s research from the School of Medicine, uncovered five new genes in a search to help identify factors that increase the risk of developing the disease. Professor Julie Williams, also from the University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, carried out numerous media interviews and gained phenomenal global coverage, including:
BBC Radio 4, Today programme, BBC Radio Wales, Good Morning Wales, BBC Wales Breakfast News, ITV Wales Breakfast News; BBC On-line, The Mirror, The Independent, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Press Association, The Guardian, The New York Times, Western Mail, South Wales Echo, ABC News, CNN, USA Today, Boston Globe, Wellcome Trust, CBC News, US News and World Report, The Hindu, Metro Canada,, Irish Independent, Los Angeles Times, International Business Times, and New Scientist.
Cardiff was the second university in Wales to announce a tuition fee of £9,000 per year. The University’s Council approved the proposed fee level for undergraduates joining the University from 2012-13. The proposed fee, along with the University’s supporting investment plan for a series of scholarships, bursaries and ongoing financial and academic support for students will now go forward to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales for consideration and final approval.
BBC On-line, MediaWales, BBC Radio Wales, Good Evening Wales, The Guardian, Western Mail, South Wales Echo
The best in collaboration between Cardiff University and the world of business has been honoured at the Innovation Awards. Winners included a successful strategic collaboration between the School of Mathematics and the Office for National Statistics and a joint collaboration between the School of Biosciences and water company, Cymtox.
Also recognised was a collaboration between the School of Engineering and the UK’s Coal Authority to help remove water impurities in former South Wales coalfields. Western Mail Business
Research at the School of Medicine, led by Professor Tim Walsh, discovered antibiotic-resistant bacteria in New Delhi’s drinking water supply. The team found new strains of resistant bacteria in the Indian capital, including species which cause cholera and dysentery. The findings are the first evidence of the environmental spread of NDM-1, which had previously only been found in hospitals. The story gained widespread international and national coverage, including:
BBC On-line, Health, BBC News Wales On-line, Western Mail and South Wales Echo, BBC Radio Wales, Good Morning Wales, Eurekalert, The Guardian, Reuters, Medical News Today, The Metro, The Hindu, The Mirror, Bloomburg, Times of India, The Seattle Times, Radio Cymru (interview with Dr Arwyn Jones, School of Pharmacy), TopNews New Zealand, Economic Times, Channel News Asia, India Today, Nature.com, New Scientist, New York Times, Indian Express, The Independent and Time magazine.
Violence injuries requiring hospital attention fell 10 per cent in England and Wales last year, according to the annual survey by the Violence and Society Research Group based at the School of Dentistry. However, there was a worrying rise in injuries suffered by children aged under 11 for the second year running. The Group, winner of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2009, surveys a structured sample of hospitals every year, analysing anonymised data about patients treated for violence-related injuries. Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Director of the Centre, was quoted widely, and media coverage included:
South Wales Echo, Western Mail, BBC Breakfast, BBC News online, ITV Wales News, BBC Radio Cymru, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Star, The Mirror, Press Association, Guardian Online, Belfast Telegraph, Yorkshire Evening Post, Sheffield Telegraph, Lancashire Evening Post, South Wales Argus, Cambridge Evening News, Oxford Times, Coventry Telegraph, thisisLondon.co.uk, The Journal (Newcastle), Scottish Daily Express, Northampton Evening Chronicle, Portsmouth Today, Sunderland Echo, Rutland and Stamford Mercury and Citizen and 68 other local titles; ITN, Nursing Times, Nursing in Practice
University scientists studied marine plankton, offering a new insight into the winners and losers of a 65 million year long evolutionary race to the finish. Researchers from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Imperial College London examined marine plankton, called foraminifera, providing them with an unparalleled fossil record showing 65 million years of evolution. The research was published in the journal Science and received coverage on international research news website Futurity (see below) and States News Service.
A new report from Professor Martin Innes, Universities Police Science Institute, showed that Britain's 2.8M Muslims "have a higher level of trust and confidence in the police than the general population." The comprehensive report was commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Terrorism and Allied Matters (TAM) Business Area. It received specialist media coverage, including: The Sunday Times, infologue.com, info4security.com. An audio interview with Professor Innes, explaining the report, can be listened to here.
J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote: "I love Wales…and especially the Welsh language". In the first book-length study of Tolkien’s debts to Welsh language and literature, a University academic has explored Wales’ influence on the author. Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity by Dr Carl Phelpstead, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, was launched at a free public event , celebrating Welsh scholarship on Tolkien. Local coverage included BBC Wales on-line, BBC Radio Wales, and Good Morning Wales.
University researchers provided comments, advice and opinions on a range of subjects during April and May. These included:
Cardiff is a partner of international research news website Futurity. All partners are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) or the Russell Group.
During April and May, six articles were featured on Futurity, helping to communicate Cardiff’s research findings to a global audience:
Staff can also view copies of articles in full via the comprehensive news database Lexis Nexis. Copies of coverage from the last month can also be requested from the Public Relations Office. Please contact Jessica Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 70298).
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