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Tracking tropical storms and AI assistants - Reading in the news Mon 17 Sep

Release Date 17 September 2018

Professor Richard Allan on BBC News 24

Tropical storms: The impacts of both Hurricane Florence in the US and Typhoon Manghut in the Philippines were discussed on BBC News 24 and BBC Radio Wales (approx 38 mins) by Professor Richard Allan (Meteorology) and Dr Chris Holloway on BBC News 24 later in the day. Comments by professor Allan were also used in the Express.

AI assistants: HR ReviewPeople Management and Workplace Insight quote Naeema Pasha and Professor Bernd Vogel (Henley Business School) about new research announced at the business school’s World of Work 2030 conference, which claims the average worker could get 12 working days back every year thanks to computers and robots taking on administration tasks.

Financial crash anniversary: Dr Nafis Alam (Henley Business School) authors a piece for International Business Times and MSN News on the five biggest risks that could lead us into another financial crash, on the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse.

Church’s Amazon investments: Revd Mark Laynesmith, University of Reading Anglican Chaplain, spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 5 mins 30 secs) about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of Amazon, which was followed by the revelation the Church of England has investments in the company.

Other coverage

  • A graphic illustrating global temperature rise since 1850 by Professor Ed Hawkins (Meteorology) is used in a report by The Spinoff. Graphics produced to show how specific parts of the world are heating up are used in an article on Canadian cities by Yahoo News Canada.
  • Sci Fi Generation reproduces an article for The Conversation by Dr Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias (Biomedical Engineering) on how robotic trousers that help less mobile people to walk could work in future. Read the original Conversation piece here.
  • A plea to regional business leaders by Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell to work with universities to boost regional growth was reported by Sam FM and Business Mag. Read our news story here.
  • Atlas Obscura reports on research (Biological Sciences) showing hedgehogs are now absent from large parts of the UK countryside. Read our news story here.
  • Sam FM spoke to RUSU President Jason Dabydoyal and University of Reading Student Engagement Manager Jennifer Corless to get advice for students about to start university.
  • Visiting Professor Dominic Swords (Henley Business School) spoke to BBC Radio Oxford (10 mins) about the business challenges associated with Brexit and a potential second referendum.
  • Professor Rosa Freedman (School of Law) is quoted in a Feminist Current article about proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act.
  • Her reports that Professor Peter Cooper and Professor Lynne Murray (Psychology) travelled to South Africa to research how picture books can be used to educate young children.
  • Evening Express mentions the University of Reading Whiteknights campus winning a People’s Choice Award from Green Flag Awards, in an article on voting for this year’s competition.

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