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Hurricane Irma, royal blood lines and air turbulence – Reading in the news Tues 12 Sept – University of Reading

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Hurricane Irma, royal blood lines and air turbulence – Reading in the news Tues 12 Sept

Release Date 12 September 2017


Hurricane Irma: Dr Chris Holloway (Met) was interviewed by Sky News about the impact of Hurricane Irma, including the ability to predict major tropical storms as well as measuring their intensity. Dr Holloway was also interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire (44 mins in) and featured on news bulletins throughout the day.

Prof Richard Allan (Met) spoke to BBC Radio Kent (1 hour 16 mins in) about the likelihood of hurricanes increasing in intensity due to the effects of climate change. 

Royal blood lines: Professor Kate Williams (History) wrote a piece for the Observer on attitudes towards ethnic diversity within the Royal Family over the decades. 

EU Repeal Bill: Dr Ruvi Ziegler (Law) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (1 hour 13 mins in) about the EU Repeal Bill and the challenges of implementing it.

Air turbulence: Prof Paul Williams' (Met) research on increasing air turbulence affecting passengers on flights due to climate change is reported by Business Insider, EBL News and Romanian site Turism. Read our news story here. 

Emperor Nero's tiles: The Times ran an article on the archaeology dig at Roman Silchester, which has unearthed some new tiles thought to be used in Emperor Nero's mysterious project.

Other coverage:

  • The appointment of the new chief executive-designate for a new higher education agency to be formed in 2018 is announced in Times Higher Education. The appointment follows the publication of the Bell Review of higher education sector agencies by Universities UK and GuildHE in January 2017, which said that the three agencies should be merged. The Bell Review was chaired by Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading.
  • A University of Reading study which found that compounds present in certain types of red wine can improve your memory is mentioned in this Chronicle Herald article on protecting your brain against Alzheimer's.
  • A UoR graduate has co-founded an organisation in Singapore to educate people about the reptiles and amphibians living amongst them and to encourage a more positive mind-set towards them. A story is featured in
  • UoR law graduate, Michelle Kenney, has secured a three-book deal with Harper Collins HQ for her young adult fiction series, Book of Fire. The Exeter Daily reports.
  • Online youth newspaper Ynaija has named UoR graduate Asuquo Ekpenyong as one of its most powerful young people under 40 working in policy and research.



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