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Cloud coverage and why is WHSmith the UK’s worst shop? - Reading in the news Tues 29 May

Release Date 29 May 2018


Cloud coverage: Research by Nicolas Bellouin (Meteorology) and colleagues is looking into how clouds are formed and how tiny particles known as ‘aerosols' can make clouds wetter. The research is featured in The Guardian.

WHSmith UK's worst retailer: BBC Radio Berkshire (approx. 50 mins in) spoke to retail expert Dr Steve Musson (Geography) following the news that WHSmith has been voted the UK's worst high street shop.

Reading Cultural Awards: The University is nominated in several categories for this year's Reading Cultural Awards, GetReading reports. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 27 June.

Climate stripes: Prof Ed Hawkins (Meteorology) has created a new coloured stripe diagram showing how global and US temperatures have risen since the late 19th century. The diagram is the subject of articles for German site Jetzt and Romanian site PlayTech.

Raynsford Review: Professor Gavin Parker from Henley Business School spoke to Property Week about former housing minister Nick Raynsford's interim report on the planning system.


Other coverage:

  • Construction Enquirer and The Construction Index feature news stories on the call for contractors to bid for the contract to build the new British Museum storage facility, which is set to be built on University-owned land.
  • Dr Rebecca Rist (History) has written a blog for Catholic news site, The Tablet, on the holy hound (St Guinefort).
  • The Herald in Zimbabwe features an article by Dr Mai Sato (Law) on the subject of the future of the death penalty in the African country. Dr Sato was recently commissioned to carry out a nationwide opinion survey on attitudes towards the death penalty - this has been picked up by Bulawayo24.
  • Indian publication The Verve features a story on Pooja Saxena - who holds an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading - opening a new e-shop which will retail stationery, prints, and bags in her signature style of Indian language and scripts.
  • Historians from the University of Reading and University College London are seeking the views and stories of Falkirk women who were connected with the miners' strikes of 1984. Dr Natalie Thomlinson is quoted in this article for The Newark Advertiser.
  • Bike Biz features news of Reading graduate Jordan Sanders taking up a role within the marketing team at cycle company, Oxford Products.
  • The Museum of English Rural Life and The Cole Museum of Zoology are featured in GetReading's list of ‘32 fun things to do in Berkshire with the kids'.
  • Thisisoxfordshire reports on an Abingdon school student being selected as part of the national team to participate in an olympics-style biology competition in Iran. The newspaper reports that some of the training for the International Biology Olympiad 2018 will take place at the university of Reading. The story is also picked up by The Oxford Mail and Herald Series.
  • US sites Medical Newser and Science & Technology Research News, and Chinese pharma site, report on the study which has linked tuberculosis and Parkinson's. Dr Patrick Lews (Pharmacy) co-authored the study and is quote within these stories.
  • German website Focus Online lists a Samuel Beckett exhibition which was created in cooperation with the University of Reading, showing his unpublished German travel diaries from 1936/37.
  • An article for The Week, by PhD candidate Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi (Psychology), examines absolutist thinking and its relationship with wellbeing, referencing Al-Mosaiwi and Prof Tom Johnstone's research on absolutist language and depression.
  • EurasiaReview features an article on ancient man-made forests in South America. The articles references Reading archaeologists as being part of the team that made the discovery.
  • Further coverage of a study by Prof Philippa Darbre (SBS) which found that some UV chemicals contained in sun screen were present in breast tissue taken from mastectomies, in Health Medicine Network.
  • A SouthEastFarmer story on why strawberries are going to taste so good this year references Reading research which found that eating berries in the morning can help improve cognitive functions.
  • Twenty-five-year-old Hauwa Ojeifo (Henley Business Scholl graduate) is one of three young Nigerians to receive the 2018 Queen's Young Leaders award in recognition of the lead they are taking in their communities to change lives, reports Tribune Online.



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