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Reading in the news - Thu 14 Jan

Release Date 14 January 2021

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COVID-19: expert comment on the coronavirus pandemic

  • Dr Simon Clarke (Biological Sciences) spoke to talkRadio about the rollout of the vaccine and lockdown impact; BBC Radio Berkshire about rising case numbers in Reading, despite the national restrictions; and Russia Today on yesterday's record daily death toll.
  • Dr Clarke is quoted in The Times (print also), The Telegraph (print also), The Sun, The Daily Mail (print) and LBC Radio on new research from PHE that suggests beating COVID-19 will give immunity for up to 5 months; and in MailOnline for a piece on hospital admissions in the south-east.

#WeAreTogether: Reading's work to tackle the coronavirus crisis. Read our round-up     

  • Farmers Weekly and ITV Meridian online report that Reading is one of the universities to waiver halls fees for students until the end of the current lockdown on 22nd February.

Trump impeachment: Dr Mark Shanahan (Politics) spoke to talkRadio (and again) about the vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Big freeze: Comment from PhD student Simon Lee (Meteorology) features in The Sun for an article on the forecast of freezing temperatures and snowfall for the north of England due to the current atmospheric conditions. Read our news story.

Mosquito protection: Bioengineer,, Science Daily and EurekAlert cover a study Reading scientists were involved in which found that bacteria carried by mosquitoes may protect them against pesticides that are designed to control their numbers. Dr Alejandra Perotti (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) is quoted. Read our news story.

Other coverage

  • Prof Tom Oliver (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) spoke to Euronews about the report by a group of scientists which states that the planet is facing a "ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals".
  • Prof Andrew Kakabadse (Henley Business School) has written an article for Times Higher Education on how research has shown that governance failings are putting universities at risk of collapse.
  • Times Higher Education also features an article by Prof James Walker (Henley Business School) on the subject of online teaching.
  • Dr John Scholar (English Literature) has written a blog for The Conversation on James Joyce's Ulysses.
  • Dr Chris Scott (Meteorology) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire about some wine and vines that are returning to Earth after spending a year on the international space station, and how their time in space may have effected the taste and growth.
  • Ikon London Magazine features an article on people using lockdown as an opportunity to turn their creative skills into a business - the article references research from Henley Business School on side hustles.
  • A Who Do You Think You Are Magazine (print) article looking at the historical development of urban dairies cites the Museum of English Rural Life as somewhere for further research possibilities.



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