Reporter 455, 25 September 2000

In the news

Doug Parker from the Environment Centre has just returned from a region of Africa known as ‘the birthplace of hurricanes’. Working with colleague Chris Thorncroft, from the University of Reading, he aimed to discover what turns a stiff breeze into a devastating cyclone. The expedition was chronicled in the Guardian.

Alumni often go on to great things. Nambaryn Enkhbayar, who translated Dickens, Woolf and Huxley into Mongolian during a year of study at the University in 1986, has become prime minister of Mongolia, as leader of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), reported the Independent.

The work of Dr Nigel Simpson has attracted further widespread press coverage. His innovative monitoring system used to predict when labour is due in pregnancy was covered regionally nationally, in the Observer, the Guardian, Daily Mail, Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.

Professor Mary Renfrew of the Mother and Infant Research Unit voiced her concern at the NHS not promoting breast feeding enough. She appeared on BBC1 Breakfast News and News 24.

Dr Ken Hart in the School of Psychology has had global success with his forgiveness therapy project. He has appeared on ITV’s Trisha, radio stations in Japan, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. His work has also featured in the Times of India, Ottawa Citizen, Daily Express and Yorkshire Evening Post.

University Chancellor, Lord Bragg, defended modern British culture against claims by critics who have said the arts are being dumbed down. His comments appeared in the Guardian and the Independent. On the opposite side of the ensuing debate was Lord Bragg’s friend and honorary graduate David Hockney, who felt British culture was dominated by an elite few. The artist has been busy over the summer: an exhibition of his stage work at salt’s mill was highly praised by the Independent, impressed by his brilliant use of colour. Hockney’s theory that Constable’s mastery of cloud painting involved the use of optical aids was covered by the Daily Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post.

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