Alison Baker from the Centre for Plant Sciences has created
a plant that glows under stress, as featured in Reporter
470. It caught the attention of the national and regional
press, including the Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Independent,
Daily Telegraph, Yorkshire Evening Post and the Yorkshire
Post. In the Daily Express, Dr Baker explained: "We are
hoping that we can use this discovery to develop more
stress resistant plants."
school of education is involved in a £10m scheme to improve
teaching standards in Oman's schools. Promoting the work,
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Alan Wilson told the THES:
"All universities have got to think about reaching to
new constituents. This one is on a huge scale and is enhancing
our teaching in an international context." Director of
education, Geoff Welford added: "It's been a two-way process.
We are learning too, mostly about Omani culture."
astrophysicist Dr Jeremy Lloyd-Evans has been appointed
'boffin dad' in lads' magazine FHM. The Independent attributed
his new role to his instructions for constructing and
launching rockets, made from fizzy-drink bottles.
and biological warfare expert Professor Alastair Hay tried
to allay fears over the threat of anthrax attacks in the
UK. On BBC Radio 4's Today Programme he stressed that
there were 'significant problems' in releasing anthrax
spores. Commenting on anthrax incidents in the US NBC,
on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast news and
Calendar news, he reiterated: "It's not something I would
panic about. The likelihood of you or I being exposed
is very small."
experiments make chemistry entertaining and memorable
according to Mike Hoyland. US magazine Science suggests
if you missed Mr Hoyland's TV appearance and demonstrations,
his jazzy experiments are on the Delights
of Chemistry webpages.
from the University of Leeds and LMU co-ordinated a peaceful
teach-in, in protest over military action against Afghanistan.
Education online and the THES interviewed organiser
food sciencist Dr Malcolm Povey. Talking to the THES he
said: "The teach-in is a democratic and non-adversarial
way of saying to people that war is not inevitable and
that we can change the course of events."
of city, regional and widening participation, Ceri Nursaw
appeared on BBC Look North to discuss student safety in
Leeds prior to the showing of the October 11 programme
Close up North on crime in the city. She offered advice
to students on staying safe: "They're coming to a new
city, walk in groups, keep to well-lit streets and don't
walk home alone at night. Most students don't have any
problems at all and enjoy their time at Leeds very much."