of environmental toxicology and chemical weapons
expert Alastair Hay talked to national and
regional media about the effects of ricin,
after traces of the poison were found in a
London house. Interviewed on the BBC
national news he explained how the
route of exposure determines ricins
effects. Responding to Jon Snows questions
on Channel 4 news he outlined
how ricin can be extracted from castor beans.
Asked about access to the poison, Professor
Hay said: You shouldnt have ricin
other than in a registered laboratory in the
UK. Professor Hay was also interviewed
on BBC News 24, BBC Radio 2
and Calendar and quoted in the
Civil engineerings Dr Clive Beggs has
identified a potential new weapon to tackle
hospital infections (see pages 6-7). His project
was reported in the Yorkshire Post
and Yorkshire Evening Post,
and on the New Scientist web
pages and BBC News online.
As international media watched tensions with
North Korea grow, honorary research fellow
in sociology and modern Korea Aidan Foster-Carter
explained the likely impact of South Koreas
presidential election on the region in an
article for the Financial Times.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph
he outlined Koreas history and recalled
that half a century ago Winston Churchill
dismissed the area saying Korea does
not really matter now.
Work to restore Bramham Parks water
features, see Reporter 484,
was featured on BBC Look North.
Geographys Dr Joe Holden described how
use of ground penetrating radar has helped
to identify former water supply networks,
in what reporter Sean Stowell described as
the garden makeover of the century.
Behavourial science lecturer Dr Andrew Hill
joined Channel 4 documentary
Skinny kids to discuss how many
young children are aware of pressures to be
thin. In the Sunday Times he
highlighted his research findings that primary
school children associated fat body shapes
with being stupid and unpopular.
Research by professor in leadership studies
in the Nuffield Institute for Health, Beverley
Alimo-Metcalfe, gained extensive national
media coverage. Women make better bosses
wrote Janet Street-Porter in the Independent
on Sunday as she pondered a career
spent in large organisations full of
male executives. Professor Alimo-Metcalfes
study found that both men and women rated
female managers as more effective, reported
the Times and Daily Telegraph.
Archaeological finds by Dr Roger Martlew and
his team of students from continuing education
see page 4 made the front page
of the Yorkshire Post. The Yorkshire
Evening Post described how Indiana
Bones and his team had found items previously
unseen in the north of England. BBC
Leeds online and BBC Radio Leeds
also covered the story.
Work to make the BBC Domesday videodiscs visible
once more by Paul Wheatleys team of
digital preservation experts from the University
library and ISS gained extensive media coverage.
The project was featured in the Guardian,
Daily Mirror, Independent
and Yorkshire Post. The BBCs
media correspondent Nick Higham examined the
problems of preserving digital information
for BBC News 24 and BBC
Professor Peter Meyers longer lasting
plants (see Reporter 480) has
been highlighted as one of Discover.coms
top science stories of 2002.
cuttings, and University press