Southampton in the News September 2010

Some of the stories featuring University of Southampton staff and students that made the news in September.

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How the first 9 months can shape the rest of your life

The research of David Barker, professor of fetal origins of disease, was featured in Time magazine, including on the front cover. His pioneering work focuses on the links between low birth weight and the later development of disease. (4 October)

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Food colours and hyperactivity

Which? magazine has featured the research of psychologist, Professor Jim Stevenson into the relationship between hyperactivity and six food colourings. (30 September)


Research on family size grabs the headlines

Research by the ESRC Research Centre for Population Change at the University, showing that over the last two decades women in Britain had fewer children than originally intended, has made headlines in The Independent, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. The study was carried out by the Centre, for the Office for National Statistics.
(24 September)

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University comments on world debt

Professor Richard Werner from the School of Management has appeared on the BBC World Service programme Business Daily. Richard was asked for his opinions on world debt and whether a second global financial crisis is likely to happen. (22 September)

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Could a compound in watercress prevent breast cancer?

Professor Graham Packham's research into how a plant compound in watercress could help to prevent breast cancer was reported in the Daily Telegraph, the Sun, the Sunday Telegraph, the Mail Online, BBC Radio 2, BBC Breakfast, ITV Meridian, BBC South Today, the Daily Echo, the Times of India and other international and regional media outlets.

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Neanderthals settled in Britain earlier than first thought

Dr Francis Wenban-Smith features in an article in the magazine Current Archaeology speaking about his discovery that Neanderthals were present in the UK 40,000 years earlier than previously thought. The piece comes after extensive media coverage of the story in June, with features in The Independent, the Mail Online, BBC Online, BBC History Magazine and a number of regional television stations.

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Investigating space junk

Astronautics engineer Dr Hugh Lewis comments in a feature about orbital debris in the latest edition of New Scientist (15 September).

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New device to improve data capacity of fibre optics

There was widespread media coverage about a new device developed by an EU-funded team, led by the University of Southampton, that could substantially improve the data capacity of fibre optic networks (09 September). BBC online, New Scientist, The Engineer, The New Zealand Herald and numerous photonics websites all ran news items about the new development.

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New report says history is disappearing from schools

A new report by Richard Harris, a lecturer in history education and chair of the Historical Association's committee for secondary education, which said that history is “disappearing” from state schools appeared in the Times Educational Supplement and was reported further in The Daily Telegraph (10 September).


UK's first single cochlear implant operation

There was widespread national and local media coverage for the UK’s first operation to fit a single cochlear implant capable of giving sound in both ears, which took place thanks to the work of the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC), based at the University.

The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, BBC online, the Daily Echo, Wave 105FM, HeartFM and Isle of Wight Radio plus numerous science and medical websites all reported on the operation.

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Expert comment on "peak oil"

Palaeoceanographer Dr Ian Harding contributed to the BBC World Service's One Planet programme, in an item which set out to define the term "peak oil" and address the future of the world's oil supply (2 September).

Listen to the programme here


Vice-Chancellor comments on A Levels

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, comments on A-levels in a feature article in The Independent (2 September), and questions whether they continue to serve students, universities and prospective employers as well as they did in the past.

Read the article here


Professor Richard Werner

Professor Richard Werner

Richard was interviewed on the BBC World Service about world debt

Dr Francis Wenban-Smith

Dr Francis Wenban-Smith

Francis with the flint which proved his discovery

Cochlear implant

Cochlear implant

This single cochlear implant gives sound in both ears

Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam

Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam

The Independent features the VC's opinions on A Levels