Southampton in the news

Some of the stories featuring University of Southampton staff and students that are making the news in July 2014. If you see coverage of the University that you think should be included here, please contact the media relations team in Communications and Marketing 023 8059 3212, email press@soton.ac.uk

Mystery note in First World War kilt

Dr Helen Paul from Economics hit the headlines when she told the story of a family kilt, destined for a soldier at the Front, which held a secret in its pleats for decades. She found a proposal note, probably from a seamstress, stitched into the garment. The story was covered nationally in the Daily Telegraph news and Daily Telegraph comment; on BBC Online video section and BBC Online Hampshire; BBC World Service; BBC Radio Solent; The Scotsman; Herald Scotland; Daily Mail Online; Times of Malta; Belfast Telegraph; The Courier; Southern Daily Echo and Wave 105.

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Temperature affects Indian wheat production

Research by geographer Dr Jadu Dash which shows a link between average temperature rise in India and a fall in wheat production has featured in the Indian media in the Deccan Herald, Daily Indian Mail, Daily News, South Asia Times, The Times of India, Zee News and NDTV.

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Exploring the depths

Southampton oceanographers Dr Jon Copley, Professors Rachel Mills and Paul Tyler and Dr Verity Nye were featured in BBC Radio 4's two-part documentary series "Into The Abyss". The episode included a re-edit of interviews recorded from their expedition in the Cayman Trough last year.

Dr Copley also provided comment for BBC News online about the latest exploration licences for seafloor mining awarded by the United Nations.
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Praise from the Deputy PM

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, praised the University's cutting-edge research into reducing aircraft noise in a news report by BBC TV South at Farnborough Airshow.
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The Why Factor

Astronomer Dr Caitriona Jackman appeared on the BBC World Service radio programme 'The Why Factor', which looked at the moon and why it has fascinated humans for much of history. The programme also appeared on National Public Radio in the USA.
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Alzheimer’s discovery

The University of Southampton has shown that a drug commonly used for arthritis slows the progression of Alzheimer’s. Professor Clive Holmes’ research was featured widely by The Times, the Daily Mail, New Scientist, Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio Solent and the Daily Express.

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Environmental issues

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, Head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group, was interviewed by BBC Radio Solent about the development of a tidal turbine at Portland, Dorset. Dr Patrick James from Engineering and the Environment talked to BBC West Midlands about building overheating.
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What to do with Mein Kampf?

Historian Professor Neil Gregor has commented on the implications of the forthcoming end to copyright on Hitler's notorious book Mein Kampf. He appeared on Al Jazeera's social media debate programme The Stream and in the Huffington Post.

Read our expert comment here
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The Naked Scientists

With the Tour de France taking place in the UK, Professor Steve Turnock talked about the aerodynamics behind cycling for 'The Naked Scientists' radio programme, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live and over 15 regional BBC radio stations across the UK and in America and Australia.
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Are public sector workers different?

Research by economists at the University, who have explored whether working as a public sector employee makes you more socially motivated, has been covered in The Conversation and Science Daily, plus also in the Indian media in Business Standard, The Siasat Daily and Yahoo News India.

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Birthing pools

Dr Liz Cluett, Lead Midwife for Education in Health Sciences, wrote a piece for The Conversation about birthing pools following a recent incident where a baby contracting Legionnaire’s after being born in one.

Read Dr Cluett’s piece here.
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Specialist care for people with ME

Research from the University of Southampton has shown that one in three people who have sever ME, otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome, does not have access to specialist services, contrary to NICE guidelines. The story has featured on BBC South Today, BBC Radio Solent, the Daily Echo and ITV Meridian.

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Drinking too much

Dr Nick Sheron has spoken to Channel 4’s Dispatches programme about alcohol marketing and the effects of drinking too much. The interview followed an event in Southampton and London which discussed the topic.
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LifeLab gets Royal seal of approval

LifeLab, an innovative education facility, which aims to empower school pupils to take control of their health and make better choices, has been officially opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex. BBC South Today, BBC Radio Solent and the Daily Echo covered the event.

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Antiobiotic resistance

Dr Michael Moore, a Reader in Primary Care Research, was interviewed by BBC Radio Solent and Wave 105 about the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
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Outreach at Glastonbury

The Daily Star reported on the University's Science Roadshow team appearing at the Glastonbury Festival.

 Dr Helen Paul

Dr Helen Paul

Helen found a love note stitched into the pleats of a First World War kilt

Professor Neil Gregor

Professor Neil Gregor

Neil appeared on Al Jazeera's The Stream and in the Huffington Post commenting on Hitler's Mein Kampf.

The Countess opens LifeLab

The Countess opens LifeLab