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University of Leicester in the Media - January 2010

Monthly summary of stories with web links citing the University of Leicester

You can access details of previous months' media as well as press coverage here


Broadcast News

  • Professor Mark Jobling was interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester on 19 January on his recently published paper on the distribution of the commonest Y-chromosome lineage in Europe.
  • Research by Professor Jobling was also mentioned on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans' Breakfast Show on 20 January, and was voted 'most interesting story'. You can listen to the show online by clicking here .
  • Professor Jobling was also interviewed by Richard Harris for National Public Radio, Washington DC on 21 January.

Media News


31 January 2010

BBC News - Rotting fish yield fossil clues - Dr Rob Sansom from the University of Leicester, UK, who led the study, said that examining fossils was very similar to forensic analysis - putting together ...

Scientific American - Rotting Fish Spoil Ideas about Early Life-Forms' Simplicity - ... into evolutionary trees based on a few mushy features seemed a little fishy to one group of researchers at the University of Leicester in England. ...

EurekAlert - Novel studies of decomposition shed new light on our earliest fossil ancestry - The researchers, from the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester, devised a new method for extracting information from 500 million year old ...

Spicezee - Book throws new light on Charles Dickens - The book, titled Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities by Holly Furneaux of the University of Leicester combines queer theory with a historical ...

Culture24 - Palaeontologists use rotting fish to reveal the secrets of our ancestors - Picture courtesy Mark Purnell, Rob Sansom, Sarah Gabbott, University of Leicester Palaeontologists from the Department of Geology at the University of ...

30 January 2010

Telegraph.co.uk - Brad and Angelina: the power couple who blew a fuse - Other experts, including John Maltby, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Leicester, suggest that our interest in celebrity lives provides a ...

Times of India - Roman silver coin dating to 211 BC found in Britain - Describing the news as 'exciting', David Mattingly of the University of Leicester said: "This hoard has changed our view of just how significant the East ...

29 January 2010

Compute Scotland - Affairs of the heart: maps and magnetometers

NewsBlaze - Queer Dickens: New Study Provides Alternative Reading of Literary Texts - Research to be presented at University of Leicester on February 3 rejects stereotypes of prudish Victorians and brings a new twist to the tale of the much ...

Loughborough News - Victorian Lives, Loves and Limelight - The Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester has had a prolific year, with four of the Centres academics producing book length studies of ...

24 dash - Science meets Arts in pursuit of Britain's past - Historians, archaeologists, linguists, geneticists and IT experts at the University of Leicester are collaborating in new ways to provide a clearer picture ...

Citywire.co.uk - Selling nationalised banks too early could hamper UK growth - Professor Demetriades, of the Department of Economics at the University of Leicester, said: 'If government owned banks are privatised prematurely, ...

28 January 2010

International Business Times - 'The Catcher in the Rye' author JD Salinger dies at age 91 - It is the first novel of the modern teenage years," Dr. Sarah Graham, a lecturer from the University of Leicester, told the BBC last year. ...

Irish Times - Shoplifters cost supermarkets €150m each year - ... defined as internal and external theft and stock mismanagement, according to Adrian Beck, a criminologist at the University of Leicester. ...

SC Magazine UK - Claim made that cyber crime investigation is not proper police work - The study by the department of Criminology at the University of Leicester questions whether cyber crime as a criminal activity is taken as seriously as it ...

24dash - Queer Dickens: New study provides alternative reading of literary texts - A new study by a University of Leicester researcher puts to rest false notions of the straight-laced Victorians and places Dickens at the heart of ...

Times Higher Education - Scholar's 'queer' curiosity tract - As Holly Furneaux, lecturer in Victorian literature at the University of Leicester, puts it: "People have a very personal relationship with Dickens. ...

EurekAlert (press release) - Don't privatize banks too soon - The research, led by Professor Panicos Demetriades of the University of Leicester, suggests that privatising government owned banks without having an ...

27 January 2010

24dash - 'Cybercrime not classed as proper police work' - new study - A study by the University of Leicester Department of Criminology highlights concerns over police resources, as well as attitude among some officers, ...

V3.co.uk - Police failing to take cyber crime seriously - Cyber crime is not being treated properly or taken sufficiently seriously by the police, according to a new study from the University of Leicester. ...

24dash - Doctor of arts - A new breed of student is emerging from the University of Leicester – gaining an arts qualification as part of their medical degree. ...

26 January 2010

London Press Service - Geneticists Unearth The Roots Of Human Variation

UPI.com - Modern European male ancestry studied - University of Leicester scientists said there's been some controversy about whether the westerly spread of agriculture from the Near East was driven by ...

Stock and Land - Most European men descended from farmers - A team at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom tracked back the male Y chromosome, passed down from father to son, and found that the most ...

AboutMyArea - Research That Will Have The Biggest Impact On The World - Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester's Forensic Research Centre, Dr John Bond's, technique of 'fingerprint visualising' has been selected ...

Cambridge Wireless (press release) - Workshop - Time Triggered Software for Mainstream Systems - Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of TTE Systems Ltd and Professor of Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leicester will present this workshop. ...

25 January 2010

89.3 KPCC - For Cave Women, Farmers Had Extra Sex Appeal - Mark Jobling at the University of Leicester in England. "It allowed people to generate their own food, and populations to grow and society to become ...

Leicester Mercury - Universities bring in drive to prevent students from piling on pounds - Research carried out at the University of Leicester has shown 59% of students feel their eating habits change for the worse when term begins, ...

Booktrade.info - The Reading Project Lifeline For Children In Care - Results published today by the reading charity Booktrust and the University of Leicester have revealed the phenomenal effect of a reading project on the ...

Telegraph.co.uk - First-time buyers guide 2: Alternative ways to buy a house - Having returned to the family home after graduating last year, 26-year-old Rebecca Vickerman, a personal assistant at the University of Leicester, ...

Healthcare Republic - GP role in identifying adults with autistic spectrum disorder - Terry Brugha, professor of psychiatry at the University of Leicester, said GPs could develop expertise in diagnosing autism. He told a Westminster Health ...

24 January 2010

Sunday Mercury - Great Britain on 'severe' terror alert - Professor Richard Bonney, an expert in religious extremism from the University of Leicester, said: “Hillary Clinton's visit to London is a very likely, ...

23 January 2010

MedIndia - Most European Males Descendants of Farmers, Who Migrated from the Near East 10,000 Years Ago - Most men in Europe descend from the first farmers who migrated from the Near East 10000 years ago, a new study from the University of Leicester, UK, ...

22 January 2010

The Press Association - Johnson awarded honorary degree - He said he made his debut for Leicester Rugby Club against Leicester University in 1987 and remembered thinking they would take part in some "student ...

Sportinglife.co.za - Johnson awarded honorary degree - He said: "I was an undergraduate at the University of Leicester from 1960 to 1963 and a lecturer in 1965 and 1966. "It was an enormous privilege to be in ...

21 January 2010

Bizcommunity.com - Reshaping reportage on Africa - He is a frequently published, award-winning author and lecturer who obtained his PhD ... as well as an MA degree from the University of Leicester in the UK, ...

Softpedia - 'Color Map' of the Heart's Signals in the Works - In the new study, experts from the University of Leicester Department of Engineering worked together with colleagues from the Department of Cardiovascular ...

Calcutta Tube (blog) - Most European men are descended from ancient farmers - The findings, by the University of Leicester in Britain, published Tuesday in the international journal PLoS Biology, Xinhua reported...

Mother Nature Network - Study suggests that farmers were the rock stars 10000 years ago - The genetic study led by geneticist Patricia Balaresque of England's University of Leicester was released on Tuesday in the journal PLoS Biology. ...

Farmers Guardian - Most British men carry farmer gene - The PloS Biology study, led by Patricia Balaresque, a geneticist from the University of Leicester, looked at men's 'Y' chromosomes for a specific gene ...

24dash - UK Under Snow as Seen from Space - Researchers from the Earth Observation Science (EOS) group based in the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester have released satellite images ...

20 January 2010

BBC News - Most European males 'descended from farmers' - The researchers from the University of Leicester collaborated with scientists from the Faculty of Medicine in Nantes, France, the Peninsula Medical School ...

USA Today - Gene analysis shows male farmers spread across Europe - In a PloS Biology study released Tuesday and led by geneticist Patricia Balaresque of England's University of Leicester, researchers examined modern ...

EurekAlert (press release) - New treatment hope by 'painting the colors of the heart' - Scientists at the University of Leicester are 'painting' the colours of the heart in an innovative project that has potential to bring benefits for millions ...

Cordis News - European males descend from ancient farmers - Researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK have found that most European males descended from the first farmers who migrated from the Near East ...

IndiaEduNews.net - AMU to organize international seminar on higher education - The leading British academicians - Professor Gordon Campbell (University of Leicester, UK), Ms. Elizabeth Grant (UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning ...

19 January 2010

Reuters - Europe's conquering heroes? Likely farmers: study - "Maybe, back then, it was just sexier to be a farmer," Dr. Patricia Balaresque of Britain's University of Leicester said in a statement. ...

Scientific American (blog) - Sowing their seeds: Neolithic farmers spawned most European males - Mark Jobling of the University of Leicester in the UK and his colleagues found not only that agriculture seems to have spread westward via a new group of ...

Science Daily (press release) - Most Modern European Males Descend from Farmers Who Migrated from the Near East - A new study from the University of Leicester has found that most men in Europe descend from the first farmers who migrated from the Near East ...

Loughborough News - Nature's celestial spectacle is captured in poetry and pictures - The event, in the Shuttle Suite of the National Space Centre, features Dr Darren Wright & Professor Stan Cowley, from the University of Leicester, ...

Science News - Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids tally up - ... the potentially protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids on these diseases,” says cardiologist Nilesh Samani of the University of Leicester in England. ...

BusinessWeek - In Europe, Most Men Can Trace Roots to Near East Migrants - ... reaching almost 100 percent frequency in Ireland," the study's leader, Mark Jobling, of the University of Leicester, said in a university news release. ...

PhysOrg.com - Teams selected for 'Fly Your Thesis!' 2010 microgravity programme - GRAPPA Four students from the University of Leicester, UK will investigate a 'condensation mechanism for non-ideal kinetic gases of varying temperature', ...

Medical News Today (press release) - Journal Special Edition Reveals How Psychological Research Can Aid Criminal ... - Professor Ray Bull (University of Leicester) examines how best to interview children and other vulnerable witnesses.

18 January 2010

Malta Independent Online - New intake for degree courses at the European Institute of Education - These include the University of Leicester, the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bosch (IUKB), the Tbilisi Saero Universiteti Metekhi, the Chartered Institute of ...

Career Engineer - Morgan Ashurst awarded £7m construction job in Preston - It is also currently working on the £10.5 million refurbishment of the University of Leicester's Student Union building.

17 January 2010

16 January 2010

Northern Voices Online - AMU organized International Seminar on Envisioning Quality - This Seminar is funded by NUEP A. The leading British academicians – Professor Gordon Campbell (University of Leicester, UK), Ms. Elizabeth Grant (UCL ...

15 January 2010

EMC Nepean Barrhaven - New curator brings fresh ideas to Nepean Museum - ... in history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Ms. MacDonald received her master's degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. ...

Sideways News - Space technology to help cancer patients - Space scientists from the University of Leicester are set to reveal how equipment developed for studying the stars could help detect cancerous tumours. ...

Space Daily - University Of Leicester Celebrates 50 Years Of Space Research - by Staff Writers In 2010, the University of Leicester marks 50 years of space science with a host of activities celebrating the world-class achievements of ...

Loughborough News - Story behind ancient timbers revealed at Snibston Discovery Museum 2010 - Dr Patrick Clay, Director, University of Leicester's Archaeological Service said: "The Hemington bridges are a nationally important site and the ...

14 January 2010

PhysOrg.com - Leicester academic highlights how science can make a difference - Professor Michael Petterson from the University of Leicester's Department of Geology will be delivering his inaugural lecture entitled, ...

Loughborough News - University of Leicester and WEA Receive Lottery Funding to Research Health ... - The University of Leicester is to play a key role in a Midlands-wide project, spearheaded by the educational charity WEA West Midlands, to analyse and ...

24dash - Space technology to refine cancer treatment - Space scientists at the University of Leicester are to describe how equipment developed for studying distant stars and far-off galaxies can now effectively ...

Loughborough News - Stunning Artwork Transforms the Local Environment in Hugglescote - A senior researcher at the University of Leicester is to discuss medical applications of space technology... 14 Jan 2010 Space technology to refine cancer ...

AsiaOne Choice of career a 'case of parental influence' - After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1992, he went on to do his PhD at Cambridge University in technology law and computer software ...

MIT News - Y chromosomes evolving rapidly - ... is still sketchy in many cases," says Mark Jobling, professor of genetics at the University of Leicester, who studies the evolution of the Y chromosome. ...

13 January 2010

PR.com - Pebble Learning Team Beefed Up by Zoo Keeper - Matthew Wheeler, ex University of Leicester Media Zoo, has joined Pebble Learning as ePortfolio Consultant. Pebble Learning's online Personal Learning ...

Science Daily - Effectiveness of Asthma Relief Inhalers: Discovery Opens New Avenues for Treatment of Poorly Controlled Asthma - — A new study at the University of Leicester is probing why asthma relief inhalers might actually make asthma worse- and what can be done about it ...

Brunei News - Ushering in Aidil Fitri on a plane - “In looking for a suitable course, I was drawn to University of Leicester's MA in New Media and Society, particularly because of the title, which seemed ...

12 January 2010

The Guardian - Undergraduates: heaven knows they're miserable now - A three-year longitudinal study being carried out at Leicester University into the way students experience their time in higher education has shown that ...

11 January 2010

The Press Association - Students 'eating more fast foods' - The survey was carried out by University of Leicester student Hannah Cooper, 22, under the supervision of Dr Ellen Annandale, from the university's ...

Cordis News - New EU technology for better products and safer work environments - EU-funded researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK are exploring alternatives to the use of harmful toxic acids inherent in many manufacturing ...

New York Times - With Updated Hubble Telescope, Reaching Farther Back in Time - Nial Tanvir of the University of Leicester and his colleagues called that blast “a glimpse of the end of the dark ages,” suggesting that similar gamma ray ...

WeightWorld - University students risk obesity with poor diets - The survey was conducted by a student at the University of Leicester, alongside expert, Dr Ellen Annandale from the Department of Sociology. ...

SW Iowa News - Pain, fear follows end of abusive relationship - In conjunction with the Network for Surviving Stalking, the University of Leicester in England has been conducting an ongoing, international survey of ...

24dash - University of Leicester celebrates 50 years of space research - In 2010, the University of Leicester marks 50 years of space science with a host of activities celebrating the world-class achievements of the University in ...

Loughborough News - Fast food firmly entrenched in students' lifestyle - The study, carried out by student Hannah Cooper under the supervision of Dr Ellen Annandale at the University of Leicester Department of Sociology, ...

10 January 2010

Mashable (blog) - 3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology - The Association for Learning Technology noted in its newsletter: “One year ago, a Twitter search for 'University of Leicester' revealed little of interest. ...

9 January 2010

RedOrbit - RAS Honors Outstanding Astronomers And Geophysicists - ... the University of Cambridge, the IAC, the Isaac Newton Group of telescopes, the University of Keele, the University of Leicester, the Open University, ...

8 January 2010

Leicester Mercury - Volunteer Academy at De Montfort University looks for recruits - Richard found a placement as a receptionist with the Welfare and Education Centre at the University of Leicester for three days a week, and after three ...

Loughborough News - Bestselling Crime Fiction Author to visit Loughborough Library - ... wide ranging and informative talk by Charlotte Bilby, Lecturer in Criminology from the University of Leicester on September 11th at 7. 30pm. ...

7 January 2010

Compute Scotland - Iconic ionic for batteries, waste metal and circuit boards

HULIQ - Oprah Visits Denmark, the Happiest Nation in the World - Denmark is the happiest nation in the world, according to the World Map of Happiness, developed by a social psychologist at the University of Leicester. ...

24dash - New Initiative aims to change the face of Corporate Responsibility - The University of Leicester Students' Union will host the launch of These Young Minds on Tuesday 26 January in Queen's Hall, from 2pm. ...

24dash - International rugby star and distinguished economist to be honoured by ... - Former Tigers Captain and current England Team Manager Martin Johnson, CBE, is to be honoured by the University of Leicester, along with Leicester graduate, ...

EurekAlert - New solvent technologies to replace use of harmful toxic acids - Scientists at the University of Leicester are spearheading the development of new ways to replace harmful, carcinogenic, toxic acids and electrolytes which ...

OUPBlog - Meeting Muriel Spark - By Kirsty McHugh, OUP UK The Oxford DNB entry is written by Martin Stannard, professor of modern English literature at the University of Leicester, ...

Times Higher Education - New year brings honours for leading lights - Among them was Bob Burgess, vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, who was knighted for services to local and national higher education. ...

Leicester Mercury - New honour for legend Johnno - Mr Johnson, now England manager, is to be made an honorary doctor of laws by the University of Leicester. The World Cup-winning captain, ...

6 January 2010

CNNMoney.com (press release) - SearchMedia Holdings Limited Strengthens Management Team - Mr. Chow received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Hong Kong and his MBA from the University of Leicester. ...

5 January 2010

International Environmental Technology - Leicester develops probes to monitor city's air quality - Scientists at the University of Leicester are constructing two pollution probes that are designed to monitor the city's air quality, according to the ...

4 January 2010

E-Health Insider - Pedometer use cuts diabetes risk - Lead researcher Dr Thomas Yates, from the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester, added: “Our study proves that using a ...

Leicester Mercury - Radars to check pollution in sky over Leicester - The two devices, being built at the University of Leicester, will sit atop the National Space Centre and the university, scanning the skies. ...

TopNews United Kingdom (blog) - Pedometers Effective in Reducing the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes - Dr Thomas Yates, from the department of cardiovascular sciences at the University of Leicester, said that the reductions were similar to those seen in the ...

Telegraph.co.uk - Using a pedometer 'can cut chance of developing diabetes by half' - Dr Thomas Yates, from the University of Leicester, who led the research, added: “Our study proves that using a pedometer as part of a structured education ...

3 January 2010

2 January 2010

Politics Daily (blog) - Preemies, Health Care Reform and the Cost-Benefit Conundrum - More recently, researchers at the University of Leicester conducted an in-depth study of survival rates of extremely premature babies born between 1994-2005 ...

1 January 2010

Telegraph.co.uk - New Years Honours List in full: part two - Office manager, English Language Teaching Unit, University of Leicester. For services to Higher Education. (Leicester, Leicestershire) Dr Kathleen Rankin. ...

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