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In the media

Westminster staff regularly comment on current affairs and as expert voices in national and international media. Here are some recent highlights:

Lewis Dartnell, Professor of Science Communication in the Faculty of Science and Technology, appeared on Andy George’s YouTube Series, How to Make Everything to share his experience in how to make glass with naturally sourced ingredients.

Regina Keith, Course Leader for the MSc in International Public Health Nutrition at the University of Westminster has been interviewed by BBC World News on the 16 February to discuss Vitamin D deficiency and its causes and cures in the UK and across the globe.

Following an article on The Conversation written by Dr Nelson Chong, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Westminster, the online magazine Good Housekeeping interviewed him to discuss the causes and cures of the Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS).

Sally Anne Gross, Principal lecturer in Music Business Management MA and Researcher at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, was interviewed for BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters on the prevalence of anxiety and depression in the music industry.

Professor John Golding, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology, teamed up with Dr Saleya Ahsan on BBC Two’s ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’ on 15 February.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in Academic English at the University of Westminster, appeared in a video for Business Insider to assert why Trump’s speeches are hard to understand even for professional translators.

In an article published by The Guardian, Dr Ruth Sacks, Director of Business Development and Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster, talks about the importance of creativity at work and gives advice on how best to unlock it.

Patricia Hogwood, reader in European Politics at the University of Westminster, used her academic expertise in German politics to discuss the potential reasons for Steinmeier’s landslide victory in the 12 February German presidential elections with Sputnik news.

Professor Mark Clapson, Lecturer in Social and Urban History at the University of Westminster, has written an article for the local online newspaper Business Milton Keynes for the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes’s establishment.

Lewis Dartnell, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster and author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch, delved deep into the crust of Planet Earth by reviewing Tullis Onstott’s book Deep Life for Times Higher Education.

Professor Alexandra Warwick, Head of Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster, used her academic expertise in English literature to discuss Jack the Ripper and comment on why serial killers are so popular in contemporary culture for ShortList magazine.

Dr Peter Paul Catterall, Professor of History and Policy at the University of Westminster, has written a blog post for the Huffington Post on how the decision of the Supreme Court will affect Theresa May’s plans for Brexit.

Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, and official historian of the BBC, has written an article on why George Orwell’s’ Nineteen Eighty-Four has soared to the top of the fiction charts after Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts”.

Psychology Professor, Coral Dando was interviewed by BBC Radio London for the programme ‘Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola’ on the use of torture to illicit information and following Donald Trump’s pro-torture statements.

Dr Bradley Elliott, Lecturer in Physiology in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster, appeared in ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain to discuss common questions regarding the process of getting fit at the beginning of the year.

Professor Coral Dando, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology, has written an article for the Independent questioning the use of forms of torture such as waterboarding in regards to intelligence gathering techniques.

The University of Westminster’s project ‘REVRLaw’, an immersive way to teach criminal law, has been mentioned by the Huffington Post in an article dedicated to virtual reality and the law.

Dr Paul Breen, senior lecturer in Linguistics in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities has written an article for the Independent examing Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration speech and what it tells us about his leadership.

Christian Fuchs, Professor of Social Media in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design was interviewed by Sky News on Trump’s use of social media.

Dr Stuart Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The European Financial Review’s Outlook section, exploring ways for global food security to be achieved by using genetically modified crops to tackle major agricultural problems.

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, author and member of Hacked Off has written a blog post for the Huffington Post discussing tougher press regulations.

Dr Bradley Elliott, Lecturer in Physiology in the Faculty of Science and Technology, lent his expertise on Channel 4’s show How to Lose Weight Well by conducting an experiment to check if claims that negative calorie foods exist are valid.

Dr Paul Breen, author and Senior Lecturer in the University of Westminster’s Professional Language Centre, has written a blog post for the Huffington Post analysing Barack and Michelle Obama’s farewell speeches from a linguistic perspective.

Mahammed Bouabdallah, Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Westminster, has been interviewed by Nicole Kobie for the New Scientist’s article titled ‘Twitter is being used in classes to help students learn Arabic’.

The University of Westminster project called ‘REVRLaw: An Immersive Way for Teaching Criminal Law using Virtual Reality’ has been mentioned by the Times Higher Education magazine’s print and online versions as a pioneering example for the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in Higher Education.

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