Birkbeck in the media
Left to their own devices (: Cathy Rogers, PhD candidate in Psychological Sciences, writes about whether parents should encourage or discourage use of smartphone devices with toddlers. Tatler) Space invaders (: A look at TimeOut London) Dr Louisa Preston's research into extreme environments as 'practice research' for materials on Mars. Catalan independence (: The National) Dr David Brydan comments on the repression of Catalonia under Franco and the growing calls for independence. "State-led gentrification" (: An exploration of the Guardian) Dr Paul Watt's research on the selling off of council housing, and Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to stop "forced gentrification and social cleansing." Municipalisation ( RealMedia) : Dr Paul Watt, Reader in Urban Studies, discusses the tools available for government to fight gentrification and discourage high rents. Diabulimia : (BBC News) Jacqueline Allan, PhD candidate in Psychology, discusses the little-known and extremely dangerous eating disorder 'Diabulimia' - where diabetic people deliberately take too little insulin in order to lose weight. 'Always-on' culture ( The Times, The i Paper, Daily Express, Metro, ): Express online Dr Almuth Macdowall, Assistant Dean in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, reveals new research into how companies are failing to tackle issues around constant connectivity to work. Money Box Live: Mature students (: Caroline McDonald, head of widening access at Birkbeck, discusses the opportunities and issues facing those who study later in life. BBC Radio 4) "A step change on widening access" ( the Guardian) : Les Ebdon, Director of the Office for Fair Access, praises Birkbeck's initiatives to reach mature students, particularly low fee foundation programmes. The post-storm city ( openDemocracy) : Dr Anna Hartnell explores the very different depictions of Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina. August 2017
Happy birthday to EU (): Dr Dermot Hodson co-authored an article in on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the EU. The Washington Post Too much excellence? ( and Chronicle of Higher Education ): Research by Professor Martin Paul Eve showing that overuse of the word excellence has eroded its meaning, has been covered in the Nature News Impact factor (): Nicole Cruz, PhD candidate in Psychological Sciences, comments on the myth that papers published in low-impact journals are low-quality scientific contributions. The Scientist The ‘Halo Effect’ (: Professor Eric Kaufmann comments on the phenomenon which sees more votes for far-right politicians close to diverse areas - but not actually within them. New York Times) UK news plurality (: A letter expressing concern over the proposed Fox-Sky News merger, signed by Dr Justin Schlossberg. Guardian) Women's strikes (: Professor Joni Lovenduski comments on the Icelandic women's strike of 1975. Vice News) Young people and crime (: Professor Mike Hough comments on the fall in crime rates among young people. Economist) Parkinson's Disease app (: an article about a new app, developed by Professor George Roussos, which can track progression of Parkinson's Disease symptoms over time. New Scientist) Wells and Woking (BBC Radio 4: 'A new red world'): Professor Roger Luckhurst comments on HG Wells life and work. Gender equality (BBC World Service): Professor Joanna Bourke looks back at the history of women's rights. Commonwealth Games (BBC Merseyside): Dr Geoff Walters is interviewed about whether Liverpool could host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Abortion law reform (: A letter about reforming abortion law to take pre-viability abortion out of the criminal law, published by Daniel Monk. Guardian) Learning styles (: A letter about the lack of evidence for learning styles and their use in educational techniques, signed by Professor Michael Thomas. Guardian) BA and industrial relations (: A letter about BAs industrial relations with its cabin staff, signed by Professor John Kelly. Guardian) Empire of things (: Professor Frank Trentmann's Financial Review) Empire of Things is reviewed. Market Research): reports on Dr Dan Nunan's study into the decline of the term market research and its replacement with terms such as data science, business intelligence, insight. (Research Live Gender balance in parliaments ( Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, WA Today, The Age, ): Professor Rosie Campbell's work on reforming parliaments to make them more gender balanced is covered in several Australian newspapers. The Sydney Morning Herald White racial self-interest ( The Times [no link], the Financial Times [no link] and El Pais [in Spanish]): A new report by Professor Eric Kaufmann, claiming that white racial self-interest is not the same as racism. February 2017
Burnout among oncologists (: Dr Caroline Kamau and PhD student Asta Medisauskaite's paper on alarming levels of burnout and stress in oncologists. Guardian) How voters decide (BBC Radio 4: : Professor Rosie Campbell presents this episode, looking athow voters make decisions on who to vote for. Analysis) Home truths (: Dr Paul Watt takes part in a documentary about the places we call home. BBC1) Trump and the Alt-Right ( Sky News): Professor Eric Kaufmann is interviewed about Trump and the Alt-Right movement. General strike against Trump (): Professor John Kelly writes about the success and regularity of previous general strikes. Washington Post Trump and Russia (Share Radio): Professor Robert Singh is interviewed about Trump and his links to Russia. Cold War lessons (Chatham House magazine - : Professor Daniel Pick and Dr Sara Marks write about how Cold War era ideas of brainwashing and mind control can offer lessons for thinking about radicalisation and de-radicalisation today The World Today) Empty prisons (: Data from Birkbeck's ICPR is quoted in widespread news coverage about the Netherlands' surplus of prison cells. Seattle Times, International New York Times, El Periodico de Mexico and others) Welcoming Britain? (: Professor David Feldman writes about Britain's mixed historial record on welcoming refugees. History Extra) Autism detection ( : a new project involving researchers from Birkbeck's Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development aims to introduce new low-cost ways of detecting autism in Indian children Health Medicine Network) Sociability in babies ( Your Autism magazine [no link]): research from Birkbeck's Babylab shows that infants of adults who feel uncomfortable in social situations are more likely to experience social discomfort themselves. Bedlam ( History Today): Birkbeck alumna Anna Jamieson writes about the history of the Bedlam mental hospital and its place in the public imagination. The cult next door ( The Psychologist [no link]): Dr Alexandra Stein reviews BBC2's 'The cult next door'. Bannon and antisemitism (Haaretz): Dr Dave Rich analyses White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's attitude to Jews. January 2017
Prevent (LBC radio [no link]): Professor Bill Bowring was interviewed about the Prevent strategy Computer algorithms in recruitment (: Dr Chris Dewberry comments on the reliability of computer algorithms in selecting suitable job candidates in Raconteur's special report. Talent Management) Toddlers and iPads (no link): The TABLET project is mentioned in an article about children's use of tablet computers and smartphones. Bank of England interest rates ( The Times [no link]): Professor Anne Sibert has advised the Bank of England to increase interest rates and warns that Brexit is still a risk. REF questions ( Research Fortnight [no link]): Professor Martin Eve comments on the REF and how credit will be shared between institutions that have contributed to a piece of research. Alumni programmes ( University Business [no link]): Birkbeck's alumni programme is highlighted. Helen Reece (: Daniel Monk writes Dr Helen Reece's obituary. Helen worked in the Law School at Birkbeck from 1998 to 2009. Guardian) Annette Karmiloff-Smith (The Psychologist [no link]): publishes Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith's obituary. Annette worked in Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences from 2006 to 2016. Babies and language (BBC World News [link not available]): Dr Teodora Gliga discusses early brain development and language learning. Experimental literature (BBC Radio 3: ): Dr Mark Blacklock discusses experimental novels with Eimar McBride and Matthew Sweet. Free Thinking Consumption and the environment (: Professor Frank Trentmann writes about why decluttering our cupboards won't save the planet. Guardian) Lammy and night schools (: In a letter, Professor David Latchman praised David Lammy MP for raising the issue of the importance of evening learning. Evening Standard) Heligoland ( The Sunday Times [no link]): Professor Jan Ruger's new book Hegiloland. Britain, Germany and the Struggle for the North Sea is reviewed. Design recognition (: Birkbeck's new visual identity. Design Week) Work-Life balance: a new study by Dr McDowall on the need for employers to help staff balance their personal and professional lives has received coverage in several outlets. Jah Wobble (: Birkbeck alumnus Jah Wobble (John Wardle) describes studying at Birkbeck as "the best thing [he] ever did" in an interview Skiddle) . HE bill (WonkHE): Jonathan Woodhead writes about why part-time HE should be a priority in the government's HE bill. Freud for our times (BBC Radio 4): Professor Daniel Pick presents a programme about psychoanalysis today. Artistic direction: Birkbeck alumnus Jez Pike has become the artistic director of the Maddermarket Theatre and received widespread coverage in regional media. December 2016
Christina Julios featured as a specialist contributor in the Peninsula Television production, 'The Day I Should Have Died'. Career interview (): Dr Dermot Hudson was interviewed by the about his career and current research Free Think Tank Professional rugby and part-time study (: Rugby player and Birkbeck Law student Rory Brand talks about his ambitions. SW Londoner) Zizek on Castro (: International Director of the Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities Slavoj Zizek writes about Castro and the Cuban Revolution. El Mundo [in Spanish]) White nationalism (: Professor Eric Kaufmann's comments on white nationalism are quoted. Town and Country magazine) Teresa May and feminism ( Marie Claire [no link]): Professor Rosie Campbell comments on the differences between Thatcher and May in their attitude to women. White nationalism: Professor Eric Kaufmann's comments on white nationalism are quoted in the Marie Claire, The Washingon Post, and San Francisco Chronicle, Vox, Buzzfeed The Times. Sociability in babies ( Nursing Standard): A new study from Birkbeck's Babylab, which may help us understand more about the development of autism-related traits. Nurturing the sceptical mind (: MA Contemporary History and Politics student Gaby Suarez comments on the benefits of studying history at postgraduate level. Independent) How an academic approach to art led to a dream job (: Birkbeck alumna Inga Fraser writes Guardian) about how her MA History of Art helped her land her dream job at Tate Britain. RAF gunner swaps uniform for gown and mortarboard (: A profile of former soldier and now Birkbeck graduate Paul Croney. South London Press) Misogyny in the US election (BBC Radio Berkshire [from 1 hour, 20 minutes]): Jessica Smith discusses the role that misogyny played in the results of the US Presidential election. Big question (: Prospect) Professor Robert Singh was one of a panel of contributers, answering the questions 'Is Trump's election good news for Britain?' Babies and screentime (: Dr Tim Smith is quoted on the importance of guidelines for how much and in what ways children should use tablets or smartphones. Day Nurseries) The Interward World ( BBC History): Professor Joanna Bourke reviews Philip Ziegler's Between the Wars: 1919-1939. Birkbeck's astronaut (: Birkbeck alumna Helen Sharman's story is told. The News Today [Bangladesh]) Grandmothers and autism (: Dr Angelica Ronald comments in a story about the valuable contribution grandmothers can make to research into autism. The Atlantic) Trump and white identity politics (: Professor Eric Kaufmann is quoted on the reasons people voted for Trump. Buzzfeed) Sociability in babies (: a new study from the Birkbeck Babylab, which showed that infants at low risk of autism whose parents are uncomfortable in social situations show the same brain responses to other people as infants who later go on to develop autism Evening Standard) Trump: Professor Eric Kaufmann explains why concerns over the economy can not explain Trump's election as US President in the blog and the LSE Politics and Policy and the research is also covered by the New Statesman . His research is also mentioned in a Independent story seeking to understand Trump's electoral victory and by Germany's New York Times Deutsche Welle. Chakrabarti peerage (: Professor David Feldman's comments on the impact of timing of Chakrabarti's peerage to the credibility of her investigation into antisemitism in the Labour party, of which Professor Feldman was vice-chair. Jewish News) Mature students ( Jewish Chronicle): the story of 85-year-old Birkbeck History of Art graduate Trevor Grossmark. Life and death at the limits (: The Psychologist) Professor Roger Luckhurst writes about zombie psychology. Shake, rattle and roll: this reviews a new theatre show, created in collaboration with scientists from Birkbeck's Babylab. (The Psychologist) A crisis of White identity: Professor Eric Kaufmann's research into changes in the distribution of different ethnic groups in the UK has been covered in the the Guardian, and Daily Mail His research into what people would be prepared to pay for reduced migration was mentioned in The Hindu. , and he has commented on White people's attitudes to immigration in Progress online The New York Times. More heat than light (: Left Foot Forward) Dr Frederick Cowells unpacks the implications of the Hight Court's ruling that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval. Disappearing books (: New Boston Post) Dr Andrea Ballatore writes about the latest sales trends of e-books. October 2016
Moon Village (: Guardian) Professor Ian Crawford comments about the challenges and feasibility of establishing a base of operations on the moon. Tearing up the politics textbook (BBC Radio 4: ): Analysis Dr Rosie Campbell hosts an episode, focusing on how British politics is taught in school. The Great Fire (: The Docklands & East London Advertiser) Mike Berlin’s forthcoming history study day on the Great Fire of London on 24 September at the Museum of London (hear Mike speak about the event in a Birkbeck podcast). Being Swedish (: Vancouver Sun) Professor Eric Kaufman comments on Sweden and Denmark’s efforts to understand their national identities, and how Canada could take similar steps. Media bias against Labour? (: A report by Independent) Dr Justin Schlosberg and the Media Reform Coalition highlighting media bias against Jeremy Corbyn is cited in article about Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on the Labour Party’s Momentum movement. Hard right, soft power (): Dr David Brydan, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, writes about the historic use of soft power in rightwing political campaigning. The Conversation The Great Plague ( BBC, , Mail Online CNN, , and others): Financial Express Professor Vanessa Harding comments on historical backdrop of London’s Great Plague in 1665, following recent Crossrail excavation of burial site containing evidence of the bacteria, Yersinia pestis. “Use a pseudonym” (: Guardian) Toby Litt contributes to article offering top writing tips to aspiring authors. Helping child refugees (): profile of Birkbeck alumnus and current chair of London Government Association’s asylum, refugee and migration task group. Guardian Toddlers and tablets (, Science Mag , BGR India HellaWella): New Babylab study shows that early touch screen use correlates with increased fine motor control in toddlers. Where is Spencer Moon now? (): Former Eastenders soap opera actor and Birkbeck Law alumnus, Christian Parker, is profiled. OK! magazine Motherhood and politics (): Politics PhD student, Jessica Smith, writes commentary piece on motherhood and politics. Guardian Junior doctors ( British Medical Association, Pharmacy Choice) : Dr Caroline Kamau (Organizational Psychology) conducts study into poor conditions for junior doctors working in the NHS and their harmful consequences for patients who need emergency surgery. Interstellar travel and moon data (): Live Science Professor Ian Crawford (Earth and Planetary Sciences) is interviewed about the feasibility of seven concepts of interstellar travel. In his new study , Professor Crawford also proposes a mission back to the moon could offer rich data about the galactic environment ( ). Sci News Textual divergence (): Following his study of the differences between the UK and US versions of David Mitchell’s bestselling novel Times Literary Supplement Cloud Atlas, Professor Martin Eve (English and Humanities) writes this article on textual divergence. Storm damage (Phys.org): Research project carried out in collaboration with Birkbeck explores the recovery of beaches across the South West of England following severe storms of 2013/14 . What are you reading? (): Times Higher Education Dr Heike Bauer (English and Humanities) features in this week’s Times Higher Education ‘What are you reading’ feature.