UCL in the media
From Picasso and Einstein to Harry Kroto, artists and scientists have been influencing each other’s work throughout history, with Professor Arthur Miller (UCL Science & Technology Studies) describing this nexus of the art, science and technology worlds as a new “Avant Garde”.
Commenting on how we think about science and its higher purpose, Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose), says we need to bring scientific and innovation processes into our economic thinking, particularly in areas which are underfunded.
Commenting on calls for the decolonisation of history teaching, Dr Michael Riley (UCL Institute of Education) says that the varied and optional nature of how the topic is taught means that power rests with schools and teachers to decide which areas are focussed on.
An article written by academics from UCL’s Queen Square Institute of Neurology explains how UCL’s Rare Dementia Support Service has launched a Covid-19 emergency kit with increased call support and virtual buddying, following an increase in calls to the service during lockdown.
People from BAME backgrounds have had higher levels of depression and anxiety throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, as well as lower levels of happiness and life satisfaction, finds a study led by Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health Care).
A new technique that synchronises the clocks of computers in under a billionth of a second removes a key hurdle in the way of all-optical networks, finds a study led by Kari Clark and Dr Zhixin Liu (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) and Microsoft.
Commenting on a controversial plan to cut global emissions by sucking carbon from the air and storing it in the ground, Professor Jim Watson (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) says the move is “significant” but shouldn’t be used to do less to reduce emissions.