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09 April 2013 @ 01:31 pm
Media Stardom and Lego Robots  
OK, not quite the level of media stardom that my family normally aspires to, but I'm quietly chuffed with it.

I've made the Liverpool University news feed because my public understanding activity with the lego robots has been picked up as a NASA Space Apps challenge.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/94299.html.
wellinghallwellinghall on April 9th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for media stardom!
louisedennislouisedennis on April 9th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
And I'm getting an all expenses paid trip to sunny Dartmoor out of it too!!
wellinghallwellinghall on April 9th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
louisedennis: lego robotslouisedennis on April 9th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Well, "all expenses" on the assumption I stay with friends and relatives and eat their food....
wellinghallwellinghall on April 9th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
As I recall, when we* won the SIAS prize for our paper on Managing Closed Funds, we won a case of wine. But I'm not going to tell you where we got media coverage, because it's too embarrassing.

*The Closed Fund Working Party.
a_cubeda_cubed on April 9th, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
Small or large scale, it's all nice.
I got interviewed for a piece in the Nikkei Computer magazine about a year ago. Although it's the same company $WIFE works for, it's a completely different area/publication and she had nothing to do with it, honest. I still have no idea whether this is actually much of a big deal for Japanese academia or not.
One of my academic friends and colleagues in the US was recently featured in the Sunday NY Times. Now that was serious exposure. Same guy was interviewed by NHK a while back - I got a surprise when queueing up a video for $DAUGHTER and had NHK on while waiting for the machine to boot up, only to see him on their current affairs program.
What level of stardom does your family usually get? I must admit to not knowing about your famous relatives.
louisedennis: lego robotslouisedennis on April 9th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Himself does dinosaurs so fairly regularly gets a lot of exposure (Googling "T. Rex faster than Becks" will net you a score of articles from his biggest hit which got him on both the Today programme and Newsround). With Salford now hosting not insignificant portions of the BBC he also occasionally gets hauled in to comment on dinosaur stories (e.g., this clip from Breakfast).

The little one has only elevated herself to media stardom once, as part of a piece on the teaching of Mandarin in primary schools. However we were amused when we sat down to watch the local news programme to find himself was on it as well, plugging Jurassic CSI which was fronted by a colleague of his (and involving him in a couple of episodes).

It must be said that the chain of events leading up to this involved my sister and an email she sent to the Met Office in Exeter which contained the words "my sister is a bona fide space scientist" - this phrase now gets used by friends to introduce me at dinner parties.

Edited at 2013-04-09 12:57 pm (UTC)
wellinghallwellinghall on April 11th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ooh, we need a photo of our team mascot with a celebrity ...
daniel_saunders: Worcester Collegedaniel_saunders on April 9th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
reggietatereggietate on April 9th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
Kewl! :-D
athene: connor smiling s2deinonychus_1 on April 9th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Cool! :-)
MysteriousAliWays: Geeky Edge by Echomysteriousaliwz on April 9th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Coo, fame at last!
Cordelia Delayne: [people] michael fassbendercordeliadelayne on April 9th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
Very cool :)
Kargicq: Neuromancerkargicq on April 10th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Go you! That's awesome.
Pollyjane_somebody on April 21st, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, cool! I hope the challenge has been going well :-)
louisedennis: lego robotslouisedennis on April 22nd, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
It went very well thank you! We even won a prize (a Raspberry Pi each!) I will blog about it all in due course (though you can check our "on the day" blog at legorovers.tumblr.com.
kristen_marakristen_mara on May 4th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)

I meant to comment on this when you posted it, but things got away on me... Congratulations and I hope it is all going well!

louisedennis: lego robotslouisedennis on May 4th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
Very well thanks! I hope to blog about it when I have a moment. In the mean time we went through to "global judging" so if you feel like stopping by our project page and then tweeting a vote in our favour for the people's choice award, it would be much appreciated!!