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Brunel climate change lecturer wins national science prize

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A lecturer in Climate Change in Brunel University, London, has been awarded a prize for his work in communicating science to the public.

Dr Andy Russell, of Sharps Lane, Ruislip, received the Royal Meteorological Society’s Michael Hunt Award for excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology and its allied disciplines among members of the general public.

Dr Russell, who is based at the University’s Institute for the Environment, said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award. I love telling people about our weather and climate and trying to come up with new ways to explain how the atmosphere works.

“It’s also important to get out of the University and tell people about our research - this is something I think that we do really well in the Institute.”

The award recognises Dr. Russell’s activities online such as blogging and tweeting, his work with the media, as well as face-to-face activities at schools, science festivals and public lectures. His recent blog includes an explanation of the causes of the Oklahoma tornado.