In the News: Wallner's sanitizer demo; Ramcharan on South China Sea

Recent news media coverage featuring Webster University community members includes:

Dean Wallner Demos Sanitizer on Stations Across U.S.

Dean Wallner demonstrates home sanitizer chemistry for TV news
Dean Wallner demonstrates useful home chemistry for TV news


Tony Wallner, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and a chemist, was something of a TV news star this week as he appeared on news outlets across the U.S.

In a KSDK Newschannel 5 segment that was picked up by TV stations affiliated with multiple networks from coast to coast, Wallner demonstrated how to make the WHO's home hand sanitizer recipe,

“When you don’t have access to soap and water, this, of course, you can transport quite easily with you, you can have smaller bottles you can take everywhere with you and it’s quite economical,” Wallner said. “And it works.”

He recommended substituting glycerin with more readily accessible aloe vera gel — the kind you might use for sunburns.

“It’s called a humectant, it will help keeps your hands soft and give it that gel property,” said Dr. Wallner.

Wallner also converted the measurements of the WHO’s recipe to be more kitchen-friendly, as he walked viewers through multiple ways to attain a final product.

Watch the segment via KSDK here. Like so many news appearances, this opportunity was generated through cooperation and planning from the Public Relations office in Webster's Global Marketing & Communications.

Ramcharan on South China Sea Conflicts

Robin Ramcharan, Webster University Thailand
Robin Ramcharan, professor of international relations and law at Webster Thailand


Professor Robin Ramcharan, who teaches International Relations and International Law at Webster University Thailand, was quoted in “The Nation: Thailand” this week about recent disagreements between several Southeast Asian countries over control of the South China Sea, and how various states are discussing the issue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South China Sea issues should be addressed through peaceful solutions on the basis of 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the key and perhaps sole legal basis by which the conflicting maritime territorial claims can be resolved, said Ramcharan, who is also executive director of Asia Centre.

Read the full article here.

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