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University of Wrocław awards honorary doctorate to Bielefeld physicist

Published 21. November 2014

Professor Helmut Satz honoured in Poland


Helmut Satz, emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Bielefeld University, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wrocław in Poland on 14 November. He has been promoting relations between the two universities for many decades. Starting in 1980, he worked closely together with physicists at the University of Wrocław, gave lectures there, and invited young Polish physicists to come to Bielefeld University.


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Visiting migration researcher from Princeton

Published 18. November 2014
Alejandro Portes: The Niklas-Luhmann Visiting Professor for 2014

Professor Alejandro Portes, a migration researcher at Princeton University in the United States, is Bielefeld University’s Niklas-Luhmann Visiting Professor for 2014. On Wednesday 19 November, he will give a public lecture in English on ‘Immigration, Transnationalism, and Development: The State of the Question’. The programme will begin at 18.15 in Lecture hall X-E0-001 in Building X. Entrance is free.[Weiterlesen]
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New long-term research project ‘Niklas Luhmann – A passion for theory’

Published 7. November 2014
Five million Euros of funding for the project from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts  

On the 30th of October, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) announced six new long-term research projects for the Academies’ Programme sponsored by the Federal Government and the States. The research proposal ‘Niklas Luhmann – Theorie als Passion. Wissenschaftliche Erschließung und Edition des Nachlasses’ [Niklas Luhmann – A passion for theory: Academic indexing and editing of the legacy] is a new admission to the Academies’ Programme for the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. It will receive a total of 5,050,000 Euro over a period of 16 years. As a result, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts is now represented by 15 projects in the largest research programme for the humanities in Germany.[Weiterlesen]
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The Best Sensory Experience for Learning a Dance Sequence

Published 7. November 2014
Bielefeld University partners with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden

How can a sequence of dance steps best be learned? This question was the subject of a project led by researchers from Bielefeld University and the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, who developed the study along with dancers and dance instructors. Together they researched whether dancers learn a dance sequence better by seeing or by listening, that is, if a dance instructor first demonstrates the sequence, or if he or she first gives a spoken explanation. The research article detailing the results of this study was recently awarded “Best Paper” at the October 2014 conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld team wins gold medal at iGEM

Published 7. November 2014
Biofuel from CO2 impresses jury  

Last weekend (31 October - 3 November 2014), ten Bielefeld Master’s degree students were rewarded for their hard work in the laboratory over the past six months. At the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) in Boston, USA, the team received a gold medal for their project “The Transformers - from CO2 to Biofuel”. The students impressed the expert jury with their project to produce a biofuel using electrical energy and carbon dioxide. The iGEM Competition, which started out as an internal competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Bielefeld University has been participating for 5 years.[Weiterlesen]
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The hopes of Chinese education migrants

Published 4. November 2014

Bielefeld University engaging in joint research with universities in England and China

Chinese students are the most mobile in the world. At 20 per cent, they are the largest group of international students in the industrialized countries. They also constitute the majority in Germany: every tenth international student comes from China. In a new research project, Bielefeld University is asking Chinese students what they expect to gain from studying in Europe. The project is also surveying students in China who have to travel a long way from home for their studies both inside China and abroad. Bielefeld is working together with the University of Essex (England) and the University of Tsinhua (China) on the project ‘Bright Futures’ – the first project in the world to study the attitudes and experiences of Chinese students transnationally in Europe and China.

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From CO2 to Biofuel

Published 28. October 2014

Bielefeld University students participate in iGEM competition

Ten Bielefeld students are engineering a bacterium which uses surplus electrical energy from renewable energy sources and carbon dioxide (CO2) in order to produce a biofuel. Current problems serve as an incentive for their project: an absence of infrastructure for the storage and transport of renewable energies, increasing CO2 emissions, and the impending scarcity of resources. The students are developing possible solutions with which they are participating in this year’s iGEM (“International Genetically Engineered Machine”) competition. iGEM is an international student competition in the field of synthetic biology, which has been held in Boston, USA, since 2004.[Weiterlesen]
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Cooling with molecules

Published 22. October 2014

Researchers at the universities in Bielefeld, Manchester, and Zaragoza present low-temperature experiment in Nature Communications

An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius – only just above absolute zero – using magnetic molecules. The physicists and chemists are presenting their new investigation today (22 October 2014) in the scientific journal Nature Communications. It was developed by six scientists from Bielefeld University, the University of Manchester (Great Britain), and the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).[Weiterlesen]
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Sperm wars

Published 16. October 2014
Evolutionary biologist at Bielefeld University compiles international special issue on sperm competition

Why do male animals need millions of sperms every day in order to reproduce? And why are there two sexes anyway? These and related questions are the topic of the latest issue of the research journal Molecular Human Reproduction published today (16.10.2014). The evolutionary biologist Steven Ramm from Bielefeld University Bielefeld has compiled this special issue on sperm competition.[Weiterlesen]
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How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision

Published 14. October 2014

Psychologists from Bielefeld University publish study

We assume that we can see the world around us in sharp detail. In fact, our eyes can only process a fraction of our surroundings precisely. In a series of experiments, psychologists at Bielefeld University have been investigating how the brain fools us into believing that we see in sharp detail. The results have been published in the scientific magazine 'Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.' Its central finding is that our nervous system uses past visual experiences to predict how blurred objects would look in sharp detail.

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