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University canteen in the Building X will reopen tomorrow, Friday

Published 16. Februar 2017
The university canteen in the Building X will reopen tomorrow, 17 February. The Studierendenwerk [Association for Student Affairs] informs: “However, the technical malfunctions in the power supply have damaged several kitchen devices so that these can momentarily not be used any more. That is why we start with a changed menu.“[Weiterlesen]
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university canteen in the Building X remains closed

Published 15. Februar 2017
Due to technical reasons the university canteen in the Building X has to remain closed tomorrow, 16 February. The Studierendenwerk [Association for Student Affairs] informs: “The Studierendenwerk is working to expand the offerings in the Westend and the cafeterias in Building X and the University of Applied Sciences as much as possible to deal with the increased demand.“
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University representatives explore partnership with the province of Alberta

Published 10. Februar 2017
Canadian guests on return visit to Bielefeld University

In which specific fields of study could cooperation be viable between the higher education regions of Alberta in Canada and Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL)? This was the main topic during a visit to Bielefeld University by Doug Weir (Executive Director, Student Programs and Services, University of Alberta) and Meghan McKinnie (Manager, Education Abroad and International Partnerships, MacEwan University).[Weiterlesen]
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Cultivated scallops populations develop distinct genetic structure

Published 10. Februar 2017

Biologists at Bielefeld University publish analysis

The scallop is one of the largest edible molluscs, and gourmets consider it to be a great delicacy. To meet this demand, the fishing industry cultivates these shellfish in coastal aquafarms. In a new analysis, behavioural ecologists at Bielefeld University have confirmed that cultivated scallops developed their own genetic structure that differs from that of natural scallops. The biologists studied a total of nine populations of scallops (Pecten maximus) along the coast of Northern Ireland. They are presenting their results this Wednesday (8.2.2017) in the research journal ‘Royal Society Open Science’.[Weiterlesen]
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Making health information and counselling understandable for patients

Published 1. Februar 2017

Bielefeld University develops practice guidelines for the health professions

A new brochure presents practical guidelines for counselling patients. It is designed to help consumer and patient counsellors to communicate treatments and diagnoses in an understandable way. Professor Dr. Doris Schaeffer from Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Health Science and her team have put together this collection of materials and methods. The brochure, funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, has been published on Thursday, 26 January.

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What difference do genes make?

Published 6. Januar 2017
Research group at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) to present its findings

What role does your genetic constitution play in your chances in life? And what is the role of social conditions? For an entire year, international scientists at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) have been examining the genetic and social causes for life chances. The ZiF Research Group is now presenting and discussing its findings at a Closing Conference from Monday the 9th to Wednesday the 11th of January.[Weiterlesen]
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Why Chess Masters Win

Published 23. Dezember 2016

Bielefeld University analyzes chess behavior

Chess is one of the oldest – and most popular – board games. On Christmas Eve, the classic game is given as a gift several hundred thousand times over, whether as a chess set, computer game, or chess computer. Yet what is the secret of successful chess players? Cognitive scientists at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University have been investigating this question for the past year in the project “Ceege” by recording players’ eye movements and facial expressions. Now, the researchers are revealing their preliminary results and explain why Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen again earned the title of world chess champion at this year’s tournament.

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Speeding Up Comprehension with Grasping Actions

Published 21. Dezember 2016
Researchers at the CITEC Cluster of Excellence discover a catalyzer for cognition 

Hearing or seeing a word doesn’t mean that it is immediately understood. The brain must first recognize the letters as such, put them together, and “look up” what the word means in its mental lexicon. In an experiment, cognitive psychologists at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) have shown how word comprehension can be sped up – namely by having study participants grasp objects while reading at the same time. Privatdozent Dr. Dirk Koester and his colleagues reported the findings of their discovery in the research journal “PLOS One.” According to the researchers, the method could offer an approach for new therapies, such as treating stroke patients.    [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University Hosts Three Threatened Scholars

Published 14. Dezember 2016

Vice-Rector Angelika Epple: “Freedom of academic and scientific inquiry is an ultimate good”

 For the first time, Bielefeld University is taking in three threatened academics facing danger in their home countries to contribute to research projects at the university. Two of these researchers are being funded with fellowships from the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, and one scholar is receiving funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

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Optical tractor beam traps bacteria

Published 13. Dezember 2016
Physicists from Bielefeld University report on new methods in ‘Nature Communications’

Up to now, if scientists wanted to study blood cells, algae, or bacteria under the microscope, they had to mount these cells on a substrate such as a glass slide. Physicists at Bielefeld and Frankfurt Universities have developed a method that traps biological cells with a laser beam enabling them to study them at very high resolutions. In science fiction books and films, the principle is known as the ‘tractor beam’. Using this procedure, the physicists have obtained superresolution images of the DNA in single bacteria. The physicist Robin Diekmann and his colleagues are publishing this new development this Tuesday (13.12.2016) in the latest issue of the research journal ‘Nature Communications’.[Weiterlesen]
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