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Refugee health as a magnifying glass for inequalities

Published on 8. Juli 2019
Funding for new research group at Bielefeld University

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is providing a research group at Bielefeld University with around three million euros in funding to investigate health inequalities as exemplified by the health of refugees. Their findings should help to improve the health system for other disadvantaged groups as well. The group’s spokesperson is Professor Dr Oliver Razum, his deputy is Professor Dr Kayvan Bozorgmehr; both are from the School of Public Health.[Weiterlesen]
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International THE-Ranking: Bielefeld University among the TOP 20 young universities in the world

Published on 27. Juni 2019
Rector Gerhard Sagerer: ‘A highlight in our anniversary year’

Bielefeld University is one of the world’s 20 best young universities. This is the result of the new Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, published yesterday (26/6/2019). The British academic magazine THE compares 350 universities worldwide that are not older than 50 years. Bielefeld ranks third among the German universities evaluat-ed, and second in North Rhine-Westphalia.[Weiterlesen]
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Phantom Sensations: When the Sense of Touch Deceives

Published on 13. Juni 2019

Study by researchers at Bielefeld University, University of Hamburg, and New York University

Wie täuschen sich Menschen, wenn sie ihren Körper wahrnehmen? Das unter-sucht der Psychologe Prof. Dr. Tobias Heed vom Exzellenzcluster CITEC. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

Without being aware of it, people sometimes wrongly perceive tactile sensations. A new study in the scientific journal “Current Biology” shows how healthy people can sometimes misattribute touch to the wrong side of their body, or even to a completely wrong part of the body. The study was conducted by researchers at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence CITEC, the University of Hamburg, and New York University.

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High-ranking international guests visit Bielefeld University

Published on 20. Mai 2019
University encourages strategic cooperations

International scientists in Bielefeld: Andrea Esperanza González Torres (University of Guadalajara), Bert Verveld (Amsterdam University of Arts), Maiko Yamaguchi (Osaka University), Cinthya Alejandra Navarro Pantoja (Universidad de Guadalajara), Héctor Raúl Solís Gadea (Universidad de Guadalajara), Angelika Epple (Bielefeld University), Antoine Cazé (Université Paris Diderot), Greta Cummings (University of Alberta), Toshiharu Hase (Osaka Daigaku) und Doug Weir (University of Alberta), Stefano Cavazza (University of Bologna). Photo: Bielefeld University/S. Sättele
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Bielefeld University sent out invitations to important international partners. Last week, representatives of international strategic partner universities visited the university and the city. The guests met their cooperation partners and held talks on the topic of ‘international networking’. On Friday, they attended an evening event at the Rudolf Oetker Hall.
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Climate change has long-term impact on species adaptability

Published on 20. Mai 2019
Analysis of the alpine marmot’s genome

Photo: Carole and Denis Favre-Bonvin
Photo: Carole and Denis Favre-Bonvin
Historic climate change events can have a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of a species, reveals a new study published in Current Biology. This unexpected finding emerged from an analysis of the alpine marmot’s genome. An iconic animal known to tourists and mountaineers, the alpine marmot is a large rodent exquisitely adapted to cold climates. Since the disappearance of its ice-age habitat, the alpine marmot has resided in high-altitude meadows in the Alps. In this new study co-led by the Francis Crick Institute, an international team of scientists sequenced the genomes of alpine marmots living in three sites in the French and Italian Alps, and found that the animal’s genetic diversity is among the lowest of wild mammals. By reconstructing the marmot’s genetic past with the help of fossil records, they discovered that it lost its genetic diversity during the last ice age as a consequence of multiple climate related adaptations. Toni Gossmann is first-author of the paper and researcher at the University of Sheffield and Bielefeld University in Germany.[Weiterlesen]
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New High Performance Computing Facility for Bielefeld University

Published on 14. Mai 2019
Particle physicists install 5th generation special purpose computer

Die Arbeitsgruppe „Computersimulation und Gitterfeldtheorie“ erforscht mit dem Hochleistungsrechner stark wechselwirkende Materie: Prof. Dr. Frithjof Karsch, Markus Klappenbach, Dr. Olaf Kaczmarek, Dr. Christian Schmidt (v.l.). Foto: Universität Bielefeld, H. Sandmeyer
The department of physics at Bielefeld University receives a new high-performance compute cluster equipped with state-of-the-art graphics processors. The new facility will be used for research on properties of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions of temperature and density. Such conditions existed in the early universe for only a fraction of the first second after the big bang but may still exist today in the interior of compact stars. The new high-performance compute-cluster is financed through a 1.9 million Euro grant of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The new facility will allow to significantly advance research projects which the particle physics group at Bielefeld University currently conducts within the Collaborative Research Center „Matter under extreme conditions“ (CRC-TR 211) – a research program of physicists at Bielefeld University, Technical University Darmstadt and Goethe University Frankfurt which also is funded by DFG. The inauguration of the new compute-cluster will take place on May 20, 2019, at 4pm in lecture hall 6 of the main building of Bielefeld University.[Weiterlesen]
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How the Brain Integrates Sensory Input

Published on 30. April 2019
Bielefeld researchers publish study on the flexibility of sensory perception

Prof. Dr. Christoph Kayser
Hearing, sight, touch – our brain captures a wide range of distinct sensory stimuli and links them together. The brain has a kind of built-in filter function for this: sensory impressions are only integrated if it is necessary and useful for the task at hand. Researchers from Bielefeld University, Oxford University (Great Britain), and Aix-Marseille University (France) investigated this phenomenon of flexibility in perception, and have now published a study on their findings that appears in the scientific journal “Neuron” (29 April 2019). In their publication, the researchers reveal where sensory stimuli are integrated in the brain, and in which area of the brain this flexibility can be located. From Bielefeld University, Professor Dr. Christoph Kayser and Dr. Hame Park from the Cluster of Excellence CITEC were involved in the study.[Weiterlesen]
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A poor deal for political education

Published on 18. April 2019
German schools place markedly less emphasis on political education compared to history or geography in their curricula. This is confirmed in the ‘2018 political education ranking’ presented by Professor Dr Reinhold Hedtke and Mahir Gökbudak from the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University.[Weiterlesen]
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Professor Dr Elena Esposito receives ERC Advanced Grant

Published on 28. März 2019
The Bielefeld sociologist is studying what happens to society when algorithms predict the future

Professorin Dr. Elena Esposito. Foto: Piero Casadei

Computers evaluate data that are then used to make predictions for medicine, insurance, or policing: what effect do these algorithms and their predictions have in society?  The Bielefeld academic Elena Esposito is receiving an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her sociological research on this topic. This grant is awarded to outstanding researchers who are already established, leading principal investigators in their field of research. It is worth 2.1 million euros over a period of five years. In the eleven-year history of the ERC Grants, Esposito is only the second person to bring an Advanced Grant in this field to Germany.[Weiterlesen]
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New Algorithm Improves Control of Hand Protheses

Published on 28. März 2019
Bielefeld University exhibiting at 2019 Hannover Trade Fair

From 1-5 April, Bielefeld University will be exhibiting at the 2019 Hannover Messe (Hannover Trade Fair) with the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR Lab) and the Cluster of Ex-cellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). The researchers will be presenting their plat-forms and applications for machine learning. One example of their work is a new method for quickly adjusting hand prostheses: The system enables flawless control of hand prostheses – even if the measuring electrodes have moved on the user’s skin. This system is one of four presentations by Bielefeld University, one of which belongs to a new start-up company founded by CITEC researchers. 

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