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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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