Academics working as taxi drivers is a common cliché, but it is only a rare occurrence.
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23.09.2019 in Science, Context

Context: Are there too many academics?

It is frequently said that universities must orientate their courses towards the labour market – or else risk of a wave of unemployment. Professor Manfred Stock, educational sociologist, explains why this is wrong and how universities even adapt the labour market to themselves. Read more

Jan Laufer and Ulrike Pohle use modern technology to obtain high-resolution images of blood vessel networks.
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30.07.2019 in Science, Research

How blood cells grow

Medical physicists Professor Jan Laufer and Ulrike Pohle are working on a world first: a photoacoustic microscope with an optical ultrasound sensor that makes it possible to display high-resolution images of blood vessel networks. Their goal is to closely monitor and understand their growth. Read more

Robert Szczesny is cycling around the campus for the Transfer and Start-up Service.
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23.04.2019 in Science, Knowledge Transfer

The biologist and the inventors

His work covers questions relating to the protection of intellectual property and relating to scientific inventions: Dr Robert Szczesny works in the restructured “Transfer and Start-up Service” unit at the university. To help with this, the 41-year-old has even taken up another course of study himself. Read more

prefabricated buildings in Cologne Meschenich
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11.04.2019 in Science, Context

What is the east?

The question of the east, of what is specifically East German is discussed in politics and the feature articles of national daily newspapers. What should be explained and why? The religious scholar Professor Daniel Cyranka puts the topic into context. Read more

Karsten Schwarz presents VR glasses and software
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01.04.2019 in Science, Research

Through the eyes of old age

It is a new phenomenon in nursing science: a virtual learning software aims to demonstrate how older people’s perception of their home environment changes. It is being developed in a project at the University of Halle. Read more

Helge Bruelheide, pictured here in the Botanical Gardens, heads the vegetation project.
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28.03.2019 in Science, Research

The wealth of data of plant researchers

Which plant species grow where, alongside which others - and why? Researchers at the University of Halle and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig have the answer. They have set up the world's first global database on the earth's vegetation. Professor Helge Bruelheide, head of the international project, explains what can be explored with such a wealth of data. Read more

View of the university square at the MLU. The researchers believe that University of Halle has been shaped by a number of concepts.
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13.03.2019 in Science, Higher Education Policy

A roadmap of higher education concepts

From the Humboldtian model of higher education to the “assessed university”: The number of higher education concepts now seems to be infinite. The Institute of Higher Education Research (HoF), an institute affiliated to the University of Halle, has dealt with the expansion of these in a new book and has itemised the concepts that are currently relevant. HoF Director Professor Peer Pasternack explains the developments in an interview. Read more

The epigenomes of twins Mark and Scott Kelly were examined during the NASA Twins Study.
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15.10.2018 in Science, Research, Context

Epigenetics

Epigenetics is an emerging branch of biological research. Its findings will help us understand how information outside DNA can be passed on from cell to cell throughout a person’s life and partially even inherited from generation to generation. Bioinformatician Professor Ivo Grosse explains what epigenetic modifications are all about and how they can be affected by environmental factors. Read more

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