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Campus - Economics - 18.09.2023
AI Answers: CMU’s Rayid Ghani Testifies to Senate Committee
On Thursday, Carnegie Mellon University's Rayid Ghani testified as a witness during the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled " Governing AI Through Acquisition and Procurement. "  Ghani, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2001, is a Distinguished Career Professor in CMU's Machine Learning Department and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Campus - Pedagogy - 18.09.2023
Context counts: Holistic admissions boosts college success and diversity, U-M study shows
Study: Contextualized High School Performance: Evidence to Inform Equitable Holistic, Test-Optional, and Test-Free Admissions Policies Indicators of high school grades and standardized test scores that consider the levels of school, neighborhood and family resources available to students are strongly associated with students' success in college, according to new University of Michigan research.

Campus - Life Sciences - 14.08.2023
UW bioengineering researchers help create a roadmap to diversify faculty hiring
UW bioengineering researchers help create a roadmap to diversify faculty hiring
UW News staff A team of biomedical researchers, including two bioengineers at the University of Washington, has developed a new method for hiring engineering professors. Currently, the researchers argue, engineering departments "lack the education and skills needed to effectively hire faculty candidates from historically excluded groups.

Physics - Campus - 19.07.2023
'Strange metal' sends quantum researchers in circles
’Strange metal’ sends quantum researchers in circles
A Yale-led team of physicists has discovered a circular pattern in the movement of electrons in a group of quantum materials known as -strange metals. Strange metal,- that rogue phenomenon of the electrical realm, just became a little less enigmatic. Identified more than 40 years ago, strange metal is a state of matter found in many quantum materials - including certain superconductors that scientists say may be vital for high-tech products of the future.

Pedagogy - Campus - 04.07.2023
5-minute brain break: refresh your mind (anywhere)
5-minute brain break: refresh your mind (anywhere)
Researchers from University of Sydney set out to discover which common attention hacks really work. They found a 5-minute break from thinking is all you need to get your concentration back. There is no need for a walk along a river, or a lengthy video of bamboo forests swaying in the wind (although that could be nice).

Campus - 29.06.2023
DeSIRE funded project aims to develop new monitoring strategies for bridges
Like the MX3D bridge in Amsterdam, opened by Her Majesty Queen Máxima in 2021, one of the bridges on the University of Twente campus is equipped with a sophisticated network of sensors. Roland Kromanis (Facullty of Engineering Technology) is currently working with colleagues applying and calibrating the sensors on the UT campus bridge to measure its performance and, hence, resilience to its daily excitations.

Campus - Computer Science - 26.06.2023
New AI-model with better understanding of images
Generative AI programmes can generate images from textual prompts. These models work best when they generate images of single objects. Creating complete scenes is still difficult. Michael Ying Yang, a UT-researcher from the faculty of ITC recently developed a novel method that can graph scenes from images that can serve as a blueprint for generating realistic and coherent images.

Social Sciences - Campus - 05.06.2023
Benefits of later school entry for kids spill over to younger siblings
A Yale-led study shows that having an older sibling who succeeds at school helps children, especially from disadvantaged families, perform well academically. Having a high-achieving older sibling helps children, especially those from socioeconomically disadvantaged families, succeed academically, according to a new Yale-led study.

Astronomy / Space Science - Campus - 11.05.2023
Celestial monsters at the origin of globular clusters
Celestial monsters at the origin of globular clusters
Researchers have found strong evidence that supermassive stars can explain the anomalies observed in large clusters of stars. Globular clusters are the most massive and oldest star clusters in the Universe. They can contain up to 1 million of them. The chemical composition of these stars, born at the same time, shows anomalies that are not found in any other population of stars.

Campus - Religions - 11.05.2023
New Study Option Combines Theology and Social Work
New Study Option Combines Theology and Social Work
University of Bonn and katho to introduce mutual recognition of study achievements The Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn and the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia (katho) are to offer their students a new study option. In the future, students on the Magister Theologiae degree program at the University of Bonn will be able to combine it with a bachelor's in Social Work at katho, ideally on its Cologne campus, making it easier for them to obtain two degrees at the same time.

Campus - 11.05.2023
Singing humpback whales respond to wind noise, but not boats
Singing humpback whales respond to wind noise, but not boats
A University of Queensland study has found humpback whales sing louder when the wind is noisy, but don't have the same reaction to boat engines. Research lead Dr Elisa Girola from UQ's Faculty of Science said this quirk of whale evolution could have consequences for breeding and behaviour. "Humpback whales evolved over millions of years with noise from natural sources but noise from man-made vessels is foreign to their instincts," Dr Girola said.

Campus - 24.04.2023
Mastering steel deformation
Mastering steel deformation
Tijmen Vermeij researched how to make steel lighter, stronger and more durable. He received his doctorate cum laude from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering on Friday, April 21. The automotive industry frequently uses steels containing multiple phases, in particular soft ferrite and hard martensite.

Campus - 17.04.2023
School discipline can be predicted, new research says. Is it preventable?
While school discipline rates have long been reviewed at the end of the year, new research highlights the importance of monitoring daily discipline rate fluctuations throughout the school year. (Flickr photo by Alisha Newton) Rates of school discipline fluctuate widely and predictably throughout a school year and increase significantly faster for Black students than for their white counterparts, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have found.

Campus - Research Management - 11.04.2023
English scholars develop unique resource for asexuality and aromanticism research
English scholars develop unique resource for asexuality and aromanticism research
It is now easier for researchers to study asexuality and aromanticism thanks to a new resource created by two University of Toronto English scholars. Liza Blake , an associate professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at University of Toronto Mississauga, and  Jenna McKellips , a graduate student in English language and literature, have co-created the  Asexuality and Aromanticism Bibliography.

Life Sciences - Campus - 07.04.2023
Searching across deep time to understand 'ecogenesis'
Searching across deep time to understand ’ecogenesis’
Geobiologist Greg Fournier seeks to uncover the conditions leading to the emergence of life. In Greg Fournier's line of work - studying living systems that developed billions of years ago - outstanding questions far outnumber established answers. "Often, we have very little information to go on. We can suggest how each piece of evidence we have may be more consistent with different scenarios," says Fournier, an associate professor of geobiology in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Campus - 03.04.2023
Duolingo English Test can predict international students’ first year academic performance
International university students' scores on the Duolingo English Test (DET) used as proof of English language proficiency can predict students' first year academic performance, finds a study led by UCL researchers. Students arriving with higher DET scores are more likely to achieve better grades in their first year at university than students with lower DET scores.

Health - Campus - 27.03.2023
Students who played sports before the pandemic did better during lockdowns
Participating in campus recreational sports can offset stress and contribute to academic competence A history of participating in campus recreational sports can offset stress and contribute to academic competence even during high-stress periods such as a pandemic lockdown, shows a new study. Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that participation in activities such as fitness classes and intramural and drop-in sports before the pandemic was linked to lower levels of stress and higher levels of perceived competence to handle challenges and master school workload during the lockdown.

Environment - Campus - 22.03.2023
Fighting drought together with farmers, landowners and scientists
Can a scientist, a farmer and a nature organisation ensure that nature can better withstand periods of extreme drought or massive flooding? Can a 'regular civilian' help to counteract drought and improve biodiversity in our country in the near future by sowing certain species of grass and herbs? If it were up to Dr. Edwin Pos , yes.

Campus - 01.03.2023
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for SBE Researcher
SBE Researcher Jakob Raymaekers has been granted a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for his research project on Causal Discovery. The objective of this Fellowship is to support researchers' careers and to foster excellence in research. "I hope this research will help scientists in a variety of disciplines to discover new and valid causal relations" -  Jakob Raymaekers Jakob Raymaekers, Assistant Professor at the deparment of Quantitative Economics (MSCM) Robust Causal Discovery Can we learn causal mechanisms from observational data? The answer is yes, under the right conditions.

Campus - 17.02.2023
Whales give up singing to fight for love
Whales give up singing to fight for love
Male whales along Australia's eastern seaboard are giving up singing to attract a mate, switching instead to fighting their male competition. Associate Professor Rebecca Dunlop from The University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences led research analysing almost two decades of data on humpback whale behaviour and found singing may no longer be in vogue when it comes to seduction.