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Senate confirms Vice-Presidents of the University of Göttingen
The Senate of the University of Göttingen has elected Professor Anke Holler and Professor Bernhard Brümmer as Vice-Presidents of the University for a further term of office, posts to be held alongside their other academic roles. Both have been members of the Presidential Board since April 2021: Holler is responsible for "Professorial Appointments and Equal Opportunities", Brümmer for the area "Research". Their second term of office begins on 1 April 2023 and lasts four years.
Colour images from the shadow of a sample
A research team at Göttingen University has developed a new method to produce X-ray images in colour. In the past, the only way to determine the chemical composition of a sample and the position of its components using X-ray fluorescence analysis was to focus the X-rays and scan the whole sample. This is time-consuming and expensive. Scientists have now developed an approach that allows an image of a large area to be produced from a single exposure.
Central switchboard thalamus
How do deeper areas of the brain control the dynamics in the cerebral cortex? This question is the focus of a new research network coordinated by the Allen Institute in Seattle. A sub-project is located at the Göttingen Campus Institute for Dynamics of Biological Networks (CIDBN). There, the scientists aim to elucidate how the cerebral cortex interacts with subcortical structures. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded the research network for five years.
Mixture of crops provide ecological benefits for agricultural landscapes
There are often too few flowering plants in agricultural landscapes, which is one reason for the decline of pollinating insects. Researchers at the University of Göttingen have now investigated how a mixture of crops of faba beans (broad beans) and wheat affects the number of pollinating insects. They found that areas of mixed crops compared with areas of single crops are visited equally often by foraging bees. Their results were published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.
open-access.network: three more years for the Open Access transformation
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded the Germany-wide collaborative project "open-access.network" for another three years, awarding around 2.6 million euros. In the second project phase, the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) is again responsible for technical provision and public relations. In the second funding period, which starts now, the project will implement a number of measures to promote the Open Access transformation.
Award for maths research
Mathematician and data scientist Dr Gilles Mordant at the University of Göttingen has received the annual science prize from Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium. The prize is 1,250 euros and was presented at the Academy in Brussels. Every year, the Science section of the academy presents a topical scientific problem every year, and the prize is awarded for the best solution. Mordant answered this in 2022 with his contributions to transporting measures and statistical decision theory