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Apr 142017

Physicist or Comedian? Action or science? Science journalist Dr. Sascha Ott provides during his talks and shows impressive evidence that knowledge and humor do not necessarily have to be contrasts.
Dr. Ott started studying physics in 1991, but soon figured out that journalism appeared to be more attractive to him. Eventually, he became a profound science journalist and started to perform his own science talks and shows.

Find the Interview here: On Air and on Stage

Apr 142017

Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen

Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen und Spektrum.

JUnQ, 7, 1, III, 2017

Eine Stichprobengroesse von N = 1, da straeubt sich der Wissenschaftsjournalist. Aber da das N in diesem Fall nicht N. N., also noch zu benennen ist, sondern mir bekannt, weil ich es selbst bin, berichte ich heute ueber einen kleinen Selbstversuch im Hirnscanner. Ich habe mich zweimal in die Roehre gelegt, vor und nach dem Sommer. Dazwischen habe ich Tanzstunden genommen. Ich wollte wissen: Wie plastisch ist mein Gehirn?

Lesen Sie den ganzen Artikel hier: Vom Kopf in die Beine und zurueck

Jul 312016

Christina Pahl,a Igor Cavalcanti da Silveira,b Armando Dias Duarte,c Arleson Kennedi Franca dos Santosb

aTechnische Universitaet Ilmenau, Ilmenau, State of Thuringia, Germany
bFederal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Pernambuco, Caruaru, Brazil
cFederal University of Pernambuco, Caruaru, Brazil

Received 14.03.2016, accepted 25.04.2016, published 26.07.2016

JUnQ, 6, 2, 1–6, 2016

The continuous growth in human population implicates an increasing need for water. This demand encloses especially industrial structures. The federal state Pernambuco is one of the leading textile producers in Brazil. Although, the dry sub-humid state represents less than 5% of its national population, it covers approximately 20% of nationally manufactured jeans. Its high water consumption exacerbates the environmental situation during the actual strong drought which continues to impact the entire
northern part of the South American continent. One main factor is the emission of chemically contaminated effluents from industrial laundries to Ipojuca river, being the third most contaminated river in Brazil. In this study, we analyse impact factors contributing to anthropogenic environmental damage in one of Pernambuco’s main jeans producing region, Caruaru, and provide a sustainable solution towards waste water treatment. The methodology encloses a comparison of the exemplary sewage water management in the city Hof, Germany. Our results enclose parameters responsible for the damage to the fragile environment in Pernambuco and the Ipojuca River as well as a model for a sustainable infrastructure of the intended expansion of the industrial park in Caruaru.

Download the article here: Sustainable Processing

Jul 302016

Dr. Gerta Ruecker, a mathematician by training, works as a biostatistician at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany. Her special area is meta-analysis, and she is associated with Cochrane Germany. She has written a large
number of research papers on statistical methods, and co-authored a number of Cochrane reviews. Additionally, she is engaged in teaching meta-analysis methods and is one of the authors of a book ‘Use R for meta-analysis’.

Find the Interview here: Interview with Dr. Gerta Ruecker

Jul 302016

PD Dr. Nicolai Bissantz is a mathematician at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. His research fields are applied and mathematical statistics, in particular with applications in science and engineering. Amongst these fields are applications of statistical inverse problems in astronomy and in image reconstruction. Such problems arise e.g., in the recovery of images from fluorescence microscopy imaging and in medical imaging devices such as PET (positron emission tomography).

Find the Interview here: Interview with PD Dr. Nicolai Bissantz

Jul 302016

Dr. Rainer Wanke is a physicist working in the field of experimental particle physics at the University of Mainz, Germany. He is working on the NA62 experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures ultra-rare K-meson decays. This involves both, particle detector development and the analysis of data taken with those particle detectors. He furthermore teaches statistics for undergraduate students in Mainz.

Find the Interview here: Interview with Dr. Rainer Wanke

Jul 282016

Theresa Weidner

JUnQ, 6, 2, XXVII–XXVIII, 2016

A Commentary on “Most People are not WEIRD” by Joseph Henrich et al., Nature (2010)

Prof. Joseph Henrich is an anthropologist at the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. His focus is on evolutionary approaches to psychology, decision-making and culture. Together with his colleagues Stephen J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA, he was the first to point out that, in economics, psychology and cognitive science, conclusions are generally drawn from study participants with the same background: Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD). In addition, primarily students form the majority of test subjects. Still, researchers – often unintentionally – claim that their findings apply to everybody.

Read the full article here: The Use of the Term “People” in Research

Apr 272016

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria wants to establish a culture of never giving up when one encounters failure, an interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s quote : “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”. For this reason they set up a conference “Kultur des Scheiterns” where Nicola Reusch from our editorial board was invited to give a keynote lecture. A report about the event can be found here.

To learn more about the conference itself, look here.