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Should professors engage in public and political debate?

ANN ARBOR — Andrew Hoffman, a University of Michigan professor who teaches and researches business sustainability at the U-M Stephen M. Ross School of Business, frequently wades into the controversial debate over climate change.

Knowing how and when to do so is something he has figured out through trial and error. Why more academics don’t speak up and what the ground rules should be for those who do is a little hazy. (more…)

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Scientists unravel the genetic secrets of nature’s master of mimicry

Scientists investigating how one of the greatest shape shifters in the natural world is able to trick predators to avoid being eaten have identified the gene behind the fascinating feat.

The African Swallowtail butterfly, also known as the ‘Mocker Swallowtail’ or the ‘Flying Handkerchief,’ can appear to change both colour and shape.

Males of the species fly boldly around the tree tops, their rapid flight making them look like shaking handkerchiefs, however females lurk in the bushes and pretend to be examples of Monarch butterflies that are nasty to eat. (more…)

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Vielfalt bewegt die Stadt

Städte und Orte sind im ständigen Wandel und werden zu Zentren für unterschiedliche Traditionen, Kulturen und Erfahrungen. Welchen Beitrag Migration für Urbanität und Bildung leistet, untersucht Professor Erol Yildiz am Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft an der Universität Innsbruck.

Das Wort „Migration“ stammt aus dem Lateinischen und bedeutet Bewegung, (Aus-) Wanderung und Umzug. „Man bewegt sich von A nach B – das gab es immer und wenn man Migration auch historisch betrachtet, dann sieht man, dass die Bewegung von Menschen immer der Normalfall war und nicht die Ausnahme“, erläutert Erol Yildiz seine Grundannahme. „Ich verwende gerne die Begriffe ‚sesshafte Mobilität’ oder ‚mobile Sesshaftigkeit’, denn sie beschreiben unsere gesellschaftliche Situation am treffendsten“, so Yildiz. Der Wissenschaftler ist davon überzeugt, dass Zuwanderung wesentlich zur Urbanisierung beiträgt: „Wenn Menschen von außen kommen, bringen sie neues Wissen mit, von dem andere und der Stadtteil, in den sie ziehen, profitieren können.“ (more…)

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No Ocean-Borne Radiation from Fukushima Detected on West Coast Shoreline, According to Analysis of 1st Samples from ‘Kelp Watch 2014’

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Scientists working together on Kelp Watch 2014 announced today that the West Coast shoreline shows no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, following their analysis of the first collection of kelp samples along the western U.S. coastline.

Kelp Watch 2014 is a project that uses coastal kelp beds as detectors of radioactive seawater arriving from Fukushima via the North Pacific Current. It is a collaborative effort led by Steven Manley, marine biology professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and Kai Vetter, head of applied nuclear physics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and a nuclear engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley. (more…)

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Vorgestellt: Europa verstehen

Andreas Maurer, neuberufener Professor für Europäische Integration am Institut für Politikwissenschaft, plädiert für eine intensivere Auseinandersetzung mit der EU und ihren Funktionsweisen. Einen Beitrag zu einem besseren Verständnis des komplexen Systems der Europäischen Union zu leisten, ist dem Europaforscher ein wichtiges Anliegen.

„Wir haben in der Europaforschung zwei Bibeln: der Vertrag auf der einen und die Geschäftsbedingungen auf der anderen Seite“, beschreibt Dr. Andreas Maurer seine wichtigsten „Untersuchungsgegenstände“. Zentrales Forschungsinteresse des Wissenschaftlers ist die Analyse der europäischen Vertragsgrundlagen und deren dynamischer Entwicklung. Maurer beschäftigt sich vordergründig mit der Frage, in welcher Form die Handlungsangebote der EU vonseiten der Politik, der Wirtschaft, von NGOs aber auch von den Bürgern selbst genutzt werden. „Durch laufende Adaptierungen der Rechtslage versucht die EU Anreize dafür zu schaffen, dass sich die Bevölkerung in einem stärkeren Ausmaß unmittelbar an Entscheidungsprozessen beteiligt“, verdeutlicht Maurer. „Mich beschäftigt, wie und warum dieses Angebot angenommen wird – oder auch nicht.“ (more…)

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For many who work in his lab, Robert Crabtree is the quintessential mentor

Periodically, Yale chemistry professor Robert Crabtree strolls through his laboratory, sometimes whistling, and pauses to ask the students who work with him: “Everybody happy?”

According to Ulrich Hintermair, who conducted research in his lab as a postdoctoral fellow for the past two-and-a-half years, Crabtree’s concern with his research team’s wellbeing is just one of many qualities that distinguish him as a mentor at Yale. (more…)

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‘Love and Romance’, the way I feel it: Hossam (23)

Q. What is love? How would you define it?

Hossam: I would say ‘love’ is something that has to be from inside from your heart. It doesn’t come out very quickly. People who are falling in love has to get to know each other first, they have to know whether they understand each other, they have to know whether they fit to each other, and these ways we can know whether we fit to each other or not, if we love each other or not. But of course, that needs some time. So that’s how I define it actually.

For me love is not only to be together or to go out. Love is also our relation, we have to love so that we can marry. So that we can take the next step. Not only to have fun and that’s it.

Love doesn’t last long for me because there are always some problems, may be because of me, may be because of her, may be because of her parents or may be because of my parents. So love is sometimes complicated. (more…)

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UCLA Professor Leads Effort to Protect Africa’s Rainforests from Ravages of Climate Change

UCLA professor Thomas B. Smith will head an international research project investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity in Central Africa’s rainforests, under a $4.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

UCLA will receive $3 million through the NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, the agency announced this week. Smith, the director of UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research and a professor with joint appointments at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the department of ecology and evolutionary biology, will lead the team of U.S. and international researchers. (more…)

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