Other December News in Brief
Head of Center Lone Grams is appointed to the board of Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF)
As of January 1, 2019, head of the DNRF Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites (CeMiSt) at DTU, Professor Lone Gram, together with Aarhus University Professor Birgit Schiøtt, has been appointed to the board of the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) by the Minister of Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers. Lone Gram knows the work of the DFF as former chair of the foundation’s Research Council for Nature and Universe. The DFF board consists of 9 members, and as of January 1, the foundation also has a new chair, Professor David Dreyer Lassen, of the DNRF center CEBI at the University of Copenhagen.
Leif Oxenløwe in the newspaper Politiken on internet activity as source of major CO2 emission
The Danish newspaper Politiken has asked the head of the DNRF’s Center for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communication (SPOC) at DTU, Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe, and a number of other Danish researchers to calculate how much CO2 is emitted when using the internet in Denmark. When the internet is used, CO2 is emitted in the form of the electricity cost. The results show that internet activity pollutes as much as air traffic. The calculations especially emphasize that streaming services are one of the major climate offenders.
SAC part of Aarhus University’s first satellite
At the beginning of December 2018, Aarhus University’s first satellite, Delphini-1, was sent to the international space station (ISS). The Aarhus satellite was built by 50 students at Aarhus University, including students from the DNRF’s Stellar Astrophysics Center (SAC). The launch took place on Wednesday, December 5, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The micro-satellite will be sent into orbit around Earth from the ISS, and using a built-in camera, Delphini-1 will send observations to the newly created control center at Aarhus University, where the students can communicate with the satellite. The purpose of the project is to familiarize the students with space technology.
New professor at Center for Music in the Brain
The DNRF’s Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University recently hired Marcus T. Pearce as a new professor at the center. Based on his background in experimental psychology and artificial intelligence, Pearce will investigate how our musical perceptions influence how we experience a piece of music. In connection with this, Professor Pearce will incorporate both the aesthetic and emotional experience as well as the way in which the structure of music is perceived.