Other October News in Brief
Rubina Raja finishes tour as Kershaw Lecturer
DNRF head of center Rubina Raja, from the Center for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), has recently finished a series of Kershaw lectures in the United States, where she presented research that stems from the basic research center UrbNet. Raja, who is a professor of classical archeology, was elected as a Kershaw Lecturer 2018/2019 by the Archeological Institute of America in January 2018. A Kershaw lectureship is given to an internationally recognized researcher who has made significant efforts toward the understanding of archeology in the Near East.
Head of center Lars Boje Mortenen publishes new book on Saxo
Professor Lars Boje Mortensen, who is head of center at the DNRF’s Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), has published a book about Saxo’s colossal chronicle from 1208 on the history of Denmark; the chronicle was ordered by Archbishop Absalon. Professor Mortensen’s book is an introduction to Saxo’s massive work that, despite its literary and historical importance, did not receive the recognition it deserved when published. Yet, 800 years later, Saxo’s history of Denmark seems to be garnering attention both nationally and internationally.
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society
Niels Bohr Professor and astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his extraordinary contributions to physics. Professor Ramirez-Ruiz’s research focuses on developing a conceptual frame of understanding of the unpredictable nature of the universe. With the help of computer simulators, he explores universal phenomena such as collisions, black holes, and white dwarfs. Also, Professor Ramirez-Ruiz has been honored by the National Science Foundation (NFS) as one of the eight most prominent Hispanic researchers in the United States in relation to National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed annually from September 15 to October 15 in America.
Quantum Kate wins Lovie Award
The animated YouTube character Quantum Kate, from the project “Quantum Rascals,” which stems from work at the basic research center Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology (CP3-Origins) at the University of Southern Denmark, has won a Lovie Award, a major European internet prize. The prize is awarded by the Internet Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), which is an international network of IT people and web developers who annually award a number of prizes called Lovie Awards. The Quantum Rascals’ Quantum Kate won in the category “Schools & Education,” which recognizes the best internet-based learning initiative.
Nano-dissection reveals how cable bacteria transmit energy
Professor Lars Peter Nielsen, who is head of the Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM), is part of a new study that, with the help of a special high-resolution microscope, has examined how cable bacteria transmit energy. The researchers use atomic force microscopy (AFM), which functions as a nano-scalpel that cuts the cable bacteria. Therefore, the researchers can gain insight into the internal structure of the bacteria and their transmission of energy. The study has been published in the scientific journal PNAS.
CCS in Copenhagen Culture Night 2018
The DNRF’s Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS) participated in Copenhagen Culture Night on October 12, 2018; ten CCS researchers were in charge of the exhibition “Experience DNA.” For the exhibition, CCS made mini-laboratories where the guests at Copenhagen Culture Night could explore and experiment with DNA in tomatoes, with assistance from the CCS researchers. The exhibition’s wide variety of activities, such as observing chromosomes under a microscope, watching videos of mitosis in cells, and building DNA models, made the exhibition a great success with a large number of guests, especially among the event’s younger crowd.
Leif Oxenløwe is elected a Fellow of OSA
Professor Leif Oxenløwe, who is head of the Center for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications (SPOC), has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) for his research with optical communications. Professor Oxenløwe’s election by the OSA is based on his astonishing contribution to the use of non-linear optics as energy-efficient light sources and broadband processors for optical communication.