Other May News in Brief
Antti-Pekka Jauho has been awarded an honorary doctorate; PROMEMO published a new article in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience; SAC has expanded the SONG network with two telescopes in Australia; Science Report presents a portrait of Leif Oxenløwe; PRIVACY is behind a research blog; former DNRF head of center Bo Barker Jørgensen has been admitted to the National Academy of Sciences in the US; and the former DNRF-supported Center for Ice and Climate presents a new thesis behind the much debated mega-canyons in Greenland. All this in the DNRF’s Other May News in Brief here.
Professor Antti-Pekka Jauho awarded an honorary doctorate from Aalto University
Aalto University has awarded five new honorary doctorates in technical sciences. One of the recipients is Professor Antti-Pekka Jauho, who is the head of center at the DNRF’s Center for Nanostructured Graphene (CNG) at the Technical University of Denmark. Among other things, Professor Jauho has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his research on the material graphene at CNG.
“I graduated from Aalto University (at that time known as Helsinki University of Technology) in 1975 and have been abroad since 1976 – last forty+ years in Denmark. I have maintained close connections to my Alma Mater in terms of several research projects and shared students, and it is very appropriate that the plan which became my basic research at CNG was written at Aalto while I was a distinguished guest professor there. It is a great honor to receive the honorary doctorate, and as a former alumnus, it gives me particular pleasure to return to Aalto to participate in its commencement ceremony,” said Jauho to the DNRF.
A new paper from PROMEMO in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Two research groups from the DNRF center PROMEMO at Aarhus University joined forces to develop a new approach to behavioral experiences in brain research. The approach – called TRACE – can selectively gain insight into the neural orbits that are the basis for a specific behavioral experience. This has previously been a challenge for researchers in the field. Hitherto, researchers used a mapping method, and via a tracing virus, the method identified all neural inputs in a collection of neurons in a specific region in the brain and not in a specifically outlined area as with TRACE. The study was recently published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.
SAC’s SONG network expands with two telescopes in Australia
The Center of Excellence Stellar Astrophysics Center (SAC) at Aarhus University recently received two new telescopes associated with the project Stellar Observations Network Group (SONG), a network of telescopes distributed in different locations around the world. The two new telescopes have been installed on Mt. Kent Observatory in southern Queensland, Australia. Here they must observe and deliver light from stars to a so-called spectrograph that scientists can use to study stars and find exoplanets.
Portrait of Leif Oxenløwe in Science Report
With the series New Knowledge (Ny Viden), Science Report has focused on five Danish researchers who will help ensure a green transition both nationally and internationally. The first portrait in the series is of Professor Leif Oxenløwe, who is the head of center at the Center of Excellence Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications (SPOC) at the Technical University of Denmark. With his research in optical communication, Professor Oxenløwe is working, among other things, to develop a sustainable internet that will both be able to transport larger amounts of data than today in a faster and more secure way and also be more energy-efficient than now.
A research blog from PRIVACY
At the PRIVACY basic research center, some researchers have teamed up to create an interactive research blog where they share research ideas and reflections with each other and with the blog’s readers. For example, read some of the blog’s latest posts in which researchers delve into the notion of privacy and how it relates to the current worldwide pandemic and which might more or less have an impact on the idea of privacy, for example, in light of isolation and social distancing.
Former DNRF head of center Bo Barker Jørgensen admitted to the National Academy of Sciences
Professor Bo Barker Jørgensen, who was the head of the Center for Geomicrobiology supported by the DNRF during the period 2012-2018, has been admitted to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the US. Professor Barker Jørgensen’s admission is based on his research in maritime microbiology, and he is the 12th Danish scientist to be admitted to the academy since its establishment in 1863.
Previous DNRF-funded Center for Ice and Climate presents a new thesis for mega-canyons in Greenland
Since the discovery of a network of huge canyons under the Greenland ice cap in the 1990s, researchers have debated about how and when these mega-canyons were created. An international collaboration between scientists from the United States and the Center for Ice and Climate, supported by a grant from the DNRF from 2007 to 2017, has now presented a new hypothesis about the creation of “Greenland’s Grand Canyon.” The study was recently published in the scientific journal Geology and was carried out with the support of the DNRF.