Other May News in Brief
US Secretary of State visits QDev; Professor Anne Marie Mai from Rita Felski’s Professorship elected as new board member of the Velux Foundations; New study from John McGrath’s Professorship about the connection between schizophrenia and urban life; CEBI examines connection between beliefs about the gender wage gap and public policy, and two research-related news items in one from CML. All this in the DNRF’s Other May News in Brief here.
US Secretary of State visits QDev
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken showed his interest in Danish research on quantum technology when he visited the DNRF’s Center for Quantum Devices (QDev) at the University of Copenhagen this month. Blinken was shown around the Niels Bohr Institute, with a focus on the world-leading research on quantum technology. Conversations encompassed such topics as how the quantum technology might ease some of the challenges facing the international community in making the green transition.
Professor Anne Marie Mai from Rita Felski’s Professorship elected as new board member of the Velux Foundations
Professor Anne Marie Mai, the researcher in charge at Rita Felski’s Niels Bohr Professorship ”Uses of Literature” has been elected as a new board member of the Velux Foundations.
“I’m looking forward to contributing to the work of the Velux Foundations. I have been following the foundations’ work for many years and have learned how much of an impact it has on research in Denmark. The core group program for humanities has promoted excellent projects, and the museum program has already produced many results,” said Professor Mai.
New study from John McGrath’s Professorship about the connection between schizophrenia and urban life
A new study from Professor John McGrath’s Niels Bohr Professorship examines the connection between schizophrenia and urban life. In Denmark, reports found that individuals born and raised in urban settings have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, while a Western Australian study reported the opposite: there, people in rural settings have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia. The study explores the two different findings to determine what factors may play a part. The study has been published in the scientific journal National Library of Medicine.
CEBI examines connection between beliefs about the gender wage gap and public policy
A new study from the Center of Excellence CEBI at the University of Copenhagen examined how beliefs about the gender wage gap affect the demand for public policy. Among other things, the researchers discovered that changes in policy demand seem to be driven by beliefs about a certain discrimination in labor markets, and that self-interest appears less important than the idea of fairness. The study has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
Two research-related news items from CML: New online event, and the center’s Henry Bainton had his book shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize
A new online event “European Romances Across Languages: Book Celebration and Research Perspectives” is being sponsored by the Center for Medieval Literature at the Southern University of Denmark. The event, which will be held on June 7, 2021, will celebrate the publication of two books, one by Sofia Lodén and another by Lydia Zeldenrust. These books look at romances across multiple languages and literary traditions. The authors will discuss their work briefly. Then three researchers will join the discussion and talk about the future of the study of medieval European literature. They will look at the challenges and possibilities facing the study of medieval European literature.
In addition to the online event coming in June, Associate Professor Henry Bainton from the CML has been shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize. The nomination honors Bainton’s book “History and the Written Word,” which came out earlier this year. Among other things, the book argues that members of an administrative elite demonstrated their mastery of the rules of literate political behavior by producing and consuming history writing and its documents.