Alumni News 01-2018

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Uni Ulm receives new certification as a “family-friendly university”
Quality seal awarded for another three years    

Ulm University is family friendly! For the fourth time, Ulm University has been certified with the “audit family-friendly university”. This seal confirms the University’s commitment to family-friendly personnel policies and gives it an attractive edge as an employer. A lot of hard work has been put into becoming a “family-friendly university”. Some of the most important aspects include various childcare possibilities, in the form of nurseries, day cares, and childcare in the holidays or in cases of emergencies..

CHE ranking: Students give Ulm University best marks

Ulm University’s excellent results in the 2017/2018 CHE ranking can be summed up in the following words: high studying satisfaction, strong job market relevance and a particularly international orientation. For the master’s degree programmes in the Economics Department, Ulm University ranks exceptionally well in the areas “academic studies and teaching”, “international orientation” and “job market and career orientation”. Ulm University appears in the top group on Germany’s largest university ranking in several areas.

Satisfaction with the overall study situation is very high among economics students at Ulm University. (Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University)

Five researchers from Ulm among the most frequently cited researchers in the world International publications ranking measures influence

In 2017, scientists from Ulm University and Ulm University Hospital were yet again named among the most frequently cited researchers in the world. The annual analysis of scientific publications (“Highly Cited Researchers”) ranks Professors Heiko Braak, Harmut Döhner, Fedor Jelezko and Martin Plenio as well as Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici-Braak among the elite in their respective fields. 

Alumni News

40 years of Mathematics and Management:
Dr Georg Thurnes remembers - from student to chief actuary

40 years ago, Germany’s first study programme called “Mathematics and Management” (WiMa) was introduced at Ulm University. Over the years, this interdisciplinary offer, combining mathematics, economics and computer science, has developed into a lasting success – and produced numerous successful alumni. On the occasion of the Mathematics and Management anniversary, Dr Georg Thurnes, today a member of the management at the consulting firm Aon Hewitt and also its chief actuary, fondly recalled his student days in Ulm.

The UUG bids farewell to retiring Chairman Hans Hengartner and elects Manfred Oster as his successor

The Ulm University Society (UUG) elected a new board of directors at their annual general meeting in the Sparkasse Neue Mitte studio in mid November. Chairman Hans Hengartner went into retirement after nearly two decades at the head of the association. His successor is Manfred Oster, outgoing CEO of the Sparkasse Ulm Bank.

Hans Hengartner (Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University)

Survey of the IHK on the subject of alumni whereabouts

The “Fachkräftebündnis Ulm / Oberschwaben” supports regional companies in cover their expert workers needs. One of the goals is that as many students as possible stay in the region after graduation. In this context, the “Fachkräftebündnis” is interested in why you are working in the region or why you left the region. Participation in the survey takes a maximum of 3 minutes. Thank you for your support!
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Focus Research

Third place for autonomous model car at the Carolo Cup

At the eleventh Carolo Cup in Braunschweig, the Ulm-based team Spatzenhirn achieved an impressive third place and took home 1,000 euros in prize money. The 18 student members and their two identical model vehicles “Spatz 8.1” and “Spatz 8.2” were only beaten by the teams KITcar from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the hosts from the Technical University of Braunschweig (Team CDLC). 
The Spatzenhirn team’s supporters include the Institute of Measurement, Control and Microtechnology, headed by Professor Klaus Dietmayer, who also encouraged the team to participate in the competition. Since 2010, the Ulm-based team has been at the Carolo Cup every year and has brought home a victory four times.

Students in the Ulm-based Spatzenhirn team received the MINT Award presented by Carl Zeiss AG. (Photo: ZEISS)

“Reporter molecules report from the cell interior
Multifunctional synthetic molecules introduced into living cells

Scientists from Ulm and Mainz have produced “customised”, multifunctional synthetic molecules that can be introduced into living cells. With fluorescence microscopy, the researchers can track the self-organisation of the molecules and draw conclusions about mechanisms in the cell interior. Their article was published in the renowned journal “Nature Communications”.
The modified oligomers have an “reporter function”. They help scientists to understand mechanisms in the cell interior. In the course of the study, the researchers interrupted intra-cellular transport pathways and traced the altered molecular movements.

Prof Ulrich Ziener researches at the Institute of Organic Chemistry III at Ulm University. (Photo: Eberhardt/Ulm University)

Peaceful co-existence with relatives of the AIDS virus
Virologists analyze why infected monkeys don't develop immune deficiency

Some monkey species can avoid developing AIDS-like disease despite being infected by close relatives of the human immunodeficiency virus. Genome sequencing has led an international group of researchers to identify potential key molecular differences to the human immune system: Contrary to HIV-infected humans, some primate species do not develop a chronic and therefore pathogenic immune reaction. The scientists, including virologists Professor Frank Kirchhoff and Juniorprofessor Daniel Sauter from Ulm, published their study in the highly renowned journal 'Nature'. The new insights contribute to a better understanding of the clinical course of infection and could translate to improved HIV therapies in the future.

The researched monkey species sooty mangabey is native to West Africa (Photo: Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta USA)

Studies and Teaching

Virtual Reality Lab for medical students opened

Medical students at Ulm University can now explore a three-dimensional heart or enter a virtual intestinal model in a new virtual reality workspace. The “VR Lab” in the surgical ward has now been officially opened by Professor Tobias Böckers, dean of studies for the Medical Faculty.
The cyber heart and the new 3D intestinal models have now found a home in the VR Lab. At the official opening ceremony, Dr Alexander Hann (University Hospital, Internal Medicine I Department) presented the intestinal models that he was instrumental in developing.

Medical student Ahmad Alali tests the VR Lab. (Photo: Ulm University)

Prof Hermann Schumacher (Head of SAPS) on his vision of the “virtual desk”

He studied with the slide rule at university and already worked with the first “home computer” at home. Hermann Schumacher, head of the School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) at Ulm University, argues in an interview why studying once in life may no longer be enough.

The changing world of work is the theme of this year’s Science Year 2018. The educational fair didacta is also paying more attention to the questions of to what extent digitalisation is changing or will change the working world, which jobs will still exist in 10 years due to automation, and how companies and universities can prepare themselves for these changes. Advanced vocational training is gaining particular significance here. But what, exactly, does a continuing education programme look like? And for whom does such a programme make sense? Hermann Schumacher illustrates the importance and opportunities of continuing education programmes for students and employees. He explains how learning formats such as “blended learning” support teaching in such programmes.
The entire interview with Hermann Schumacher can be found here.
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SAPS director Prof. Hermann Schumacher (Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University)