Alumni News 02-2016

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Great alumni gathering on 21 July 2017 – reconnect with friends, commemorate, and reminisce

On 21 July 2017, Ulm University will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and a “Science Night” is being organised to mark the occasion. All students, graduates, professors, staff and their families are invited to spend an unforgettable day at our university.
A diverse programme awaits visitors. The faculties and institutes will be presenting information about themselves and reporting on new developments. There will be lectures to attend as well as exhibits and info stands to visit. A marquee and a stage will provide diverse entertainment for the guests, with ample opportunity for listening to music and dancing. A large selection of food and drinks will be available as well.

Four scientists from Ulm among the world’s research elite

Yet again, four scientists from Ulm University and Ulm University Hospital are among the most frequently cited researchers in the world in their fields. The annual ranking list “Highly Cited Researchers”, published by the media corporation Thomson Reuters, again included Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici-Braak and Professors Heiko Braak, Hartmut Döhner and Fedor Jelezko. They rank among the 187 top scientists in Germany listed in the publication analysis.

Alumni News

Alumnus Dr Wolfgang Büchele was keynote speaker at Ulm University’s 49th anniversary celebration

Ulm University’s 49th anniversary was quite the celebration, including eight doctoral awards, three inaugural addresses and a keynote speech delivered by a renowned alumnus.
At his first anniversary celebration as president, Professor Michael Weber reviewed the accomplishments from the previous months and spoke about the upcoming anniversary year 2017. Minister President Winfried Kretschmann will be in attendance at the official opening of the anniversary celebration on the founding day in late February.

Focus Research

What breath reveals: Chemists from Ulm receive prestigious prize for exhaled breath analytics

'Please blow into this bag': what is known to drivers from traffic controls could increasingly complement blood checks in medical examinations. Scientists around Professor Boris Mizaikoff, Director of the Institute of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (IABC) at Ulm University, developed a breath gas analysis method ('μbreath') which allows them to diagnose various diseases in humans – in some cases before they even break out. The team recently received an award by the British Royal Society of Chemistry for their application-oriented infrared sensors.

Local engineers develop technology for detecting landmines from the air

Since early 2016, Ulm University has been collaborating with Ulm University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland on a project called “FindMine” to find a solution. Engineers are developing a drone that can fly over the mined area, scanning the ground for explosives using radar sensors. This project is receiving funding for a period of three years from the Urs Endress Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the development of modern devices for detecting landmines, unexploded bombs and other weapons.

Studies and Teaching

Five-year anniversary „School of Advanced Professional Studies“ – scientific continuing education of the highest calibre

On Friday, 25 November, the SAPS celebrated its five-year anniversary at Schloss Reisensburg. The “School of Advanced Professional Studies” (SAPS) was founded at Ulm University in November of 2011 as an institution for university-level continuing education and is specifically designed to accommodate students who wish to further their education while continuing in full-time employment. “Our primary aim was to develop opportunities for continuing education at the master’s degree level,” explained Hermann Schumacher, director of the Institute of Electron Devices and Circuits and scientific director of the SAPS. Schumacher and University Chancellor Dieter Kaufmann are seen as pioneers in developing this institute for advanced studies that is renowned throughout Germany.  

DAAD prizes awarded to outstanding students – including Parisa Khalaghi from Ulm University

Ulm and Neu-Ulm are international cities: more than 2,000 students from around the world are enrolled at Ulm University and the Ulm and Neu-Ulm Universities of Applied Sciences this winter semester. Ulm Mayor Gunter Czisch and Albert Obert, deputy mayor of Neu-Ulm, welcomed the international students at a reception held in the “Oldtimerfabrik Classic” in Neu-Ulm in late October. Three students also received DAAD awards worth 1,000 euros each for their outstanding academic achievements and volunteer commitment to intercultural or social issues.