Alumni News 03-2020

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Excellent result for Ulm University in THE Ranking
Among the best 15 German universities and 140th worldwide

Repeat success for Ulm University: 13th place in the comparison of German universities by renowned THE World University Ranking. Recently published by the British magazine Times Higher Education (THE), the ranking lists around 1500 universities from 93 countries and ranked Ulm University 140th in a worldwide comparison. The ranking evaluates five different criteria – from teaching and research to citation frequency, third-party funding from industry and the international outlook of the university.

Results of a scientific study on children and the coronavirus with political implications - “Children are not virus hurlers”

The Bild newspaper referred to the results of the “Study on the Roll of Children in Spreading the Coronavirus” as a “bang”. Another newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), emphasised in its detailed report that - unlike with the flu - children under the age of ten are not “virus hurlers”, and that they don’t play a significant role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. For the Baden-Württemberg state government, these results played a decisive role in the re-opening of nurseries, preschools and elementary schools.

Symbolic image, photo: Shutterstock

Alumni News

Uni Ulm wall calendar as a reminder of the student days

For the year 2021, a wall calendar with atmospheric photos from Ulm University is available. The calendar contains architectural photographs of the university and photos of art objects on campus. Certainly the images are connected with some nice memories and hopefully puts your thoughts in a pleasant time of your life.

The calendar is printed on high-quality paper, is A3 when opened and A4 when closed. It costs € 9.00 and can be purchased in the Uni-Shop. Shipping within Germany is also offered for an additional 1.55 Euro shipping fee.
You can find details on the sale

Alumni Survey 2020/2021 started

From November 2020 to February 2021, graduates of the 2019 examination year have the opportunity to vote online about their study conditions, the transition to further courses, their doctorate or their employment. Alumni who graduated from the university in the 2018/2019 winter semester and 2019 summer semester can give us an impression of how well they are prepared for professional demands, for example.
The graduates of the mentioned examination years automatically receive the CODE for participation by email or post.

We would be very pleased if many alumni of the 2019 exam classes take part in the survey.
To the survey...

Focus Research

Defence mechanism against SARS-CoV-2 characterised
Cell’s own effector recognises and cuts coronavirus RNA

A human cell is not completely defenceless against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In order to defend itself against the pathogen, the cell produces various antiviral effectors that attach to the genetic material of the virus, for example, and cut it up. Defence mechanisms such as this could play a role in new COVID-19 treatments. Led by Professor Frank Kirchhoff, researchers from the fields of virology and microbiology at the Ulm University Medical School have now succeeded in characterising a promising cellular effector. In cooperation with colleagues from King’s College in London, they describe the effects of “ZAP” in the journal “mBio”.

Rayhane Nchioua, photo: privat

Blocking DNA repair kills cancer cells in a preclinical study: Combination therapy inhibits ATM-mutated pancreas tumour

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest kinds of cancer in the western world. It is insidious and aggressive and can only rarely be defeated. Despite the enormous progress in medical research, it is still not known how pancreatic carcinomas develop or how to effectively fight them. Scientists from Ulm have now demonstrated on a mouse model how certain cancer cells can be driven to death in a preclinical study.

Illustration: Clinic for Internal Medicine 1

How automated cars and infrastructure work together
Presentation of MEC-View results

City traffic can be pretty confusing: pedestrians hidden by cars, cyclists crossing the path, buses suddenly re-entering traffic. The project „MEC-View“ is researching how street lights can make traffic safer and provide automated vehicles with an overview of the traffic situation. In order for this to work, video and lidar sensors have to be mounted onto the lanterns. Using mobile radio technology, the sensors provide vehicles with important information in real time, to enable them to quickly and reliably recognise obstacles – whether they be other cars, bikes or pedestrians.

Sensors at the pilot area in Ulm Lehr, image source: Uni Ulm MRM

Photochemistry for environmental and climate protection
Junior professorship and junior research group for Dr Andrea Pannwitz

The research of the recently appointed junior professor Dr Andrea Pannwitz concerns several topics with relevance for environmental policy: hydrogen mobility, climate protection and sustainable energy storage. In her new junior research group, sponsored by the Vector Foundation, and in the Transregio Collaborative Research Centre CataLight, Pannwitz can combine her interests of chemistry and environmental protection.

Junior professor Andrea Pannwitz, photo: Elvira Eberhardt / Uni Ulm

Studies and Teaching

Good marks for the digital summer semester
Winter semester begins as a “mosaic semester”

On 2 November, the lecture period for the winter semester will begin under corona pandemic conditions. The second academic semester is designed as a mosaic semester, with a combination of on-campus and online classes. Specifically, practical seminars are to be taking place on campus, as far as the occurrence of infection allows. Lectures with many participants, by comparison, are easily digitalised and can be held online. When planning classes and teaching methods, the University draws on the results from the now completed teaching evaluations and the experience of the summer semester, which was largely digital. In the online evaluation, the surveyed students gave positive feedback on the first mainly digital semester.

Study under corona conditions, photo: Eberhardt / Uni Ulm

Teaching and learning via media instruction
Part-time master’s degree programme “Instructional Design” launched

The new programme “Instructional Design” at Ulm University is designed for interested parties from the field of education who would like to pursue additional qualifications on a part-time basis. Students of the part-time master’s programme organised by the School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) address topics including the design of learning processes and teaching content. The focus is on online and continuing education programmes. At the end of the modular programme, which can be structured flexibly in terms of time, students are awarded a Master of Science degree. Applications are now being accepted for a paid study place.

Tips and tricks for successful teaching
SAPS “Master Nuggets” draw on teaching and learning research

What constitutes good teaching? What makes teaching successful? How can I become an expert at imparting knowledge? The “Master Nuggets” courses for successful teaching at the School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) provide answers to these questions. The compact, online-based education courses were developed by Tina Seufert, a professor for teaching and learning research at Ulm University. The continuing education offer is subject to a fee and is aimed at all interested parties who are involved in teaching and continuing education in a professional context, including members of Ulm University.

Symbolic image, photo: Elvira Eberhardt / Uni Ulm