Reflecting on place and space in the face of global movements, national demarcation and borderless communication is the focus of the new research training group "Practicing Place: Sociocultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations" at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), which has now officially opened with a kick-off event. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony took place in a hybrid format with a limited on-campus audience. The young researchers that come together in the training group, are from India, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Great Britain, the USA, France and Spain, among other countries.
Educating young refugees about the path of infection of the coronavirus via a smartphone app and providing them with a basis for an informed decision about the covid vaccination - these are the goals of a project coordinated by the Chair of Clinical and Biological Psychology (Prof. Dr. Rita Rosner) at the KU in which the University of Würzburg and the HSD Regensburg are also involved.
During its International Conference held from 14th to 17th July 2021, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has announced that keynote speaker Professor Dr. Fatou Sow will receive the BIGSAS honorary doctorate from the University of Bayreuth. The Senegalese sociologist is recognized for her unwavering commitment to the cause of women and her outstanding scholarly achievements in feminist topics on the African continent.
Stefan Bauernschuster from the University of Passau and Christian Traxler from the Hertie School argue that a speed limit would not only lead to fewer deaths and injuries, but also has positive effects for those living in the vicinity of highways.
When extreme heat becomes more frequent and temperatures remain high for extended periods of time, as it is currently in Canada and in the American Northwest, physiological stress increases in humans, animals and crops. Prof. Senthold Asseng, director of the World Agricultural Systems Center at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an overview of thresholds and adaptation strategies.
Bayreuth social anthropologist Sabrina Maurus has been awarded a Young Researcher Award for excellent and practice-relevant development research. The prize is awarded annually by KfW Development Bank and the Development Economics Committee of Verein für Socialpolitik. Sabrina Maurus received the second of three prizes, which is worth € 3,000. In her award-winning Bayreuth dissertation, she elaborated on the problematic consequences that have accompanied the implementation of compulsory schooling in Ethiopia.
Young economist Dr Katrin Huber has received an award for her doctoral thesis at the University of Passau. In her thesis she uses microeconometric methods to examine the effects of income shocks, a change of the parental leave benefits system and the extension of public childcare on labour supply decisions in partnerships and on the development of children.
Professor Ralf Hohlfeld, the holder of the Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Passau has, with his students, analysed more than 1800 Telegram and Facebook posts of conspiracy influencers and prominent AfD members about the COVID-19 pandemic. The studies show that the discourse on Telegram is much more radical. However, the term “coronavirus denier” is largely not applicable.
Low-achieving pupils benefit more in mathematics lessons from learning materials on tablet PCs than high-achieving children. They are obviously helped by individualized learning paths, immediate feedback and the hands-on processing of interactive content. This conclusion was reached in a study conducted by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with sixth-grade students. The team of researchers has developed an eBook for learning fractions, which is available free of charge in English, Spanish and German.
How has the corona pandemic affected the dietary and exercise behavior and thus the weight of adults? Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have investigated this question and found that about 40 percent of those surveyed have gained weight since the start of the pandemic and that slightly more than half of those surveyed have exercised less than they did before the corona crisis.