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Two deans for science faculties VU Amsterdam and UvA

05-27-16

The Executive Boards of VU Amsterdam and the UvA jointly decided to recruit separate deans for our Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, and the UvA’s Faculty of Science. Several factors, which will be outlined below, played a role in the decision to recruit two deans. It is important to point out that both Executive Boards reaffirmed that the collaboration in the science faculties is a priority at both VU Amsterdam and UvA; this partnership has, and will continue to have, the express attention of the leadership of both universities.

No link between eating dinner after 8pm and obesity in children

05-17-16

Eating a meal after eight o'clock in the evening does not lead to an increase in weight in British children. This follows from research from King's College London, led by nutritionist Gerda Pot, currently working at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and King's College London.

Five Vidi grants for VU Amsterdam / VU Medical Center

05-13-16

Five researchers at VU Amsterdam – one of whom works at VU Medical Center – have been awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros each.

Researchers find 74 genetic variations associated with educational attainment

05-12-16

Several of these genetic variations are also linked to mental health

Hubertus Irth appointed FEW-FALW interim dean until 1 September

05-10-16

The Executive Board has appointed Professor Hubertus Irth as interim dean of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Sciences with effect from 1 June 2016 to 1 September 2016. Currently Hubertus is the vice-dean of both faculties. As of 1 September he will be leaving VU Amsterdam to take up a position as scientific director of the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR). Rector Magnificus Vinod Subramaniam: 'We thank Hubertus for his many efforts on behalf of VU Amsterdam and our science faculties during a time of major and transformative changes. And we wish him every success as the new scientific director of the LACDR, where he will be intensively involved in education and research.'

Special Breakthrough Prize for detection of gravitational waves

05-04-16

The scientists and engineers contributing to the detection of gravitational waves have been awarded a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics by the Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Wouter Botzen appointed professor at IVM

04-28-16

As of January 1st, Wouter Botzen has been appointed Professor of Economics of Climate Change and Natural Disasters.

How does information flow?

04-26-16

Trading has conveged to a hybrid structure where customers and dealers trade bilaterally through electronic systems (and an occasional phone call) but also multilaterally through specialized electronic platforms. Albert Menkveld (Professor in Financial Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Björn Hagströmer (Associate Professor in Finance, Stockholm Business School)’ studied the information flow in securities markets and applied it to exclusive data on the Swiss franc crash in January 2015.

New technique enables direct measurements of a cardiac cycle

04-26-16

Thanks to an original technique developed in Amsterdam, it is now possible to monitor the exact behaviour of an isolated heart cell throughout the entire cardiac cycle. This approach paves the way for a whole new class of drug tests and physiological studies.

VU Amsterdam scientists have found a genetic overlap between happiness and depression

04-25-16

For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. These are the findings of a large-scale international study in over 298,000 people, conducted by VU Amsterdam professors Meike Bartels (Genetics and Wellbeing) and Philipp Koellinger (Genoeconomics). The researchers found three genetic variants for happiness, two variants that can account for differences in symptoms of depression, and eleven locations on the human genome that could account for varying degrees of neuroticism. The genetic variants for happiness are mainly expressed in the central nervous system and the adrenal glands and pancreatic system. The results were published this week, in the journal Nature Genetics.

Prof. Christopher J. Preston first VU Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene

04-19-16

Professor Christopher J. Preston has been appointed as first VU Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Global Environmental Change for the academic year 2016-2017.

New method allows surgeons to identify brain tumours in real time

04-18-16

VU researchers from the Physics Department/LaserLab and VUmc have shown that a label-free optics technique can reveal exactly where brain tumors are, producing images in less than a second — unlike conventional methods that can take a whole day.

Amsterdam awarded as European Capital of Innovation 2016

04-15-16

A high-level independent expert jury appointed Amsterdam as the most innovative capital from 36 other applications. On 8 April the European Commission awarded Amsterdam the title of European Capital of Innovation ("iCapital") 2016.

Patricia Lago one of the fifty most inspirational women in technology

04-15-16

Patricia Lago (Information Management & Software Engineering) has been named one of the fifty most inspirational women in the Dutch technology sector by Inspiring Fifty.

VU participation in recently started dino crater drillings

04-13-16

Recently, an international research team left for an expedition to dino crater Chicxulub, where it will perform drillings to obtain more knowledge about the consequences of crater impacts. VU professor paleontologist Jan Smit is the Dutch representative of this project.

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