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Archive 2014

Dean in his office
Dean in his laboratory
Geography in the top 100 Universities of the World
For the third time in the row can be Albertov geography found amongst the world’s best universities according to the QS ranking.
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Science born in Prague
Julius von Sachs, one of the prominent scientists in the Central Europe, the founder of botanical physiology, started his scientific career in Prague. On Tuesday of May 5th his bust was revealed in front of the Vinicna 5 building, all this under the patronage of the dean of the Faculty of science in Prague. This act started the Sachs celebration day.
Open POST-DOC position for Foreign Young Researchers
Four open positions - Projects proposed by Faculty of Science for the 7th call
The force forming the sandstone monuments
It is a rare occasion in any scientific field when a scientist or a team of scientists clarifies one of fundamental, but until now unknown principles. But that is exactly what was achieved by the collective of geologists lead by Jiri Bruthans from the Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics of the Faculty of Science of the Charles University. Their article published in the most prestigious magazine in this field, Nature Geoscience, explains the forming of sandstone monuments in an easy and elegant way.
Faculty opens Alumni Club
Whichever of the programmes offered by the Charles University Faculty of Science they choose, by successfully completing their studies students receive top-class qualifications in the selected area of expertise plus valuable capital taking the form of relationships with their "soulmates", i.e. their colleagues and teachers. Keeping such contacts live in order to provide graduates with links to an extensive network of professionals who have graduated from our Faculty - that is the goal of the Faculty of Science Alumni Club.
Massive international response to Czech geologists' achievement
With just a bit of exaggeration, it can be said that unless you were on holiday last week and spent the whole time somewhere completely out of the reach of mass communication channels, it was virtually impossible to miss one of last week's few pieces of information coming from the world of science. Sunday, 20 July (late afternoon) saw the end of an embargo on releasing the latest information concerning a team of Czech geologists led by Faculty of Science staff member Jiří Bruthans. The team's fame then started spreading all over the world like an avalanche.
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Notification for foreign students concerning EBOLA
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports together with Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic issued a notification for foreign students upon coming from west Africa and Congo, from areas stricken by fevers caused by the EBOLA virus.
A prize which makes you think
The Ig Nobel Prize, awarded since 1991, may be humorous but it has deeper meaning: after the laughter dies down over how strange the research is, it’s intended to make us think. This year the laureates included several Czechs. We set out to talk to Professor Jaroslav Flegr shortly after he returned from the ceremony with his prize shaped like a dining hall tray from Harvard University, where the awards were presented.
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Science is Beautiful starts Year 6
Science is Beautiful, a competition show established by the Faculty of Science, Charles University in 2009, is intended for all those who "suffer from the same handicap": love for nature combined with love for photography or painting. The competition takes place for the sixth consecutive year, and the deadline for registrations is November 2.
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ATD: macromolecular interactions & ITC microcalorimetry
Advanced Techniques Day seminar on ITC microcalorimetry, this time run by Malvern expert Peter Gimeson. We welcome the participation of experienced users from chemistry departments since there is an ongoing tender call for the instrument dedicated to measurement of macromolecular interactions in solution.
Money for research comes from Norway
Professor Zdena Palková of the Genetics and Microbiology Department is known for her original yeast cell colony research projects. This year she has managed to get substantial financial support for her work. Her team has become one of nineteen teams in the Czech Republic to receive grants from the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme.
Popular Science: Suburbanisation in the post-communist world
"Urban sprawl", the English term used to describe spontaneous expansion of human populations to suburban areas, has found a firm place also in Czech. While in the US, the country where this term was born, this phenomenon reached its climax years ago, it is still booming in a number of other regions of the world. The post-communist part of Europe has been one of such regions for the last twenty five years.
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Popular Science: Investigations into traces of life on Mars
Investigations of potential life or traces of life in space are no doubt an exciting part of contemporary science. One of the Czech Republic's experts in this area, geochemist Jan Jehlička (Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources) and his colleagues recently made a significant contribution to preparing the application of Raman spectroscopy in future Mars missions.
Faculty is opening its door
Even with the diversity of fields of knowledge, research topics or methods, everybody working for or studying on the Faculty of Science shares two common things: dedication to science and concern about faculty’s prosperity and its development into a high quality and a modern science institution of world’s highest standards. Whilst the first is actually happening by itself, the other thing needs to be properly taken care off. What plans does the faculty’s Dean, prof. RNDr. Bohuslav Gas, CSc., for the future development of our faculty?

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