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Archive 2015

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International students can organise residency documents at Charles University
The Department for Asylum and Immigration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic today opened a new branch of the Foreigners’ Residence Unit on the premises of the Charles University Komenského Student Residence. This gives international students another option for arranging their residency documents for the Czech Republic.
PhD STARS program is open for applications
Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague has launched its program supporting talented PhD research students from all over the world. During the STARS 2018 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web pages on January 15th, 2018. Deadline for application is March, 15, 2018.
Popular Science: Tracking Paleoclimate in High Central Andes
As summers and vegetation seasons pass by, plant remains accumulate and in waterlogged areas they turn into peat bogs. These bogs contain thousands of years of paleo information from which we are able, using specific techniques, to reconstruct environmental conditions persisting in the past. Actually, this was the science which, in the early 19th century, revealed the existence of the green-house effect. But back to our recent article.
Popular Science: How is healthcare for foreigners in Czechia?
Geographers from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development in the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague are interested in migration and its aspects. In one of the case studies they investigated the Czech healthcare and insurance system in relation to foreigners. Based on Czech law Dušan Drbohlav, Dagmar Dzúrová and two colleagues from Spain made and tested the hypothesis that foreigners have disadvantages compared to native Czech citizens.
Popular Science: What influences the geography of gay places and how?
Michal Pitoňák, a PhD student from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague is interested in queer geography – the geography of sexuality. Together with his colleague, Koessan Gabiam from Belgium, they try to describe and explain factors that influence the localization and diversification of gay places. Similar studies have been done on the scale of a region or country, most often on a city scale. Michal Pitoňák and Koessan Gabiam, however, analysed all the states of the European Union (EU), Norway and Switzerland.
Popular Science: Tug-of-war between parents and children: clonal spread boundaries
How do plants spread? Through seeds, of course - that is what most people would reply quite automatically. The truth, however, is that many plants also use much more effective mechanisms for flooding their surroundings with off-springs, e.g. stolons and rhizomes. (Charles University) Faculty of Science botanists have endeavoured to discover a clearly-set strategy behind this type of spread.
Faculty News: Functional Nanomaterials Symposium FuNMat 2015
Department of Organic Chemistry of Faculty of Science announces an international symposium „Functional Nanomaterials" on 30th of July, 2015.
Popular Science: Magnetism and asteroid mining
Asteroids have been increasingly seen as possible raw material resources over the last few years. To make asteroid mining a realistic concept, we need to measure and model their properties as accurately as possible. After helping to discover the Chelyabinsk meteorite, a team led by RNDr. Günther Kletetschka, Ph.D. of the Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics is now exploring this exciting object.
Popular Science: Are we closer to revealing the origins of mammalian neocortex?
Mammals are unique with their six-layered neocortex. No other vertebrate clade has a brain structured in such a way. For example a reptile’s dorsal cortex consists of one layer of pyramidal cells with little functional differentiation. The development of the neocortex is a primary contribution to mammalian intelligence – including ours. How has this complex structure evolved? As phylogeny is a succession of ontogenies, or individual developments, understanding the mechanisms of ontogenetic development can help us understand brain evolution in an essential way.
Vladimír Vondrejs: life between science and art
Doc. RNDr. Vladimír Vondrejs, CSc. (*1937) has been "closely coexisting" with the Faculty of Science, Charles University for more than 50 years. As a chemistry graduate (from our Faculty), Mr. Vondrejs has devoted most of his career to molecular biology and is regarded as one of the spiritual fathers of gene engineering in the Czech Republic. He worked at the Department of Microbiology and Genetics for several decades, teaching many generations of students, some of whom have remained at the Department since their student days. On top of that, this legend of Czech science has a side that is far less scientific - Vladimír Vondrejs is an active fine artist.
Why is it good to know the secret of hemoproteins?
Top-class researchers and scientists are often asked by their colleagues how to reach the excellent scientific results. Assoc. Prof. Markéta Martínková, working at Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague has reached the top level in her scientific work. She has been successful to publish the results of her team that they achieved during solving the numerous projects in a variety of excellent scientific papers. This is particularly true of her latest publication that offers the outcome of research of her team and a critical review of results reported by other top laboratories worldwide. This paper has been published in one of the most prestigious chemistry journals.
Popular Science: Tree-rings – a live chronicle of forest management
While watching nature programmes on TV we can often see documentaries about tropical seas and rainforests. Now, however, we are going to search an environment that is much closer to us. Why should we be interested only in native ecosystems, which form only a small percentage of forests nowadays? Let's find out what the impact of forest management is on a traditionally managed forest in CHKO Pálava, a protected natural area in the Czech Republic. There was a change in this region from intensive management to leaving the forest on its own for a couple of centuries.
Faculty News: 6th International Geosciences Student Conference
On behalf of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague Geophysical Society, SEG, EAGE, EEGS and Czech Association of Geophysicists, we would like to invite you to attend the 6th International Geosciences Student Conference (6 IGSC), which shall be held at the Faculty of Science in Prague, Czech Republic.
Faculty News: The 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in our Faculty
The International Consortium on Geo-disasters (ICGdR) together with the Czech scientific community will be holding the 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Prague between the 9th and 11th August 2015. The forthcoming event is an opportunity to bring to­gether geoscientists, engineers and social scientists to collaborate on disaster reduction worldwide.
Faculty News: African mole-rats - a goldmine for research
In essence the talk will provide an overview of the family Bathyergidae, what is characteristic to living in a totally sealed burrow system. We will then explore the social organisation of the two most social species with a comparison of the methods of social suppression operational in the mole-rats. The lecture takes place on Thursday 30th, 14.00, Vinicna 7, B312
Faculty News: The 6th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference: 25 Years of Urban Change
Urban and Regional Laboratory from Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, together with colleagues from Masaryk University are holding the 6th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference (CATference) in Albertov, Prague, from 23th till 26th September 2015.
Popular Science: Painting with a surprise
It is good luck when an old and unrestored painting is acquired for pigment analysis, and even more so when there is a surprise in it. A group of chemists and geochemists from Great Britain, Belgium and the Czech Republic, which also included Professor Jan Jehlička from the Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources, analysed an oil painting from the 18th Century with the aid of Raman spectroscopy. The painting “Bird in Hand” was acquired by the passionate collector George Lester Winward, who thought it to be a work by Thomas Gainsborough, the renowned English painter of the 18th century.
Faculty News: Charles University will have the long expected campus at Albertov
Charles University has announced an architectural contest for the building of two new research sites at Albertov, Prague. It’s the University’s largest building project in the center of Prague in the last hundred years. The project will involve new state-of-the-art research sites, top notch laboratories and classrooms, and also refectories and venues for social events, all located in the area where currently thousands of students and academic staff members study, work, and live. The name of the project is Campus Albertov, to become an important center of scientific and medicinal research at Charles University. The campus should open in the start of 2022. The jury of the contest will feature, among others, important Czech architects Josef Pleskot and Ladislav Lábus.
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Graduate´s story: from Albertov to ČEPRO Board
We are meeting with ČEPRO Board Chairman Jan Duspěva in the office of the company´s General Directorate in the Prague district of Holešovice. Offering a unique view of Prague, the office is furbished rather unpretentiously and practically. Jan Duspěva, a radiant, energetic man in his forties, is about to share the story of his life and, predominantly, tell us what it means to him to be an active, responsible Faculty of Science graduate.
Faculty news: Lecture "Molecular dissection of open chromatin domain formation in Drosophila"
Prof. Harald Saumweber, Humboldt University Berlin. 30. 10. 2015, 13:30 hod Vinicna 7, room 331
Popular Science: A way to discover the true species diversity of single-celled organisms?
What is the true diversity of organisms on our planet? That is the question that keeps many scientists awake at night. Interestingly, until now many more macroscopic organisms have been described than the very smallest ones, invisible to the naked eye. But one would probably assume that those tiny organisms will be more abundant as they've had obviously much more time for their differentiation.
Faculty News: Alan Mabin University of Pretoria, South Africa: "Grounding Southern City Theory in Time and Place"
Alan Mabin is a research fellow at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is working on the “capital cities” institutional research theme of the University. Lecture "Grounding Southern City Theory in Time and Place" is gonna take place on 11/6 at 1. 30 pm, Pravá rýsovna, Albertov 6.
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Dr. Michael J. Bojdys receives ERC Starting Grant
For the second time in recent years the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants to a scientist of the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Charles University in Prague. Materials chemist Dr. Michael J. Bojdys received this grant endowed with up to 1.5 Million Euro to promote basic research on functional nanomaterials beyond graphene in the next five years. Function and structure of these organic materials beyond graphene can provide opportunities for designing new generations of electronic devices such as field-effect transistors, gas sensors etc.
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Obituary: professor Jan Buchar (1932–2015)
It is with sadness that we have to announce the passing of our “spider father” Jan Buchar on November 17th, 2015. A memorial service is planned for November 27th, 2015 in Prague.
Norwegian Funds-supported projects presented on Faculty grounds in the presence of the Norwegian Ambassador
Three research projects supported by the Norwegian Funds, two in the “Environment” priority area and one in the “Health” priority area, were presented to teachers, students and community visitors as part of a FoS conference that took place in The Big Geology Auditorium on 10 November.
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Professor Jana Roithová of the Department of Organic Chemistry receives a second ERC grant
Head of the FoS Department of Organic Chemistry Professor Jana Roithová recently received an ERC Consolidator Grant, following an ERC Junior Grant that Professor Roithová had received in support of her research efforts in 2010. No other Czech scientist has been provided with comparable repeated support from the European Research Council so far.

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