A summary of the news from our Faculty of the period 15 November
- 6 December.
More information - if
available - can be found by clicking on the headlines or
In general, the extra information is in Dutch,
unless otherwise stated.
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Faculty New Year's reception
Mark your calendar: all employees of the Faculty of
Science are cordially invited to the Faculty New Year's
reception on Thursday 12 January. You are all welcome in
the cafeteria of the Minnaert building.
Jeuring Teaching Fellow at this Faculty
The Executive Board has appointed a Professor as
Teaching Fellow at each of the 7 faculties as well as
University College Utrecht. Johan Jeuring of Computing
Science was appointed Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of
Science per 1 September 2011. The eight appointed
excellent Professors will play a leading role in
innovation at their faculties for two years.
Interview with Vice Dean Rens
Voesenek: education in Beta2015
Developments regarding Beta2015 have been made at a
great pace since the adoption of the faculty's new
profile. For instance, some research groups will already
transfer to another faculty or university at the start
of 2012. We asked Vice Dean Rens Voesenek what the
consequences of these recent developments are for
FOM grants for Researchers
Research groups of Soft Condensed Matter and Cell
Biology of Utrecht University have been awarded a grant
from the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter.
In collaboration with other universities, the Utrecht
scientists will conduct research in two new programmes
regarding light and communication between brain cells.
Both research programmes have been awarded a FOM grant
of 2 million euros.
Veni, vidi, vieze snor
(More in English)
Nathaniel Martin was born and raised in Canada, but love
(in the form of a Dutch wife) brought him to the
Netherlands. There he successfully acquired a Veni and
Vidi personal grant (as well as a daughter). He is
currently working very hard as an assistant professor in
Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology synthesizing
Collaboration with TU Eindhoven and UMC
(More in English)
Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology
and UMC Utrecht have entered into an alliance covering
research and education as well as knowledge transfer and
operations management. Bringing together fundamental,
technical and clinical expertise, the new partnership is
sure to be a hotbed of creativity.
CBSG wins 1 Million euros with NGI Valorisation Award
(More in English)
The annual Valorisation Award of the Netherlands
Genomics Initiative (NGI) has been given to the Centre
for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG). ‘In recognition of their
founding role of the DNA labs, their ongoing support and
generous acknowledgement of the critical contribution of
the other centres, this year’s award goes to the Centre
for BioSystems Genomics’, states the jury, consisting of
the members of NGI’s Valorisation Board.D
Study load: contact hours in relation
to programme workload
In the first phase of the Study and Teaching Load
project, the Faculty has determined how the study load
for students (and teachers) can be made clear. The study
load for students has been set as the percentage of
contact hours in relation to the total workload of a
2 Science students among winners Student Research
Physics and Mathematics students Lydia Brenner and
Lennaert Bel won second prize for their research Photon
Bunching in an Incandescent Light Bulb during the
Student Research Conference on Thursday 24 November.
VSNU Chairman Sijbold Noorda presented them with a 1000
euro prize at the conference, which has the aim of
putting research by Bachelor's students on the map.
Successful Bachelor Information Days
The Bachelor's Information Days held on Friday 25 and
Saturday 26 November were very successful. A total of
nearly 3000 visitors came to get information about the
Science programmes. The general presentation of all of
our degree programmes were fully booked in advance!
Young Scientists Awards for three Science students
Three out of the nine KNAW Young Scientists Awards will
go to graduated Science students of Utrecht University.
Physicist Jorik van de Groep will receive a Shell
Graduation Prize for his research into the development
of efficient solar cells. Stephan Zheng, also a
Physicist, will receive the Lorentz Graduation Prize for
Theoretical Physics. Mathematician Sander Kupers will
receive the PWN Graduation Prize for Mathematics for his
new method to get a better grip on three-dimensional
From the media
A selection of media performances by our scientists
during the months of September and October
About the session Blackboard 9.1 on 29 November
On Tuesday afternoon 29 November, an information session
was held on the migration from Blackboard to version
9.1. This new system replaces Blackboard Vista
(previously known as WebCT Vista, in use at Biology and
Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Blackboard AS (in use at
Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics)
at the start of the academic year
2012-2013. Attendants were given the opportunity
to ask their questions. The answers to these questions,
as well as the PowerPoint presentation and the
Lecturenet recording, will be published on uu.nl/bb91. A
separate meeting for English-speaking members of staff
is scheduled to take place soon.
Frans Oort member of Academica Europaea
Frans Oort, UU Professor emeritus of Mathematics, was
recently appointed as a member of the Academia Europaea.
Albert Heck captures attention with
Proteomics @ Carolus lecture
The Carolus lecture, the annual lecture for Chemistry
alumni, took place on 24 November. Those present were
treated to a fascinating story by Albert Heck about the
'chemistry of the proteome'.
Still seats available for chair massage
Chair massage reservations are pen. There are still
places available for December.
University staff in survey: ICT
services can be improved
This has become clear from a survey of university staff
conducted by the Information Management & ICT Services
Office last May. More than half of the respondents (54%)
has experienced problems with ICT services. Over a third
of the respondents (37%) stated to have been faced by
ICT services issues, but found it acceptable, and 9% has
never experienced problems with university ICT services.
Free tele-seminar about stress for PhD candidates
Arjenne Louter of Louter Communicatie will hold a free
tele-seminar on stress for PhD candidates on Thursday 8
December. The subject is: 'No stress, but motivation and
More information on Bèta 2015 + Customized
Beta 2015 intranet
(Information in English)
has been renewed. All information has been conveniently
arranged on this site. There is also information in
Beta2015: How do you stay informed?
becomes involved in one way or another with the action
points and projects within Bèta 2015. Via this intranet
site the action points and projects can be found in
varying extent, mostly in Dutch.
The Customized news service
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for Science employees is live at Information for
employees. From now on, via the English button after
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