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University closes non-approved facility for laboratory mice

By order of the local Veterinary Office after tip-off from within Faculty / Rector: "We are appalled at this breach of trust"
The main building of the Faculty of Medicine<address>© WWU/Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU/Peter Grewer

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Münster has, by order of the local Veterinary Office, closed with immediate effect a non-approved facility for laboratory mice at one of the Faculty’s institutes.

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System

Cosmochemists from Münster precisely date Jupiter’s formation for the first time
Close-up view of Jupiter from &quot;Voyager 1&quot;<address>© NASA</address>
© NASA

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System, as scientists from the University of Münster now found out. They determined Jupiter’s age using meteorites and showed: At four million years after Solar System formation Jupiter was fully formed.

A lab visit to Prof. Richard Stange

"The way bones heal is fascinating"
Trauma surgeon Prof. Richard Stange is a new professor at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.<address>© CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski</address>
© CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski

The 80 research groups of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence daily deal with the question of how cells behave in the body. But what exactly do the scientists investigate? Which technique are they excited about? And what moves them beyond their own research topic?

Ideas contest “Religion and Politics”

Cluster of Excellence calls for proposals to establish new projects at the WWU
Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”<address>© Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”</address>
© Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has advertised an ideas contest to establish new research projects. Within the framework of the new Excellence Strategy, the Cluster of Excellence is applying for funding in the period between 2019 and 2025. Interested scholars of the WWU may apply with a short draft proposal until 30 June 2017.

A protein that degrades nerve processes

How does the nervous system develop? / Study at “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence
Left: Sensory neuron of a drosophila larva. Centre: In the pupal phase cell processes normally degenerate. Right: Nerve cells lacking the protein PAR-1 exhibit strong dendrite degeneration defects.<address>© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal</address>
© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal

During development, some of the connections between nerve cells disappear. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have discovered a physiological process that plays an important role in this. The study has appeared in the “Embo Journal”.

"Blumenberg Lectures“: Metaphors of Community Spirit – Contesting Common Ground

International experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition
Blumenberg Lectures 2017<address>© WWU</address>
© WWU

The University of Münster (WWU), in cooperation with the artistic directors of the Skulptur Projekte, will present the “Blumenberg Lectures” during the exhibition period. In this series of ten lectures international experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition and discuss them from the perspective of their own disciplines.

Chemists receive Awards

International Precious Metal Institute honors Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and PhD-student Johannes Ernst
PhD-student Johannes Ernst (l.) und Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© WWU/AK Glorius</address>
© WWU/AK Glorius

Two chemists from Münster receive awards from the International Precious Metals Institute: Prof. Frank Glorius, from the Organic Chemistry Institute, will receive the Faculty Advisor Award. His PhD-student Johannes Ernst will be awarded a Student Award.

Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence funds five innovative projects by young researchers

50,000 euros for junior researchers
Chemist Rebecca Buchholz (left) and physician Dr. Max Masthoff (right) are receiving funding for their first independent research project. They are developing a new contrast agent for MRI images<address>© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet</address>
© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet

Usually, interdisciplinary research is especially innovative. This is why the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is funding five new pilot projects. Young researchers from several different disciplines have to apply for and implement the projects, for which they are themselves responsible.

"And keep your trousers on, Maximilian!"

Psychologist Prof. Regina Jucks reports on the opportunities and challenges of being a parent at the University of Münster
Prof. Regina Jucks<address>© WWU - Benedikt Weischer</address>
© WWU - Benedikt Weischer

Regina Jucks is Professor and Mother of two children. She reports on the daily challenges between work and family.

New project for enhanced salt tolerance in tomato plants

BMBF supports German-Brazilian research project with around €1.1 million
The fruits of the salt tolerant wild tomato are yellow-colored …<address>© Lázaro Peres/USP</address>
© Lázaro Peres/USP

Scientists of the University of Münster (WWU) have started a German-Brazilian research project implementing two systematic approaches to better understand mechanisms of salt tolerance in tomato plants and to generate tomato lines with enhanced salt tolerance. The BMBF supports this project.

Between going to lectures and changing nappies

"It was a conscious decision of ours to start a family while we were still students"
<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Nolte

Anna Gerding, 29, is studying English and French at the University of Münster, training to be a teacher. Some of her lecturers are surprised when she asks for an extension of a deadline because she has a child.

International award for Münster University biophysicist

“Human Frontier Science Program”: Prof. Timo Betz and international colleagues receive €1 million of funding
Biophysicist Prof. Timo Betz is delighted at the international research funding.<address>© CiM/Peter Leßmann</address>
© CiM/Peter Leßmann

Prof. Timo Betz is studying the mechanics of cells at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. For his research he has now received a prestigious research award from the “Human Frontier Science Program”. Together with colleagues from the USA and Canada he is receiving one million euros of funding.

Between nappies and science

In a workshop held at University of Münster, young scientists looked at their role as a father
Bernd Christmann with his daughter Karla<address>© WWU/Juliette Polenz</address>
© WWU/Juliette Polenz

In this interview with Juliette Polenz, Bernd Christmann, a research assistant at the University and a 37-year-old father, talks about the content of the workshop and the ideas it gave him.

Planetologists at University of Münster receive further funding for Mercury mission

German Aerospace Center provides 2.6 million euros for infrared spectrometer MERTIS
The researcher: Prof. Dr. Harald Hiesinger, Dr. Iris Weber und Dr. Andreas Morlok<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

The team headed by planetologist Prof. Harald Hiesinger from the University of Münster will be involved in the BepiColombo space mission which sets off for the planet Mercury in 2018. The German Aerospace Centre has now made a further 2.6 million euros available for Hiesinger’s MERTIS project to study the mineralogy of Mercury.

Joint project on 4D-imaging in medicine gets off the ground

Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds project to develop new mathematical methods / University of Münster coordinates the project
Medical imaging is an important tool for diagnosis and treatment (here: MRT image of a human brain)<address>© colourbox.de/Bunyos</address>
© colourbox.de/Bunyos

“Four-dimensional imaging” is becoming increasingly important for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. A new joint project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Science now aims to improve the methods of “4D-imaging”. Project coordinator is Prof. Martin Burger, a mathematician at the University of Münster.