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

German Ministry of 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>©</address>

“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.

Defying the skills shortage with family-friendly HR policies

The Family-Friendly HR Policy Research Centre at Münster University publishes a study on family-friendly measures at Münster University Hospital
<address>© FFP/Caroline Queda</address>
© FFP/Caroline Queda

A study just published, entitled "Balancing career and family with the berufundfamilie audit programme – a case study at Münster University Hospital", asks whether family-friendly measures undertaken by companies can be innovative and, at the same time, a worthwhile social investment.

Chemists connect three components with new coupling reaction

“Science” publication: further development of much-used industrial method
The new reaction, explained using plastic building bricks: In a single reaction, three (bottom) instead of two (top right) chemical components are linked via carbon-carbon bonds. Follow-up changes can then be made to the molecules using the boron moiety (green)<address>© WWU/Ludger Tebben</address>
© WWU/Ludger Tebben

In the current issue of the "Science" magazine, a team of chemists led by Prof. Armido Studer from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Münster University present a new approach which enables three – and not, as previously, two – chemical components to be "coupled" in one single reaction without any transition metal.

Global Teacher Prize: Münster University lecturer makes it into top ten

Münster University lecturer Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi is the only German finalist in Dubai
Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi as research assistant in the Titus Dittmann Foundation "Skate Aid"<address>© WWU - privat (S.Lehmann)</address>
© WWU - privat (S.Lehmann)

Dr. Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi is a finalist in the competition to find the Global Teacher. The British Varkey Foundation chose the 34-year-old lecturer at Münster University as the only German among the top ten competing for the Global Teacher Prize.

Between research and family

The LabAid programme at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence contributes to equal opportunities in the scientific world
<address>© UKM - Roberto Schirdewahn</address>
© UKM - Roberto Schirdewahn

In their research groups at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, scientists Julia Ghelman and Dr. Eva Korpos are studying how cells behave. Thanks to "LabAid" they were able to continue their research work while they were pregnant and after their children were born.

Researchers investigate mechanical features of cells

An optical method for cell analysis and manipulation in the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence
Fluorescent beads (green) in a one-day old zebrafish embryo. The beads injected at the one-cell stage were maintained within the embryos and did not affect their development.<address>© Hörner et al./Journal of Biophotonics</address>
© Hörner et al./Journal of Biophotonics

Using an optical method, researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have investigated the mechanical features of cells in living zebrafish embryos and manipulated, for the first time, several components in the cells simultaneously. The study appears in the Journal of Biophotonics.

Commuters talk about their everyday life

Specialist Prof. Dr. Carmen Binnewies' advice to all concerned: think about an emergency plan
Everyday life for commuters: many people use the time spent on the train to work or relax.<address>© den-belitsky/</address>
© den-belitsky/

For many people, commuting is a part of their daily working life. What it means for those concerned is explained in this interview by psychologist Prof. Dr. Carmen Binnewies. Prof. Dr. Bernward Schmidt and Dr. Nils Bahlo also give an idea of what it is like to commute daily.

Basement membrane protein influences the connection of blood vessel cells

Tracking inflammatory processes / Study produced by researchers at Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence
Laminin 511 (red) inhibits the migration of immune cells (green) through the endothelial cell layer (blue) of the blood vessels. Immune cells migrate preferentially into the tissue at sites of low or no laminin expression (arrows).<address>© Song et al./Cell Reports</address>
© Song et al./Cell Reports

Which molecular mechanisms are at work when, in the case of inflammation, immune cells migrate from the blood vessel into the tissue? Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence at Münster University have gained new insights into this question. The study has been published in the journal “Cell Reports”.

Early arrival of water on Earth

Findings of planetologists in Münster contradict hypothesis of a late cometary origin / Publication in "Nature"
The &quot;blue planet&quot;: Nightly view from the International Space Station (ISS) on the Mediterranean, Italy and the Alps<address>© ESA/NASA</address>

Did water arrive on Earth at an early stage of the planet’s evolution? Or did it come later, as a result of the impact of comets? Both hypotheses are the subject of discussion. Planetologists at Münster University have measured isotopes and have now demonstrated that the water must have arrived here at an early stage. The study has been published in "Nature".

"Münster University has attained a high level"

Interview on work-family balance at the University and on future challenges
Georg Barzel<address>© Photo: berufundfamilie Service GmbH</address>
© Photo: berufundfamilie Service GmbH

Münster of University has been awarded the Seal of Quality as a "family-friendly university" three times. Georg Barzel, an auditor at "berufundfamilie Service" ("workandfamily service"), the organisation which awards the certificates, talks in this interview about the current situation as regards work-family balance and discusses future challenges.

Three members of the University staff talk about parental allowance

"A means to an end – and a good one"
Christine Deters<address>© Photo: Caroline Queda</address>
© Photo: Caroline Queda

Exactly ten years ago the German parliament passed a law introducing the payment of an allowance for people taking parental leave. Three members of the staff of Münster University talk about their experience with this financial support.

Stress leads to an internal reorganization of the body’s cells

Back to "zero" / Study produced by researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence
CaAR in a breast cancer cell after perforation of the plasma membrane with a needle (atomic force microscope). Images created 0, 30 and 60 seconds after stimulation (perforation).<address>© Wales P. et al.</address>
© Wales P. et al.

If cells are under stress, for example in the case of injuries, they react to the stress and reorganize their cytoskeleton. This has been demonstrated by Prof. Roland Wedlich-Söldner and his team at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. Their study has been published in the journal "eLife".