NRW Science Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (l.), Rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels (2nd from left) and Academy President Prof. Wolfgang Löwer (r.) congratulated Dr. Lena Frischlich.<address>© AWK NRW - Andreas Endermann</address>
© AWK NRW - Andreas Endermann

Young College admits Dr. Lena Frischlich

As first communication scholar since its foundation in 2006, Dr. Lena Frischlich from the University of Münster has been accepted for the prestigious Young College ("Junges Kolleg") of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Science and Arts (AWK NRW). As head of the junior research group "DemoRESILdigital", she deals with manipulative online communication at the Münster University

The dinosaurs must have died because of an asteroid impact.<address>© Adobe Stock/ boscorelli</address>
© Adobe Stock/ boscorelli

Dinosaurs died because of an asteroid impact

Was it volcanic eruptions in western India or an asteroid impact that caused the death of dinosaurs and many other animal species 66 million years ago? An international research team as now presented evidence for the theory of the meteorite impact. Researchers at Münster University were also involved in the study, which was published in the journal "Science".


Study author Kalipada Jana<address>© privat</address>
© privat

Chemists allow boron atoms to migrate

Organic molecules with atoms of the semi-metal boron are important building blocks for synthesis products to produce drugs and agricultural chemicals. However, the boron unit is often lost during the conversion of substances. Chemists at Münster University are now presenting carbon-carbon couplings in which the boron atom is retained.

From left to right: University&#039;s Rector Prof. Johannes Wessels , Dr. Christoph Hoppenheit (UKM), Dean Prof. Frank-Ulrich Müller, Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Prof. Hugo Van Aken (UKM), Mayor Markus Lewe, District President Dorothee Feller and Dr. Theodor Windhorst (Medical Association).<address>© MFM - Erk Wibberg</address>
© MFM - Erk Wibberg

Ground-breaking ceremony for "Research Campus East"

At a traditional ground-breaking ceremony today (January 16), building work began officially on a large-scale project worth millions at Coesfelder Kreuz – the so-called Research Campus East, where a large number of researchers from a variety of disciplines from Münster’s Medical Faculty will be working in future.

Professor Ron Naaman<address>© Weizmann Institute of Science</address>
© Weizmann Institute of Science

Meitner-Humboldt Research Award for Ron Naaman

Professor Ron Naaman from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, has been awarded the Meitner-Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The prize is intended to support collaboration between Israeli and German research institutions. He will be collaborating closely with scientists at the Center for Soft Nanoscience at Münster University.

Germinating mung bean seeds<address>© Bettina Richter</address>
© Bettina Richter

New insights into the earliest events of seed germination

Plant seeds can store their energy in a dry state for years, only to suddenly release it and germinate. But how can the energy metabolism be started early and efficiently? Researchers at Münster University have discovered that thiol redox switches play a key role in this process. The study has been published in "PNAS".

Around 30 guests from Enschede came to Münster to discuss future cooperation with about the same number of colleagues from the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

The Universities of Münster and Twente discuss future cooperation

The Universities of Twente (UT) and Münster (WWU) have maintained a close partnership for many years. Now they want to deepen their strategic partnership and identify further cooperation and strengthen existing research networks. A three-part series highlights special features and plans of the partnership. Part I: Strategy meeting of the universities of Münster and Twente.

Artist's conception of the dust and gas surrounding a newly formed planetary system.<address>© Image courtesy of NASA</address>
© Image courtesy of NASA

Meteorites lend clues to solar system's origin

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, and the University of Münster reviewed recent work that shows how meteorites exhibit a fundamental isotopic dichotomy between non-carbonaceous (NC) and carbonaceous (CC – rocks or sediments containing carbon or its compounds) groups, which most likely represent material from the inner and outer solar system. The research appears in the journal Nature Astronomy.

When smartphone users in Germany pick up their mobiles, they use them mostly for chatting. Dr. Katharina König and Dr. Marcel Fladrich are researching into how users communicate with one another via WhatsApp &amp; Co.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Linguists at Münster University analyse WhatsApp-chats

How do we use messaging services such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Co.? For linguists, these services are a highly interesting resource for research. The experts at the University of Münster, together with the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Hamburg, have therefore developed the "Mobile Communication Database", or MoCoDa for short, for archiving chat processes.

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