Digitalisation@Münster University: An interview with medical informatics specialist Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas

The third in a series of videos on the subject of digitalisation
Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas<address>© WWU</address>

"Data protection and data security are absolutely fundamental conditions for people to be able to trust these systems", says Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas from the Institute of Medical Informatics. What he means are platforms such as Münster’s "Medical Data Models Portal", which provides online access to 15,000 medical questionnaires. The aim of the portal is to ensure more transparency in medical research.

Münster University physicists working on developing a computer modelled on a brain

"Our hardware could help to automatically identify cancer cells."
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice<address>© WWU/Laura Grahn</address>
© WWU/Laura Grahn

Prof. Wolfram Pernice, a nanophysicist from the Institute of Physics at the University of Münster is carrying out research into intelligently networked computer technology which works in a similar way to the human brain. In this interview Pernice talks not only about this new research, and about artificial brains and prospects for the future.

March for Science

Science is a driving force

This year the University of Münster will again be participating in the March for Science. The Rectorate calls upon all members of the University to take part in the event, which takes place on April 14. The March for Science in an international movement whose aim is to draw attention to the value and the importance of science and research – in contrast, for example, to “alternative facts”.

Cells in Motion: From network to university centre

The Cells-in-Motion Interfaculty Centre (CiMIC) is now a central interfaculty research and training centre within the University of Münster.
The Coordinators at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence: Prof. Lydia Sorokin (Spokesperson), Prof. Volker Gerke (left) and Prof. Michael Schäfers (right) are delighted at the decision by the Senate of Münster University to embed CiMIC into the institutional structure of the University.<address>© CiM/M. Kuhlmann</address>
© CiM/M. Kuhlmann

The Cells-in-Motion Interfaculty Centre (CiMIC) is now embedded into the infrastructure of the University of Münster, as approved by the University’s Senate. The CiM Cluster of Excellence-driven interfaculty research on cell dynamics and imaging is now a major long-term focus at the University.

How not to regulate social networks

A guest commentary by Prof. Nikolas Guggenberger on the new Network Enforcement Act

The Network Enforcement Act (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) came into effect a few months ago. The aim of the Act is to prevent hate speech and fake news appearing on social media. In this commentary, however, lawyer Prof. Nikolas Guggenberger explains why the Act is not fit for purpose. Part Four in a series of guest commentaries.

Münster researchers make a fly’s heartbeat visible

Software automatically recognizes pulse / Collaboration between computer scientists and biologists
A fruit-fly pupa<address>© Dimitri Berh, Benjamin Risse</address>
© Dimitri Berh, Benjamin Risse

Researchers at the University of Münster have developed a new method for visualizing the heartbeat of fruit-fly pupae and automatically recording the pulse frequency. The researchers involved are from the Computer Science Department and the Institute for Neuro- and Behavioural Biology.

A lab visit to Prof. Ralf Adams

“I’m still driven by curiosity”
Molecular biologist Prof. Ralf Adams is a CiM group leader and heads the Department of Tissue Morphogenesis at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster.<address>© MPI Münster</address>
© MPI Münster

Blood vessels are Prof. Ralf Adams’ great interest in his research. The group leader at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is studying how they are formed, how they interact with tissue and how they influence bone growth. His great wish is to be able to transfer his findings to diseases models.

Fake news? Disinformation in the age of digital media

"In our digitalized everyday lives, both misinformation and disinformation seem to be spreading ever more rapidly" / A guest commentary by Felix Brinkschulte and Dr. Lena Frischlich
Dr. Lena Frischlich<address>© IfK/Susanne Lüdeling</address>
© IfK/Susanne Lüdeling

Felix Brinkschulte and Dr. Lena Frischlich are undertaking research into the resilience of democracy in times of online propaganda, fake news and hate speech. In this guest commentary, the communication specialists explain how it is becoming increasingly difficult to assess the credibility of sources on the internet. Part Three in a series of guest commentaries on the subject of fake news.

Transmitting stimuli in nerve cells

Researchers led by Prof. Jürgen Klingauf have further developed a protein probe, which enables them to measure changes in the chlorid flux during the transmission of stimuli in nerve cells. The probes are formed in synaptic vesicles.<address>© J. Klingauf</address>
© J. Klingauf

Glutamate is known as an unwelcome flavour enhancer. But without the body’s own glutamate, nerve cells cannot transmit any signals. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have shown how glutamate gets into nerve cells to the right places, describing the key role played by chloride.

A vision for the future: automatic recognition of fake news

"Facebook deploys a host of checkers to detect fake news." / A guest commentary by Dr. Christian Grimme
Dr. Christian Grimme<address>© private</address>
© private

Dr. Christian Grimme researches into strategies to combat hidden online propaganda attacks. In this guest commentary the information systems specialist explains what makes fake news appear to be so dangerous in the digital age. This is the second in a series of guest commentaries on fake news.

Digitalisation@WWU: An interview with geoinformatics specialist Daniel Nüst

Part Two of the video series on the special topic of "Digitalisation"
<address>© WWU</address>

How precisely was the scientific experiment carried out – and what were the results? What does the researcher’s digital lab look like? In this second part of the video series on "Digitalisation@WWU", Daniel Nüst from the Institute of Geoinformatics explains why the reproducibility of research data is an important mainstay of science.

First "Art Law Clinic" in Germany

Institute of Media Law at Münster University and Münster Academy of Art launch unique collaborative project
The initiator of the Art Law Clinic, Prof. Thomas Hoeren<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

Art meets law – and vice-versa. The first so-called Art Law Clinic will soon be starting its work at the University of Münster, with law students giving legal advice to art students – an idea which, as art lawyer Prof. Hoeren puts it – is unique worldwide.

Lying media, fake news and alternative facts

"Many people get their knowledge of the world from reports in the media"
Katherine M. Grosser<address>© Roland Berg</address>
© Roland Berg

Katherine M. Grosser’s dissertation deals with the presentation of trust, mistrust and problems of trust in the media in the context of digitalisation. In this guest commentary the communications expert discusses the results of her research. This is the prelude to a four-part series of guest commentaries on the subject of fake news.

On the trail of antique potters

Münster University archaeologist studies fingerprints on late Roman pottery
The fingerprints can be clearly seen on the inside of the clay oil lamps.<address>© Kimberlee S. Moran</address>
© Kimberlee S. Moran

Fingermarks on oil lamps and terracotta objects have now shown researchers for the first time how potters worked in a ceramics workshop in late antiquity around 1,700 years ago. To this end, and working together with a forensic anthropologist, Prof. Achim Lichtenberger studied fingerprints on waste clay material. The study has been published in the journal "Antiquity".

“Molecular bicycle pedal”: researchers present molecular switch

Very little space needed for motion / New study in the journal “Angewandte Chemie”
Cover Picture Amirjalayer S. et al. (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Volume 57, Issue 7, February 12, 2018, Pages 1792–1796); Copyright Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA. Reproduced with permission.

Just like a bicycle pedal that can be turned forwards and backwards – this is how the new molecular switch can be described which Dr. Saeed Amirjalayer, from the University of Münster’s Institute of Physics, and his co-authors have now presented in the journal “Angewandte Chemie” (“Applied Chemistry”). The pedal motion is triggered by light.