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Martin Hils (l.) and Matthias Löwe invite you to a digital lecture in the series "Brücken in der Mathematik".<address>© MM/vl</address>
© MM/vl

Online lecture on paradoxical phenomena in mathematics

The world - especially the world of mathematics - is full of mysteries. Particularly interesting and exciting are those that yield unexpected results that run counter to our intuition. Such thought experiments are the subject of the lecture "Paradoxe Phänomene in der Mathematik" which will be held online on 29 September 2020, 7:30 pm, in German. All interested persons are invited.

Assistant professor Dr. Mira Schedensack<address>© WWU/Laura Schenk</address>
© WWU/Laura Schenk

MATHRIX Professorship: an important step in an academic career

The Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science has set up the MATHRIX Assistant Professor Programme to support gender equality in the mathematical sciences. Assistant professor Dr. Mira Schedensack held the post until 2019 and, looking back, she says, “The MATHRIX Professorship enabled me, for the first time, to carry out research really independently.”

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Immunofluorescence staining of the muscle tissue of a chronically diseased human heart under the confocal microscope. Two proteins in the sarcomeres, which give the tissue the characteristic striation pattern, were marked with antibodies and visualized by different fluorophore-conjugated antibodies: titin appears red and actinin green; the nuclei were stained blue.<address>© Linke Lab</address>
© Linke Lab

Newly discovered mechanism regulates myocardial distensibility

A team of researchers headed by Münster University physiologist Prof. Wolfgang Linke has shown that oxidative stress, in combination with the extension of the heart walls, triggers a change in cardiac stiffness. A key role is played by the giant protein titin. This newly discovered mechanism is relevant, e.g., in cases of an acute heart attack. The results have been published in the journal “PNAS”

View of a Drosophila larva (with the head turned to the left). The surrounding glial cells in the peripheral nervous system have been depicted in individual colours by using a genetic trick. To this end, a random combination of a certain set of fluorescent proteins is induced in the surrounding glial cells by means of a systematic expression of a recombinase so that each cell expresses its own colour code and, as a result, becomes visible under the microscope.<address>© Klämbt Lab</address>
© Klämbt Lab

Glial cells play an active role in the nervous system

Researchers at Münster University have discovered that glial cells – one of the main components of the brain –not only control the speed of nerve conduction, but also influence the precision of signal transduction in the brain. The research results have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Münster University<address>© privat</address>
© privat

ERC Starting Grant for Manuel van Gemmeren

Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Münster University receives a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). This highly prestigious award is worth 1.5 million euros.

<address>© Wiley-VCH GmbH</address>
© Wiley-VCH GmbH

New Analytical Methods for Longer-Lasting Lithium-ion Batteries

How can the lithium-ion battery (LIB) be further improved? To answer this question, MEET scientists around Lenard Hanf developed new methods for capillary electrophoresis. For the first time, this enables a detailed analysis of the transition metal dissolution from LIB cathode materials or the current collector – such as manganese or copper.

Maria Homeyer, Head of the Welcome Centre, offers a new skate project for connecting German and international researchers.<address>© privat</address>
© privat

Strengthening community and networking through sports activity

The coronavirus has turned the work and private lives of many people upside down. The challenge now is to find solutions and develop adaptation strategies to deal with the pandemic in everyday life. Especially travel and stays abroad are currently highly problematic. In an interview, Maria Homeyer explains the challenges facing the Welcome Centre of the International Office of Münster University and how the welcome culture is being maintained

<address>© Battery 2030+</address>
© Battery 2030+

BATTERY 2030+ starts Next Phase towards a Green Society

The European research initiative on Future Battery Technologies, BATTERY 2030+, starts the next phase to develop high-performance batteries for a climate-neutral society. The consortium, the MEET Battery Research Center at the University of Münster is part of, will coordinate and monitor the specifically determined research activities contributing to the large-scale project now.

When three cells come together in the epithelial tissue, one can imagine the contact as a &quot;three-way zipper&quot;.<address>© WWU - Stefan Luschnig</address>
© WWU - Stefan Luschnig

Decoded: the structure of the barrier between three cells

Organs in animals and in humans have one thing in common: they are bounded by so-called epithelial cells. Researchers at the Institute of Animal Physiology at the University of Münster have found out how two proteins called Anakonda and M6 interact in epithelial cells in fruit flies in order to produce a functioning barrier at corner points between three of those cells.

The focal plant species (Biscutella didyma)<address>© Martina Petru</address>
© Martina Petru

Rapid evolution under climate change

Ecosystems are threatened by rapid climate change. A team of researchers with participation of Münster University has now discovered that certain plant species can evolve very quickly under drought conditions. This means that the modified plant traits are genetically fixed and passed on to the next generation. The study has been published in the journal "Ecology Letters".

In working on individual cases, the researchers use the so-called Children’s Register in the International Tracing Service set up by the Allies in 1948.<address>© Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution</address>
© Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution

Historian Isabel Heinemann researches into child abduction in the Second World War

An organized programme of child abduction and enforced Germanization was a central element of the Nazis’ racial policy between 1939 and 1945. “The children who were abducted are still today a forgotten group of victims,” says Dr. Isabel Heinemann, Professor of Modern History at the Department of History. She is conducting a research project into the paths their migration and their lives took.

Aerial view of the Jena Experiment.<address>© Jena Experiment</address>
© Jena Experiment

Biodiversity: Findings of experimental sites are reliable

A team of researchers with participation of Münster University tested the imitations of nature in an experiment. For their study, they removed ‘unrealistic’ communities from the analysis of data from two large-scale experiments. The results that have now been published in Nature Ecology & Evolution show that previous findings are, indeed, reliable.

Young thale cress seedling (Arabidopsis thaliana) with the fluorescent biosensor in its cells. The false colour image shows the redox status of the NAD pool in the cells and tissue. Rainbow scale from blue (oxidized NAD pool) to red (reduced NAD pool).<address>© Plant Energy Biology Lab/Janina Steinbeck</address>
© Plant Energy Biology Lab/Janina Steinbeck

Watching changes in plant metabolism – live

Researchers at Münster University are studying key mechanisms in the regulation of energy metabolism in plants and, using a new method of in vivo biosensor technology, they have opened the door to monitoring, in real time, what effects environmental changes have on the central redox metabolism. The study has appeared as an advance publication in the journal "The Plant Cell".

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