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Thomas Großbölting, Professor of Modern History, talks about the current wave of xenophobia, racism and antisemitism

"Despite all the turbulence I see no danger of the system breaking down"
Prof. Thomas Großbölting<address>© WWU/Weischer</address>
© WWU/Weischer

Nowadays, anyone following the news is regularly confronted with reports on xenophobia, racism and antisemitism. In the interview, contemporary historian Thomas Großbölting, a member of the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence, talks about the current public and political discussion, the culture of remembrance since 1945 and the significance for the history of people who experienced and have experienced the Nazi regime.

A lab visit to Prof. Stephan Ludwig: “Research is not an end in itself”

Virologist Prof. Stephan Ludwig is a CiM group leader and heads the Institute of MOlecular Virology at Münster University.<address>© WWU/P. Grewer</address>
© WWU/P. Grewer

Prof. Stephan Ludwig investigates at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, looking at how viruses get into a cell, multiply and, as a result, make entire organisms ill. His greatest wish is that one day new treatments to tackle viral diseases will be developed on the basis of his research.

"Appearance and facial expression play a major role"

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back, psychologist and project director of the cluster of excellence "Religion and Politics", is currently investigating the first impressions of Germans and refugees
Prof. Dr. Mitja Back<address>© WWU/Weischer</address>
© WWU/Weischer

For his new study “Integration at First Sight”, Mitja Back, professor at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Münster and project director in the “Religion and Politics” cluster of excellence, investigates what kind of first impressions Germans and refugees have of one another and what factors could have a positive impact on integration.

Plant physiologists discover new mechanism of photosynthetic regulation

German-Finnish team shows how previously unknown mechanism facilitates switchover between molecular light harvesting complexes
Annika Brünje, Prof. Dr. Iris Finkemeier and Dr. Ines Lassowskat (from left)<address>© WWU/Jonas Giese</address>
© WWU/Jonas Giese

A German-Finnish team led by Prof. Iris Finkemeier from the University of Münster has discovered a regulatory mechanism which plays a part in photosynthesis. Plants in which the “NSI acetyltransferase” is defective can only adapt to changed light conditions to a limited extent.

Biologist Dr. Guillermo Luxán: My research about the coronary vasculature

A Spanish developmental biologist in Münster: Dr. Guillermo Luxán<address>© CiM/S. Marschalkowski</address>
© CiM/S. Marschalkowski

Biologist Dr. Guillermo Luxán investigates in the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence what roles the molecular signals in the coronary vasculature play in cardiovascular disease. To do so, he analyses thin tissue sections under the microscope. In this guest contribution, he gives an insight into his daily life in the laboratory.

Digitalisation remains a challenge for universities.

Taking new paths - Five guest commentaries on the opportunities for research, teaching and society as a whole.
Networked more and more: digitalisation is not only changing society but also research and teaching at universities such as Münster.<address>© Die Zeichner</address>
© Die Zeichner

Digitalisation is changing many areas at the University of Münster. It is for this reason that for the past six months the University’s press office has been taking a closer look at the digital changes being made. To conclude this series of articles, we present five views on digitalisation at the University of Münster, at German universities generally, and in society as a whole.

Digitalisation@WWU: An interview with Prof. Dr. Hubert Wolf

Sixth in a series of videos on the special topic of "Digitalisation"
<address>© WWU Münster</address>
© WWU Münster

"Basically, my work as a church historian would be inconceivable without digitalisation", is the unequivocal view of Prof. Dr. Hubert Wolf, who is Director of the Department of Medieval and Modern Church History at the University of Münster and is currently supervising two large-scale online projects. As a member of the executive board of the Center for Digital Humanities, Hubert Wolf advocates more advice and guidance on using digital instruments in the Humanities.

New insights into pruning

CiM researchers show how the spatial organization of a nerve cell influences how its processes degenerate
Microtubules (green) in the dendrites of nerve cells of fruit fly larvae. Left: During pruning, the microtubules first break down in the dendrites close to the cell body (thick dot in the middle). Right: If the polar orientation of microtubules is changed, they no longer degrade correctly.<address>© S. Herzmann et al./Development</address>
© S. Herzmann et al./Development

When an organism develops, non-specific connections between nerve cells degenerate. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have now discovered that the spatial organization of a nerve cell influences the degeneration of its cell processes. The study has been published in “Development”.

From analysing to using big data: specialists need to cross subject borders

Third "Data Science" certificate programme to be offered at Münster University
Data scientists design mathematical models for processing data, which they then analyse and place in a meaningful context.<address>© Fotolia</address>
© Fotolia

Specialists are needed to help in large amounts of digital data being used in a purposeful way. They design mathematical models for processing data, which they then analyse and place in a meaningful context. It is precisely these data specialists that are being trained on the part-time certificate programme in "Data Science" at Münster University. What distinguishes the course is its interdisciplinary nature and the integrated view it takes of various areas of research.

Sticklebacks infected with parasites influence behaviour of healthy fish

Tapeworm increases tendency of fish to “take risks” / Evolutionary biologists publish new study
A three-spined stickleback ...<address>© WWU/Jörn Scharsack</address>
© WWU/Jörn Scharsack

Certain types of tapeworm make sticklebacks behave carelessly and thus become easier prey for birds. A team of biologists around Dr. Jörn Peter Scharsack have now demonstrated for the first time that the tapeworm not only influences the behaviour of the infected fish – indirectly, it can also induce risky behaviour in other fish in the group.

Rectorate awards Transfer Prize for two projects

Awards for Business Information Specialists and Biotechnologists / Each prize worth 10,000 euros
The Rectorate – with Rector Prof. Johannes Wessels (4th from right) and Chancellor Matthias Schwarte (4th from left) – awarded Transfer Prizes to Prof. Jörg Becker (3rd from left) and Prof. Dirk Prüfer (3rd from right) and to representatives from the companies involved.<address>© WWU - Heiner Witte</address>
© WWU - Heiner Witte

A brace of awards: As before, in 2016, the Rectorate of the University of Münster has again awarded two Transfer Prizes this year. One went to biotechnologist Prof. Dirk Prüfer, and the other was awarded to business information specialist Prof. Jörg Becker.

Restricting unwanted immune reactions: a new approach to the development of anti-inflammatory treatment options

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have decoded a mechanism found at the beginning of many inflammatory processes
Binding model: The S100A8/S100A9 protein complex (grey/beige) binds to the TLR4 receptor (rainbow-coloured) and MD2 (red) and triggers immune reactions in cells. Blocking this interaction is a new therapeutic approach.<address>© T. Vogl et al./ J Clin Invest</address>
© T. Vogl et al./ J Clin Invest

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have decoded a mechanism found at the beginning of almost every inflammatory response. Their study provides a new approach to develop novel treatment options for many inflammatory disorders with many fewer side effects compared to current drugs.

Archaeologists use new methods to research antiquity

German-Danish project at the ancient city of Jerash (Jordan) / Laser scanning revolutionizes mapping
Archaeological monuments before present-day building activity: photograph of the city and the excavation site of ancient Jerash in Jordan.<address>© Danish National Research Foundation</address>
© Danish National Research Foundation

The Airborne Laser Scanning method, which scans terrain precisely and contact-free for mapping purposes and then shows it as a 3D model – is providing archaeologists with entirely new findings in connection with ancient sites. The journal PNAS contains a report on the use of the new remote sensing technique...

Digitalisierung@WWU: An interview with Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Regina Jucks

Fifth episode of the video series on "Digitalisation"
<address>© WWU Münster</address>
© WWU Münster

Some 28,000 students from more than 45,000 enrolled at the University of Münster used the Learnweb during the winter semester 2017/18. Consequently, the platform is the most commonly used digital teaching and learning format at the University. "Digitalisation has certainly changed how we teach", says Prof Dr Regina Jucks, Vice- Rector for Teaching and Studies.

Trust in mediated communication“: 4th international Summer School hosted by the IfK

<address>© WWU/IfK</address>
© WWU/IfK

From May 30th to June 2nd, 2018 nine public lectures by renowned international communication scholars will take during the 4th international Summer School „Trust in mediated communication“. The Summer School will provide advanced training for PhD students and aims at fostering sustainable and productive international and interdisciplinary networks.