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Nürnberger auf der Welcome-Konferenz in Berlin

Auf der Welcome Konferenz in Berlin (Foto: Matthias Marx)

Auf der Welcome-Konferenz in Berlin (Foto: Matthias Marx)

Seit 2016 werden aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) ehrenamtliche Studierendeninitiativen im Rahmen des Welcome-Programms gefördert. „Ziel des Programms ist es, studierfähige Geflüchtete beim Einstieg in ein Studium zu unterstützen“ heißt es im Wortlaut des Herausgebers.

Am 10. und 11. September fand die Tagung mit dem Titel „Verleihung des Welcome-Preises und Welcome-Konferenz“ in Berlin statt. Dort wurden die drei besten Projekte im Bereich der Integration von Geflüchteten an Hochschulen ausgezeichnet. Eingeladen waren, neben den Organisator*innen der nominierten Programme, auch andere studentische Hilfskräfte aus diversen deutschen Hochschulen, um einen aktiven Austausch zu gewährleisten. Auch eine studentische Hilfskraft der Uni-Nürnberg war dabei, um Expertise für ihr neues Tandem-Projekt zu erlangen. Weiterlesen

Internationaler Comic-Salon 2018 vom 31.5. bis 3.6.

Am kommenden Donnerstag, den 31. Mai, um 12 Uhr ist es wieder so weit: Der 18. Internationale Comic-Salon Erlangen (CSE) öffnet seine Türen. Bis zum 3. Juni werden auch heuer wieder rund 25.000 Comic-Fans in Erlangen erwartet. Der CSE ist damit das bedeutendste Comic-Festival im deutschsprachigen Raum.

Und dieses Jahr ist alles ein bisschen anders: Die Heinrich-Lades-Halle, in der sonst verschiedene Programmpunkte und vor allem die Comic-Messe untergebracht sind, steht wegen Sanierungsarbeiten nicht zur Verfügung. Da für die Stadt Erlangen eine Absage aber zu keinem Zeitpunkt eine Option war, hat man aus der Not eine Tugend gemacht und den Comic-Salon über die gesamte Erlanger Innenstadt verteilt. Weiterlesen

The Oldest Teeth on Earth

These teeth are smaller than one millimeter. Photo: Bryan Shirley

We’re all aware of global warming; the extreme temperatures in Erlangen this summer were enough of a reminder! Although the world’s current warming crisis is the result of human industrialization, the Earth has passed through other periods of massive climate change over the course of its 4.5 billion year history. But how do we know this? We can hardly trust the TV weatherman to accurately predict rain tomorrow, so how can we know what the climate was doing millions or billions of years ago?

For the answer to that question, says international student Bryan Shirley, we just need to look at a set of teeth.

Shirley recently completed his Master’s in micropalaeontology and paleoclimatology with the submission of his thesis on a really, really, really old set of animal teeth. The teeth, which are around 425 million years old, were discovered in Sweden and belong to the conodont, an eel-like marine creature from the late Silurian period, about 7 times older than the dinosaurs. Indeed, they’re the oldest teeth ever discovered from any form of life on Earth.

Shirley had been working on his Master’s at the University of Lille in Northern France when one of his lecturers connected him with FAU to study the teeth. His specific goal was to examine the deformations in the teeth to determine what had caused those deformations, and to thereby learn more about how the teeth grew and about the conodonts‘ way of life.

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Research meets international culture in an exciting new Elite Master’s Program

Photo: Keels Mad

Imagine a German businessman who just landed a Chinese client. To solidify their new working relationship, he breaks the bank purchasing an expensive watch as a thank-you gift, sure his client will be impressed. Over in Beijing, however, the client opens the box and is filled with an overwhelming sense of doom when he sees the fateful hands of the watch staring back at him. Receiving a gift of a watch, for him, is being told that he is “running out of time” on this mortal coil. While he may understand that his European colleague did not intend to remind him of his imminent death, the negative emotions brought up by the gift might forever color the interactions between the two.

This is one small example of how cultural differences can impact relationships between the East and the West. Many studies have analyzed the different styles of thinking that seem to be predominant in the two cultures. The East is known for holistic thinking, the West more analytical. While the East considers all aspects of a situation and the impact on every member of the group, the West places more emphasis on individual success.

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