Wie aus 6 Stellen ich weiß gar nicht mehr wieviele werden

Die Geschichte entfaltet sich an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn vor meinen Augen wie ein car crash in slow motion. Sie zeigt Probleme auf, die symptomatisch für den gesamten Arbeitsmarkt im deutschen Hochschulwesen sind. Die Schwierigkeiten mit befristeten Stellen, die NachwuchsforscherInnen bewältigen müssen, um am universitären Arbeitsmarkt Fuß fassen zu können, sind hinlänglich bekannt. Die bizarrenContinue reading “Wie aus 6 Stellen ich weiß gar nicht mehr wieviele werden”

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Santa’s Christmas delivery route revealed

Data visualisation meets children’s curiosity. We immerse ourselves in geoinformatics to find out how postal services in the USA, in Germany and in Hungary carved their countries into mosaics of postal code areas. Visually striking maps emerge from the opaque depths of numerical data. Whoever still sends letters by post will notice that addresses closestContinue reading “Santa’s Christmas delivery route revealed”

Non-minimum-phase dynamics in an inflammation model

Original research: Inflammation can have non-minimum-phase dynamics, but can this be responsible for pathological chronic inflammations?

La La Land: a peer review

This weekend I saw the critically acclaimed new Hollywood musical, La La Land. I can warmly recommend it to my generation of nomadic, globetrotting, aspiring, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed academic scientists. It’s touching. SPOILER ALERT: My clumsy words will completely spoil your enjoyment whether you’re planning to watch it or have already done so.

Music cognition: probing the mind with music

What can you learn about a person from what music they like? Can you expect a difference in predisposition between those who prefer upbeat music versus those who like melancholic music? Do people with a taste for complex music have better cognitive skills, or is it a learned taste that results from devoting more timeContinue reading “Music cognition: probing the mind with music”