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Economically, Africa is on the rise, as appears from both research carried out among African people and the analysis of statistical data. Prof. Ton Dietz addresses the issue in his inaugural lecture of 14 January, ‘Silverlining Africa’.
Is it possible to make wheat gluten safe for patients with gluten intolerance? According to the researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Plant Research International Wageningen, it is. They published their findings in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.
Medicines for adults are generally administered according to body weight. This approach is not suitable for premature babies, young children or people suffering from obesity. These patient groups require a more individually tailored approach. This was the theme of Catherijne Knibbes' inaugural lecture 'Predictable variation' on 3 December. Knibbe has been appointed Professor by Special Appointment in the Foundations of Individual Pharmacology.
India and Pakistan are rivals. The chance that they might one day together form a security community, like the European Union and others, is widely thought to be small. Muhammed Shoaib Pervez, however, is not so pessimistic. In the thesis he defended on 20 December he presented a model to serve as a basis.
After a good night’s sleep of around 8 hours, you look more attractive, healthier and fitter than after a less restful night. These findings by Eus van Someren of the LUMC and the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition , together with researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, were published on 15 December in the authoritative British Medical Journal.
Professor Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade has been awarded a fellowship at Clare College at the University of Cambridge from February to August 2011. She will use the opportunity to pursue her research on the relationship between the history of grammar writing and actual usage.
European and Asian ministers of social affairs and employment were the guests of Leiden University from 12 to 14 December for an ASEM conference. The host, Rector Magnificus Paul van der Heijden, who is also Professor of International Employment Law, also addressed the students who participated in the Youth ASEM.
Neither technology, nor Pan-Islamism, but only the codification of law could prevent Iran from falling even further behind the Western world. So wrote the 19th century intellectual Mustashar ad-Dowla in his tract Yak Kaleme . The translation of this work was presented in Amsterdam on 8 December.
Baroque flautist Jed Wentz followed two years of dancing classes in order to develop the right feeling for the gestures required for the Baroque French opera genre ‘tragédie en musique’. On 9 December Wentz defended his PhD thesis on the subject, and on 8 December he gave a concert in the context of his research.
Children and young people who read a lot end up higher on the social ladder. This is the conclusion made by PhD candidate Suzanne Mol on the basis of 146 international, academic studies. More than 10,000 children and students aged between 2 and 22 participated in the studies. Mol obtained her doctorate on Tuesday 7 December at Leiden University.
Civil wars are often conducted between groups that may have been together for a long time, but are equally likely to fall apart. What is the reason for this? Veni winner Lee Seymour travels to war zones in Somalia and South Sudan to investigate the role leadership plays.
Stefan Belderbos was the first visual artist to undertake PhD research in the arts at Leiden University. His doctoral defence is on 2 December. Not only will he defend his dissertation on the integration of performance art in liturgy, he will also exhibit the material results of his research in the Scheltema Complex.
On 8 December, Leiden University Press will present a new international series on Persian poetry and literature. The series will be edited by Asghar Seyed Gohrab (Middle Eastern Studies).
In her new book published this month, The Bishop’s Grammar: Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism, Ingrid Tieken–Boon van Ostade examines the life and work, as well as the language, of Robert Lowth (1710–1787), reputed founder of the grammatical prescriptivism so deprecated by modern linguists and educational theorists.
Catherine Mbagaya examined the frequency and types of child abuse in Kenya, Zambia and the Netherlands. In her research, she also included the relationship between different forms of child abuse and consequent problems in young adulthood. Mbagaya obtained her doctorate on 1 December, 2010.
Cartoonist and writer Peter van Straaten and archaeologist Ian Hodder from Stanford University are to receive honorary doctorates from Leiden University. The new honorary doctorates will be conferred on 8 February 2011, the 436th anniversary of the University’s foundation.
What happens in the brain of an adolescent when he responds to a peer? This is what development psychologist Berna Güroğlu is interested in finding out. She is using her VENI grant for young researchers to fund a three-year study on the interaction between adolescents.
In September 2011, Leiden University is launching a new extra-curricular programme for excellent master’s students. Growing in leadership will help students develop the knowledge and skills which are indispensable for leadership roles. The programme is made possible thanks to the collaboration of 15 social partners and a subsidy from the Sirius Programme. The latter was officially awarded on 18 November by the State Secretary of Education, Halbe Zijlstra.
Two out of the ten new members of The Young Academy (DJA) are from Leiden. As from 17 March 2011, Professor Roberta D´Alessandro (Italian Linguistics) and Dr Beatrice de Graaf (Modern History) will join this Dutch club of fifty young top scientists.