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Niels Peter Revsbech. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2020.06.30 | Department of Biology, People

Niels Peter Revsbech cuts back: "You can’t do it all"

Retirement is approaching for Professor Niels Peter Revsbech from the Department of Biology, and tomorrow, 1 July, he is passing on one of his biggest jobs as head of WATEC as he slowly cuts back on his work commitments. He leaves behind him a long and remarkable career, with inventions that have influenced research around the world. However, with…

The front cover of Aktuel Naturvidenskab July 2020.

2020.06.30 | Grant

DKK 1.3 million to bring natural science research into the classroom

The natural science journal Aktuel Naturvidenskab and the natural science lecture series "Offentlige foredrag i Naturvidenskab" have been granted DKK 1,336,000 from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to develop a format that will bring science closer to Danish upper-secondary school students.

Photo: Anders Trærup, AU Foto.

2020.06.26 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Wanted: Two new vice-deans

Faculty of Natural Sciences is looking for two new vice-deans for research and education to develop and run the newly established faculty.

Alexander Zelikin receives 13.5m from Novo Nordisk Foundation for signalling and internalising receptor mimics. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo)

2020.06.25 | Department of Chemistry, iNANO, Grant

The Novo Nordisk Foundation supports wild scientific and technical research ideas

For the first time, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants within the research programme NERD, which is targeted at ambitious and wild research ideas in the fields of scientific and technical research. At Aarhus University, Associate Professor Alexander Zelikin has just received DKK 13.5 million.

Jørgen Kjems (left) og Morten T. Venø describes in an article in PNAS, how expression of non-coding RNA changes during epileptic seizures in rodents (Photo: Anne Færch Nielsen)

2020.06.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

Large-scale data sets identify small RNAs with a role in epilepsy

A new paper from Jørgen Kjems' group at iNANO and MBG describes how expression of non-coding RNA changes during epileptic seizures in rodents. The authors found that inhibiting a specific set of microRNAs (miRNAs) by antisense technology reduced seizure frequency in a mouse model, suggesting that these RNA molecules could serve as possible targets…

Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard

2020.06.23 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Larger intake: The faculty has been allocated more student places

More students are to have the opportunity to study a natural science degree programme at Aarhus University, and after the summer holidays, 152 more applicants will be able to take one of the new student places at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Kaj Grønbæk, Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Computer Science together with Carsen Obel, Professor at the Department of Public Health, are initiators of the CoronaLytics project. Photo: Mellissa Bach Kirkeby Yildirim, Aarhus University.

2020.06.18 | Computer Science

CoronaLytics – health data from smartphones help us to better deal with corona

Innovation Fund Denmark supports the CoronaLytics project with 4 M DKK. From University of Aarhus, Professor Kaj Grønbæk of the Department of Computer Science and Professor Carsten Obel of the Institute of Public Health have received support from the Innovation Fund to analyze health data from smartphones and wearables.

2020.06.17 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Grant

Joseph Lyons receives DKK 10 million from Lundbeckfonden to study cell membranes

Joseph Lyons is one of the nine talented researchers who will become a Lundbeckfonden fellow in 2020. And the grant that comes with the appointment enables him to establish his own research group and devote himself to research for the next five years at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics/DANDRITE, Aarhus University.

A humpback mother and calf are resting in Exmouth Gulf at the west coast of Australia. Photo: Kate R. Sprogis
The photo series shows the pair's reactions to, respectively, low, medium and high noise levels from a boat. A noisy boat (172 dB) causes the whales to increase their breathing rate and swim away. Photo: Kate R. Sprogis

2020.06.16 | Department of Biology

Shhhh, the whales are resting

We need new guidelines to shield whales from human-made noise to ensure them some peace and quiet. It is no good keeping whale-watching boats out of whales' sight if the noise from the boats' engines disturb the whales most. And whales can hear the boats' engines from far away, according to a Danish-Australian research team.

Electronic quantum states and the combination of atomic orbitals in the new two-dimensional semiconductor ReSe2. Illustration from the paper.

2020.06.23 | Department of Physics

New two dimensional semiconductor couples selectively to light

Recent paper in ACS Nano reveals surprising electronic properties in the new two dimensional semiconductor rhenium diselenid. Søren Ulstrup of IFA is coauthor.

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