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The first doctor in Katunje

LMU medical student Sagar Dhital’s greatest wish is to see that his Nepalese village which, he says, “helped me to become what I am today,” gets a new hospital. His dedication to his roots and his studies has won him a Deutschlandstipendium.

Professor Christian Haass, LMUinsightLMU 03/2015

Feathers in focus

In the lab, LMU biochemist Christian Haass studies Alzheimer’s, but on weekends he goes in search of rare birds. His enthusiasm for ornithology has even taken him beyond the Arctic Circle – in the middle of winter.

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The Imperatives of Empire

Early forms of social technology, clever political moves and elements of absolutism are some of the themes in Karen Radner’s story of the birth of the world’s first empire on the banks of the Tigris – nearly 3000 years ago.


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Doryphoros on tour

Standing in the same position for so long is no fun. Doryphoros needs a break. In response to a flattering invitation, LMU’s Spear-Bearer is now serving as an Ambassador for Classical Greek Art in London.

Welcome to the 4th issue of insightLMU in 2015!

LMU medical student Sagar Dhital grew up in a small village in Nepal. “I had to walk barefoot for four hours to school every day,” he says. His parents cannot even imagine the life he now leads in Munich. He phones his father every two weeks, “and he often asks me if I have enough firewood to boil my rice,” Sagar remarks. There is no internet in his village, no paved roads and no local health center. In insightLMU, Sagar tells us how he set about realizing his dearest wish – to help improve the lives of the people in his Nepalese village by becoming Katunje’s first doctor.

From Nepal, insightLMU takes you – in the blink of an eye – across the Himalayas to China. The newly established LMU-China Academic Network is working to extend academic collaboration and exchange between LMU and leading Chinese universities. Then LMU’s Max Hadersbeck, a computer linguist, invites you on a tour to the Bavarian Alps, where he regularly exercises his talents as a yodeler – and is moved when the echoes ricochet off the high cliffs. You can also hop on a time machine and travel along LMU’s more than 540-year timeline – online at a newly structured website:

In the current issue, insightLMU also takes a look at the magical materials LMU physicist Tim Liedl is creating from intricately folded DNA strands, for a variety of applications. Creating “magical” eruptions is also what interests Donald Dingwell – but on a very much larger scale. To learn more about the forces that power volcanic eruptions, the LMU geologist and his team simulate such explosions in the laboratory.

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