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: www.lmu.de/history-of-LMU
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.