International trade agreements – like TTIP, the controversial free trade deal now under negotiation between the EU and the US – promise to promote prosperity and economic growth. In the current issue of insightLMU, economist Gabriel Felbermayr introduces us to the highly complex mathematical models he uses to study who profits from such deals – and who doesn’t.
Globalization alters modes of economic cooperation, but can also have biomedical repercussions, as our globalized transport networks make it possible for hitherto unknown viruses to travel the world. LMU virologist Gerd Sutter and his team have developed a platform for the production of vaccines against these emerging threats. Ralf Jungmann also analyzes biological interrelationships – on a scale similar to that of many viruses. The LMU physicist, who recently won an ERC Starting Grant, utilizes DNA-based nanotechnology to visualize intracellular structures that have dimensions of a few nanometers.
The current issue also looks at a rich and far-flung culture that has absorbed influences from many parts of the world during its 1000-year history, not least into its distinctive language – Yiddish: Evita Wiecki, who teaches Yiddish at LMU (a position that is unique in the German academic world), talks about its development and current status.
Created to provide insight into the world of LMU, the new LMU movie gives a vivid impression of the University and the people who work and study here – and may well bring back memories to LMU’s many alumni and friends ... But take a look for yourself at: www.en.lmu.de/about_lmu