Life is an unending struggle. Our bodies are battlegrounds in which our cells are pitted against the nefarious designs of adversaries such as bacterial cells and viruses that threaten our very lives. In the current issue of insightLMU, immunologist Veit Hornung explains how the innate immune system differentiates between endogenous cellular structures and components that disclose the presence of invasive agents.
The immune system helps to confer “resilience in the face of adversity” - a motto which also applies to LMU geology student Caroline Schambeck. Although she suffers from a genetic disease, she does not let her illness dominate her life. To support and facilitate her studies at LMU, she was recently awarded a Deutschlandstipendium.
Unexpected upsets and upheavals also pose challenges in the political sphere, even though the phrase ‘there is no alternative’ has been a prominent feature of many debates in recent years. LMU political scientist Astrid Séville throws new light on the ‘TINA’ phenomenon in her doctoral thesis, which has now won her the prestigious Deutscher Studienpreis sponsored by the Körber Foundation.
LMU’s Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences also had cause for celebration – the completion of its highly successful first decade. Its doctoral students come from all over the world to seek answers to the immensely complicated question: How does the brain work?
And LMU’s Nobel Laureate Theodor Hänsch reached a new milestone, celebrating his 75th birthday in October. In insightLMU, he talks about creativity in physics, Steve Jobs’ soldering skills, and the secrets of precision metrology.