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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.

leuchtstoff_265_webinsightLMU 03/2014

Bright lights, big business

Unlike sunlight, white light from most artificial sources is perceived as cold. Wolfgang Schnick’s team at LMU Munich is creating chemicals that enable LEDs to deliver high-quality white light.

Welcome to the 3rd issue of insightLMU in 2015!

What characterizes a morally good life? One could approach this perennial question from a classical philosophical angle, but LMU philosopher Christof Rapp and his colleagues treat the issue from an empirical perspective: They ask to what extent moral behavior can be defined in terms of traits of character or psychological markers. In the current issue of insightLMU, philosophers Christof Rapp and Monika Betzler discuss with economist Martin Kocher what constitutes a morally blameless life, and confront moral philosophy with insights from the behavioral sciences.

Cell biologist Michael Kiebler is intrigued by a similarly fundamental question: What is the molecular basis of learning? In insightLMU, the LMU biochemist shares his insights into how associative learning is encoded in the brain.

“Children who, only 50 years ago, would not have survived into adulthood, now have a very good chance of being cured,” says LMU pediatrician Christoph Klein. To ensure that someday all children with rare diseases can be cured – irrespective of their origins and their parents’ financial resources, Christoph Klein founded the “Care for Rare Alliance” which maintains a worldwide network of researchers and institutions engaged in the search for the origins of highly uncommon disorders.

In the current issue, we also mark a significant anniversary: The Venice International University, jointly created by a group of leading universities from around the world, of which LMU is the only German member, is celebrating its 20th birthday. In insightLMU, LMU students who have attended this unique institution take you on a trip to Venice. Or perhaps you prefer the shores of Northern Norway to the Italian coast? No problem! When he takes a break from his studies of Alzheimer’s disease, LMU biochemist Christian Haass spends much of his leisure time in the field: He is a passionate ornithologist. On weekends, he keeps an eye out for rare species around Starnberg Lake near Munich, but his enthusiasm for ornithology has even taken him beyond the Arctic Circle – in the middle of winter.

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