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2019

Medicine

Tackling the Big Questions in Metabolism

Professor Alexander Bartelt studies metabolic processes in brown adipose tissue. He has now received a prestigious Starting Grant from the ERC for a project on the role of muscle cells in metabolic homeostasis.

2019 Photo Competition

LMU selfies

We’re now entering the final round of voting for the LMU 2019 photo competition. Who will be the winner in the “My LMU selfie” category?

Datenbank Electronic Babylonian Literature

Filling in the Gaps

Enrique Jiménez makes use of artificial intelligence to fill in the many tantalizing gaps in the surviving texts written on clay tablets by scribes in early urban societies 3000 years ago.

Excellence Strategy

LMU funded as University of Excellence

As part of the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy, LMU has been awarded funding as University of Excellence.

Chemistry

"Inspiring young people for science“

Chemist Professor Lena Daumann is one of six female academics to win the Therese of Bavaria Prize this year.

Climate Research

The Value of Vegetation

LMU geographer Julia Pongratz is studying the impact of changes in land use – such as deforestation, forest management, and agricultural production – on climate.

Intelligence

IQ myths

Intelligence is innate and highly gifted people are all nerds. These are but two of the many widely held assumptions about intelligence. We asked LMU psychologist Markus Bühner about the basis for these and other opinions relating to IQ.

LMU’s New Institute

Overlooking the English Garden

LMU’s new Nano-Institute located on Königinstrasse will be officially opened today. Its research staff will seek novel ways of exploiting the unique properties of nanomaterials to enhance the efficiency of energy generation and storage.

Social policies

There Is Another Way

The political scientist Laura Seelkopf analyzes welfare states worldwide in their historical context. Her research reveals the extensive variety of social policies and the sometimes unconventional means by which social inequalities are leveled.

New Research Centre

On the Influences of the Networked World

The Munich Centre for Global History marks its official opening with a symposium. The spokesperson, historian Roland Wenzlhuemer, clarifies the institution’s goals.

Cambridge-LMU Strategic Partnership

“Research independent of national borders and political developments”

The University of Cambridge and LMU officially launch their strategic partnership with an inauguration ceremony in Munich.

Artificial intelligence

Data vs. Dementia

Christian Wachinger is using machine learning to predict early stages of neurodegenerative diseases based on large-scale neuroimaging data.

AI in healthcare

An autopilot for physicians

Franz Pfister realized early that AI could improve healthcare. So he left his position as a medical resident to study Data Science at LMU. A student project led to a diagnostic algorithm, which is now undergoing its first practical test.

Artificial Intelligence

How smart will AI get?

Robots that talk, write news reports and novels, algorithms that select personnel. How will machine learning change our world? – And what can it not do? We asked specialists in various disciplines for their views. Here are their responses.

Germany’s Basic Law at 70

The Future of Academic Freedom

Article 5 of Germany’s Constitution protects the freedom of “the arts and sciences, research and teaching”, thus guaranteeing freedom of expression and enquiry. We asked why it was included and what challenges it now faces.

Strategic cooperations

This is how modern science works

LMU entered into a formal academic cooperation with Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel in 2017. It began with Physics, but the arrangement now covers all academic fields. And the benefits are already obvious.

@lmu.takeover

Behind the Scenes

Have you ever been in a biophysics lab, or on the flanks of an active volcano, or made friends with a reindeer? No? Never mind! You can discover how LMUler see their world on @lmu.takeover.

EU Careers Ambassador

Ambassador for Careers and Values

LMU Master’s student Cornelia Nissen (26) is an Ambassador for EU Careers. She is fired with enthusiasm for the EU, she says – and it’s not hard to understand why.

Interview

Concussion and its consequences

Professor Inga Koerte uses advanced medical imaging to study the immediate and long-term effects of repetitive head trauma on the brains of football players. In the following interview, she discusses her findings and their implications.

Neurodegeneration

In quest of the common denominator

LMU biochemist Dorothee Dormann studies the pathogenesis of severe neurodegenerative diseases, and has now won the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for Young Researchers.

New Year

Good resolutions for 2019

The first working week following the Christmas vacation is a good time for New Year’s resolutions. Here are some suggestions from people at LMU.

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