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Some 150 different programs of study, ground-breaking research on problems of broad significance, and a lively and international student scene. - All this and more make LMU a real "universitas". And each week our homepage turns its "Spotlight" on one of the many facets of this cosmopolitan kaleidoscope.

Anatomical Institute

Modernist landmark sensitively remodeled

LMU’s Institute of Anatomy resides in the first edifice in Europe to be made entirely of reinforced concrete. Built in the years 1905-1907, it is now being renovated, and has won the Bavarian Gold Medal for Heritage Conservation.

Oktoberfest 2014

Fall Carnival

What explains the global appeal of the Oktoberfest? LMU ethnologist Simone Egger and economist Manfred Schwaiger explore the grounds for the unique status of the Wiesn, as the event is known locally.

Bárðarbunga volcano

Scenes from a devil’s kitchen

The current phase of activity at the Icelandic volcano Bárðarbunga continues: Since the end of August lava has been intermittently spurting from a surface fissure. Members of the LMU IsViews Project were on the scene within hours to document the event.

Veterinary centenary

Caring for creatures great and small

LMU’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine celebrates its 100th birthday next month. Its incorporation was the culmination of a long struggle for academic acceptance.

LMU-UC Berkeley Research Program

UCB’s open door to visiting professorship is perfect timing

Berkeley professors have been conducting research at LMU in a special Humanities program since 2007. The program began to flow in both directions earlier this year, sending its first LMU professor west to California.

New Surgery Center in Grosshadern

A core component of high-end medicine

The new Surgery Center in Grosshadern opens on 1. September. The Center accommodates all surgical specialties under one roof, and is equipped with the very latest in medical technology.

New Series

Cooks on Campus

When you get home after a day filled with lectures, do you just shove the frozen pizza in the oven? In our new series “Cooks on Campus”, international students suggest much more exotic and tasty alternatives, as they share their favorite recipes.

"Worlds of Journalism"

Under the eye of the Fourth Estate

Western media often see their task as that of an independent Monitor. How true is this of the press elsewhere? LMU’s Thomas Hanitzsch, coordinator of a worldwide survey of journalists’ attitudes to their role, has the answer.

New MUM series

Socializing with sharks

When Oliver Jahraus visits the Maldive Islands or the atolls of Micronesia, he unpacks his wetsuit first, not his holiday reading. After all, as a literary scholar, he is familiar with the tale of Mack the Knife. – He comes for the sharks.

Occupational Psychology

The human factor

German bosses are “tough on the person”, says Felix Brodbeck. But what do workers really need to enable them to be most productive? Brodbeck, an occupational psychologist at LMU, can now measure the impact of high- and low-quality leadership.

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