Riots, coronavirus, downturn: The incumbent US president is anything but a master in overcoming the triple crisis. Michael Hochgeschwender, specialist in American studies, on the prospects for a change of government
LMU cell biologist and geneticist Silke Robatzek studies how plants become immune to bacterial infections – and how pathogens subvert these defenses. She recently received a prestigious grant from the European Research Council.
Max Weber was a pioneer of sociology, and his writings have had a huge influence. He spent the last year of his life at LMU – closely attuned to the social upheavals that followed the First World War. He died in Schwabing 100 years ago.
American troops closed LMU 75 years ago – as most of its faculty members had supported the Nazis. Pragmatism later won the day, when it became clear that, without teachers, universities could scarcely inculcate democratic values.
LMU communications specialist Thomas Hanitzsch talks about growing repression of journalists and censorship of reporting on the current pandemic in many parts of the world, and a notable thematic convergence in German media.
LMU virologist Gerd Sutter talks about the complex task of developing a vaccine against the new coronavirus – and the approach he has adopted, which is already being tested against the related coronavirus MERS.
Historians at LMU are tracing the origins of modern high society. Their findings show that the basic principles that underlie Facebook’s business model and influencer-based marketing go back to the early years of the 20th century
Storm, flood, drought: With global warming, extreme events become more frequent and intense. They especially impact the poorest of the poor. Geographer Matthias Garschagen examines how urban societies can adapt to climate change.
Ivan Huc’s specialty might best be termed molecular mimicry. He designs and builds synthetic analogs of biomolecules that retain the essential features of their models, while exhibiting properties beyond those seen in nature.