30. April 2021 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │30.04.2021 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: Alzheimer’s research + online consultations for students + climate-friendly hydrogen + computing award + semester abroad in Portugal

Editor: Lisa Ryll

A warm welcome

We are very happy to welcome Professor Helga Blocksdorf, the new Head of the Institute of Building Construction. In our interview, she talks about pressing questions of the future in architecture, the recalibration of building construction and birch bark as building material.

Interdisciplinary puzzle pieces against Alzheimer’s disease

From a symposium lecture to cross-institutional Alzheimer’s research: As a doctoral student, Melanie Ohm conducts is part of both Professor Martin Korte’s and Professor Karsten Hiller’s research groups.

Advice via online consultation hour

Even if the doors of the Student Service Center have to remain closed, service and advice are still available. Staff members of the service area introduce themselves in a series of interviews and talk about their experiences since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Why do we behave the way we do?

The two behavioral psychologists Professor Frank Eggert and Dr. Matthias Borgstedte provide an answer in a joint study. They unite the connection between learning and evolution in their theory and show how our behavior is shaped by the consequences it has for us.

“Wegbereiter” help in case of study doubts

Project manager Johanna Kuchling-Pietrek and project staff member André Völker from “Wegbereiter” report on the need for counseling in the Corona pandemic, current problems of students and new “Wegbereiter” formats in the summer semester.

TU Braunschweig involved in three “Innovation Laboratories for Hydrogen Technologies”

The Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) is funding a total of five projects on climate-friendly green hydrogen with around 1.2 million euros each. The TU Braunschweig is conducting research in three projects on hydrogen filling stations, sustainable hydrogen combustion concepts in engines and hydrogen production.

Technology developed for fast web services: Chuck Thacker Award for Michael Franz

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is awarding Michael Franz, professor at the University of California and visiting professor at the TU Braunschweig, the “Charles P. Chuck Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award”. Franz is being honored for developing just-in-time compilation techniques that enable fast and feature-rich Web services on the Internet. 

Change of leadership

The DFG Research Training Group PROCOMPAS in the Life Sciences has a new spokesperson. Professor Klemens Rottner, Institute of Zoology, succeeds Professor Ralf. R. Mendel, Institute of Plant Biology.

New contact persons in the Communications and Press Service

On our own behalf, we would like to introduce our new colleagues: Dr. Katharina Salffner as integrated and internal communication officer and our new editorial trainee Lisa Ryll.

Mail from … Porto

Rebekka Walter, a master’s student in mechanical engineering, reports on her semester abroad in Portugal. Among other things, she talks about her new Portuguese daily rhythm, the country’s typical food specialties and her newfound hobby, surfing.

Darling of the week

Even though we in the Press and Communications Staff Office see ourselves as professionals, we are always grateful for scientific input from the institutes. Our darling of the week is therefore Dr. Anne Reif and Francine Meyer from the Institute of Communication Studies, who advised us on our survey from a scientific perspective without hesitation. Accordingly, a survey regarding the week may start soon, and we look forward to your feedback.