Corn starch, with elements of heavy metals, powdered brick, amphetamines, ink, wall paint or furniture polish. This is what can be found in falsified medicines, a market currently considered more profitable than that of drug crime.
The more reputable the scientific journal, the more expensive it will be to publish an article with Open Access. Research publishers are riding the gravy train, but for the individual researcher the cost often comes as an unpleasant surprise, after they have spent all of their funding.
Growing up in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, he knew that one wrong word could get you killed; as a forced recruit, he came close to death many times. But after three Master’s degrees, Dara Maghdid has earned a PhD with his investigation of cultural differences in the teaching of mathematics. Now he wants to thank Lund University. In the future, motivation among students of mathematics could increase – in the region of Kurdistan, but also elsewhere.
In the gigantic particle accelarator known as the Large Hadron Collider, LHC, at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland and France, protons almost reach the speed of light before colliding with each other. The results provide us with new knowledge about the origins of the universe, its smallest components, dark matter and possible clues to dark energy.
In 2009, homosexuality was decriminalised in India. Gender studies scholar Maria Tonini happened to be there and decided to write a doctoral thesis on how decriminalisation affected LGBTQ people in everyday life.
The interdisciplinary Pufendorf Institute has received excellent reviews in an international evaluation. The way people there think, experiment and collaborate across boundaries is impressive. According to the evaluators, the institute is now ready to also play a strategic role as the engine of interdisciplinary research throughout the University.
Statins are a cholesterol-lowering drug that almost one million Swedes take to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. But could perhaps statins also be used against breast cancer? Cancer researcher Signe Borgquist at least hopes so.
When physical geographer Daniel Metcalfe explains what he does in the simplest possible way, he says he examines holes in leaves. However, the project is far more sophisticated than that, and could lead to a better way of caring for the forests of the world in the future.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg represents Lund University all over the world – from Europe to Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. She argues that global challenges and dwindling EU funding call for more intense collaborations with a few carefully selected international partners.
”Not everyone can become a professor, and then it’s good to know how to get a job within the industry”.
So says Sandra Capellera Garcia, doctoral student in stem cell biology and member of the network MentLife that promotes close relationships between industry and science.