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Verità per Giulio Regeni

Giulio Regeni was a scientist like us. We hope his cruel death may serve to focus our attention on the need to respect human rights.

What happens when people hear voices that others don’t

People who hear voices — both with and without a diagnosed psychotic illness — are more sensitive than other subjects to a 125-year-old experiment designed to induce hallucinations. And the subjects’ ability to learn that these hallucinations were not real may help pinpoint those in need of psychiatric treatment, suggests a new Yale-led study published Aug. 11 in the journal Science. The research has been carried out by Philip Corlett and Al Powers, Yale University, and Chris Mathys, SISSA.

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SISSA is partner of PRELICA project

In order to improve both on-board comfort and the environmental impact during navigation, the European Regional Development Fund co-finances the project PRELICA (Advanced methodologies for hydro-acoustic design of naval propulsion). 
SISSA is one of the PRELICA project partners. Mathlab research group will contribute to the formulation of accurate predictions of the hydro-acoustic emissions of the propeller. 
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The PRELICA project has been started on 1 May 2017 and will last 21 months.

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People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

Dr Rebecca Lawson and Professor Geraint Rees from UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, and Dr Christoph Mathys from SISSA found that adults with autism were less surprised by unexpected images in a simple learning task than adults without autism, and those who were the least surprised had the most pronounced symptoms. The results suggests that differences in how people with autism build visual expectations may link to social difficulties. The study shed new light on our understanding of how people with autism see the world differently.

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SISSA is one of the SOPHYA partners

SOPHYA (Seakeeping Of Planing Hull YAchts) is a research and development project in Maritime Technologies, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  The SOPHYA project has as a general purpose the study of the correlation between the sea-going performance of motor-powered pleasure craft and the state of the sea. The aim of of the project is the improvement of the energy performance of the boat and of the comfort on board. The SOPHYA project has been launched on April 10, 2017 and will last 21 months.

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Grant for female STEM students: deadline 8 September

The Soroptimist Club of Trieste offers a grant of 6000 euros to a female student, wishing to follow a STEM course at University of Trieste, during the Academic Year 2017- 2018. The Club encourages an abundant participation to this opportunity. 
You can find more information here
Deadline for applications: 8 September 2017

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Scientific careers of women and men

The SISSA Committee for the wellbeing (CUG) has organised a discussion event with Romana Frattini, Ca’ Foscari University, and Paolo Rossi, Pisa University, authors of the "Report on women in Italian Universities" (2012). The event will be held in English.

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Sudden loss of Giovanni Bignami

The Astrophysics and Astroparticle Groups at SISSA mourn the sudden loss of our collegue, Giovanni Bignami, a very significant figure for italian Astrophysics, in the National Institute for Astrophysics and the Italian Space Agency, which in particular shared with us substantial efforts and involvement in large cosmological observations.

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OpenViewShip project: The result presentation

“Sviluppo di un ecosistema computazionale per la progettazione idrodinamica del sistema elica carena” is the title of the event that will take place at Sala Bobi Bazlen in Trieste on Tuesday 30 May starting from 4.45 pm. The seminar will present the results of the OpenViewsShip project, in which industrial and academic partners contributed to the development of a methodology for the performance prediction of the hull-propeller system in operational conditions.

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Campus Day at SISSA

On Wednesday 2 May, SISSA and Campus Party will organize the Campus Day, an occasion aimed to present the international event on innovation and creativity that will be held in Milan for its first edition 20-23 July 2017. Campus Day is dedicated to all students who have an idea, often labeled as "impossible to accomplish"; each idea can be cultivated, encouraged, transformed and at the same time transform the future of the country.

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Paper vs digital: Davide Crepaldi at "Salone del libro" in Turin

Reading on screen or paper? That is the question. On Thursday 18 May, SISSA neuroscientist Davide Crepaldi will be one of the speakers of the event entitled “Paper or digital: the integration is in the facts”. The seminar is organized by "Salone Internazionale del Libro" (“International book fair”) from 18 to 22 May at “Lingotto fiere” in Turin. Crepaldi will present the scientific evidences coming up from research dedicated to reading on these two different media.

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The XI University Radio Festival

The XI edition of the Italian University Radio Festival will take place at the University of Verona from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 May. In the programme, rounds tables, workshops and interesting seminars to discuss opportunities and perspectives of this type of media.

Read the programme

 

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Scientific computation at SISSA: the story

AICA is the italian association whose activity focuses on informatics and automatic computation. A nonprofit association led by ITC experts, AICA's mission is spreading the digital culture as a fundamental action for the progress of society. AICA's website presents information, stories and projects. In the section dedicated to history of informatics in Italy, you can find an interesting text written by Antonio Lanza, the director of SISSA's Information Technology and Computing Services. In this article, Dr.

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Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques

SISSA invites all undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques in Trieste. The school, organized by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Centre, will be held from 14 to 30 June 2017. 
In 2017 the School will be entirely focused on quantum mechanics and in particular will be devoted to electronic properties of materials, chemical- and bio-molecules.
 

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Marching for Science

Started as a knee-jerk reaction to the new US administration's possible changes in science policy, the March for Science becomes a movement to defend and promote the role of science in society. 
Nowadays many satellite marches in the US and across the world are scheduled for Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017.

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Sissa Open Access Policy

The SISSA Open Access Policy has been approved and here you can find the full text. The Open Access Policy has to be applied to the new institutional "SISSA Digital Library", the open access repository established for the purpose of accommodating the School’s scientific research products through the IRIS - "Institu

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Information propagation and collective swings in biological groups

On April 5th, 4pm - Budinich Hall

The speaker, Irene Giardina  from La Sapienza University (Rome), will present an experimental and theoretical study of collective movements in animal groups. 

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The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets

On Thursday 12 April 2017, at 2.30 pm the Mathlab group will hold a seminar on "The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets".

During the seminar, Prof Eran Sharon from the Racah Institute of Physics - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present experimental methods for the construction of “programmed” responsive sheets, discussing different types of self-shaping principles. In particular, the talk will focus on the connection of the topic to shape selection in chemical and biological systems. 

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In memory of the victims of the bus crash in Spain

Francesca Bonello, Elisa Valent, Valentina Gallo, Elena Maestrini, Lucrezia Borghi, Serena Saracino, Elisa Scarascia Mugnozza. These are the names of the seven Italian Erasmus students who died in the bus crash in Catalonia on 20 March 2016.
The vehicle was part of a convoy of five coaches that were returning to Barcelona from Valencia, where the students had attended the fireworks festival, the well-known Fiesta de las Fallas. The victims were thirteen, including two German girls and one each from Rumenia, Uzbekistan, France and Austria. All were between 19 and 25 years old.

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Quantum technologies and quantum control

The colloquium "Quantum technologies and quantum control" will be held at SISSA on 22 March 2017 at 4.30 pm. Professor Tommaso Calarco, who leads the Integrated Quantum Science and Technology centre at the Ulm and Stuttgart University in Germany, will talk about quantum technologies and their application in futuristic visions. 

 

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