Long-time SISSA Professor, ICTP Scientific Council member and Dirac Medallist Michele Parrinello has won the 2017 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, conferred this year in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The international prize, awarded biennially, consists of $250,000, a medal, and a citation. Parrinello, the first recipient from outside the United States, is honored for his groundbreaking developments of molecular dynamics simulation methodology and associated landmark studies of chemical, material, and biomolecular systems.
“Small opening, big ambition” is the title of the second seminar of the series “If I knew how to take a good pic, I would always do it” by Giuseppe Mussardo and Andrea Tomicich. The event will focus on landscape and nature photography in an attempt to answer the following question. Even more than portrait photography, landscape photography is often linked aesthetically with painting: but is that right? The speakers will investigate this topic and present classical and unusual photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Michael Kenna and Jessica Backhaus.
Former students of SISSA professional Master’s course in Science Communications “Franco Prattico” (MCS) have an employment rate that approaches 100%. A recent survey by the independent research institute Ixé shows that 95% of them are employed, 60% are working in science communication. Among the many job opportunities offered by MCS, 42% of those employed in science communication works in science journalism, 31% in institutional communication, 30% in publishing and 21,5% in training and education (some are working in more areas at the same time).
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in Italy and in the world. Today, however, it seems possible to design more selective and effective drugs through numerical simulations. This is what has been revealed by research carried out by the “Istituto Officina dei Materiali” (IOM) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Trieste and the International School for Advances Studies (SISSA), in collaboration with the Bellinzona Institute for Research in Biomedicine and the University of Italian Switzerland.
The Physics and Mathematics areas of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste are among the best 350 departments in the Italian university system. As a result of this ranking, they will have access to the funding of 180 departments with almost 300 million euros beginning in 2018. The ranking was compiled on the basis of the evaluation of research quality (VQR) released by ANVUR – the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems.
A unique opportunity for everybody with a passion for research. SISSA offers 2 fellowships in the framework of an "Advanced Training Programme" leading to a fast track PhD in connection with the Inter-University Master course in Physics jointly delivered by the Universities of Trieste and Udine. The program lasts 2 years and is aimed to candidates who wish to acquire theoretical tools and necessary skills to start a high level research activity in Theory and Numerical Simulation of Condensed Matter Physics. Application will be accepted from 12 May to 20 July 2017.
It was already known that people affected by Parkinson’s disease, when subjected to deep brain stimulation, gained weight, but it was less clear why that was so. Thanks to new SISSA research, it has been realized that the weight gain after implant has a multifactorial origin.
SAGA (a global UNESCO project with the support of Sida) aims to contribute to improving the situation of women and reducing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in all countries at all levels of education and research. A distinguishing feature of SAGA is its focus on data. Some of its core methodologies are determination, measurement and assessesment of sex-disaggregated data.
New approaches to the study of vision both from the neurobiological perspective and with a view to the technological development of artificial vision systems: that is the key result of the research project led by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Rovereto and published in the science journal eLife.
Collective changes in biological groups require all individuals in the group to go through a behavioral change of state. Sometimes these changes are triggered by external perturbations, as in evasive maneuvers of animal groups under predatory attacks. Often, however, they occur spontaneously and are only due to internal behavioral fluctuations. In all cases, the efficiency of information transport is a key factor to prevent cohesion loss and preserve collective robustness.