Rapporto ANVUR


Prima in fisica, prima in neuroscienze, seconda in matematica. I dati aggregati per area scientifica appena rilasciati  dall’ANVUR, l’Agenzia di valutazione del sistema universitario e della ricerca, lasciano pochi dubbi sul ruolo di assoluto rilievo della SISSA di Trieste in queste discipline nel panorama nazionale.

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Empathy and moral choices

Empathy and emotional awareness do not affect our moral decisions. This is suggested by a new study published on Social Neuroscience and led by SISSA neuroscientist Marilena Aiello. Our choices do not depend on our empathy. The difference, instead, lies in our emotional reactions, more pronounced in more empathic people. In particular if we opt for uncomfortable decisions for a greater good.

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New states of matter

A laser pulse can drive materials towards new states where they acquire proprieties potentially useful for innovative microelectronics applications. This promising scientific area has been investigated by an international team headed by professor Michele Fabrizio from SISSA, Trieste, Italy, and professor Marino Marsi from Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. The research has just been published in Nature Communications.

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SISSA, un’eccellenza nella ricerca

La SISSA di Trieste tra le eccellenze della ricerca italiana. È questo il verdetto dell’Anvur, l’Agenzia di valutazione del sistema universitario e della ricerca, che ha reso nota ieri la classifica dei migliori atenei d’Italia nella Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca (VQR). 

Double effort against Rett’s syndrome

Although our genes normally come in pairs (one on each homologous chromosome), sometimes one of them is missing and the “surviving” one is unable to do all the work (it is referred as "haploinsufficient"): this situation can give rise to very serious diseases. So what can be done to fight these, often neurological, diseases? One possible strategy has been successfully adopted by a SISSA research team, in vitro and  in vivo: using leading-edge techniques to stimulate the surviving gene to also do the work of the missing gene.

Beyond the Standard Model

Statistical analysis of mini-spiral galaxies shows an unexpected interaction between dark matter and ordinary matter. 

Social choices: follow one’s nose or eyes?

Psychologists and neuroscientists have thoroughly investigated olfactory behaviours in newborns and adults, but relatively little is known about the characteristics of the sense of smell during infancy and adolescence. In a study carried out by SISSA in collaboration with the Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia (an interactive science museum for children), over 150 children aged 3 to 11 years old took part in a simple experiment allowing investigators to trace the curve of visuo-olfactory integration.

Young, thin and hyperactive galaxies

The more massive, or full of stars, a galaxy is, the faster the stars in it are formed. This seems to be the general rule, which is contradicted, however, by some abnormal cases, for example thin (not massive) galaxies that are hyperactive in their star formation. Until now the phenomenon had been explained by catastrophic external events like galaxies colliding and merging, but a new theory offers an alternative explanation, related to an in situ (internal) process of galaxy evolution.

“Adotta una tigre triestina”

Il Comune di Trieste ha scelto un progetto di citizen science per il monitoraggio della diffusione della zanzara tigre come vincitore della borsa offerta per il secondo anno consecutivo agli studenti del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico“ (MCS) della SISSA. Il premio, di 3mila euro, che nasce da un’intesa fra il Comune di Trieste e la SISSA, viene assegnato alla migliore idea per un’attività di comunicazione della scienza nelle scuole triestine. La premiazione si svolgerà il 16 dicembre presso la Big Meeting Room (7° piano) della SISSA a partire dalle 10.30.

Alessandro Laio elected president of CECAM

Atomistic and molecular simulations are one of the pillars of scientific research. By exploiting  new algorithms and computational methods, computer simulations allow us to study the behavior of inorganic and living matter and stimulate progress in  experimental sciences. CECAM is a center of excellence in this area, which includes first-rate institutions across Europe. Alessandro Laio, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste was elected President on 24 November during an official meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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