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SISSA Welcome Day: focussing on students

November 20th 2013 

From 9.30 AM onwards

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Once again this year, Sissa hosted the traditional Welcome Day to welcome new students and publicly present its activities. The event provided an opportunity to make an assessment of the past year's work, to award a number of students and staff members for their achievements and to introduce the latest projects, like this year's Sissa Carpooling. 

Farewell to the father of Trieste City of Science

Paolo Budinich, founder of SISSA and creator of the "Trieste System", which made the city a centre of excellence in the international science scene as well as an important beacon for science education in developing countries, died on November 14, 2013. SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies pays tribute to this great man, who will also be celebrated on the occasion of the Welcome Day, the annual public event to welcome new students, which will be held on November 20.

Tidy knots are faster

The key pathway by which viruses "attack" consists in releasing viral DNA into the infected cell, taking over the host cell's transcription mechanisms and using them to reproduce itself.

In order to fight or exploit to our benefit the action of viruses, scientists are trying to understand this process in detail. A group of researchers – one of whom from SISSA – has studied the timescale of DNA "ejection" (how long it takes and what is the precise sequence of events), and found that it depends on the degree and manner of entanglement of the double strand of DNA inside the virus.

Hilbert schemes, sheaves & representations

June 17-21, 2013 - SISSA

Hilbert schemes of points are a traditional field of interest for algebraic geometers. Work by Nakajima and others established a relation between their geometry and the representation theory of Heisenberg-Clifford algebras.

More recent research connected Hilbert schemes with other infinite-dimensional algebras, such as Cherednik algebras, quantum Heisenberg algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and so on. This conference aimed at providing an updated survey of the state of the art in this area of research in its various aspects.

Master in Complex Actions: the call is now open

The call for the Master in Complex Actions (MCA) of SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, is now open. The course, which aims at integrating scientific thought with the practices of public and private organizations, has now reached its third edition and will feature this year two important new elements: the focus will be on Energy and the destination of the study trip will be Saudi Arabia.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 at 12.00 (Rome time).

The nano-channel that disentangles knots

The DNA tends to become entangled, yet according to a research carried out by Cristian Micheletti of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and by Enzo Orlandini of Università di Padova, it is possible to obtain knot-free filaments by having them pass through a nano-channel. The research is now one of the "hot papers" in the Soft Matter review and is now accessible free of charge for a four week period.