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LA SISSA a TriesteNext

Anche la SISSA partecipa a TriesteNext 2016. Il titolo della nuova edizione della manifestazione è “Umano post-umano: Verso l’Homo tecnologicus?” La manifestazione si terrà a Trieste dal 23 al 25 settembre e prevede un nutrito calendario di eventi (qui è possibile trovare il programma completo). Gli eventi SISSA si svolgeranno nel corso di tutte e tre le giornate della manifestazione e prevedono conferenze, laboratori, giochi ed attività di training.

When output becomes part of input

Neurofeedback is a technique used for the treatment of clinical disorders (like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, ADHD and schizophrenia etc.) and enhancement of brain performance.  It is based on the “self-regulation” of brain activations underpinned by the principles of  feedback control systems. Feedback systems  can be found in areas such as cybernetics, industrial automation, quality control, optimization and so on.

The Science of Surnames

21 September 2016, 3:00pm

SISSA, Aula Magna

Paolo Rossi, Physicist at the University of Pisa, whose eclectic interests range from particle physics to translating early medieval texts, will be the first speaker in this season’s SISSA colloquium series. His talk will focus on the study of surnames through statistical mechanics, a useful approach for investigating population genetics.

“Cultural Learners” in the Cradle

Well before starting to speak, children from a very young age pay higher attention to the information received from native speakers of their language compared to the information received from “foreigners”. A new study shows that this behaviour, replicated already at the age of five months, might be the foundation of acquiring culture specific knowledge. The research coordinated by SISSA was published  in the Frontiers in Psychology magazine.

Womath 2016 at SISSA

 “Womath 2016 - Women and Research in Mathematics: the Contribution of SISSA”, to be held  at SISSA from September 7th to September 9th, is a conference organized with the collaboration of the University of Udine, the University of Turin and of ERC Advanced Grant of Susanna Terracini,  under the patronage of the Region Friuli Venezia-Giulia, of the Regional Commission for Equal Opportunities and of the Association of Journalists of Friuli Venezia-Giulia. Female professors, researchers, current and former female students working and involved with Mathematics will attend the event.

L'arcipelago delle meraviglie

Una mostra e una serie di eventi per ricordare Paolo Budinich nel centenario della nascita. Uomo di scienza e cultura, Budinich ha forgiato la Trieste di oggi, conosciuta nel mondo come la città della scienza. Dopo la Seconda guerra mondiale, Trieste si ritrova una piccola città ai margini di un paese da ricostruire. Senza una precisa vocazione. Budinich sceglie la scienza: internazionale, solidale, capace di rompere e superare le barriere. Principi che sono oggi più necessari che mai.

Proton Pinball on the Catalyst

Thanks to a reaction that resembles a sort of proton pinball game, a thin layer of moisture on the surface of a catalysts can improve the efficiency of fuel cells, devices used to transform chemical energy (a fuel like hydrogen, for example) directly into electricity without releasing greenhouse gases in emissions. The study was coordinated by IOM CNR/ SISSA.

Fast Track to a PhD

SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a PhD in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste.

The large-scale stability of chromosomes

A new study led by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and published in PLOS Computational Biology adds detail to the theoretical models used in chromatin simulations and demonstrates that even when made up of a mixture of fibres with different properties chromatin does not alter its three-dimensional structure above a certain spatial resolution. This finding points to a need to improve on current techniques for experimental observation, which are characterized by a resolution that is still too low.

Living, transformed… simply food

Despite the central role of food in our lives, research has done little to discover how food concepts are organized in our brain. A review carried out at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste sorts out the knowledge gained so far, relating it to the current theories of semantic categorization. This in-depth analysis provides a useful conceptual framework for future research and for putting the different theories to the test. The paper has just been published in Psychonomic Bulletin Review.

“Hey! You stole my food!”

Frontotemporal dementia is associated with a wide variety of abnormal eating behaviors such as hyperphagia, fixations on one kind of food, even ingestion of  inanimate objects, making an already-difficult situation even worse. A review by SISSA researchers gathers together the state of the art of what is known in this field, paying particular attention to the brain mechanisms involved. The information may be used for understanding eating disorders in healthy people. The review was published in the magazine Neurocase.