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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.

Spontaneous brain activity for understanding the mind

“Spontaneous brain activity: a key for understanding the mind” is the title of the lecture by Prof. Maurizio Corbetta scheduled for 31 May.  Professor Corbetta is Full Professor and Chair of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy. He is also the founding director of the new Padua Neuroscience Center. Introducing his seminar Professor Corbetta says: “It is well known that the brain is organized as a network of connections between nerve cells.

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.

From Dirac to Dreyfus

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.

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.

Small opening, big ambition

“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.

SISSA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017

SISSA amphitheater is ready to host a series of beautiful events that will merge art and science in a unique environment. With six different events planned from 26 May to 14 July, SISSA SUMMER FESTIVAL will offer the opportunity to listen the musicians from Giuseppe Tartini conservatory and attend actress Diana Hobel’s play entitled “Paolo Budinich and the Paradox of the Adventure”. In the program, world folk and tzigane music concert performed by an orchestra of 40 children led by the conductor Martin Schaefer and the show “Lab rats” by Teatro Miela.

Top employment rate for MCS

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).

Towards better therapies to fight breast cancer

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.

SISSA at the top of Italian research

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.

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