This week the European University Alliance FORTHEM gathered in Mainz, Germany, for its first on-site meeting. Alongside the seven university partners from all over Europe, representatives of the FORTHEM partner cities and their chambers of commerce and industry were invited so that they could meet one another in person and exchange ideas. Furthermore, the FORTHEM Alliance invited two new members, the University of Agder in Norway and the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in Romania, and signed a letter of intent with both universities as part of the preparations for their full membership.
Dr. Daniel Pauly is the world’s most-cited fisheries scientist, but life for the UBC professor has been far from easy. The biracial son of a French woman and an American GI, he was born in Paris and kidnapped as a child to be a live-in servant for a Swiss family. Dr. Pauly went on to blow the whistle on the devastation caused to marine ecosystems by the global fishing industry, and to become a marine scientist whose work received worldwide recognition. Now, readers can learn more in his biography, The Ocean’s Whistleblower, available this week.
If popular wisdom holds that music is good for the soul, science is increasingly seeking to better understand how music can affect the body, brain, and mind, as evidenced by the 2020 publication of the first World Health Organization report on health and music. In response, the newly established University of Ottawa Music and Health Research Institute (MHRI) has made it its core mission to delve deeper into how musical intervention can affect health, developing the knowledge, innovative therapeutic practices, and solutions that can contribute to improving the health of populations.
Researchers have identified an approach to remove race from equations used to estimate a person’s kidney function. These equations have been criticized for potentially perpetuating racial health disparities. The findings, reported September 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are expected to inform National Kidney Foundation–American Society of Nephrology Task Force guidelines on evaluating kidney function.
- New England Journal of Medicine
New research demonstrates that online lecture attendees at the University of Copenhagen ask significantly more questions during large lectures than students who attend physically. This may be partly due to online participants being less anxious about exposing academic shortcomings in written chats than those who are physically present who say that they want to avoid "seeming stupid" when taking part in discussion. This, according to the UCPH researcher behind the study.
According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), recent European multisociety guidelines proposing routine surveillance of essentially all gallbladder polyps, especially a 2 mm size change as the basis for cholecystectomy, are likely too conservative for clinical application.
- American Journal of Roentgenology