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Song of the Month: February 2020

Song of the Month: February 2020

In search for some music inspiration? A diverse mix of genres and countries awaits in this monthly playlist by the ITMO.NEWS editorial team!

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Students of Three European Universities Visit Russia to Study Closed-Loop Economy on the Example of St. Petersburg Companies

Students of Three European Universities Visit Russia to Study Closed-Loop Economy on the Example of St. Petersburg Companies

CREA-RE-RU is a joint project by ITMO University, University of Gävle (Sweden), Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), and University of Latvia. For two years now, the project’s participants have been solving real-life business cases provided by production plants and companies by developing effective schemes for utilizing natural resources. The project is divided into four study sessions: each semester, the participants are welcomed by a different partner university. ITMO University became the final venue, hosting the international students on February 17-21.

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Smaragda Georgouli: Art is Not a Hobby, It’s a Way of Life

Smaragda Georgouli: Art is Not a Hobby, It’s a Way of Life

Smaragda (Esmeralda) Georgouli comes from Greece, she is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s in Athens, studying European and International Studies, at the University of Piraeus. She came to ITMO for an exchange semester in Industrial ecology. Fascinated by her point of view on different subjects — especially on her interest in art — we decided to have a small chat. 

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Scientists Develop Algorithm for Researching Evolutionary History of Species with Whole-genome Duplications

Scientists Develop Algorithm for Researching Evolutionary History of Species with Whole-genome Duplications

An international team of scientists created an algorithm for studying the evolutionary history of species with whole-genome duplications, chiefly yeast and plants. The program can be used to analyze the genetic information about these species and make conclusions on how whole-genome duplication took place and why it secured a foothold in the process of evolution. The article was published in Oxford Bioinformatics, one of the leading titles in the field of Computer Science.

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Exploring New Cultures, Studying New Materials: ITMO Students on Their International Internships

Exploring New Cultures, Studying New Materials: ITMO Students on Their International Internships

ITMO collaborates with over a hundred universities all over the world and its students regularly participate in international internships and semester exchanges. In this article, the students of ITMO’s SCAMT Laboratory who’ve recently come back from European universities share their experience and advice on how to take part in an internship abroad and what perks this gives.

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Art Born of Slime Moulds and Bacteria: ITMO Hosts BioArt Workshops

Art Born of Slime Moulds and Bacteria: ITMO Hosts BioArt Workshops

On February 1-23, the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications hosted Measure of Chaos. Science as a Means of Communication, a wide-ranging Art&Science project that included workshops and lectures on this interdisciplinary field. LIFE FORMS, one of the key tracks of the project, focused on generative biology, bioethics and other disciplines within BioArt, which is among the most popular fields of Art&Science. ITMO University took part in this track by organizing a BioArt weekend. Laura Rodríguez, a specialist in the field of microbiology and a second-year Master’s student at ITMO’s Art&Science Master’s program, hosted two workshops on BioArt. 

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Clarivate Analytics Expert on Why Russian Researchers Get Cited Less and Universities Aren’t Included in Innovation Rankings

Clarivate Analytics Expert on Why Russian Researchers Get Cited Less and Universities Aren’t Included in Innovation Rankings

Today, sciento- and bibliometrics are very important: researchers worldwide are supposed to get published often and to check their papers’ citation index. However, experts note that bibliometrics is a sophisticated tool that needs to be applied properly in order to be actually useful for science and research. ITMO.NEWS met with Pavel Kasyanov, a scientometrics expert at Clarivate Analytics, a company that owns Web of Science, and found out why historians and physicists can’t be compared, why Russian researchers don’t get as many citations as their international colleagues, and why many experts criticize the Hirsch index.

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EMI in Practice: ITMO Staff Participate in an English as a Medium of Instruction Internship at Boston University

EMI in Practice: ITMO Staff Participate in an English as a Medium of Instruction Internship at Boston University

A group of 15 ITMO University lecturers, including specialists from the Foreign Language Training Center, have participated in a three-week course at Boston University (the US). The program included theory and practice of English as a Medium of Instruction, as well as lectures and workshops delivered by experts of the American university. More about the lecturers’ experience in this article by ITMO.NEWS.

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