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ITMO’s Monday Science Roundup #23

ITMO’s Monday Science Roundup #23

Every second Monday, we bring you a selection of the most intriguing, insightful, and impactful news from the realm of science at ITMO and beyond. Today’s line-up includes new opportunities for students of biotech and chemistry, success stories from PhD students, a must-read explainer on personal data – and much more.

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ITMO Fellow Eugene Smirnov On Colloid Chemistry Applications: From Space Telescopes to FoodTech

ITMO Fellow Eugene Smirnov On Colloid Chemistry Applications: From Space Telescopes to FoodTech

Remember the James Webb Telescope? The one that’s recently discovered its first exoplanet? It’s an impressive machine that has 18 mirrors covered with an ultrathin layer of gold. It takes 3.5 years of polishing to produce one such mirror, which then has to be linked to the others and delivered to the orbit. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just make a liquid mirror out of nanoparticles? Sounds like a dream, but colloid chemistry can get us closer to it. What other possibilities does it open? We asked ITMO Fellow Eugene Smirnov, a scientist with international experience from Switzerland, Germany, and China, who now heads a research group at ITMO.

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Personal Data: What It Is and How To Protect It

Personal Data: What It Is and How To Protect It

Remember that huge document titled Personal data usage agreement that every piece of software seems to want you to sign? What could be easier than to ignore it and click “Agree,” especially when you really need to access that banking app, online storefront, car rental service, and so on? But there’s a reason why you should take your time to check such documents. In the lead-up to the international Data Privacy Day, we spoke to Anton Endresyak, a senior associate at the IP consultancy firm CLAIMS and a lecturer at ITMO University’s IP Management Strategy program.

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Songs To Get You Pumped up This Winter

Songs To Get You Pumped up This Winter

If you know us, you are sure to guess our go-to way to kickstart the year and keep our spirits high. That’s right, it’s music all the way. Here’s our finest selection of tunes that would make for one tiny-yet-raucous dance party. Enjoy!

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ITMO Students and Staff Receive Badges of Honor on Student’s Day

ITMO Students and Staff Receive Badges of Honor on Student’s Day

On January 25, celebrated in Russia as Student’s Day, accomplished representatives of St. Petersburg’s universities and citizens of the city were presented with special badges of honor. These medals are awarded to those who have made a notable contribution to moral enlightenment and took an active part in the life of society. Among those celebrated at the ceremony were a student and a staff member from ITMO University.

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Student Spotlight: Marshell Nmaz, Mozambique

Student Spotlight: Marshell Nmaz, Mozambique

Attending morning classes in winter is not easy at all. It is one of the biggest challenges that our international students, who sometimes have no experience of living amidst snow, face regularly. Marshell Nmaz, a student from Mozambique, is facing a similar challenge. Besides the weather, the language barrier is also making his life somewhat difficult. But he is a fighter who’s keeping his focus on his studies. Learn more about him and his life in Russia in today’s interview.

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ITMO Launches New Biotech Master’s Track With Geropharm

ITMO Launches New Biotech Master’s Track With Geropharm

A new educational track has been launched at ITMO’s Faculty of Biotechnologies in collaboration with GEROPHARM – one of the top three pharmaceutical companies in Russia’s Northwestern Federal District. The company’s R&D center has been responsible for developing the program’s curriculum, which includes classes that will be taught by GEROPHARM’s department heads. The track starts February 6. Keep reading to find out more about the new program and how it will benefit the students.

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Cheap and Simple Method of Detection of Harmful Gases Suggested by ITMO Researchers

Cheap and Simple Method of Detection of Harmful Gases Suggested by ITMO Researchers

Researchers from ITMO and North Ossetian State University have suggested a brand-new cheap and highly sensitive method of detecting hazardous hydrogen halides that are toxic for humans. The new perovskite nanolaser-based method is able to detect dangerous concentrations of various substances that can vary in the range of 5-500 molecules per a million of air molecules. Their suggestion may provide the basis for highly sensitive compact gas leak detectors for the food and chemical industries.

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This Weekend in St. Petersburg: January 28-29, 2023

This Weekend in St. Petersburg: January 28-29, 2023

The last weekend of January is packed with special occasions, especially for our beloved city. Busy bee-ing or not, take a look at our weekly digest to find even more reasons to get out of the house.

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