Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye
Popular culture characters, such as superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman and Hawkeye, can provide a unique and engaging platform for the communication of difficult scientific concepts. In the classroom, these characters can be used to communicate learning objectives to students in an interesting, fun, and accessible manner by taking advantage of student familiarity with these superhero characters. Hawkeye, a member of the Avengers, is one such superhero who can be utilized by educators, as Barry Fitzgerald of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands) argues in the article ‘Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye’, published in the journal Advances in Physiology Education.
Majoranas on the rise
In 2012, the world of physics was rocked by the first observation of the exotic Majorana quasiparticle, in Leo Kouwenhoven’s laboratory. These particles are a promising candidate for robust quantum bits in a topological quantum computer of the future. A major challenge that lies ahead is how to manufacture usable, error-free quantum chips. By using new manufacturing methods, researchers from QuTech, in collaboration with TU Eindhoven, have successfully observed Majoranas in significantly improved conditions. This rules out alternative explanations and also represents another step towards the topological quantum computer of the future. The researchers published their findings today in Nature Nanotechnology.
Crowdfunding for 4 inspiring Delft projects
Delft University Fund launches a crowdfunding platform to enable extraordinary projects at TU Delft.
Discount on online courses for alumni
TU Delft kicks the New Year off with a great offer on online courses. And especially for alumni we have a gift that fits with the New Year’s resolutions: the first 100 participants have the opportunity to follow an online course with 175 euro (or a 25%) discount
TU Delft researchers develop hybrid meta-biomaterial that can prolong lifespan of hip implants
It is not something you will find in nature, but it can be created using a 3D printer and existing biomaterials: a hybrid meta-biomaterial that promotes bone growth. TU Delft researchers have developed a meta-implant that combines a conventional meta-biomaterial with an auxetic meta-biomaterial. This is important since – unlike natural materials – auxetics have a negative Poisson’s ratio: when stretched, they become thicker perpendicular to the applied force. The material may therefore be applied in hip implants to ensure their long-term fixation. The TU Delft researchers published their findings in the scientific journal Materials Horizons on 2 January 2018.
Bart Root Innovative Teaching Talent 2017
At the Education Day 2017, Bart Root was awarded the Innovative Teaching Talent 2017 award. Bart currently teaches in the Satellite Tracking and Communications course at the Aerospace Engineering faculty of TU Delft. He also supervises several MSc students in the process of their graduate research. Next to his on-campus education, Bart also teaches in the online course Satellite Orbit Determination.
Giulia Calabretta Best Lecturer TU Delft 2017
During the TU Delft Education Day , Giulia Calabretta was elected Best Lecturer TU Delft 2017 by a jury of students.
2018 Dies Natalis to focus on change of rector and on open science
The 176th Dies Natalis of TU Delft will be celebrated on Friday 12 January 2018. During this celebration of the anniversary of the university, the role of Rector Magnificus will pass from Karel Luyben to Tim van der Hagen, who is presently President of the Executive Board. The theme of the 176th Dies Natalis is open science and a symposium will take place before the official celebration. The Dies Natalis lecture, entitled ‘Data and Science we can rely on’, will be given by professor of data science Geert-Jan Houben. There will also be a contribution from the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven.
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First liver cancer patient treated with microspheres irradiated in new TU Delft flexible irradiation facility
The production and distribution of short-lived medical isotopes is a race against time. To be able to get medical isotopes with the required level of radioactivity to the patient, TU Delft researchers have been working closely with Quirem Medical and Radboud UMC*. Today, in Italy, the first liver cancer patient will be treated with special radioactive microspheres that were produced in Delft. This innovative liver cancer treatment is conducted using tiny spheres – about the thickness of a hair – that are packed with the radioisotope Holmium-166. The microspheres are activated in a new flexible irradiation facility that was recently developed by TU Delft’s Reactor Institute Delft (RID).