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  • Language choice in higher education demands custom approach Jul 11, 2017

    The decision to provide instruction in either Dutch or English in higher education requires great care. The choice must be made for each study programme separately, based on arguments relating to the programme’s subject matter and learning objectives.

  • Insomnia genes found Jun 12, 2017

    Nature Genetics reports how an international team of scientists identified 7 risk genes for insomnia. Because of this finding, scientist have taken an important step in unravelling the biological mechanisms that cause sleeplessness. The discovery also shows that insomnia is not purely a psychological disorder, which is often claimed.

  • Red light has no effect on bat activity Jun 01, 2017

    Artificial light at night can have a disruptive effect on bats, but not if the light is red. Switching to red light may therefore limit or prevent habitat loss for rare, light-shy bat species. The latest issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B publishes results from five years of pioneering research led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW).

  • Help fund a commemorative sculpture of Johanna Westerdijk in bronze May 18, 2017

    Johanna Westerdijk became the first female professor of the Netherlands in 1917. She spent fifty years as the director of the Fungal Biodiversity Centre. Under her leadership, the Centre assembled the largest fungal culture collection in the world. In honour of its first director, the Centre has changed its name to the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.

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