News of 2014

Archive
22.12.2014
Rosetta mission named Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year
Go to press release Mainz scientists participating in both the Rosetta mission and the Borexino experiment  ... 
17.12.2014
Mainz researchers develop new theoretical framework for future studies of resilience
Go to press release New approach focuses on the appraisal of stressful or threatening situations by the brain  ... 
17.12.2014
Angela Möller accepts foundation professorship on "Oxidic Materials"
Go to press release Materials research in Mainz to be expanded even further / Carl Zeiss Foundation supports professorship  ... 
16.12.2014
Joachim Kopp receives ERC Starting Grant for research in particle and astroparticle physics
Go to press release Award worth EUR 800,000 designed to promote research into new approaches in theoretical neutrino physics  ... 
12.12.2014
Neurons listen to glia cells
Go to press release Research collaboration uncovers a novel mechanism of altered information processing between neurons / Major relevance for learning and processing of sensory input  ... 
10.12.2014
Günter Meyer receives Jere L. Bacharach Service Award for his outstanding work for international Middle Eastern Studies
Go to press release Highest accolade of Middle Eastern scholarship goes to Mainz-based geographer  ... 
09.12.2014
Researchers from Mainz and Würzburg propose better substances for treating the dengue virus
Go to press release Potential new active substance has an effect even in very low concentrations  ... 
24.11.2014
Katja Heinze receives research award for intelligent food packaging with freshness indicator
Go to press release Chemistry professor from Mainz University developed in a collaborative research project a novel foil packaging material that displays information on food freshness by means of color changes  ... 
20.11.2014
Geosciences and Physics at Mainz University score highly in the Best Global Universities rankings
Go to press release Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is among the best 100 universities in the world in the disciplines of Geosciences and Physics / Rank second and sixth in national comparison  ... 
18.11.2014
Researchers at Mainz University explore new approach for treating Alzheimer's disease
Psoriasis medication may be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease  ... 
18.11.2014
Natural substance in red wine has an anti-inflammatory effect in cardiovascular diseases
Go to press release Resveratrol binds with the KSRP regulator protein and provides for its activation  ... 
12.11.2014
Leonie Mück and Christoph Schüll receive MAINZ Award for excellent doctoral theses in the field of materials science
Go to press release Graduate School of Excellence "Materials Science in Mainz" rewards outstanding dissertations  ... 
12.11.2014
JGU and Nagoya University finalize exchange program for students and researchers in physics
Go to press release Cooperation agreement enables Mainz University students in physics to do research and study in Japan  ... 
11.11.2014
Graduate School of Excellence "Materials Science in Mainz" awards Visiting Professorships 2014
Go to press release Stephan Link of Rice University and Andrei Slavin of Oakland University appointed as MAINZ Visiting Professors  ... 
05.11.2014
Georg Krausch becomes member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering
Go to press release (in German) Recognition for outstanding scientific achievements of the President of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (press release in German)  ... 
30.10.2014
Egyptologist of Mainz University receives approval for long-term project through the 2015 German Academies' Program to study ancient Egyptian cursive scripts
Inventory of hieratic and cursive hieroglyphic characters will be systematically and digitally recorded for the first time to be jointly funded by the federal and state governments  ... 
30.10.2014
Krishnaraj Rajalingam selected to be a fellow of the Gutenberg Research College
Go to press release Eminent molecular cell biologist will establish a research team at the Research Center for Immunotherapy of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz  ... 
29.10.2014
Cinema-like environment helps audiences become immersed in movies even when shown on small computer screens or cell phone displays
Go to press release Contextual cues influence cinematic experience / Screen size not statistically significant  ... 
27.10.2014
GRC fellowship to social pedagogue Cornelia Schweppe
Go to press release (in German) Pioneer in the research on transnational social support will further develop the emerging research area “transnational ageing” (press release in German)  ... 
21.10.2014
Gutenberg Research College grants fellowship to Silvia Hansen-Schirra
Go to press release (in German) First GRC fellow from Germersheim will extend empirical translation research at JGU (press release in German)  ... 
15.10.2014
Recommendations by other customers significantly influence Internet purchasing behavior
Customer endorsement has the most prominent effect on private online purchasing activity  ... 
09.10.2014
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauß-Allianz as a full member
Go to press release Mainz scientists take a leading global position in the simulation-driven sciences  ... 
08.10.2014
Román Orús awarded 2014 EPS Early Career Prize of the European Physical Society
Go to press release Distinction for young scientists for their services to European physics  ... 
01.10.2014
Vesicles influence the function of nerve cells
Go to press release Neurons react to the transmission activity of exosomes on three fundamental levels  ... 
19.09.2014
International team of researchers have for the first time established a chemical bond between a superheavy element and a carbon atom
Go to press release New vistas for studying effects of Einstein's relativity on the structure of the periodic table  ... 
17.09.2014
Mainz student awarded the Science Prize 2014 of the Data Protection Officer of Rhineland-Palatinate for her bachelor's thesis on the position of power of Google
Go to press release (in German) Dominique Facciorusso receives the award for scientific quality, application benefit, and innovative content – a unique prize throughout Germany  ... 
10.09.2014
Gutenberg Brain Study and Mainz Resilience Project launch study on resilience mechanisms in the brain
Image link Improvement of prevention and treatment of mental disorders as a long term goal  ... 
05.09.2014
Carl Zeiss Foundation provides EUR 750,000 in funding to Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University
Planned center for High Performance Computing (HPC) at the Institute of Computer Science will bring together various research projects and will provide an improved level of HPC services  ... 
28.08.2014
International team of scientists realizes a tunable spin-charge converter made of gallium-arsenide
Go to press release Researchers including physicist Jairo Sinova from Mainz University open up new approach in searching and engineering spintronic materials / Publication in Nature Materials  ... 
28.08.2014
Detection of pp-neutrinos provides first direct measurement of solar power at its production
Go to press release Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz contribute to this experimental effort / Publication in Nature  ... 
15.08.2014
Theologian and historian Isaac Kalimi awarded fellowship by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study
Go to press release Fellow of the Gutenberg Research College of Mainz University invited to northern Europe's leading research institute  ... 
06.08.2014
German Research Foundation sponsors digital edition of the Augsburg Master Builders' ledgers
Go to press release Historians of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz edit medieval ledgers from Augsburg  ... 
05.08.2014
Winner of Sofja Kovalevskaja Award to take up research at Mainz University
Go to press release Helen May-Simera wins prestigious research award from the Humboldt Foundation for her research work on cilia and related disorders  ... 
28.07.2014
Using media as a stress reducer after a tough day at work can lead to feelings of guilt and failure
Researchers from Mainz and Amsterdam look at the paradox relationship of media use and stress recovery  ... 
23.07.2014
Gutenberg College for Young Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz gets down to work
Go to press release University to invest EUR 1 million annually to promote long-term improvement of working conditions and support services for young researchers and academics  ... 
17.07.2014
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz teams up with V&R unipress to establish "Mainz University Press"
Attractive publication platform for Mainz academics  ... 
10.07.2014
Nearsightedness increases with level of education and longer schooling
Go to press release Scientific study undertaken by the Mainz University Medical Center shows correlation between education and nearsightedness  ... 
08.07.2014
L-dopa medication could be helpful in the treatment of phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder
Go to press release Scientists at Mainz and Innsbruck explore new treatment approach to overcome fear  ... 
03.07.2014
Young researchers investigate social support in the age of globalization
Go to press release Third phase of DFG Research Training Group "Transnational Social Support" successfully initiated  ... 
03.07.2014
How knots can swap positions on a DNA strand
Go to press release Computer simulations show how two knots on a DNA strand can interchange their positions  ... 
30.06.2014
Age-related macular degeneration occurs much earlier than previously assumed
Even individuals under the age of 50 years can suffer early forms of AMD  ... 
27.06.2014
Junior group leaders in the life sciences establish JUGGLE platform for scientific exchange and networking
Go to press release Network provides for the exchange of information and news on the use of joint research resources, career development, and research support offered by public funding agencies  ... 
12.06.2014
Active particles may enhance phase separation
Go to press release Model system used to illustrate phase transition of a mixture of active and passive particles  ... 
10.06.2014
Breakthrough for information technology using Heusler materials
Go to press release Basis for future development of very high performance spintronic components  ... 
04.06.2014
Artificial enzyme mimics the natural detoxification mechanism in liver cells
Go to press release Molybdenum oxide particles can assume the function of the endogenous enzyme sulfite oxidase / Basis for new therapeutic application  ... 
30.05.2014
Magnetic moment of the proton measured with unprecedented precision
Go to press release Physicists succeeded in the first direct high-precision measurement of a fundamental property of the proton / Results will contribute to a better understanding of the matter/antimatter asymmetry  ... 
27.05.2014
Ernst Fehr and Michèle Lamont receive Gutenberg Research Award 2014
Go to press release Recognition of outstanding research achievements and invitation to strengthen ties with Mainz University  ... 
27.05.2014
Gutenberg Research College welcomes new fellows and bestows the Gutenberg Research Award 2014
Go to press release Awards given to economist Ernst Fehr and cultural sociologist Michèle Lamont  ... 
23.05.2014
Atomic structure of essential circadian clock protein complex determined
Go to press release Discovery of possible basis for treating circadian clock disorders and associated metabolic problems  ... 
21.05.2014
German Research Foundation approves new collaborative research center for the development of novel methods in soft matter simulations
Mainz University coordinates new CRC/Transregio "Multiscale Simulation Methods for Soft-Matter Systems" with the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research  ... 
15.05.2014
Improved computer simulations enable better calculation of interfacial tension
Go to press release Researchers from Mainz University identify novel mechanisms of logarithmic finite-size corrections relevant to the determination of interfacial tension  ... 
08.05.2014
Jairo Sinova and Stuart Parkin are awarded Alexander von Humboldt Professorships
Go to press release Two fellows of the Gutenberg Research College receive Germany's best-endowed research award  ... 
06.05.2014
International research group documents unique songbird diversity of the Eastern Himalayas
Go to press release Article in Nature describes the relevance of ecological niches to the evolution of new bird species  ... 
02.05.2014
International team of researchers observes new superheavy element 117
Go to press release New findings mark important step towards the capability to observe long-lived superheavy nuclei  ... 
11.04.2014
Mainz and Freiburg immunologists discover immune system precursor cells that fight infection
Evidence presented of the existence of a previously unknown form of lymphocyte that protects against intracellular infection  ... 
11.04.2014
Sibling cooperation in earwig families provides clues to the early evolution of social behavior
Go to press release Biologists from Mainz and Basel investigate food sharing among siblings in 125 earwig families  ... 
10.04.2014
German Research Foundation approves new priority program in the life sciences
Go to press release Funding to be provided for national program on "Chemical Biology of Native Nucleic Acid Modifications" coordinated by Mainz University  ... 
09.04.2014
Experimental physicist Stuart Parkin is being awarded the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize
Go to press release Fellow of the Gutenberg Research College receives innovation award worth EUR 1 million for his contributions to interdisciplinary materials research  ... 
07.04.2014 - 11.04.2014
JGU exhibits at Hannover Messe 2014
JGU at Hannover Messe 2014 (web page in German) Interesting projects will be presented within the Rhineland-Palatinate pavilion at Hannover Messe 2014. Visit us! (Press release in German)  ... 
04.04.2014
New research initiative investigates gene regulation in evolution and development
Go to press release Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Institute of Molecular Biology collaborate in three-year research project funded by the Ministry of Science  ... 
03.04.2014
Domain walls in nanowires cleverly set in motion
Go to press release Important prerequisite for the development of nano-components for data storage and sensor technology / Publication in Nature Communications  ... 
31.03.2014
Wolfgang Tremel and Siegfried Waldvogel are co-initiators of a new priority programme of the German Science Foundation (DFG)
Image link The new DFG priority programme "Tailored Disorder – A Science- and Engineering-based Approach to Materials Design for Advanced Photonic Applications" aims at the investigation of photonic properties of material composites and the development of novel classes of materials (go to DFG press release)  ... 
10.03.2014
Natural selection has altered the appearance of Europeans over the past 5,000 years
Go to press release Ancient DNA from archaeological skeletons shows that Europeans had darker skin, hair, and eye pigmentation 5,000 years ago  ... 
04.03.2014
Relativity shakes a magnet
Go to press release Researchers from Mainz University demonstrate a new principle for magnetic recording / Publication in Nature Nanotechnology  ... 
21.02.2014
Mainz University pinpoints its top-level research areas
Go to press release Core research areas will receive a total of EUR 8.5 million annually through the Rhineland-Palatinate Research Initiative  ... 
23.01.2014
Physicists at Mainz University build pilot prototype of a single ion heat engine
Go to press release Nano-heat engine likely to operate at high efficiency / Publication in Physical Review Letters  ... 
23.01.2014
Novel genes determine division of labor in insect societies
Go to press release Mainz biologists show in a scientific study how gene expression differs between castes in ants  ... 
22.01.2014
Jairo Sinova receives ERC funding to develop new spintronic concepts
Go to press release ERC Synergy Grant of nearly EUR 10 million awarded to research group involving Mainz theoretical physicist Jairo Sinova  ...