Vermessen, mikroskopieren, dokumentieren: Alexander Hastings in seinem Arbeitsraum in der Neuen Residenz. (Foto: Markus Scholz)  Measurements, microscopes and documentation: Alex Hastings at his workplace in the New Residence. (Photo: Markus Scholz)

News from the past

Is a fossil from the Geisel Valley the first proof that crocodiles cared for their brood? How were five different crocodile species able to share a single habitat? Finds from the Geisel Valley date back to the Eocene Epoch and still hold many secrets. These secrets are attracting researchers from around the world, including Alexander Hastings. When speaking to Hastings about his work, it quickly becomes clear what has drawn the young palaeontologist from Florida to Halle, of all places.

Mit der neue Lehrapotheke am Institut für Pharmazie sollen Studierende künftig noch besser auf ihren späteren Job vorbereitet werden. 
(Foto: Markus Scholz) In the new teaching pharmacy, students practice every-day situations that can arise in a chemist’s shop (Photo: Markus Scholz)

Against risks and side effects

The new teaching pharmacy was launched at the Institute of Pharmacy at the beginning of winter semester. It took the project’s initiator, Prof. Dr. Ralf Benndorf, a year to get it up and running. Now it will gradually be integrated into the education of future pharmacists. Students will learn how to properly advise customers under real conditions but in a protective setting.

Der Newcomers Club soll Beschäftigten den Start an der Martin-Luther-Universität erleichtern. Für Studierende und Doktoranden gibt es bereits vergleichbare Angebote. (Foto: Josefine Alarich)
The aim of the Newcomers’ Club is to help new employees gain a foothold at Martin Luther University. Something similar is already on offer for graduates and undergraduates.

Welcome to the club: a network for newbies

Employees and professors who are new to Martin Luther University don’t get a freshers party – at best, they are actively supported at their work place. However, at the end of the workday, these newcomers usually have to fend for themselves. This is now set to change. In November, 25 members of the university founded the Newcomers’ Club.

Felsbilder bei Sepasar im armenischen Hochland von Syunik.  (Foto: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Juraj Liptak) Petroglyphs near Sepasar in the Armenian highlands of Syunik  (photo:Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Juraj Liptak)

Rocks relay messages from the Bronze Age

The Armenian highlands in Syunik Province on the border to Nagorno-Karabakh are home to breathtakingly beautiful volcanic landscapes made up of massive basalt rock. Thousands of pictures depicting animals and humans have been chiselled into these rocks by prehistoric people. Archaeologists from Saxony-Anhalt have joined forces with colleagues from Armenia to study and document these cliff drawings, which date back at least 5,000 years. Their aim is to submit a World Cultural Heritage application to UNESCO.

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Joachim Waschke ist für die MLU mit den Vorbereitungen für das Reformationsjubiläum betraut (Foto. Maike Glöckner)Prof. Dr. Ernst-Joachim Waschke is  the rector’s office’s representative for the Reformation Jubilee at Martin Luther University and chairman of the Leucorea Foundation in Wittenberg. (Photo: Maike Glöckner)

Jubilee spurs on research

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses against indulgences on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. This brought about the Reformation movement which went on to fundamentally change theology, the Church and society. The year 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of this event prompting numerous scientific, religious and cultural activities around the world. Martin Luther University, which bears the name of the great reformer, will mark the anniversary with a wide range of academic initiatives and activities.

Medizinstudent Thakur Acharya (links) gehört zu jenen, denen der HauS-Verein helfen konnte. Im Bild von rechts nach links: Vorstandsmitglieder Prof. Dr. Bernd Fischer, Christina Begenau, Johann Hinrich Witzel und Dr. Margarete Wein. (Foto: Maike Glöckner)Medical student Thakur Acharya (left) is one of the beneficiaries of the HauS Association. From right to left: board members Prof. Dr. Bernd Fischer, Christina Begenau, Johann Hinrich Witzel and Dr. Margarete Wein. (Photo: Maike Glöckner)

Help for students in need

For 20 years the association “Hilfe für ausländische Studierende e. V.” (HauS) has been active in helping students from around the world who have found themselves in a pinch through no fault of their own. Two students from the Ukraine and Nepal explain how the charity helped them by providing not only money, but also assurance.

Sie gilt als eine der am besten vernetzten Aufklärungsforscherinnen: Elisabeth Décultot ist die erste Alexander von Humboldt-Professorin an der Universität Halle. (Foto: Maike Glöckner) She is considered to be one of the most well-connected Enlightenment researchers: Elisabeth Décultot is the first female Alexander von Humboldt professor at the University of Halle.  (Photo: Maike Glöckner)

A successful crossover

German studies professor Dr. Elisabeth Décultot (46) from France is one of the world’s most renowned Enlightenment researchers. Currently working in Paris, she will transfer to Halle in winter semester. This is being made possible by the Alexander von Humboldt professorship, Germany’s most highly endowed international research prize, and Décultot is the first literary scholar to receive it.

Pharmazie-Professor  Wolfgang Sippl erforscht, wie sich Erreger von Tropenkrankheiten ausschalten lassen.  (Foto: Michael Deutsch)Professor of pharmacy, Wolfgang Sippl, is studying how pathogens that cause tropical diseases can be eliminated. (Photo: Michael Deutsch)

Targeting tropical diseases

Neglected diseases? What a strange concept. Yet, in fact they do exist. They are a small group of tropical diseases that occur in the world’s poorest countries. They are often ignored by major pharmaceutical companies due to a lack of financial incentives to fight them. Now an international research project offers hope. One of its participants is Wolfgang Sippl, a professor of medical chemistry and director of the Institute of Pharmacy at Halle’s university.

Wellnessgetränke oder Motorradjacke? Karl-Ludwig Kunze und Bernhard Schipper mit einer Kombucha-Kultur. Mehr zum Projekt: www.scobytec.de (Foto: Maike Glöckner)Wellness drink or motorbike jacket? Karl-Ludwig Kunze and Bernhard Schipper with a kombucha culture. (Photo: Maike Glöckner)

Design meets science

You’ve successfully developed and perfected a crystallisation technique. You’re carrying a treasure trove of knowledge and experience about biominerals around with you. Patents have been filed and industrial partnerships have been found. But has the full potential of the technology you’ve developed or the material you’ve discovered been completely tapped?

„Auch damals war die Welt bunt“, Prof. René Csuk mit dem Faden eines 3.000 Jahre alten chinesischen Kleidungsstücks. (Foto: Michael Deutsch)“The world was colourful back then as well.” Prof. René Csuk holding the thread of a 3,000-year-old piece of Chinese clothing (Photo: Michael Deutsch)

The mummy’s colourful clothes

3,000-year-old Chinese clothing is the focus of Prof. Dr. René Csuk’s team of researchers at the Institute of Chemistry. In the next three years the working group wants to find out how this clothing