„Dass die Daten noch fast vollständig vorhanden sind, ist eine kleine Sensation“, sagt Christina von Hodenberg über ihren Forschungsgegenstand - Quellen die von 1965 bis 1981 für eine Studie gesammelt wurden. (Foto: Michael Deutsch)“It is a minor miracle that the accompanying raw data is almost fully complete,” explains Christina von Hodenberg about her object of research. (Photo: Michael Deutsch)

Working without a desk and office?

Skype, Google Drive and Dropbox: virtual work has never been easier than it is today. Nevertheless, many teams have problems when they only collaborate online. Professor Anne-Katrin Neyer and her colleagues are studying how we can better organise virtual cooperation. In an interview, she explains what to keep in mind when you don’t work in the same office or country.

Immer schneller, immer ­flexibler, immer internationaler: Smartphones, Tablets und Laptops machen die ständige Erreichbarkeit ­möglich. 
­(Grafik: unicom Werbe­agentur GmbH)Faster, more flexible and more global: smartphones, tablets and laptops allow us to be reachable around the clock. (Graphic design: Unicom Werbeagentur GmbH)

No clocking off after hours?

Always online, always available. According to a study carried out by the Association of the German Information and Telecommunications Sector, 77 percent of Germany’s workforce is reachable by mobile phone or e-mail after hours by colleagues, managers or customers. Psychologists at Martin-Luther-University in Halle are getting to the bottom of the phenomenon of being constantly available.

ThiNhat Phuong Nguyen mit Kakao in Pillenform. Im Vergleich zu Kakaopulver löst sich die Tablette schneller und klumpenfrei auf. (Foto: Michael Deutsch)ThiNhat Phuong Nguyen with cocoa in a pill form. The tablet dissolves faster than cocoa powder and doesn’t clump. (Photo: Michael Deutsch)

The perfect cocoa

ThiNhat Phuong Nguyen has been working on the perfect cocoa for over a year. Cocoa that doesn’t clump and stick. The PhD student turns ice crystals into cocoa tablets at the Chair for Thermal Process Technology. The process could one day be a solution to pharmaceutical problems.

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.

1,7 Millionen Bände der ULB prüfte Projektleiterin Christine Eichhorn-Berndt. Davon gingen 57.000 Bände letztlich an ihre rechtmäßigen Besitzer zurück. (Foto: Markus Scholz)Project director Christine Eichhorn-Berndt checked 1.7 million volumes at the ULB (university and state library). Of those, 57,000 volumes were ultimately returned to their rightful owners. (Photo: Markus Scholz)

A mammoth undertaking

Libraries had 20 years to check their holdings for books that had been taken into their possession as a result of expropriations in the context of post-WWII land reform – with the goal of returning such books to their rightful owners. That period ended in late November. The University and State Library (Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, ULB) lost thousands of books but also acquired new partners.

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.