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Honorary doctorate for top Chinese economist Justin Yifu Lin

Honorary doctorate for top Chinese economist Justin Yifu Lin

On Monday, 8 September, Vlerick Business School and KU Leuven jointly conferred an honorary doctorate on Professor Justin Yifu Linn on the occasion of the official opening of Vlerick’s academic year. Professor Lin is one of China’s foremost economists and is the former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

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Archaeological discovery sheds new light on Roman food culture

Archaeological discovery sheds new light on Roman food culture

Somewhere around 200 AD, a group of people sat down to a meal together in the ancient Roman city of Sagalassos, in today’s southwest Turkey. After the meal, the tables – still strewn with dishware and leftovers – were hastily tipped over and abandoned. Now the team of KU Leuven archaeologists that unearthed the mysterious scene are trying to piece together what happened.

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United Nations Security Council visits Leuven

United Nations Security Council visits Leuven

Dignitaries visit University Library and discuss prevention of armed conflict in post-WWI world

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Students build drone for transporting packages

Students build drone for transporting packages

Meet VertiKUL, a student-designed prototype at the cutting edge of delivery drone technology

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Mysterious esophagus disease is autoimmune after all

Mysterious esophagus disease is autoimmune after all

Study is first to confirm achalasia as an autoimmune disease and pinpoint its genetics

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Promising medication counteracts constipation caused by opioid painkillers

Promising medication counteracts constipation caused by opioid painkillers

Once-a-day pill could flush out bothersome side effect for many patients taking opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet

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Doctor honoris causa Tamás Roska has died

Doctor honoris causa Tamás Roska has died

Tamás Roska, professor of information technology at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) in Budapest and doctor honoris causa of KU Leuven, died on 17 June. He was 73. “Professor Roska leaves behind a legacy of generosity and humility, enthusiasm for worthy causes and unflinching support for his students,” said the PPCU in a statement.

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Rector Rik Torfs expresses his condolences on the sudden passing of the Rector of Stellenbosch University

Rector Rik Torfs expresses his condolences on the sudden passing of the Rector of Stellenbosch University

Professor Hayman Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, died unexpectedly in his sleep on the night of 27 June. In the name of KU Leuven, Rector Rik Torfs expresses his deepest sympathy to Professor Botman's family and to the Stellenbosch University community.

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New fund aims to fast-track personalised cancer therapy

New fund aims to fast-track personalised cancer therapy

Implanting cancer tissue from a patient to mice and studying how that tissue responds to various drugs can significantly speed the search for an effective, patient-specific therapy. Professors Frédéric Amant, Sabine Tejpar and colleagues have made important strides in implementing this ‘personalised’ model of cancer therapy. To bolster these efforts, they have established the new Fund for Innovative Cancer Research.

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Exam study period: No time to spare? SOS Cram is there!

Exam study period: No time to spare? SOS Cram is there!

It’s a conundrum faced by many bleary-eyed exam crammers these days: how to stay fed, watered and sane during the exam period while maximizing study (and relaxation) time. The answer? SOS Cram.

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Want better marks? Get a good night’s sleep

Want better marks? Get a good night’s sleep

Students who sleep seven hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only six hours of sleep. Researchers at Ghent University and KU Leuven surveyed 621 first-year students about the quality of their sleep during the exam period and correlated it with their exam performance.

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“Dirty old men” – How do media reports affect children’s perceptions of online risks?

“Dirty old men” – How do media reports affect children’s perceptions of online risks?

Sensationalised media representations exert an outsized influence on young people’s perceptions of online risks. These representations tend to emphasise risks encountered by relatively few young people – such as young girls being approached by older men – yet they exert relatively more influence on young people’s risk perceptions.

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