KU Leuven news
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.
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.
KU Leuven researchers are hard at work finding a cure for ALS
Meet Karel Casteleyn, the first student to complete enrolment for AY 2014-2015
Dignitaries visit University Library and discuss prevention of armed conflict in post-WWI world
Meet VertiKUL, a student-designed prototype at the cutting edge of delivery drone technology
Study is first to confirm achalasia as an autoimmune disease and pinpoint its genetics
Website plug-ins can be used to track you online against your will
South Africa's most successful writer had special bond with KU Leuven
Once-a-day pill could flush out bothersome side effect for many patients taking opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet
Targeting metabolism of stromal and immune cells could open new treatment avenues
Ultrasound monitors the 'heartbeats' of baby stars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.