Staff updates

Gladys Akom Ankobrey joins Faces of Sciences

The KNAW and De Jonge Akademie present Faces of Science, a platform for talented young researchers. They provide insights into their lives and research through videos, blogs, articles and more.

FASoS’ Gladys Akom Ankobrey recently joined and her first contribution appeared this week.

New FASoS T&L Blog on word association and group learning

In the latest FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog contribution, Paul Stephenson asks whether we can gain insight into group learning by using word association at the beginning and end of a course. While students’ presentations and individual papers give a sense of their individual achievement, zooming out from the specifics of the student’s own research, can word association be used to assess a change in the group perspective over time?


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Anna Harris attends annual meeting of the Global Young Academy

The Global Young Academy celebrated their 10th year at their general meeting last week at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The theme was re-enlightenment. A truly international group of young scientists, the working meeting involves various international groups (WHO, WEF, UNESCO, IAP …), academic presentations and working group time.

Anna led a working group, some experimental panels and Carla Greubel organised a history walk.

Aline Sierp publishes new book

Aline Sierp has published a new book entitled ‘Dividing United Europe. From Crisis to Fragmentation’ (Routledge, 2019) together with Christian Karner (University of Nottingham).

The edited volume brings together scholars who examine the nexus between (economic) crisis, national identities and the use of historical images, and prejudices and stereotypes, by focusing particularly on media and political discourses in different European countries.


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Interview: Raf de Bont on research project Moving Animals

Globalisation is undeniable. People, goods and information are moving around the world at an increasing pace. But what about animals? Do they also cross national and continental borders and how does that work? These are some of the questions that FASoS historian and researcher Dr Raf de Bont will research with his recently obtained Vici grant of 1.5 million euros. Read the entire interview here.

Interview: Miriam Meissner on researching minimalism and post-growth

A garbage island more than twice the size of Germany is gently rotating in the North Pacific. Also, there’s a sale. There’s always a sale. The perpetual accumulation of things brings with it some pitfalls: the issue of storage, the economic perils of living beyond one’s means and the colossal environmental problems that might eventually end our civilisation (in that order).
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New FASoS T&L Blog on grading known students in PBL

Nora Vaage discusses the (unacknowledged) challenge of grading the work of known students in PBL in the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog.

She finds that tutors grading their own groups raises major quality concerns. And while there may be a rising awareness of this – given an increasing number of courses where tutors do grade each others’ groups – we need to continuously search for better options.


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Christine Arnold interviewed by RTV Maastricht on the Maastricht debate

RTV Maastricht – English news interviewed Christine Arnold on the upcoming Maastricht debate. Christine talks about the relevance of the debate and the importance of the youth vote.

The full interview is available online.

Elissaveta Radulova new Programme Director BA ES

The Faculty Board has appointed Elissaveta Radulova as the new Programme Director of the BA programme European Studies. Elissaveta Radulova will succeed the current director Arjen Schakel (who will leave Maastricht) on 1 June 2019 for a period of three years.

The Faculty Board would like to thank Arjan for his hard work as assistant director for 2 years and programme director the last half a year.

Worlds of Wonder: citizens invited to help research the history of microscopy

An online crowdsourcing initiative of the FASoS MUSTS research group, Worlds of Wonder, was launched this week. Worlds of Wonder is part of an NWO-funded PhD project that invites citizens to help analyse illustrations in nineteenth-century microscopy journals and books – anyone can join and research the history of microscopy!

You can join the project on Zooniverse or learn more about the history of microscopy on the Worlds of Wonder blog.


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