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What is the Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy Formation?

European Research Council will fund HITS astrophysicist Christoph Pfrommer with an ERC Consolidator Grant with € 2 Million HITS astrophysicist Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christoph Pfrommer has successfully applied for a Consolidator Grant of the European research Council (ERC). His research project CRAGSMAN – The Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy and Cluster Formation“ will be funded…

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Brighter than 100 Billion Stars

Supernova scientist Friedrich Röpke is the leader of the new research group „Physics of Stellar Objects“ at HITS and professor at Heidelberg University. He examines the high-energy processes in the death of stars using computer simulations. Modern astronomy began with a supernova. In November 1572, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe discovered a new star – and…

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HITS scientists building bioinformatics networks

HITS scientists Jonathan Fuller and Xiaofeng Yu have been involved in co-founding the Heidelberg Unseminars in Bioinformatics (HUB) along with colleagues from HITS and other research institutes and companies in Heidelberg (EMBL, DKFZ, Uni Heidelberg, Cellzome and more). HUB eschews some of the typical formats used to spread scientific ideas such as conferences and seminars,…

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New Branches at the Tree of Life

Biologist Emily Jane McTavish (University of Kansas) does evolutionary research using DNA sequence data and computational tools. She is visiting the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) on a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In December 2014, Dr. Emily Jane McTavish from the University of Kansas joined the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies…

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Klaus Tschira Foundation celebrates anniversary with HITS

Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) organized a scientific symposium on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation – Welcome speech by Theresia Bauer (Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science) – From molecules to galaxies: talks and presentations on computational research The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTF) was founded in 1995 by Klaus Tschira.…

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New Foundations for HITS

HITS has new statutes and new shareholders, Heidelberg University and KIT. Furthermore, the “HITS Stiftung” and a Scientific Advisory Board have been established. New HITS website online. The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) has been structurally reorganized so the institute will continue to run smoothly and evolve continually after the start-up phase. As of…

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Portrait of Michele Catanzaro

In his attic office, piles of paper are spread on the desk: copies of scientific articles, newspaper clippings, books and handwritten notepads. Michele Catanzaro is very busy these days, but very relaxed at the same time. “I enjoy delving into science again”, the Rome-born says with a smile. “I didn´t have the opportunity to pore…

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HITSter wins Heidelberg Science Slam

Lucas Czech, PhD student in the HITS group Scientific Computing (SCO), won the Heidelberg Science Slam at O’Reilly’s Heidelberg on 18 November 2014. More than 100 people attended the event and listened to his talk on speech recognition. Lucas presented some of the fundamental techniques and models that are used to make computers understand human…

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Put more Journalism into Science Journalism

Science journalist Michele Catanzaro on research in the media from an  international, non-naive view – HITS public talk on Tuesday, November 11, 4 p.m., Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Mexican nano-terrorists, Turkish quadrupedals, fractal cancer cures, Thatcherian genes… many stories show that good science journalism can save lives, and bad science journalism can kill (literally).…

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HITSter wins Poster Prize at “Extremes 2014“ Symposium

Kira Feldmann, PhD Student in the Computational Statistics group at HITS, was awarded a poster prize at the “Extremes Symposium 2014” by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover. Out of 21 participants, she and three other young researchers from Potsdam, Hamburg and Munich were picked as winners. Kira’s poster was titled: “Spatial postprocessing for forecasts of…

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Michael Strube to be co-chair of the ACL 2015

Prof. Michael Strube, head of the NLP group, was appointed Program Committee Co-chair of the ACL 2015. The conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) will take place next year in Beijing. http://acl2015.org/ Strube evaluates the submitted projects and develops the program. The annual meeting of the ACL is the most important conference in…

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