University Electoral Assembly confirms new Rectorate

The Electoral Assembly of the University of Bonn has elected four female and zwo male vice rectors who will take office in May 2021. The Assembly, consisting of members of the Senate and the University Council, convened online due to the pandemic. Voting took place by postal ballot.

Researchers discover SARS-CoV-2 inhibitors

A research team of pharmacists at the University of Bonn has discovered two families of active substances that can block the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The drug candidates are able to switch off the the key enzyme of the virus, the so-called main protease. The study is based on laboratory experiments. Extensive clinical trials are still required for their further development as therapeutic drugs. The results have now been published in the journal "Angewandte Chemie".

Dinosaur species: "Everyone’s unique"

"Everyone’s unique" is a popular maxim. All people are equal, but there are of course individual differences. This was no different with dinosaurs. A study by researchers at the University of Bonn and the Dinosaur Museum Frick in Switzerland has now revealed that the variability of Plateosaurus trossingensis was much greater than previously assumed. The paleontologists examined a total of 14 complete skulls of this species, eight of which they described for the first time. The results have now been published in the scientific journal "Acta Palaeontologica Polonica".

Better decision-making: researchers link models from economics, epidemiology and financial research

Making a decision involves risks and uncertainties - as everyone experiences in their everyday lives. In pandemic times, however, the complexity of decisions and the many uncertainties that come together from different areas become all too apparent. A team of economists, epidemiologists, mathematicians and financial experts has now joined forces at the University of Bonn to bring their individual models together and calculate uncertainties. The goal: Making decisions based on a wider range of information. The Transdisciplinary Research Unit "Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation of Complex Systems" at the University of Bonn is funding the project with nearly 100,000 euros over two years. The results may be relevant for policy advice.

New UNESCO Chair at the University of Bonn

Together with the University of Bonn, UNESCO has established the UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems. It will be held by the geographer Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers. This means that Germany is now home to 14 UNESCO Chairs that contribute to the implementation of the Global Sustainability Agenda.

A speed limit also applies in the quantum world

Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now shown what the speed limit is for complex quantum operations. The study also involved scientists from MIT, the universities of Hamburg, Cologne and Padua, and the Jülich Research Center. The results are important for the realization of quantum computers, among other things. They are published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X, and covered by the Physics Magazine of the American Physical Society.

A WLAN Router May Become Your New Security Guard

Can standard wireless computer networks (WLAN) be used to track burglars more effectively? Researchers at the University of Bonn, together with colleagues at the Osnabrück Police Department and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), believe it is possible. Their plan is to use routers to identify unauthorized intruders and trigger an alarm. The project, dubbed “WACHMANN,” will bring roughly 560,000 euros in funding to the University of Bonn as part of the “Research for Civil Security” program by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Prolonged anesthesia alters how the brain is wired

Prolonged anesthesia, also known as medically induced coma, is a life-saving procedure carried out across the globe on millions of patients in intensive medical care units every year. But following prolonged anesthesia--which takes the brain to a state of deep unconsciousness beyond short-term anesthesia for surgical procedures--it is common for family members to report that after hospital discharge their loved ones were not quite the same. A study by researchers at Columbia University and the University of Bonn now supports reports of neuro-cognitive changes after medically induced comas, a procedure that has been relied upon in treating COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. The study has been published in the journal PNAS.

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