The schools comprise one of the projects approved in the first meeting of the members of the Southern Catalonia Knowledge Hub Association held this Thursday, in which the projects to be developed in 2011 were discussed. These will be benchmark schools in the fields of chemistry, prehistory and archaeology and will be promoted in conjunction with national and international universities and research centres. The members of the association also agreed to the new organizational structure: URV lecturer Francesc Díaz as deputy chairperson and Doctor Jordi Cartanyà as the executive director will be responsible for leading this CEICS project.
Researcher Herbert Klein, a professor of history at Stanford University and expert in American history will be in Tarragona as a visiting professor in the History Department of Rovira i Virgili University (URV) this April as part of the Chairs of Excellence program. His work focuses primarily on American and, specifically, United States history and the demographic history of Europe and Spain.
All these conclusions come from a research developed by the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) and recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. This study is entitled "What novice knappers have to learn to become expert stone toolmakers" and it has been developed by Núria Geribàs, Marina Mosquera and Josep Maria Vergès.The study shows three technical gestures are crucial in learning to stone knap: the percussion support, the position of the blank and the angle of percussion.
The Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY) lauded the excellence of the URV’s international master’s and doctoral programs, which promote exchanges between 16 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). The MOY awarded the program the seal of excellence as well as a package of scholarships for international master’s programs which include obligatory exchanges within the 16 UfM member countries. The Master’s in Euro-Mediterranean Relations (RELMED) is a joint international degree offered by the URV. The preregistration period for the degree has already begun. The RELMED was created in order to offer advanced courses on issues related to the main areas of cooperation in research and technology within the Union for the Mediterranean.
One of the members of the Microbiology Unit of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences of the URV, Doctor Alberto Miguel Stchigel, spent last December and January in Antarctica isolating and identifying microscopic fungi found in different types of materials. This fieldwork has resulted in the identification of two potential new species of the genus Chrysosporium and another of the genus Polypaecilum. These successes build on the successes of past years, which include the discovery of a new genus (Antarctomyces) and three new species of fungi found in Antarctic soil and lichens.
The Brazilian chemist Jairton Dupont, one of the one hundred most influential scientists in the world according to the Web of Science, will be a visiting professor at the URV Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry for three months. His involvement with the university has included participation in discussions related to different catalysis projects and giving a seminar for students enrolled in the Master’s in Synthesis and Catalysis program.
The Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre (CTTi) of the URV Foundation has implemented and applied an R&D&i Integrated Quality Management System which provides added value to the management of technology transfer projects conducted by researchers at the URV. The centre – one of the structures which comprises the knowledge transfer system of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia − continues to be the only public technology transfer centre in Spain to be awarded this quality certification.
The extinct giant hyena Pachycrocuta brevirostris was twice the size of the spotted hyenas of today, had stronger teeth than their modern counterparts, and ate only carrion. These animals must have constituted a serious source of competition for early humans. These are the findings of a study conducted at the paleontological site of Venta Micena in Orce (Granada). The project was led by Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, a researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), as well as others, and the study has been published in the prestigious journal Quaternary International.
Francesc Díaz and Òscar Pàmies, lecturers in the URV’s Faculty of Chemistry and Anthony Pym, a lecturer in the Faculty of Letters, have been recognized by the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) within its Academia program. Seven URV lecturers have now been honoured by the program: two in 2008, Josep Domingo Ferrer and Benjamín Iñiguez Nicolau from the School of Engineering; two in 2009, Francesc Medina from the University School of Chemical Engineering and Montserrat Diéguez from the Faculty of Chemistry; and these three in 2010, who have enjoyed the advantages of the program since 1 January.
Fossil horse teeth provide important clues into natural selection and climate change according to a study published in the journal Science, in which Florent Rivals, an ICREA researcher at the IPHES, participated. Tooth wear patterns suggest that evolutionary changes in dental morphology occurred after changes in diet. The molars of 6,500 fossil horses have been analyzed, which account for 222 different populations and more than 70 extinct horse species.
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