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MTA Deputy General Secretary Meets a Representative of One of the Top Research Financing Agencies in the USA2014.09.29.
How to widen scientific relations, extend the opportunities of the MTA Momentum Program, and support holders of USA scholarships through partners in Hungary were on the agenda in the discussions between Beáta Barnabás, MTA Deputy General Secretary and Bonnie Thompson, the program manager of the National Science Foundation.
The discovery made and reported in the prestigious Optics Express by the staff of MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences has the promise of a number of application areas ranging from flat TV screens to biosensors. The publication from the staff of MTA TTK MFA Department of Nanostructures is another milestone in the study of nanostructures that make the wings of the Lycaenidae family of butterflies blue.
A study by Professor Emeritus István Mayer of MTA TTK has been earning extremely high citation indices recently within his field internationally and they are still growing. The publication connects up the physical and chemical descriptions of molecular systems by introducing bond orders and valence indices that since 1983 have become a standard tool in quantum chemical examinations.
The climate changes and the transformation of the soil, the flora and the fauna in the past millennia just as the traces of recent environmental catastrophes may be reconstructed in one of the most important projects run by the Ede Hertelendi Laboratory of Environmental Studies of MTA Atomki. Staff will soon analyse the samples of the water and the mud taken from Lake Bukura in the Retyezát Mountains.
The Momentum research team of Nándor Gábor Than at the MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences aims to explore and characterize the signal transduction pathways that play a key role in the development of miscarriages and other pregnancy complications. Back from the USA, Dr. Than hopes that his team's findings may facilitate the rise of personalized medicine.
Climate change and characteristics of local and regional development dominated the agenda of the recent regional conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU). Entitled “Changes – Challenges – Responsibility,” the conference was held in Cracow, Poland. Researchers of the MTA Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences were also present.
The Research Group for Paleontology at MTA-MTM-ELTE and the staff of MTA Centre for Ecological Research have jointly reported two academic achievements recently which, by using paleontological methods, contributes to the description of past climatic changes and improves precision of modelsforecasting climate changes. The papers are published by the prestigious journals Geology and Nature Communications.
Seven Hungarians, three academicians and four Doctors of MTA have been elected to become members of Academia Europaea (AE). With that addition of those seven scientists the total number of Hungarians working for AE, established in 1988, is now 91.
"Particle Clicker” is the name of the game designed by students including Gábor Bíró, a Hungarian student of physics doing research at MTA Wigner Research Centre for Physics, that has been declared to be the overall winning project at CERN’s Summer Student Webfest. The online game now available on mobile devices intends to popularise particle physics.
The procedures developed in conjunction with MTA scholarship recipient Professor Robert von Fay-Siebenburgen of the University of Sheffield pursuant to research into solar activities at MTA Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (MTA CSFK) will find their new use in rotating satellites into safer positions in the future.