Russian journalist and Humboldt fellow Anna Litvinenko studies the relationship between the new media and politics in Germany and Russia
Last December, when it was announced that Vladimir Putin’s party had won the elections in Russia, thousands took to the streets in protest. The demonstrations, organized via online platforms and social networks such as Facebook, expressed the younger generation’s resentment over election fraud and the repressive political climate in the country. Russian journalist Anna Litvinenko, who holds a doctorate in communication studies, is working on the relationship between the media and politics as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at Freie Universität.
Researchers at the Institute of Management study how we deal with unforeseeable outbreaks of disease
The earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima hit the people of Japan suddenly last March, catching them unprepared. In Germany, people were not ready for the latest outbreak of E. coli O104:H4, which occurred in the spring and summer of 2011. These are just two examples out of many that illustrate that despite modern information technology and scientific advances, it is still possible for events that are evidently not foreseeable to occur. How do individuals and institutions deal with these kinds of incalculable uncertainties?
New collaborative research center at Freie Universität studies protein structures at the cell membrane
It’s like on any well-organized construction site: Wherever things have to get done, the first step is to set up scaffolding. Larger construction projects need complex scaffolds that stand for a longer time, while smaller ones are equipped with simple, easily dismantled structures. The process is basically the same on and in cells, but instead of steel supports and pipes, it is proteins that build the scaffolding at the cell membrane. They help, for example, to constrict tiny bubbles in the membrane that then either release their contents outward or move into the interior of the cell. This is how the cell communicates with others via messenger substances, such as in the case of nerve cells.