Researcher Cherelle van Stenus has set out to find out how satisfied women are with obstetric and neonatal healthcare in Overijssel. Today, on the day of her PhD defense, she has the answer: ‘The clients are very happy with the care they receive.’
A device that would allow the police to screen for DNA samples directly at crime scenes – that was the focus of Brigitte Bruijns’ doctoral research. Although she didn’t create a prototype of the device – due to lack of time and funding -, she is confident it is possible. The forensic scientist is defending her PhD thesis at the UT on Friday.
We hardly know how robots affect an organization. Over the course of the next few years, assistant professor Suzanne Janssen of the Communication Science department will therefore research what it is like to have a robot for a colleague. She received a Veni grant for her research proposal.
Plants and trees are not passive victims of climate change; instead, they play an active role in the composition of our atmosphere. With the help of FLEX, a new type of satellite, the European Space Agency will study the impact of Earth’s plant life on climate change. ITC researcher Christiaan van der Tol is involved in the project.
Scientists at the University of Twente figured out a new way to make food taste saltier. Not by actually adding salt, but by changing the texture of the bowl the food is served in. In a recent paper, UT researchers Thomas van Rompay and Sara Groothedde show that rough and irregular texture makes chips ‘seem’ saltier.
You might know Wytske Versteeg as the author of award winning novels. As it happens, she is also a PhD candidate at the University of Twente. Today she is defending her doctoral thesis which explores how people treat science in comparison to other knowledge sources.
Flash pyrolysis, a mild heat treatment lasting just a few seconds, is becoming an important recycling tool. The University of Twente is leading in this promising technology that contributes to the circular economy, since a wide variety of waste streams can be well recycled. Organic waste streams, paper sludge, car tires, and in the near future maybe even composite materials can be effectively separated into energy and valuable reusable materials.
I’m using it to write this story. To construct sentences, to move my fingers across the keyboard, to breathe. Yet, I have no clue how. ‘It’ does it all, but I - nor anybody else - know how it functions. The brain. Why is it that we still don’t understand this black box inside our heads?
Should we simply accept that playing is just for kids running around and teenagers with video game consoles? Or can gamification help bring out our ‘inner child’, when games blend over to our adult world? Researchers Robby van Delden and Robert Wendrich discuss the concept of gamification.
Websites van gemeenten moeten in 2021 volgens de wet toegankelijk zijn voor mensen met een beperking. Uit onderzoek van Eric Velleman, die vandaag promoveert aan de UT, blijkt dat een overgroot deel van de Nederlandse gemeenten nog niet voldoet aan de toegankelijkheidseisen.
‘Traditional publishers have abused the situation and outsourced most work to the researcher,’ says Norman Kerle. The ITC professor is one of the speakers at today’s seminar ‘How to write a great research paper, and get it accepted’.
The US Department of Homeland Security and NWO have launched collaborative cybersecurity research. It involves four U.S.-Dutch research teams – one of which is at the UT. ‘I’m happy about this collaboration, but I believe Europe should not completely trust the US. I’m concerned about the digital sovereignty of Europe,’ says UT professor Aiko Pras.
Nelleke van Adrichem-Rotteveel is not your typical PhD candidate. She’s conducted her doctoral research on ‘flexibility and coherence of Master’s programmes’ only in her spare time. Which is why it took her ten years of hard work to complete her thesis which she is defending today.
Terwijl wij hier steggelen over kerncentrales en windmolens, sleutelen wetenschappers in Frankrijk overstoorbaar verder aan ITER, de grootste experimentele kernfusiereactor ter wereld. De vakgroep Energy, Materials and Systems van hoogleraar Arend Nijhuis werkt al jaren mee aan het kloppend hart van de reactor: zes onvoorstelbaar grote magneten. Voormalig UT-onderzoeker Yury Ilin coördineert het onderzoek aan de magneten ter plaatse.