The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
Before the year is out, a footpath will emerge from the preparatory earth works currently underway on the grass fields surrounding Luna and Aurora. This will connect the two student flats. In time, a boules pitch and basketball court will be added alongside the path.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.
Student intake is on the rise again, the wind tunnel is ready for use, and there are some promising research initiatives. Nonetheless, it is certainly not all roses for her jubilant department, says Dean Elphi Nelissen. With a new funding model on the way she fears that cuts will have to go yet deeper.
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
Evangelia Demerouti, Professor at Human Performance Management, has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer with effect from the start of this academic year. She takes on the task of increasing diversity at TU/e. Kitty Nijmeijer, Professor of Membrane Technology, is keen to learn why Demerouti feels she is the right person to make headway in this difficult area at this particular time.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Bus line 104 is proving insufficiently profitable. From December 10 the service will no longer ride over the campus. This has recently been decided by TU/e and the Eindhoven Region Collaborative Alliance (Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven). The number of employees using the service has been particularly disappointing. The following bus stops will be discontinued: Laplace Square (opposite the Traverse building), De Lismortel (at the corner of Fontys PABO and the Paviljoen), De Rondom across from Differ, and De Rondom Zuid (at the corner of BBC and Echo).
Not that it was a big secret, but the new name of the soon-to-be completed bar in Luna was officially announced on Wednesday evening. These student-run catering premises will be called 'Hubble', after the well-known space telescope. Team Bar Potential will open Hubble while the 2018 TU/e New Year's drinks party is being held in De Plint, as the lower floors of Luna are called.
Far from home, three hundred students are living in Aurora (and there are another four hundred plus in Luna). They have left house and home to study in the Netherlands, at TU/e. What do they miss? (spoiler alert: family members and pets). And what have they brought from home to help them feel settled here in Eindhoven? What would they change about the Netherlands if they could? And what will they be taking home with them?
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
The hall in the Auditorium will be in use Monday as an exam hall. This is a temporary arrangement that is being trialed. That morning, spread across the campus, a record number of first-year students - no fewer than 2,400 - will diligently apply themselves to the final examination of the basic course Calculus; 114 of them will be seated in the open hall.
The Student Sports Center is going to try to send TU/e employees home with a spring in their step. They are keen to raise staff awareness that it is healthy to move around during the working day, and that this can be easy to achieve. In recognition of the tenth Health Day, from now on known as Health Check, a full Vitality Week has been planned. Employees can take part in various easy-to-do activities, most of which do not even require sportswear.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
Visitors to the Connect with my Culture event last Wednesday were able to participate in and watch some of the oddest activities. Held in the Student Sports Center, the event included such wackiness as acroyoga, painting a Van Gogh, eating bitterballen whilst wearing boxing gloves, and playing hopscotch in clogs. There were also regional snacks to try, and visitors could do a quiz to test their knowledge.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
There is a need for more activities for the LGBT community at TU/e. This became evident during an informal lunch gathering in De Zwarte Doos today. On international Coming Out Day, more than twenty employees and students discussed what more can be done, aside from the Facebook group recently started for this group.
On 1 November Paul Koenraad becomes dean of the Graduate School of TU/e, thereby succeeding Jan Fransoo who has held the position since 2013.
For thirty years, Huub Meijer, former Dutch champion and national coach of the Dutch karate team, spent evening after evening in the dojo and the gym of the Student Sports Center working as an instructor. He taught students the intricacies of various martial arts and ran strength-building and circuit training sessions. All the prizes he has won over the years are now stored in plastic bags – ‘they were on show at home for long enough’ – but he looks back on a glittering career with satisfaction, and with even more pleasure on a fine working life as a trainer.
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With the official opening planned for December 14, the new wind tunnel belonging to the Department of the Built Environment had its first users this week. Members of the Dutch professional cycling team Lotto-Jumbo took up their racing positions in the tunnel in the Ventur building on the TU/e campus in order to find out which formation gives them the least air resistance during the team time trial. Their visit even made the national TV news.
Over the next four years, the 4TU.Federation will invest its joint budget of 19 million euros in research on themes taken from the National Science Agenda. The money will pay mainly for tenure tracks within joint programs running at the four Dutch technology universities. The federation hopes that the programs, which share the overarching theme of ‘High tech for a sustainable future’, will also attract additional resources from government and industry.
Our latest special edition included interviews with eight TU/e pioneers. Too good not to share with you online. Today: Massimo Mischi. "More than anything, I would like to play a significant role in cancer research."
During the next three months, in the center of Eindhoven, a trial is taking place to remove fine dust and soot from the urban air via parking garage ventilation and replace it with clean air released into the city. This will substantially improve the city’s air quality. Never before has there been such scientific research on large-scale urban air purification in public spaces. The 'Lungs of the City’ project is a collaborative effort between the environmental innovation organization ENS Urban, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the municipality of Eindhoven and Air Liquide. The purpose of the trial is to provide a large-scale solution for increasing urban air pollution.
Cecilia Sahlgren, Professor in Cell Biology at the TU/e faculty of Biomedical Engineering, has received two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). With this five-year funding Sahlgren aims to investigate the interplay between blood flow and cell signalling and to clarify their effects on the architecture of blood vessels, for example, the thickness of vessel walls. The knowledge will be of benefit, for example, for the management of cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading cause of death worldwide.