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    On Friday, 19 April, an unusually large number of people will have the opportunity to meet an author important to them when John Irving reads excerpts from his latest novel In One Person and answers audience questions at the University of Helsinki. The popularity of this North American author is extraordinary.

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    The University of Helsinki wishes to improve doctoral education and enhance its international visibility by establishing four doctoral schools. The University will introduce a doctoral education system consisting of four doctoral schools at the beginning of 2014. The objective is to improve doctoral education and enhance its international visibility.

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    It is expensive to clean up soil drenched in chemicals, but plants can do part of the work in collaboration with microbes. Microbe-based phytoremediation is gradually making inroads into Finland. Finland has no shortage of sites that were formerly home to a wood impregnation plant, foundry or landfill.

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    The Board of the University shall select the rector for a fixed term of no more than five years in its meeting on 12 June. The following nine people applied for the position of rector of the University of Helsinki by the deadline: Doctor of Philosophy Ulla-Maija Forsberg, 52, is professor of Finno-Ugrian language studies at the University of Helsinki.

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    The importance of microcredits in reducing poverty among women in developing countries has been exaggerated.“Microcredits should not be marketed as a panacea for development. They are connected to other livelihood strategies targeting women, plus they cannot replace traditional aid to developing countries,” says Johanna Hietalahti, Master of Social Sciences.

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  • 05/27/13--02:40: A return to the 1930s?
  • Nancy Fraser, a well-known feminist and social theorist, will discuss the European financial crisis at her public lecture on Wednesday, 29 May 2013. In the 1944 book The Great Transformation, economic historian Karl Polanyi described the events that led to the Great Depression of the 1930s and the rise of fascism following it.

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  • 05/28/13--00:51: Comfortably multilingual
  • How can we thrive linguistically in our welfare society? Researchers are looking for tips from around the world. Axel Fleisch, Professor of African Languages and Cultures.What does it feel like to move as a young adult to a country that speaks a strange, foreign language?Axel Fleisch, Professor of African Languages and Cultures, and Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, researcher in area and cultural studies, have joined forces to launch a research project on the language learning of African and South American immigrants who moved to Finland as young adults.

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  • 05/30/13--02:17: Zeppelin findings
  • Atmospheric researchers and policymakers from both Finland and the EU will meet at the Kumpula Campus on Friday to discuss the findings from the airship flights.The zeppelin used for atmospheric research arrived in Finland on 1 May 2013 and has since made around ten successful research flights to collect aerosol samples.

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    Space flights are long, and the grub served on them could easily become monotonous. A group of students designed a greenhouse for Mars so travellers could enjoy fresh food on arrival.For the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, inventors around the world were invited to contribute new concepts that could be used in space.

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    Today, 12 June, the Board of the University of Helsinki elected Vice-Rector Jukka Kola as the new rector. His five-year term as rector will begin in August.Jukka Kola, aged 53, has served as professor of agricultural policy since 1992, in addition to which he has held the part-time position of vice-rector since 2010.