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Research Matters Newsletter - Issue 04 | March/April 2016

Research Matters is a monthly newsletter developed by the University of Nicosia  Research & Innovation Office that aims at highlighting important news and developments relating to research and other academic matters that faculty of the University of Nicosia engage in, as well as activities and initiatives that the Office is involved with.


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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT



FP7 Flagship Project: Multi-scale Data Analysis and Multi-scale Modelling (HBP)


The Human Brain Project (HBP), a 24-month long project, was funded by the competitive calls programmed for adding additional beneficiaries to the FP7 FET Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP) to two partners, the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands and the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. The team at UNIC is comprised of principal investigator Dr. Avgis Hadjipapas (Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School) and a post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Margarita Zachariou. This work is integrated into the “Cognitive Architectures” Topic of the HBP.
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EVENT


Research by Students Competition 2016
 

On Wednesday, 20 April, the University of Nicosia hosted the Research by Students Award Ceremony that was attended by over 180 students and teachers. Research by Students is an annual student competition that was initiated by the Research & Innovation Office in 2008. High schools, lyceums and technical schools across Cyprus are invited to participate in a research competition, where students are encouraged to conduct research projects related to their own interests and with the support of their teachers. Students submit their research projects to the University and these are evaluated and awards and scholarships are presented to the projects with the highest scores. The competition attracts an average of 270 students and 70 teachers each year. To date, the University of Nicosia has awarded over 1.5 million Euros in scholarships. The competition is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture. This year, 65 applications were received from 30 participating schools. The Research & Innovation Office wishes to thank faculty member, Dr. Constantinos Adamides, for coordinating the entire competition.

FACULTY VIEW


Extracts from Three Greek Origanum Species Exhibit Estrogenic/Anti-estrogenic Activity in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells


Dr Stella Loizou, part-time Lecturer of Biology, in the Department of Life and Health Sciences of the University of Nicosia shares the results of her research on three Greek Origanum species that exhibit estrogenic/anti-estrogenic activity in breast cancer cells.
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FACULTY VIEW


Cypriot Exiles and Seventeenth-Century Musical Politics 

Dr. Ken Smith, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nicosia, is preparing a critical edition of a previously unknown composition held in manuscript at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris. The piece, entitled Trasgressione e Pentimento di David, dates from the 1630s or early 1640s and sets a moralising text by Pietro de Norres, an exiled Cypriot scholar whose family fled to Rome following the Ottoman conquest of 1570. In terms of genre, the piece is a rare and early example of a vernacular oratorio.

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FACULTY VIEW


Rosalind Franklin Fellowships: Young Women in Science 


Dr. Lucy Avraamidou, Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Nicosia has been offered a fellowship and a tenured position as an Associate Professor of Science Education under the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship (RFF) programme, which aims to attract women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD and would like a tenure-track position leading to a full professorship in a top European research university. Dr. Avraamidou will lead a group of doctoral and postdoctoral students in order to explore the ways in which out-of-school science activities (e.g., visits to science museums, science cafes, pop-up science shops, science festivals) impact young people’s science identities (age 10-14) or put simply, whether young people view themselves as successful science learners and as future scientists. In this piece, Dr. Avraamidou discusses the programme in more detail and introduces readers to the woman behind the fellowship programme.
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PUBLICATION


Genomic Elements in Health, Disease and Evolution: A New Book Co-Edited by Dr. Kyriacos Felekkis 


On Thursday, 17 March, a book presentation took place to introduce the latest publication co-edited by Dr. Kyriacos Felekkis, Associate Professor in the Department of Life and Health Sciences of the University of Nicosia. He is currently the Associate Head of Department, the Coordinator of the Human Biology programme and the Histopathology Lead at the University of Nicosia Medical School. The book, entitled ‘Genomic Elements in Health, Disease and Evolution’, was co-edited with Dr. Konstantinos Voskarides, a special scientist at the Medical School of the University of Cyprus, teaching Genetics, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Over 98% of the human genome contains non-coding DNA sequences. For many years, molecular biologists referred to this component of the genome as the “junk” DNA since it does not code for any “useful” protein product. Over the last years, this notion changed significantly as scientists discovered that a large part of this DNA contains various genomic elements that have important roles in cell physiology. Since a large amount of new knowledge is generated daily in regards to these genomic elements, this book combines all the information in a single publication that can serve as a reference for future studies.
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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT



Erasmus Mundus Programme: SmartLink


The ‘SmartLink: South-East-West Mobility for Advanced Research, Learning, Innovation, Network and Knowledge’ project is funded under Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2) Programme. SmartLink focuses on fostering international cooperation between European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and HEIs in emerging Asian countries through the promotion of mobility at all level of studies for Undergraduate students, Masters students, PhD candidates, Post-doctoral researchers, academics and administrative staff. The SmartLink consortium has 20 partners and 5 associates covering large geographical regions of EU and South Asia. The University of Nicosia is a partner in the project under the coordination of Dr. Manos Stefanakis, Assistant Professor in the Life & Health Sciences Department of the School of Sciences and Engineering.
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EVENT


Junior Achievement Cyprus Company of the Year Competition 2016


On Friday, 22 April, Junior Achievement Cyprus hosted the third annual ‘Company of the Year Competition’, which took place at Royal Hall, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Finale & Awards Ceremony was well attended, welcoming over 400 guests. The event represented the culmination of the efforts of over 350 students, aged 15-18, who were tasked with creating and running their own company for the past seven months. During the ceremony, 10 finalists – out of 42 student-companies created under the 2016 Company Programme – pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges, in an attempt to secure the title of ‘Company of the Year’. The winning team, student company Ignium from Kykkos B' Lyceum, will travel to Lucerne, Switzerland, to represent Cyprus at the Junior Achievement European Competition that will be held in July 2016. The University of Nicosia is the official Academic Partner of Junior Achievement Cyprus, which is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, a global non-profit organisation specialising in youth education that aims at equipping young people with entrepreneurial, financial literacy and employability skills.
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EVENT


FameLab Competition 2016: Talking Science!


On Wednesday, 16 March, the University of Nicosia hosted the preliminary round of the annual FameLab Cyprus competition at Cine Studio, where seventeen contestants competed for a chance to be among the 10 finalists. Based on the highly successful FameLab UK model, FameLab Cyprus is a national talent competition that aims to find the best new talent in science communication. The winner of FameLab Cyprus will represent Cyprus in the FameLab International competition held in Cheltenham, UK later this year. The idea of the competition is to encourage young people with a passion for science and technology to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the general public. FameLab Cyprus is organised by the British Council in partnership with the European Office of Cyprus. The University of Nicosia is a longtime supporter of this initiative hosting the preliminary round at its premises, which is recorded by the University of Nicosia audio-visual unit, Mediazone.
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Editor: Elisa Bosio, Senior Research Officer

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