At the end of November, Moscow hosted the final round of the II National Championship of Vocational Skills organized by WorldSkills. ITMO University Master’s student Vladislav Nesterov took second place in the Cryogenic Technology and Conditioning Systems category. With each year that passes, the competition is becoming more and more popular: 93 universities were among the participants in 2018, which is ten more than last year. A total of 400 students from leading Russian higher education institutions from 43 regions came to Moscow to compete for victory. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Vladislav Nesterov shares about his preparation process and emotional tension he experienced during the competition’s finals.
Do you ever find yourself having deep internal dialogs about movies and TV shows you’ve seen? No? Just me? Well, then. Here’s a sneak peek of my madness for you to enjoy. All credits for the format, idea, and my split personality disorder go to The Guardian’s pass notes. Making your readers non compos mentis: that’s what I call engaging journalism. But I digress. Without further ado, please welcome a sister of our regular Movie Fridays, Movie Chitter-Chatter, with its first edition dedicated to a make-believe tale resting firmly in the British collective psyche, Pride and Prejudice.
On December 13, 2018, the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree confirming the new line-up of the Russian Science Foundation’s Supervisory Council. Among the Council’s 15 members is Vladimir Vasilyev, the Rector of ITMO University.
Is memeology a science? This was the question posed by Taras Sychev, an editor for the online news aggregator Lentach and a “memeologist”. On December 10, he gave a lecture at ITMO University, organized by the Center for Science Communication, during which he talked about the origin of memes, the history of Russian online culture and memeplexes. ITMO.NEWS provides a rundown of Mr. Sychev’s lecture.
The final round of the Quantoriada international engineering competition for school children has recently kicked off in St. Petersburg’s Planetarium. It’s up to participants to decide what kind of device they want to develop; this year, they could choose between a space station, a drawing robot, an electronic guide, a microbial fuel cell, and other valuable devices. ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory has provided a platform for the competition. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the participants share their thoughts about the contest and the importance of the devices they’re currently working on.
Are you planning to become an analyst or are already working as one? Do you get a kick out of all things data? Here are six thematic podcasts in English for you to enjoy!
Learn about the origins of the Russian Christmas gift-giving tradition, immerse yourself in a tropical heaven right in the middle of winter, make your own Christmas card, and listen to the best classical music in St. Pete’s most beautiful concert venues! Check out our list of the coolest things going on in the city this weekend!
Gary Hix is a professor of the University of Wolverhampton (the UK) and the head of Wolverhampton School of Sciences. Together with his research team, Prof. Hix designs anti-bacterial medical materials. In an open lecture at ITMO University, he spoke about organic-inorganic hybrid materials, metal phosphonates and oxides, and how these substances are produced. Speaking about anti-bacterial materials, Prof. Hix explained the effect of their structure on the discharge of active substances and how these materials are made to possess therapeutic qualities.
How to create a bike-friendly environment in the border regions of Russia and Finland, help cycling tourists effectively plan their itineraries, and foster the development of local businesses that would cater for such travelers? These are some of the questions in the center of the BizCycle international project. Having kicked off in November this year, it is now being implemented as part of the South-East Finland – Russia Cross-Border Cooperation program, with ITMO as the leading partner. The university’s specialists will work on the project together with representatives of Finnish companies, the Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Oblast, and the Tourism Information Center. The objectives and stages of BizCycle’s implementation were recently discussed at a briefing organized for St. Petersburg’s cycling community. ITMO.NEWS reports on the keynotes of the meeting.
Winter in St. Petersburg is a particularly lovely time – if you know the right way to enjoy it. Sure, it can be dark, cold and snowy, but there are also moments when you feel as if you were transported into a fairytale land. Here are some of our staff’s favorite tips for spending the winter in St. Petersburg.
It’s a wrap for this year’s World Robot Olympiad (WRO-2018), an international competition for talented school and university students from more than 60 countries, and a good one at that for ITMO University’s robotics team, who took first prize in the Senior High age group. The team was led by coach Igor Lositskiy. In total, Russian teams have claimed three medals in all age groups of the Open category.
From November 22 till December 15, 2018, an exhibition of concept designs for ITMO University’s new campus and innovations center Highpark will be hosted in the ITMO building at Lomonosova St. 9. Students, staff and guests can learn about each of the four architectural proposals and cast their vote by filling out a form on the spot or taking the online survey.
ITMO University PhD student Gennadiy Korotkevich took first place in this year’s Topcoder Open Marathon Competition, which was held in Texas (US) on November 13-16. During a ten-hour final round, he left behind 11 other participants. What is more, this year, Gennadiy Korotkevich and Boris Minaev, ITMO graduate and ACM ICPC-2015 champion, got to the finals in the Algorithm track.
Researchers from ITMO University developed a method to enhance the activity of enzymes by using radio frequency radiation. The method requires making a special complex consisting of enzymes and magnetic nanoparticles. The particles can adsorb radio emission and convert it to heat, resulting in enzymatic processes acceleration by more than four times. At the same time, the particles-covered enzyme becomes more resistant to high temperatures. Such method can be used to create radio-controlled biochemical systems, as well as to adjust metabolism in living organisms. The results are published in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.
On November 17, the first session of ITMO Highpark’s international expert council was held as part of the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The discussion revolved around proposed architectural and planning solutions for ITMO University’s innovative new campus in the Yuzhny satellite city, in the Pushkinsky District of St. Petersburg. Design concepts were showcased by bureaus from the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Russia. After reviewing the proposals, the international expert council is expected to pick one that will determine the future look of ITMO Highpark.
Times Higher Education has published the latest global subject rankings in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering & Technology. This year, ITMO University has demonstrated the best performance of all Russian universities in the Computer Science rankings, whilst also remaining in the global top-100 for the third year in a row. As for the Engineering & Technology ranking, in which ITMO University made its debut last year, the university is among the top-3 Russian universities.
Last week, the St. Petersburg Committee on Science and Higher Education unveiled the results of a competition for the Government of St. Petersburg’s prizes in the field of science education. Its aim is to boost the youth’s involvement and support the training of young specialists in science and technologies. Several ITMO University staff were recognized for their innovative academic works. ITMO.NEWS met the winners to discuss their achievements and plans for their prizes.
Research associate at ITMO’s Laboratory of Femtosecond Optics and Femtotechnologies Semyon Smirnov has received an award of the Science Photo Competition hosted by Wikipedia. Performing an experiment, the scientist managed to get a snap of a femtosecond laser spark and the cone-like supercontinuum it created. This kind of radiation has a wide range of applications in many scientific fields, from the study of the properties of new materials and biologic tissues to the optimization of data transfer systems. The researcher shared about finding beauty in research and using photography to popularize science with ITMO.NEWS.
Second-year students of the Lighting Design Master’s program at ITMO University are named among the winners of Russia’s biggest lighting design competition. Winners received their awards during the international exhibition Interlight Moscow powered by Light + Building. Three projects by ITMO students were included in the top-10 list of interior lighting designs.
Alfa-Chance, a scholarship contest organized by Alfa-Bank, has recently come to an end. After three competition stages, the organizers and expert committee selected the best three out of 63 shortlisted candidates to be awarded a scholarship prize: Ekaterina Subbotina, Ivan Timakhovich and Timofey Timofeev. ITMO.NEWS met with the winners to find out what helped them succeed and how do they plan to develop their projects.