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insightLMU is the international newsletter of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, the university ranked nationally and internationally as the best in Germany. Supported by experienced education and science journalists, insightLMU provides up-to-date information on new University developments and student and faculty achievements. It also features interesting people across the institution and highlights the latest research findings with appealing stories. insightLMU is a quarterly e-mailed newspaper - free of charge. I hope you enjoy my contributions to insightLMU's interesting people and academics pages.

Students are still dedicated to the European idea: Stimulating dialogue and fostering exchange in the field of European Studies is the primary goal of the Europaeum, a network of leading European Universities. Four of the six recipients of the Europeaeum's latest Jenkins Scholarships are linked to LMU, Germany's only university in the association.

VIU's multicultural platform in alluringly beautiful setting: A campus with students from various countries working towards various degrees isn't unique, but it is if the campus is shared by universities from around the world providing students with programs that cross disciplines.

The girl with a French beret was destined for Munich: As Aurore Taillet, a student from Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) who is doing her Erasmus year at LMU, stood before a 5th grade class in Freising, Germany to introduce them to France, it reminded her of her own trip to Germany years ago when she was about the same age.

Sparked, structured and set in motion from university: When LMU alumnus Felix Klühr thinks back to high school in Aschaffenburg, Germany, he had no inkling that in a few years he would cofound a startup and be orchestrating a team that creates mobile study material for university students across Europe.

REASON's search for scientific reasoning: What constitutes scientific reasoning? How does it develop? How can it be used in different academic domains and professions? Scientific reasoning experts and PhDs from around the world searched for answers to such questions at the 1st Spring School of REASON, an international doctoral program at LMU.

Why wait when I can use my law knowledge to help people now?: Sick with dengue fever in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while under pressure to complete her university assignment, a light went on in the mind of LMU law student Franziska Faßbinder. That is the moment she decided to do something meaningful with her academic knowledge – to somehow apply it to volunteer work.

Learning Latin through German: Intrigued by Germany's rich tradition in classical literature, Vicente Flores Militello decided on Germany as a pivotal place to do his Masters. So determined to take advantage of the wealth of resources, he set out to learn German to make it possible.

Specialized medical education crisscrossing the Atlantic: Nearly as old as the Munich-Cincinnati-Sister-City document, LMU's Faculty of Medicine and the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine (UCCOM) used the cities' 25th anniversary of twinning to extend their own 18-year exchange agreement for another three years.

UCB's open door to visiting professorship is perfect timing: University of California, Berkeley professors have been conducting research at LMU in a special Humanities Research program since 2007, but it was earlier this year when the program began to flow in both directions, sending its first LMU professor west to California.

Giving the gift of sight has unexpected rewards: After 14 days, a man gets a profession for the first time in 40 years. But it is LMU student Jakob Schillinger who feels benefited by the radical change in the other man's life.

The career path of a contemporary eclectic: When Philipp Krüger received his law degree from LMU, he had no idea it would take him to a UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, to producing documentaries, and to collaborating with top global thinkers in American administrations.

What medical students take for a mind altering experience: With the goal of producing physicians capable of handling challenges posed by globalization, social change and scientific development, MeCuM (Medical Curriculum Munich) and its LMUexchange Brazil program is immersing German medical students into Brazilian classrooms and hospitals.

LMU's Brasiliera Abroad: She came to Germany for an internship and stayed for a degree, doctorate and postdoc. Now, Dr. Leticia Fröhlich Archangelo is LMU's newest representative, stationed in São Paulo, Brazil. On board since the end of 2012, she couldn't be in a better place to achieve the goals set out.

Remote Kenyan village proves invaluable to internship: Neither through tourism nor NGO, but by teaching local students in rural Kenya was LMU student Monika Aschenbrenner able to experience Africa in a deeply meaningful way. Curiously, the unique internship that provided the opportunity is offered only by LMU's faculty for biology education.  

Anonymous online gamers enable scientific study: Traditional science fieldwork has empirical foundations, where singular informants are selected based on predetermined criteria. LMU's Play4Science, however, is using crowd sourcing instead. How are anonymous online gamers providing valuable scientific data?

Wheelchair, assistant, good to go: Despite a rare congenital disorder, Verena Eder can communicate with voice, pen and keyboard and get around with her electric wheelchair. For everything else, she needs assistance. Naturally, she has managed to live in Brazil and Spain, balance family in Passau and attend LMU in Munich.

For a new best buddy, check this box here: Meant to be a source of convenience for foreign students and a fast track to the ins and outs of the University and life in Munich, it turns out that LMU's Buddy Program is providing something much deeper and more valuable – enduring friendships.

Cultural sensitivity - a perscription for medical students: Intercultural doctor-patient contact is increasing across the globe in step with emigration patterns. Ethnic sensitivity training for doctors, however, has not developed in unison, relegating the learning of when cultural stereotyping is good and when it's bad to mistakes made on-the-job.

A dala dala bus ride through Africa: Kwaito-hous, kuduro, hiplife, mbalax − are familiar sounds if you're on a dala dala minibus in Africa. Alternatively, you could tune into Georg Milz's DJ gigs, music label or even his thesis: World Music is not Dala Dala Soundz.

Global postgrads converge on ProArt: ProArt, LMU's Department of Arts PhD program, welcomed doctoral students from Europe, the US, China and India to its first summer school in August. It was an interdisciplinary, intercontinental and intercultural exchange about the arts.

When fiction goes experimental: Experimental fiction has been around for centuries, but not the way Mark Z. Danielewski writes it. In May, LMU’s Junior Year in Munich students presented the first conference ever devoted to MZD’s works, aiming to provide a deep literary assessment.

LMU ensemble plays Carnegie Hall: What happens when you combine medical study, classical music and charity? LMU got L’Ensemble Médical, a choir and orchestra raising money for groups such as Doctors Without Borders. Not yet two years old, February saw them perform at Carnegie Hall.

DAAD's 2010 student award winner: If anyone knows how to make the most of LMU's foreign education experience, it's Rachel Shindelar, as demonstrated by the DAAD 2010 student award she was just honored with before she wraps up her Political Science degree at the end of the year.

Picture this – early warning system: Iceland's volcano eruptions last spring provided a key testing opportunity for Dr Ulrich Münzer, leader of the LMU Geology Department's Remote Sensing Research team that is developing an early warning system using satellite radar technology.

Daughter of Scotland, Mother of ERASMUS: Jean Schleiss, a native of Scotland and LMU's International Exchange Unit Coordinator, received the DAAD ERASMUS Prize 2010 for her outstanding contribution to the ERASMUS program over its 23-year evolution at Munich's university.

Germany's Paralympic Golden Girl: She just won five gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Games, but German biathlon champion, Verena Bentele, isn't quite finished. She's considering the next Paralympic games and even 2018's if they come to Munich. What drives people to such excellence?

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