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Karina Caputi in the Kapteyn Institute

Karina Caputi in the Kapteyn Institute

The Universiteitskrant Groningen will go digital very soon, but it doesn’t mean the end of paper. Once in a while a magazine will be published with the best stories from the website, and a little more. For the first edition: Karina Caputi.

Karina is an astronomer from Argentina. She works as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Kapteyn Institute. ‘The farther the object the more fascinating!’

UK Magazine Januari 2013

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Eamon in the University server room

Eamon in the University server room.

For my monthly feature in Universiteitskrant Groningen I wander around in University buildings, looking for people whose job is often overlooked. The photo above you can find in the first issue of 2013, what happens to be the last printed edition. The Universiteitskrant decided to surf the wave of the digital age and future issues will be available digitally only.

Photographed is Eamon Nerbonne, software developer in the Donalds Smits Centre for Information Technology. He is working on the student- and study-informationsystem ‘Progress.NET’. In the background you see the servers on which ‘Progress’ is running. What you don’t see on the photo is the tremendous noise and heat coming from the computers!

Notice the differences and similarities with the previous photo for ‘Wout kijkt’. Over the past few decades our information systems have changed quite a bit.

UK1 (Wout kijkt: Eamon Nerbonne)

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Wout kijkt: Wim Braakman

Wim Braakman in the University Library

For the December issue of Wout Kijkt, my monthly feature for Universiteitskrant Groningen, I photographed Wim Braakman, who works at the University Library.

Wout kijkt: Wim Braakman

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This is the first photo for a returning section in Universiteitskrant Groningen called ‘Wout Kijkt’ (translates to something like ‘Wout Sees’), for which I portray employees of the University of Groningen.

Ákos Kovács

Ákos Kovács inspects biofilms under the stereomicroscope. Groningen, the Netherlands.

Ákos Kovács (35) is a postdoctoral researcher at the research-group Molecular Genetics. In the Centre of Life-sciences he investigates the development of biofilm by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. A biofilm is a colony of bacteria that have attached themselves to a surface.

Ákos is interested in the genes involved in development of such a biofilm. To be able to study this, the investigated bacterium is genetically modified in such a way that a ‘special’ protein is being produced. This protein originates from a jellyfish and exhibits green fluorescence when exposed to blue light. Exactly this property allows Ákos to study the biofilm.

“A great feature of the microscope used here”, Ákos says, “is the possibility to create time-lapse videos”. A developing biofilm can be followed for some days and be displayed in a few seconds. In this way you can exactly see in what stage of development the biofilm starts exhibiting fluorescence.

Wout kijkt: Ákos Kovács

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The research-group Molecular Genetics in Groningen is specialized in examining the genetics of microbes at macro- and microscopic levels. The ‘iGEM team Groningen’ which has recently won the ‘2012 iGEM World Championship Jamboree’ was supervised by Molecular Genetics members.

Joris van Alphen did a great job in starting this photoseries, take a look at his website!

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