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Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech

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Evolution The ability to produce new sounds, so-called vocal fold control, was critical to the evolution of spoken language. It has, however never been demonstrated directly in a non-human primate. This has led some to believe that great apes –our closest relatives – could not learn to produce new sounds and because speech is a learned behaviour therefore could not have originated from them. Mimicking sounds Rocky was studied at Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana, USA, where he is currently housed, between April and May 2012, and all steps were taken... Read More »

McDonald’s Donates $500,000 in Hispanic Student Scholarships


To continue being part of the solution to close the education gap for Hispanic students in the U.S., Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), with the exclusive support of McDonald's Hispanic owner/operators, will award five college-bound Hispanic high school seniors a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship, increasing McDonald's annual contribution to half a million dollars annually. This year's five scholarship recipients are: Darinelle Merced-Calderón, Archer, Fla.; Gianfranco Filice, Gilroy, Calif.; Helena Silva-Nichols, Phoenix, Ariz.;... Read More »

Statement AUAS-UvA on situation in Turkey

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Like many sections of Turkish society, the failed coup attempt of Friday 15 July has also affected the education sector. As a result, students and staff of the UvA and AUAS, both in the Netherlands and Turkey, are currently being affected by the political situation in Turkey. The UvA and AUAS’s primary concern is for the members of their academic community. The UvA and AUAS support the statements of the VSNU and the European University Association, which is also strongly supported by the League of European Research Universities. The UvA and ... Read More »

New UvA Supervisory Board

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Marise Voskens will be the new Chair of the Board. Voskens has extensive experience in industry and is actively involved in a number of social and cultural organisations in Amsterdam. She also chairs the Supervisory Board of the VPRO broadcasting corporation and for the past ten years she has worked as an Amsterdam District Court judge. Pauline Meurs, professor of Health Care Governance and Chair of the Council for Health and Society, has been appointed as a Board member. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Academic Medical ... Read More »

Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills


Students often face difficulties in comprehension even though they may have mastered the art of reading. See-N-Read Reading Tools are specially designed to assist the parents to improve reading skills in their children. The tools have been developed with a research based and classroom tested approach to enhance learning as well as content area literacy. Read on to know how See-N-Read Reading Tools can help to improve your child’s reading skills: Simplify vocabulary: One way to keep the children engrossed in the text is to regularly boost thei... Read More »

UvA students to travel to China with Huawei for third year in a row

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Two years ago the UvA and Huawei successfully launched this pilot programme in the Netherlands. The two-week programme, which takes place in China, offers students the opportunity to improve their skills and industry knowledge of the ICT sector. It also allows them to gain cross-cultural work experience and learn more about Chinese culture. Other universities who will this year also be taking part are Leiden University, the University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology. Over the last few months outstanding students in the field... Read More »

NASA Awards Grants to Nine Informal Learning Institutions


The organizations include two botanical gardens, five museums, one foundation and one NASA visitor center. The selected projects include botany experiments focused on growing food in space, technology challenges using caves as an analog environment for other planets, hands-on aviation exhibits, and a traveling exhibit focusing on life in Earth’s extreme environments. “A highly educated and well-prepared workforce has been and continues to be critical to the success of the agency’s mission. NASA’s investment in education is directly linked to... Read More »

NVAO accreditation for UvA Economics and Business programmes

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New programmes In total, 14 existing programmes were reaccredtited and four new programmes received accreditation. The current Economics and Business Bachelor’s programme has been redeveloped into two new Bachelor’s programmes: Business Administration and Economics and Business Economics. The Master’s programme Business Economics was also extensively revamped into two separate programmes with a more specific profile: Business Economics and Finance. ... Read More »

Brexit: No immediate consequences for British students and researchers at UvA

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This applies to 2016/17 applications, research projects and degree programmes. UvA students currently on exchange at British universities will also remain unaffected. The UvA will also continue the closely collaborate with UK partner universities both within the LERU and U21 networks, as well as at the bilateral level with partner institutions. In an earlier press statement, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) committed itself to ongoing collaboration with universities in the United Kingdom. ... Read More »

TU Delft joins Amsterdam Center for Forensic Science and Medicine

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Broadening forensics research In several departments of TU Delft, researchers contribute to police investigations or other forensic research such as the use of stream data to localise human remains or the application of augmented reality at crime scenes, but also in the reconstruction of plane crashes. According to Loeve, joining the CLHC will help to broaden the research line ‘Engineering for Forensics’ within TU Delft. Valuable link in the network Arian van Asten, UvA professor, director of CLHC and R&D coordinator at NFI sees TU Delft... Read More »

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