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home food

The University of Genoa introduces “home food”, lunch-rooms where students can heat up and eat   comfortably their homemade meals. “Siamo stanchi di mangiare in corridoio, di non trovare posto per studiare, di mangiare cibo freddo” (We’re tired of eating in the corridors, not finding a place to study, and eating cold food”) protested loudly, a few weeks ago, the Spazi-entiti of Turin, a group of students who, ant Luigi Einaudi Campus, denounced the lack of places to eat their homemade meals. While UniTo hasn’t lifted an finger, Genoa is an example to be followed.

The inconvenience of lunchtime is common. In Genoa as in Turin, students must organise their day at university, deciding what and where to eat, fitting in lunchtime between classes. So a few decide to take their food from home: cointainers and tupperwares. Then they begin looking for a place to eat their meal, unbdobtedly cold.

Paolo Comanducci, dean of Unige, has decided “di rispondere alle sempre crescenti richieste degli studenti” (“to answer the ever-growing requests from students”). Home food rooms are equipped with microwave ovens, tables and chairs, sinks for washing hands and free wi-fi. What about Turin? No concrete answer yet, but the University now has an excellent case in point to consider: the University of Genoa.

 

Sciopero docenti UniTo

The Movimento per la Dignità della Docenza Universitaria have announced a strike during the next summer exam session of 2017/2018 academic year, from June 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018.

Professors who will take part in the strike will not administer the first programmed exams. The following exams of the summer session will take place regularly.

It will be possible to schedule extraordinary exams:

  • from the fourteenth day after the day of the strike, if there’s only one exam from June 1 to July 31, or if there are 5 or less chances per year of re-taking the exam set ofr the day of the strike
  • approximately 7 days after the day of the strike, for graduating students, Erasmus students, students with specific health issues or pregnant students.

We guarantee therefore at least one chance of taking every exam during the summer session.

Based on the principles of the right to strike, professors are not obliged to communicate their intention of striking beforehand.

For further information, visit the Movimento per la Dignità della Docenza Universitaria website, on Sciopero giugno-luglio 2018 (2018 June-July strike) page. At the end of the page you will find in-depth documents, for Professors and Researchers taking part in the strike, with important clarifications for students as well.

In particular:

  • Integrazione indicazioni per sciopero 24-5-2018.pdf, is a document structured in questions and answers, providing precise and operational information on the striking method of professors and researchers (e.g. how a possible extraordinary exam will take place and how to schedule one; rules for students who have the urgency of taking the exam)
  • Indicazioni dettagliate per lo sciopero 8-5-2018.pdf, is the initial document, where you can find information about the reasons for the strike and basic instructions on how a strike works.

UniTo is completely available to help minimize the inconvenience for students.

Updates will be posted on unito.it, in the “News” section of the homepage.

Progetto Start@UniTo

Are you going to start taking a degree and want to enrol at the University of Turin?
Whatever the degree course you may be interested in, UniTo provides 20 free online courses you can take while attending school, even if you still aren’t a university student.

The Project was made by the Departments of the University of Turin, contributed by the Compagnia di San Paolo.

You will be able to study at your own pace, to train with self-assessment tests and take the exam as soon as you’ll be enrolled. Registering is easy and quick: connect to the Start@UniTO platform and choose the courses you’re interested in, log in with a click and your credentials and start your new studies.

Courses are from first-year subjects of almost all UniTo degree courses – from physics to social science, from information technology to cultural anthropology, from law to languages, from maths to zoology – specifically thought for those who have to start university. They’re readily accessible because they are on a dedicated multimedia platform.

You will find multimedia content you can access at your own pace and you will be able to put yourself to the test through self-assessment tests. Once you complete the course and pass the final test, you will get a certificate of attendance for your first university corse, and you will be able to take the exam as soon as you’ll be enrolled, and your first credits will be registered on your exam transcript.

Start@UniTO helps you start University on the right foot: not only it helps you choose the best degree course for you but also gives you the chance to pass a university exam at the beginning of your career!

Dean Ajani presenting the Progetto Start@Unito.

Enjoy-the-Difference

WHAT IS “ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE” (ETD)?

ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE is a project which started in 2011 from the collaboration between a group of students and professors of the University of Turin, Comune di Torino – Servizio Passpartout and some organizations.

The primary aim of ETD is combining students’ need to find accommodation at a reasonable price with the need of promoting independent life for disabled people, through providing accommodation and improving the social network. The people involved, university students and young people with motor or sensory disabilities, will be housemates on equal terms for a year, during which there won’t be any specific schedule to stick to. The project is for students of the University of Turin and for young disabled people, forming mixed groups of housemates.

WHY “ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE”?

The challenge is to show difference as an opportunity:

  • Because each person has the right at an independent life based on equality, as it is stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Because acknowledging differences must be a starting point, where everyone can find opportunities for improvement.
  • In order to grow, to have new experiences, to put oneself to the test while meeting and getting to know other people.

ETD wants to promote a change of perspective: students and disabled young people together to overcome stereotypes and clichés. Disabled young people wanting to have fun and live their life instead of suffering because of their limitations, and students with a sense of responsibility, ideas for the future and the ability to invent new ways of participating, instead of listless and passive people who drag themselves from one classroom to the next.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

All university students and young people with motor or sensory disabilities who are looking for accommodation can apply to become future housemates!
It’s easy, just fill in the form online here: https://www.centrostudidivi.unito.it/progetti/etd

Murazzi Student Zone Re-Start

After being closed for 558 days, shovelling hundreds of kilos of mud, and uncountable hours of work, Murazzi Student Zone is reborn, with a Re-Start that presented the completely renovated study room.

A Re-Start after the flood

A year and a half ago, the Po River burst its banks, flooding the Murazzi arches. It was November 24, 2016, after days of torrential rain, when the Murazzi Student Zone was submerged: the big wooden gate was unhinged and tables, chairs and furniture were carried away.

Since its first opening on May 10, 2013, the Murazzi Student Zone has been a reference point for the student community of Turin and for freelancers, having a large number of talks, book presentations, exhibitions and courses, alongside the study room.

The new Murazzi

After being closed for 558 days, shovelling hundreds of kilos of mud, and uncountable hours of work, the Murazzi Student Zone is reborn, with a Re-Start that presented the completely renovated study room. Since November 2017, in fact, renovation work has restored electrical systems and plaster, as well as entrances, furniture and bathrooms.

Last Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the area was given back to the citizens, or rather, to those “special citizens”  who are the students, as councillor Marco Giusta defined them. “I’m dedicating this day to everyone who made this place become a reference point again, for studying and having fun, and the next exam session makes it an even more important area for all students”, he added. At the presentation press conference there was also Sergio Scamuzzi, vice dean for University Communication of the University of Turin: “If the Murazzi Student Zone didn’t exist, we would have to invent it”, he said.

A part of the city reopening, a place for studying, concentrating and sharing for many students who are getting ready to face the summer exams. An area of 650 square meters, coloured and lively, with a capacity of 270 people and free wi-fi. Everything located under ancient arches, along the constantly-flowing river and the vegetation of city parks.

Murazzi Student Zone is a project promoted by Città di Torino and the service for university guidance StudyinTorino.

 

Study well!

Candiolo: sintetizzata una nuova proteina antitumorale

A new goal has been reached in the Candiolo Institute, a historic centre specialized in cancer treatment and located in the metropolitan area of Turin. The team of researchers of the University of Turin and the Institute has synthesized a new version of  Semaphorin, a human protein which plays the role of a signaling molecule (hence its name). It is also used in the neuronal differentiation at an embryonic level.

Semaphorin plays an active role in therapies against cancer thanks to its ability to normalize cancer blood vessels. However, its natural version is not perfectly suitable to therapies due to its side effects. Its synthesized version, Semaphorin 3A A106K, was presented and described by the reseachers in an article published on Science Translation Medicine, an important international magazine of this field.

Guido Serini, Enrico Girando and Luca Tamagnone, professors at the University of Turin and heads of three research labs at Candiolo Institute, FPO-IRCCS, have also demonstrated the ability of the mutant SEMA3A to inhibit the progression of cancer cells, improving chemotherapy effects on lab rats affected by pancreatic cancer.

The College Fair  UniTo goes on! The 2018 edition of the College Fair Days has been concluded, but there is a further series of events available for those who still have got confused ideas.

In the context of the University Open Days, a number of initiatives have been organised, such as meetings with lecturers and students, lectures and guided tours of the University. The programme is mainly intended for students in their 4th or 5th year at high school  but also for all those who need a guidance in order to continue their studies.

In addition to the University Open Days, each School and Department organises other activities during the academic year. The List of College Fair Activities contains all the planned initiatives as well as the contact persons to address in order to get further information about each single department.

If you still have got doubts and do not know which degree course to undertake, download the list in PDF format, check the programme and find the college fair meeting which is just right for you! Catalogo attività di orientamento 2017-2018.

CSI, NCIS: verità e finzioni sulla scena del crimine

Is the science which solves cases? Is it as simple as fictions make us believe? CSI, NCIS… science at the crime scene between truth and fiction will answer to these and other questions today, 7th May at the Auditorium “Cavallerizza Reale” of the University of Turin from 5p.m.

The event, organised by the Associazione Amici dell’Università di Torino has already aroused a lot of interest, there will be more than 400 participants. For booking you can call the number 011 660 42 84  or sending an email to info@amiciunito.it.

This exceptional interest is mainly due to the success of TV series but how real their settings?

Luciano Garofano, former Commander of the RIS Carabinieri of Parma and president of the Italian Forensic Science Academy answers to this questions:

“Fictions have timeframes that lead to accelerating and simplifying the work of the RIS; we must respect norms , which requires formalities in respect of the right of the individual: in real life we need to verifying, to summon all the parties and real times are extended in order to respect the laws. In addition, we must take into consideration serious and impeding problems: on one hand science is now offering to us incredible possibilities, so that a minimal hint is enough to have immediately available results, on the other hand however we are still lagging behind as regards procedures at the crime scene. So, for some aspects, we made lots of progress in the lab activity but the attention devoted to the crime scene as not improved at the same time. The techniques have improved the sensibility but also increased the risk of “innocent contamination” ; we need to make something in terms of training and improving procedures”

What’s the medical examiner’s point of view?

Roberto Testi, local health medical examiner of the City of Turin finds TV-series with his “colleagues” as protagonist interesting and often amusing.

“Actually, the reality is very less romanticized but sometimes more interesting than fictions. The reality has intuitions and offers some sparks that screenwriters cannot even imagine”

Scientific investigation will substitute the traditional one?

“Absolutely not” says Garofano “because scientific investigation must always be conceived in an optic of integration with traditional investigation. This latter offers the sparks without which the scientific investigation could not exist and vice versa”.

During the meeting, it will also be talked about the psychological approach to the criminal. Georgia Zara, Associated Professor of the Psychology Department of the University of Turin, deals with “sex offenders” and men who mistreat or kill women.

my field of action is the phase which follows the sentence of the author of the crime, evaluation of the risk, social danger, how to deal with individuals with a sexual crime background..

With the Forensic medicine I’m working on a study on 264 women killed in the area of Turin from 1970 to this day; we are trying to understand what are the dynamics, the risk factors, the kind of relation with the murderer, what brought to the murder.

The psychologist plays a fundamental role, especially in understanding the risk of a criminal relapse. Why does an individual who has started a criminal career carry on with it? Often, the criminal careers of some individuals absorbs their whole life. Understanding the risk process at the core of this mechanism means be able to act at preventive level and intervene at a behavioural level on the factors that generate criminality”

And we come back to TV and to the question, if so many criminal programms coul have a negative impact on the spectators.

How has the profession of the scientific investigator transformed itself during the years?

Sergio Festa, retired Chief Warrant Officer , already operating in the RIS Carabinieri of Turin answers the question:

Here in Turin, from a three-drawers wardrobe containing cameras and magnifying glass , we created a laboratory. For us, the first turning point happened in 1990, with the investigations on Donato Bilancia (serial killer operating between Piedmont and Liguria) and the case of Erika and Omar (the Novi Ligure murder). A turning point in particular as to regards the faith given to the forensics that allowed to solve these cases”

The second part of the meeting will be devoted to the training. How can you become a scientific investigator, which kind of studies and specialisations are requested? All what you need to know in order to become a real “Gil Grissom” will be explained by Professors of the University of Turin among whom Giancarlo Divella (Forensic Medicine) and Cristina Giacoma (Sciences of Life and Biology of the Systems).


Speakers

Luciano Garofano, former Commander of the RIS Carabinieri of Parma and President of the Italian Forensic Science Academy

Sergio Festa, retired Chief Warrant Officer , already operating in the RIS Carabinieri of Turin

Roberto Testi, local health medical examiner of the City of Turin

Alessio Ferrara Forensic Biologist

Paolo Garofano Laboratory Director Forensic Biology

Alberto Mittone Criminal attorney at the Court of Turin

Onelio Dodero member of the group Organised Crime and Urban Security of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Turin

Georgia Zara, Associated Professor of the Psychology Department of the University of Turin

Giancarlo Divella Ordinary Professor in Forensic Medicine and Director of the Graduate School in Forensic Medicine of the University of Turin

Giuliano Carlo Geminiani, Director of Criminal and Forensic Psychology at the University of Turin

Cristina Giacoma, Director Sciences of Life and Biology of the Systems

Marco Vincenti, Director of the Chemistry Department of the University of Turin

 

Bambini e bambine studenti al Politecnico per un giorno

The initiative “Girls and Boys, a day as university students” is back

Also this year, the initiative “Girls and Boys, a day as university students” sponsored by the Municipality of Turin and the Universities of Turin will take place at the Polytech (Politecnico). Children will be involved in some activities inside the University in order to discover the world of the scientific and technological research. The project is sponsored by the Department of Education of the Municipality of Turin through the Turinese Institution for a Responsible Education (ITER).

From 7th to 9th May, some fourth-and fifth-grades classes of the primary school of Turin will be welcomed at the Polytech with a series of activities the purpose of which is to show to the children the research of the Polytech. Today, 8th May, at 9 a.m. children will be welcomed by the Dean Guido Saracco.

Then, they will get into the earth of the activity:

Vision and color

The laboratory proposes the culture of the vision as training stage of the children and of their personality; the activity allows children to experience vision and colour, measure and proportion with simple supports created ad hoc


Origami and shapes
The activity guides the children through the identification of simple shapes hidden in manufactured ones through a process of recognition and abstraction of significant elements. Their paper modelling allows to understand the theoretical geometrical fundamentals and to learn them in a simple and practical way


Rover DIANA

Children will have the chance to see a rover model in motion. In the coming years, the model will be brought to the Moon by the ITALIA team, a consortium of Italian companies and universities participating in the international competition Google Lunar X-Prize. The purpose of the vehicle is to cover at least 500m and to send to the Earth high-resolution images of an Apollo moon-landing site or of the ones of previous moon missions.


The suspended ball

Children will have the chance to make a bizarre experiment. Everyone knows that taking a little ball made with an iron sheet and letting it go, it will fall to the ground.

We also know that if we take a magnet, there is a magnetic force that attracts the balls and so the little ball will remain attached to the magnet.

But what if the magnetic force of the magnet is the same as the force that makes the ball fall?

It may seem a spell, but in this case the ball remains suspended in the space. Making an object levitate means maintain it lifted up in a stable position without touching it, like some illusionists do in their spectacles.


Inverse pendulum

If you put a pen upright on the palm of your hand, will you be able to make it stand just like a juggler would do? It isn’t that easy, but we could succeed in doing it for some seconds.


Lego Mindstorm

Here’s something you are more familiar with: the Lego bricks. But what do the Lego do at the Polytech?

In the Lego Mindstorm series there are not only bricks for building objects but also a little computer which can be programmed for making little engine move or for reading some sensors (which are contained in the bricks).

For example, we can build a toy-car that in front of a barrier can move back and steer, trying to bypass it.

In short, we only need a bit of fantasy and we can really invent lots of funny projects. During the activity, children will see in motion little Lego robots previously built.


Chemistry turns into electricity

The idea is to show how the science can be applied and obtain technological solution that we use daily. Also an apparently tough and difficult subject as the chemistry can become funny and magical.

So, some activities that can be realises directly by children are proposed:

  • realising a simple battery with everyday things ( copper and zinc in a lemon and measuring some electrical parameter or lighting a led)
  • split the water in hydrogen and oxygen using a solution of water and bicarbonate, two drawing pencils … and a battery

finally there will be an only demonstrative activity: variation of the volume of gas contained in balloons due to the lowering of the temperature with the employ of liquid nitrogen, or production of carbon dioxide due to the decomposition of calcium carbonate with an acid.


Team H2politO

It will be explained the functioning of an hybrid vehicle, with an electrical a thermal engine, which allows to consume less fuel. The vehicle has been projected for participating in student competitions of low consumes, where all the vehicles are devised and realised by student s who want to conceive the mobility in the city in a “greener” way.


Team racing

The Team Racing (Squadra Corse) is a student team of the Polytech of Turin which was created in the winter 2010 from the idea of 10 students who loved engineering and motorsport.

The aim is to project a competition single-seat car every year in order to take part in the Formula SAE Championship for students from the best Universities worldwide. The Championship was created in 1981 from the idea of the Society of Automotive Engineers.


POLICUMBENT

Are you curious about knowing which is the fastest bike of the world and why isn’t it used at the Giro d’Italia? Do you want to discover what a velomobile is?

The student team Policumbent studies, design and realises human-powered vehicles in order to face the sporty and the everyday mobility challenges. A research which is something in between science, engineering and sport for exploring the limits of human skills. Some of the realised prototypes and new projects will be exposed and presented and, with a bit of luck, there will be the chance to do a little pedalling.


HISTORY GROUP

It will be presented the scale model of the roof of the Castle of Valentino and there will be a little introduction of the story of the architecture of the Royal House of Savoy

Primo master italiano in Sport Engineering

The II level Master in Sport Engineering will be devoted to creating a new generation of technicians and managers for the European sport industry, in cooperation with the Sport School of the CONI, the Città Studi Biella and the il Johan Cruyff Institute.

 

PRESENTATION OF THE MASTER

4th may 2018, 12 a.m.

Sala Consiglio di Facoltà, Turin Polytech – C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Turin

In order to achieve extraordinary performances, an athlete cannot rely only on their performances but needs the contribution of an entire team and of the most innovative technologies: this is the spirit of the new Ii level Master in Sport Engineering of the Turin Polytech, in cooperation with the Sport School of the CONI and Città Studi Biella, certified by the Johan Cryuff Institute and structured to train the members of a team that is more and more often made also by technology experts.

The Master will be an occasion for confrontation between professionals with multidisciplinary skills: a post-graduation program which has been created from the understanding of the skills, both in the training and in the research, offered by the Turin Polytech in different fields which are linked or useful to sport and which are part of Sport Engineering. This is a discipline composed by different aspects and which requires skills in different fields: from materials science to meteorology, from ICT to biomechanics, from sensors’ development to statistics, from nutrition to sport medicine.

It will start in September 2018 with a deadline for enrolments the 15th June. The Master will be held at Biella in the Modern Città Studi campus, designed by the famous architect Gae Aulenti: the ideal environmental and social context for sport practise with easy access to ski slopes, lakes and trekking or mountain bike paths. A natural theatre in the Pre-Alps of Biella, important for its top-quality textile industry.

The Master will train a new generation of technicians and manager for the European sport industry through a wide training offer in English: 10 courses for a total of 400 hours, based on a modern didactic with a learning-by-doing approach, which will include  activities in the field an in lab; a week in the Olympic preparation centre “Giulio Onesti” of Acqua Acetosa with CONI’s technicians, 550 hours of stage for put into practise the acquired skills, an online-course lasting 60 hours about  “Sport Management Fundamentals”, certified by the Johan Cryuff Institute and 4 top seminar with exceptional testimonials.

At the end of this training, the sport engineer will have developed competences for what regards the equipment, the choice and the development of innovative technical materials, from clothing to sport instrument, in order to enhance the performance of the athletes improving also the safety aspect. Moreover, they will be able to project systems for analysing and managing data in order to help managers, trainers and athletes with better training systems.


The master will be presented the 4th May 2018 at 12 a.m. at the Turin Polytech (Sala Consiglio di Facoltà). The theme “Sport Engineering between didactics and innovation” will be discussed by:

The Sport Delegate of the Turun Polytech Dean Marco Barla

The Director of the Master School Carlo Rafele

The Sport Councillor of the Municipality of Turin Roberto Finardi

The Director of Sport School CONI Rossana Ciuffetti

The President of Città Studi Biella Pier Ettore Pellerey

L’e-learning Director Johann Cruyff Institute, Victor Jordan

The Vice-Director of the Sport Engineering Master Ada Ferri

 

Sport Engineering between performance analysis and materials development 

Marco Galiazo, Olympic champion of Archery (the athlete’s point of view)

Rossano Galtarossa, Olympic champion of Canoeing (the athlete’s point of view)

Marco Iazzetta, performance analyser- Italian Sailing national-Italian Sailing Federation (the technician point of view)

Alessandro Poggio, international arbiter of Foil and Fencing Trainer of the Italian Fencing Federation (the arbiter-judge pov)

Matteo Moncalero, person in charge for Research and Development of Equipment (the materials’s technician pov)

 

The event will be moderated by Alessandro Pezzoli, coordinator of the Sport Engineering Master and Meterologist and Environmental Analyser of the Sweden Olympic Comitee-Olympic Swedish Sailing National

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