Conspiracy theories are of all times, but the COVID-19 pandemic offers an interesting framework to explore the mechanisms behind them. How do conspiracy theories evolve, and how grounded are the concerns from a scientific perspective? And if we go beyond those questions, how do we as scientists contribute to the proliferation of these theories, and how can we improve?
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Nominations for the big via awards show are open! Who is the real chug king / queen? Who is the biggest optimist and what was your highlight of the year? Submit your nominations and who knows, maybe your nominee will win! Do not forget to send proof to increase the chances of the person you nominate. A top 3 is made per category based on the number of nominations. The winner will be chosen during the digitala on December 4 with a choice from this top 3. Even if you cannot be there yourself, you can nominate people!
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On November 19th the symposium "Advanced Analytics: Diving deep into your data" organized by the study association for mathematics and computer science students from Delft, W.I.S.V. "Christiaan Huygens", will be held. During this online event, we will explore the possibilities of the state-of-the-art data analytics techniques as well as discuss the ethical concerns associated with processing personal data. For more information and the latest updates, visit wisv.ch/symposium and attend the facebook event. Hope to see you there!
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On November 10th the general assembly decided to declare Maico Timmerman as a member of merit of via.

Maico has been an active member at via for 7 years and was a member of the board as commissioner of education in 2015. Over the years he has been a member of various committees, including being a member of the ICT committee for 6 years. He even coordinated this committee for three and a half years. During this period he has taken the systems that are used by the association to a new level.
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Opening hours association room

Eva Oostenbrink
Eva Oostenbrink 2020-11-09

Previously, almost every day a board member would be present in the association room. From now on the room will solely be used for the board members as a place to work. This means that there won’t always be a board member present to answer questions or to help you with something. The opening hours will therefore not be standard. If you have an urgent question or another request, please contact the board via e-mail or app to make sure that someone is present at the moment you visit.
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Every year in May via organises not just one but two study trips! This means that we will be heading to awesome locations and do all kinds of activities there. First and foremost we will be visiting the local university and IT companies. Additionally, some non-educational activities will be planned, such as going sightseeing and having a drink.
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To Dah Loo: November

Rachel de Haan
Rachel de Haan 2020-11-07

The To Dah Loo is the monthly newsletter that is posted on the doors of the toilets at Science Park 904. It is especially made for UvA Science Students and published by the Faculty of Science in cooperation with the Faculty Student Council. The online edition from this month can be found here.
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Volunteers for creating posters wanted!

Ilja van Ipenburg
Ilja van Ipenburg 2020-11-04

We are looking for volunteers who want to make posters! To promote activities via has a mailing list containing volunteers who would like to create posters. This list contains members who like to help making posters and slides to promote (online) activities. We are looking for volunteers who have experience with Photoshop and enjoy working with it. Take a look at svia.nl/huisstijl for some examples and for an overview of how we work during the making of a poster. Are you interested? Send an email to poster@svia.nl to sign up!
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Over the past years, the interest in the mystery of female pleasure has increased, and it was actually not that long ago that the true complexity of the clitoris was discovered. But why did it take so long before science took interest in this subject? And what are the most recent findings? How does the clitoris work, and what is its evolutionary function? This special online edition of the BètaBreak, in collaboration with SPUI25, we will explore the science of the female climax. The first speaker is Professor of sexology, Ellen Laan, globally known for her groundbreaking research of the way women experience sexuality. The second speaker is neuroscientist Janniko Georgiadis, his research focuses on the neurobiology of the Human Sexual response.
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Laravel developer wanted!

Yunus Demir
Yunus Demir 2020-10-26

Woost Technologies located in Amsterdam is looking for a Laravel developer (currently graduating or recently graduated) to strengthen their team. Currently, Woost consists of the 2 founders (of which 1 ex-AI student) and a varying number of freelancers.

Woost helps their clients with fast digital innovation by launching and validating new ideas as soon as possible. They do this for successful start-ups like Scala, BoatNow and HomeMatching, as well as for corporations like Heineken, Rabobank and the Amsterdam UMC.
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