A panel discussion about the revolutionary gene editing technique

Last year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to professor Jennifer Doudna and professor Emanuelle Charpentier for the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 technique. In the past decade, this gene editing technology has been developed at a rapid pace. CRISPR-Cas9 makes it possible to precisely adjust tiny pieces of DNA and is being developed with the goal to cure genetic diseases. This technology will therefore most likely be used in medicine in the future. Due to its broad applicability in gene editing, it is highly probable that it will also be used for other purposes which brings up a lot of ethical questions.
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New year’s survey Student Council

Rachel de Haan
Rachel de Haan 2021-01-04

Fill in the New Year’s survey and win one of the two €50,- bol.com gift cards! The faculty student council represents the opinions of you and your fellow students at the Science Park which can’t be done without your input. The survey takes less than 3 minutes to fill in and it will really help the student council to do its job. You can find the survey here.
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Message coordinators Webtechnology KI/INF

Dimitry Grootenboer
Dimitry Grootenboer 2021-01-04

Just like every January, the first year course in web technology is starting for the AI and Computer Science students. The first years learn about developing websites while combining this with a little bit of websecurity. The coordinators of the course like to see senior students try to show leakages in the websites in a practical way. However, this has been taken too far during last year's course. Students had to drop out because of the damage done by the hacking attempts of senior students. We hope to see you try to show the security flaws of the first years in an ethical way before the last week of the course. The full message of the course coordinators can be read here:
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From the beginning of February 2021 the council is looking for a new official secretary. As official secretary you will be present during our meetings to take minutes. You do this 1 or 2 times a week. Furthermore, you will be a part of the council and you will also join us on (corona-proof) council outings! Do you think this is something for you? Go check out this link or send an email to fnwi@studentenraad.nl!
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Tutors wanted!

Mund Vetter
Mund Vetter 2020-12-09

Do you like explaining difficult concepts and do you also like helping fellow students with their courses? Then via's tutoring program might be something for you.

Via offers you the opportunity to give paid tutoring lessons in a certain subject. We will match you with a student that needs tutoring. Then you can agree on an hourly rate among yourselves, which is usually around the €15,- per hour. You can sign up as a tutor using this link!
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New candidate board!

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2020-12-08

Last Monday, the new candidate board was chosen! The coming months they will be trained and at the board change general assembly they will hopefully be approved as the board for 2021. All of them are looking forward to it. If you are curious about more, you can always approach them!

The elected candidate board members are (from left to right): Maxime van Munster, Dimitry Grootenboer, Felix Hoekstra en Gerben Koopman.
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Computer science students at the University of Minnesota are looking to launch a platform dedicated to enhancing international cooperation and engagement in challenging times of forced isolation. They are specifically asking for the assistance of computer science students willing to engage in creating cross-cultural interaction in a time when study abroad and exchange is on hold.
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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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