Buy your ticket for Awesome IT

Nina Wagenaar
Nina Wagenaar 2021-02-15

On the 9th of April 2021 the first online edition of Awesome IT will take place. We won’t use some boring meeting tool, but we will build a beautiful online conference room where you can move around and meet your friends. We will have a number of interesting talks from experts on all kinds of topics within IT. As usual, bachelor students will be able to receive two colloquium points. The ticket sale has started on awesomeit.nl, for just 1 euro you will be able to attend this awesome conference. Until the 9th of April!
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Coordinators wanted!

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2021-02-15

Dear members,

In recent months, a number of coordinators have indicated that they are looking for a successor. Are you thinking, I would love to organize fun activities and manage a group of enthusiastic members, maybe the role of coordinator is something for you! In case you forgot, here is a reminder with all the committees that are still looking for a new coordinator:
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The University Executive Board has commissioned research into the experiences of students and lecturers with online education. To this end, we are looking for UvA students who would like to share their experiences with online education during an online focus group.

Would you like to share your experiences with online education at the UvA with fellow students from your faculty?
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Do you think the UvA should pay more attention to sustainability in education? Do you have a great idea for a new course? Join the special edition of The UvA Create a Course Challenge! We challenge you to submit your idea for a new course before 17 March. Who knows – next year, you may get to work as a student assistant in your own course!
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In times of crisis, should everyone fend for themselves or is this the right time to build our community, our sense of belonging? As we are trying to foster belongingness, are we sure that no one is left out, and that we are still as inclusive as we aim to be? In the current circumstances it is easy to slip into a passive mindset, but these times call for us to look beyond what we see on our screens and look into people's lives if we want to nurture our sense of belonging. But what exactly is meant by a sense of belonging? Who is responsible to not only keep this sense of belonging alive, but strengthen it during times of crisis? And finally, with all the new measures implemented to combat the virus, are virtual social activities enough to foster a sense of belonging both for students and staff?
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Board 21

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2021-02-03

Dear members,

Last Monday at the Board Change General Assembly, all candidate board members were elected to board 21, which is constituted as follows:

Chair: Dimitry Grootenboer
Secretary: Gerben Koopman
Treasurer: Joran Timmerman
Vice Chairman: Maxime van Munster
Commissioner Acquisition: Felix Hoekstra
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To Dah Loo: February

Gerben Koopman
Gerben Koopman 2021-02-01

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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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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