Editorial

Dear readers,

The COVID pandemic has continually added several new words to our vocabulary in Germany like "booster", "AHA+L rule", “mandatory face masks", "3G" and "2G Plus". Each and every one of us is trying to make the best of the situation and find a way to get through the pandemic. I personally am very impressed by how we have managed to do this, even though we have regular setbacks in the form of virus variants. There is now however, without doubt, the prospect of the pandemic lessening. And science has made a considerable contribution towards this. I hope that you are frequently able to find a few happy moments, even when you are sick and tired of digital lectures, online meetings and empty office corridors!

This issue of unizeit once again presents lots of people from our university and their projects. We are busy on and in the water, on and under the ground, as well as in the field of human relations and at the nano level. I hope you enjoy reading the articles and would like to particularly point out the one about the five sources of happiness in daily life, which I think we could all do with.

Prof. Dr Simone Fulda
President

Three people have a discussion at a table.

Legal advice: a case study

Utilities statements, warranty claims, consumer questions – at the student legal advisory office Studentische Rechtsberatung e.V. at Kiel University, those seeking help can get advice for free.
 
Reddish liquid in a glass container

Predictable decomposition

If a plaster cast isn't enough to stabilize a broken leg, screw implants can help it to heal. Magnesium implants even dissolve over time - and make a second operation unnecessary.

 
Man in a laboratory with many small metallic cans

The memory of soil science

Comprehensive data on around 700 soil profiles is stored at Kiel University. It is a unique collection - even beyond Germany. This is primarily because the data has been carefully processed and offers a high degree of comparability.

 
Graphical representation of placebo studies

Ethics and statistics

Incidence, R value, efficacy studies: since the coronavirus emerged, the Germans have been bandying about all kinds of specialist terms from medical statistics. And yet this discipline is often misunderstood.

 
Old oven

Graffiti, garden gnomes and prison food

Archaeological finds do not have to date back to the Stone Age to be of scientific interest. As students of modern archaeology prove in their final theses, the present and recent past also have exciting things to offer from the City of Kiel.

 
Man in front of a modern altar

Christianity and the concept of benevolence

People are always there for each other. But why? Professor Andreas Müller is working on this question. He researches and teaches Church and Religious History of the First Millennium at the Faculty of Theology.

 
Schematic representation of pain regions in the human body

Women are ill in a different way

We have known for a while that there are gender-specific differences in healthcare provision, but these have not been adequately considered either in research or in clinical practice. A lecture series at Kiel University highlights this fact.

 
Kitesurfer on the Baltic Sea in sunny weather

Surfing on a wave of success

The 28-year-old kite surfer Leonie Meyer is European Vice Champion, has passed her second state examination in medicine at Kiel University, and gave birth to a son in May 2021. And she's still pursuing some major goals.