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In any country, news is more than just what’s happening. It’s an insight into what’s important to the people and how they see the world. Curious about what's happening with buckwheat prices or what’s hot in sneakers? Here's where to put your newly-acquired Russians skills to use (or let Google Translate do the heavy lifting).
Last week, the St. Petersburg’s Atomic Energy Information Center hosted the 7th discussion about the latest trends in science and technology. The event brought together leading science communicators in the field of cosmonautics, chemistry and physics, including Mikhail Kurushkin, an associate professor at ITMO University ChemBio Cluster, Dmitriy Epstein, a researcher at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Pavel Piskarev, the chief designer at the Research Institute of Electrophysical Facilities and a coordinator at ITER. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the discussion.
How does one make local news go public, help communities manage the incoming news flow, and offer users a chance to make money off content? Last year at the Vkontakte hackathon, ITMO students Victor Khovansky and Evgeny Varlamov developed an app that can not just categorize media events by topics and categories, but also predict which posts will get the most likes and reposts. The team won the hackathon, and the administration of the Lentach community asked them to continue further developing their project. This February, the application was made available to the public on the Vkontakte social network, and tested by Lentach community subscribers. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Victor Khovansky talked about their project and its prospects.
On January 26, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines hosted another session of the international project Creative Mornings. This time the invited speaker was Ilya Krasilshchik, publisher of the popular online newspaper Meduza. As the January topic of Creative Mornings was “Anxiety”, the journalist spoke about the reasons why people read news - and why good news today tells us that people are stronger than their circumstances.
Last year, fake news flooded the media; false information published on lurking websites was copied to Facebook where it gathered numerous likes and reposts. Apple's head Tim Cook sees fake news as a serious global threat, and Thomas Leitch, a renowned American sociologist, believes that we are now living during a real fake news epidemy. Why now, and what can help one discern fake news from real ones? The professor tried to answer these questions during an open lecture at ITMO University.
The international volunteer camp Ecological Raids was held at ITMO University’s health-and-sports center Yagodnoe. For two weeks students from 12 countries attended talks and workshops on social and ecological projects, came up with ideas for Ecohouses and got to know more about Russian culture. All of this happened on the shores of a beautiful lake in the Karelian isthmus.
The award for achievements in the field of sol-gel technology was granted to Vladimir Vinogradov, Head of ITMO University’s International Laboratory "Solution Сhemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies" (SCAMT) and to Alexander Vinogradov, head of ITMO’s Biochemistry cluster. This prestigious international award has been given to young scientists from all over the world since 1991; 2017 marks the first time it goes to scientists from Russia.
On May 30, during a special ceremony, 53 young scientists from St. Petersburg's universities and institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg were given presidential grants. ITMO University was represented by five researchers who received grants in the Physics and Astronomy category. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the researchers shared about their research.
The head of ITMO University’s School of Translational Information Technologies has been elected as a member of the Russian Science Foundation’s review board. Together with the other members of the board, prof. Boukhanovsky will make decisions regarding funding for prospective scientific projects and review applications made to the foundation in the “Mathematics, computer science and systems science.” According to RSF materials, the review board is made up of esteemed, academically active and prolific scientists with a Sc.D.
Russian researchers have created a computer simulation that works on the word-of-mouth principle to show how information spreads among mobile phone users. The model reconstructs call paths and estimates whether the news was transferred through them or not. The program makes its conclusions based on open-source cellular communication data. According to the researchers, there is currently not enough such data to adapt the project for real-life application. Data for follow-up studies can only be provided by mobile network carriers. The paper was published in the Journal of Computational Science.