1 commentin: Researchon March 18, 2016
Not that I am particularly experienced with academic life as a first year PhD student, and not that I got a bad impression of science after just a few months as a rookie researcher at the University of Zurich and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. No, quite the contrary. But according to senior colleagues, friends, the insistent warnings of contributors in scientific journals and their echo in mass media, there are things going wrong with science.more
in: Researchon March 11, 2016
As a researcher I am interested in what other scientists in my field are investigating. But who are these other scientists? Where do they work? The core research topic of the Interface Group is the study of flow and transport phenomena in biological systems, which belongs largely to the fields of biofluidics and biofluid mechanics. On the applied front, this includes the interaction of medical devices with their biological environment. Good examples of this topic are drug release from a stent placed inside an artery or the function of an artificial heart valve.more
There is this perception, most often seen in movies, that science is something only conducted in dedicated laboratories solely by highly trained professionals (or crazy people, especially if it’s a horror movie).
However, natural science is simply finding patterns in nature leading to reproducible results.more
in: About uson February 19, 2016
As the saying goes, publish or perish. Certainly, this applies not to blog entries, but to journal papers, which we do write, and perhaps you have read. And if you do read our papers (or publications from any group, for that matter), you see the end result of years of research, presented in a factual, sometimes (often?) dry manner. What you don’t see are the sweat and tears of the people who carried out the work. What you don’t see are the small things that never make it into the papers, but could be of use to you, could make you think or even make you smile.more