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18 March 2015  
 
 
 
 
  Leiden researchers discover genes that affect spread of breast cancer

Researchers at Leiden University have mapped genes that cause breast cancer cells to migrate.

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  Simone Buitendijk: ‘MOOCs are no hype’

Vice-Rector Simone Buitendijk doesn’t believe for a single moment that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are just hype. This is what she said on 13 March at Campus the Hague’s InspirationLab on ‘Open Education’. Buitendijk wants Leiden University to be at the leading edge. ‘MOOCs and online innovation in education support our strategy.’

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  Youngest children have better social skills thanks to their older brother or sister

Three-year-old children growing up with an older brother or sister are more socially developed than the eldest children of the family were at the same age. Sheila van Berkel has reached that conclusion after studying 390 different families. PhD defence 10 March.

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  Classical Antiquity once again a hot topic

The theme for this year’s Week of the Classics (19 to 27 March) is war in Classical Antiquity. Leiden Classics scholars are organising various activities, including the popular Know-Your-Classics Pub Quiz.

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  Quarter of Dutch motorists guilty of sleep-deprived driving

More than a quarter of Dutch motorists are occasionally guilty of sleep-deprived driving. Nearly 60% of them continue to drive when drowsy, according to in a survey by the Dutch Association for Sleep and Wake Research ( Nederlandse vereniging voor Slaap- en Waak Onde r zoek , NSWO).

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  Leiden tribute to start of European observatory

State Secretary Sander Dekker, in the company of astronomers from all over the world, paid homage to the establishment of the European observatory (ESO) at Leiden, by unveiling a commemorative plaque in the Academy Building.

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  More news
Leiden University gets European HR designation
The African lion consists of two subspecies
A family of mysterious plants that can be traced back to Gondwana
Using an ERC grant to study languages with beans and millet
European roadmap for graphene applications in science and technology
Exploratory first meeting of New Leiden University
American academics in Leiden for EuroScholars Program
PhD student Bernard van Heck to travel to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
 
  Leiden through the eyes of...
American psychology student Hayley Barone
 
 
  Leiden Classics
From Leiden Pilgrim to American president
 
 
  International students
Become a candidate! Everyone’s voice should be heard
Meet us in your country
Webster Leiden Recognized as Top Study Abroad Location  
 
 
  International staff
Become a candidate! Everyone’s voice should be heard
P&O News 10 March 2015
Expat Tax Event on March 25 th
 
 
 
  Forthcoming events
19 March: Lecture 'Understanding Egyptian people, ideas and things in the Roman world'
19 March: Lecture 'How Science Leads Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom'
20 March: Lecture ‘Children’s right to health’ by Prof.dr. Simone Buitendijk
25 March: Conference 'Show me the money! How do I finance my start-up?' 
30 March: Start Mooc 'Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics'
9 April: Sign up now for the Humanities Career Event 


 
 
 
  Laureates
Daniela Stockmann awarded Goldsmith Book Prize
Femke Avtalyon-Bakker awarded Peace Research Grant
Second prize for Nathalie Brusgaard
Leiden University Film at Short Film Corner Cannes Festival


 
 
 
  Blogs
Leiden Law Blog: Long-term prisoners left to dangle
Is Leiden Psychology Blog: Is Alexander Pechtold the Dutch Michael Dukakis of 2015?
Leiden Anthropology Blog: The mindless knowledge economy
 
 
 
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