19 May 2015  
  5 Vidis for Leiden researchers

Of the 87 Vidi research subsidies awarded by NWO, five have been awarded to Leiden researchers. This represents almost 6 per cent of the successful applications.

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  Ancient skeleton shows leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia

Scientific studies of a 1500-year-old skeleton from England have revealed new insights into the early spread of leprosy.

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  Tribute to Salomon Roos, Bernard de Vries, Jan Mulders and all those others

Just before 8 o’clock on 4 May more than a thousand people came together on the square in front of the Pieterskerk, to observe two minutes of silence to commemorate the dead from the Second World War.

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  Reading aloud stimulates language development especially in temperamental babies

Hearing stories read aloud stimulates language development in all babies from the age of 8 months, but in particular in temperamental babies. This is a finding of Leiden education specialist Heleen van den Berg in her doctoral thesis. PhD defence 19 May.

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  Simone Buitendijk reappointed as Vice-rector

Vice-rector and member of the Executive Board of Leiden University Simone Buitendijk has been reappointed by the Board of Governors.

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  Language gets people talking

Studying languages enables you to unearth a lot of valuable information about humans: it reveals our history and explains cultural differences and it even illustrates the process of learning new information. The University is sharing its knowledge of and passion for languages in various new ways, including through the MOOC on Miracles of Human Language and the online dossier on Language Diversity.

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  More news
Leiden University initiates Teaching Quality task force
From the Sharia to Turkish soap operas
A PhD from two universities on drug abuse
Can we predict the future of ecosystems throughout the world?
Egypt’s Grand Mufti visits Leiden University
  Leiden Classics
Hetty Cohen-Koster was present at Cleveringa’s speech

  View from abroad
Arthur Hinsch: six months in Japan’s energy sector
  International students
University Council: what do the student parties want to achieve?
Registration for minors now open 
Leiden University Career Zone launched
Leiden students visit the Youth Forum 2015
Join a student focus group
  International staff
P&O News, including new Collective Labour Agreement and Seminar on Evidence-Based education reform
Vote in the University Elections 2015
  Coming events
18 May – 19 June: Exhibition 'Celebrating Curiosity: Four Centuries of Leiden University'
21 May: Meet & greet Jane Goodall in Hortus botanicus Leiden
22 May to 7 June: Signatures, Culture weeks Leiden
3 June: Workshop 'The researcher’s guide through the legal jungle - Confidentiality'
8 June: Start MOOC  'Federalism & Decentralisation - Evaluating Africa's Track Record'
19 June: Lecture 'LGBT Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean - Achievements and Setback'
26 June: Leiden University Anniversary Party

Principles of Plant Microbe Interactions, edited by Emeritus Professor Ben Lugtenberg, Paul Hooykaas, Eddy van de Meijden and Jos Raaijmakers
Leiden University won prize for Best Written Memorials at the European Law Moot Court
Chiara Piccoli winner of the Nick Ryan Bursary 2015
  Leiden blogs
Leiden Safety and Security Blog: Policies on foreign fighters
Leiden Anthropology Blog: 'In my childhood we only played with empty shells’
Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition: Do you see what you do?
Leiden Law Blog: The amoral mentality of bankers

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