0687-Corona virus & introduction at universities

The introduction for new students from Radboud University, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN) and Wageningen University this year is just a shadow of the normally so vibrant and grand introduction. Forced by the corona crisis, HAN goes furthest in this. In the last week of August, this was completely limited to an introduction from behind the screen with, for example, meet and greets and online games for students.

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Sports day with app
Although the physical meeting at the Radboud intro, from 23 to 26 August, continues on a limited scale, a digital program is also the main focus here. For this, a special app is launched that makes it possible to exercise behind the laptop. This replaces the central sports day with usually 5,000 freshmen. The first-year students of Wageningen University must also count on sparse meeting days. For safety, the choice was made to split the introduction into two terms: from 13 to 16 August and from 18 to 21 August. Well-known activities such as the cantus, street theater, city commissions, open-air film screening and closing party have been canceled.

Studenten van de Radboud Universiteit gingen elkaar vorig jaar te lijf tijdens het watergevecht in het Valkhofpark.

“Parties are over”
Radboud University is abandoning the traditional three-day introduction weekend just across the border in Germany. “All parties are a bit off,” says introduction coordinator Dionne Aldus. “But you can still book a table with a mentor group at a restaurant in Nijmegen or have a picnic in the park or play football.” “A while ago, a working group started preparing for this special intro, and it was decided at an early stage to stick to online activities,” explains a HAN spokeswoman. The cabinet has now relaxed the rules somewhat. “But there are also exams to be passed. And we still think the risk is too great. That is why we stayed with the leaner interpretation.”

Surprise box
As a plaster on the wound (Dutch saying), HAB PAB students can count on a surprise box that will be delivered at home. Via social media channels, students can also get to know study, student and student sports associations and what Arnhem and Nijmegen have to offer as (student) cities. The physical meetings of Radboud University will be less massive and will be more spread across the city. Normally they are organized on campus and in the city center only. There will be a collective closure on 26 August in the form of an intro market in the Goffertpark with between 120 and 180 information stalls. ,,But this will be a flow-through event where a time slot is used. Without the usual catering and stages.”

Enhanced supervision
In order to prevent the introduction weeks from developing into corona fires, the municipalities of Arnhem, Ede, Rheden and Wageningen have meanwhile contacted their educational institutions and student associations. That says Carol van Eert, acting chairman of the Gelderland-Midden Safety Region. “The specific target group that peaks somewhat with the current increasing number of infections is mainly that of the younger generation. That is why this is one of the activities that we monitor more closely.”

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Verpleegkundige Laszlo van Houten, Radboudumc

“We are learning to receive patients who come from IC”

Nurse Laszlo van Houten (27) takes care of patients in the special corona department at Radboud UMC. At the request of this newspaper he reports weekly about his experiences.

In the meantime, we have as many nurses as we have patients. That does not mean that the department is full, on the contrary. Five patients and five nurses. This allows various colleagues to relax and have quality time with their family, which also continues. I now hear several colleagues say that they are happy that the schools are opening again. I can’t imagine that since I don’t have children. What is nice is that during this period I grew closer to a nice lady with whom I now also have a relationship. She is also a nurse, so we understand each other well during this difficult time. Fortunately, at home it is not only about work, but also about what we will do when we have more freedom of movement.
Prepare for influx from IC
Well, we are now preparing for an influx of patients who are still in IC, patients who have been there for so long that they have now been tested corona negative. Normally there is a department where patients of the IC can strengthen, regain muscle functions and start breathing and swallowing independently again. You can check if you are ventilated for a month, that all your muscles relax. This includes your breathing muscles and your swallowing reflex. However, colleagues who normally work in that department are now deployed at the IC because of the staff shortage there.
Training and schools
In the past few weeks, for example, I have been fully training and following training courses with other nurses from our department, so that we can also take good care of these patients who come from the ICU. This also includes psychological support. Because how difficult it is, if you could make a bike ride of 100 km six months ago, you can not even hold your glass now…
Do we ever return?
For the outside world, the “normal” familiar life starts slowly again. We expect that this will take a long time for us. The question is whether we will ever return to “as it was before corona”…

0579-RUMC – Oncology

A week ago I started a fundraising campaign for the benefit of the research about cancer, here in Nimwegen, at the Radboud University Medical Center. I want to collect donations, I donate myself on a yearly basis of € 1,000.00 and I want to organise a beneficiary concert by the Nijmegen Byzantine Choir.

Via this secured link: Singing for Oncology you will see the website of the Radboud Oncology Fund and my own page on it: Singing for Oncology. If you want to donate, you can do it in several ways. Within the Netherlands you can use the “iDeal”-payment, outside the Netherlands you can use a creditcard:  Master Card, Visa and American Express. When you donate, fill out the required text fields:

  • Donatiebedrag – Amount of donation (in Euro’s only!)
  • Voornaam – First (given) name
  • Achternaam – Family name
  • E-mailadres – Email address
  • Postcode – Postal code / Zipcode
  • Huisnummer – House number
  • Straat – Street
  • Plaats – City
  • Land – Country (e.g. UK = Verenigd Koninkrijk)

Click on: “Naar betalen” (= process payment) and fill out the fields of your creditcard. When you click on the next box, your payment will be processed, and you will receive an email. The “Singing for Oncology” will also receive an email.


Students want even before 03:30PM beer on campus


As far as students of the Radboud University Nimwegen, is now at 03:30PM already tapped beer on campus. At this moment the faucet in the Culture, the student bar on campus, only to open that time. And that is patronizing, says Timo Bakrin. On behalf of the B.O.S. Nimwegen, the umbrella organization for the six largest Nimwegen student associations, he is in the university student and he wants the university administration request to reconsider the measure. Students are indeed wise enough alcohol to cope, he tells students Vox magazine: “We’re all adults. We can vote in the parliamentary elections and to choose which study we want to do – one of the most important decisions of your life – but we can not choose when we drink a beer. I find that absurd. “

Bakrin wants the “beer time slot” is brought forward to 01:00PM. Although he can count on support from the entire student council, it is still questionable whether the administration of the university also shares his opinion.

Since the opening of the Culture, in 1996, beer is a matter of debate on campus. Four years ago, said the administration has for the last explicit on the matter: “No beer will be donated to four. That does not change. If there is something changed, then it will be later rather than sooner.”


Radboud Scientists discover rare ‘ghost microbe’ in Twente canal


Radboud University Nimwegen (RU) with the Max Planck Institute discovered a rare microbe in a sample from the Twente. That made the university on Monday on its website. A microbe that both methane and iron ‘eat’: microbiologists were expecting that he existed, but could not find the creature anywhere.

Ghost Microbe – Researchers at the University seemed to have it for years in their collection. The recently discovered ‘ghost bug’ is the penultimate of ten organisms that scientists believe they exist, simply because they exist. “The evolution rarely leave an unoccupied niche,” the University said in their announcement. Twente Canal – That sometimes you just have to look close to home, showed. “Nota bene in our own collection of samples,” said microbiologist Mike Jetten from Radboud University in the press release. “We found them in accumulation cultures from the Twente we had for years. We could raise a whole culture by feeding them with iron and nitrate, a substance that we normally never stop in large quantities in our tanks.” Particular being: the unicellular organism (the archaea) plays an important role in the quality of the ‘wet’ nature, as it purifies water. The microbe eats iron, breaks it down so that the other bacteria weather is edible and is simultaneously harmless substances.”It’s really an extraordinary discovery,” said Jetten. “We hope the latter bacterium soon to find, but Australian and US researchers sit on our heels in that quest, which is so exciting.” 3The microbe that researchers at the Radboud and the Max Planck Institute found in Twente, can purify water naturally. Because of this tiny creature can result in savings of tens of millions of euros. Water purifiers have now mostly buy methanol and add wastewater to initiate degradation of harmful substances. 1Cheaper – The microbes can now found that job in the future account for, expected prof. Dr. Ir. Mike Jetten of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. “That can make the water treatment plant in the Netherlands a few years annually tens of millions of euros cheaper,” said Jetten. He got his team three years ago by the state 22.9 million grant for research into the microbes. 2Rich soil – The wondrous organisms in the mud of the Twente continue to surprise him and other microbiologists. In the past ten years, it was established that sit in the bottom of the channel not only bacteria that break down the noxious substance methane, but also itself produce oxygen. New research has now shown that the mud samples from the Twente also contain iron-eating microbes, which scientists sought for years. Ghost Microbe number eight – Jetten has ever compiled a list of nine of the most wanted microbes. These single-celled “mud bugs” stimulate a chemical reaction. The now discovered bacteria are referred to as’ ghost bug number eight. They come not only in the Twente. “Now once we know who they are, we see them everywhere. In ordinary locks on the seabed and in rice fields they live. ” 4Role iron producing processes – They can also, according to him shed new light on the age-old debate about the role that iron producing processes have had on the early Earth. “Iron is from the beginning an important metal in the bottom of the earth. This bacterium may have played a role in making the cooler the earth so that another life was possible”, said Jetten.