Wetenschap - 30 oktober 1997

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  • Jos Noordhuizen, chair in Animal Husbandry at the WAU, is moving to the University of Utrecht where he will be responsible for the reorganisation of part of the veterinary faculty. Noordhuizen is strongly in favour of cooperation between the two universities: It is not enough that we lecture a bit of ethology there and they lecture a bit of anatomy here. Students from Utrecht should have the chance to take useful WAU courses in Farm Economics, Farm Management, Extension Sciences and Agrarian Sociology. Cooperation with the DLO institute for zoological research is less important, says the professor, as there is no academic tradition there
  • Young scientists need luck on their side to get their publications into international scientific journals, as PhD student Antoine Peters and his co-promoter Peter de Boer found out. An article by Peters will appear in the prestigious American journal Nature Genetics next week. His co-author is former student Annemieke Plug, who is already working at Yale University, USA. During her practical period there she was able to provide American cancer researchers a better method for examining chromosomes. The relation with cancer made the journals curious about the research, and as a result Plug already has three publications in international journals. Peters and De Boer watched her career from the sidelines for a while, but are now also reaping the fruits of the newly established cooperation with Yale
  • The job market for Dutch graduates is likely to improve considerably in the coming years, the Dutch research centre ROA predicts. The number of graduates is decreasing, while an increasing number of pensioners will retire and the economy is growing. Employers will have to fight to get highly skilled labour in the future; accountants, civil engineers, business administrators and information technicians are especially in demand. Graduates in agricultural and environmental sciences have less options open to them; supply and demand will be balanced for the next five years, the ROA centre predicts. The universities should be keener on keeping their young researchers and lecturers instead of firing them, says ROA

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