Wetenschap - 18 december 1997

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  • Entomologist Joop van Lenteren is taking his sabbatical leave in Perugia, Italy. He wasn't upset by the earthquakes during his stay, although he was nearly hit by falling stones. On the contrary he's enjoying being far away from the bureaucratic managers in Wageningen and at last having time for research and reflection in the monastery of Saint Peter, full of modern equipment. He finally proved the existence of a small organ in the ichneumon fly which he thought he had seen while doing research in 1971. His Italian colleague professors, who only have to work 350 hours a year according to an Italian law, can't believe that the WAU is cutting research funds of the departments without discussing the issue with them first, says Van Lenteren
  • The student housing foundation in Wageningen, SSHW, wants to demolish three or four of its buildings in the next ten years. The number of students has dropped in the past years and the small rooms in the older student flats are not popular among the students. The SSHW wants to rebuild flats with flexible apartments, which it can rent out either to individual students or families
  • A French economist and a hydrologist from Wageningen did interdisciplinary research on the management of an irrigation scheme in Pakistan. Economist Pierre Strasser researched the effect of the introduction of a trade in water rights to the production level, while hydrologist Marcel Kuper looked at the consequences of changing the irrigation management on soil salination, a major problem in the Punjab province. Their model can help decision makers of the Pakistani government and the World Bank to improve agricultural production with less damage to the environment. A cd-rom of their results will be presented in Pakistan soon
  • The University Council met for the last time this year on December 8. The council will be replaced by a works council (ondernemingsraad) and a Student Council neither of which will have any decision making power any more. The student parties in the Council buried democracy at the University in a ceremonial grave, but most of the scientists don't care very much. The Council used to discuss political issues, like the violation of human rights in South Africa, Vietnam and Indonesia, in the 70's and 80's, but has changed into a efficient club that checks whether the plans of the Executive Board have enough support from the University as a whole

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