The Queen Wilhelmina Foundation in the Netherlands finances research projects on food and disease. The foundation is annoyed by the publicity surrounding the thesis by WAU toxicologist Dr Jolanda Rijnkels. She found out that mice with a mutated gene and a high intake of fats can develop colorectal tumours when they consume large amounts of vegetables and fruits. The press simplified the research results to the item that consumption of large amounts of fruit and vegetables might harm human health. The Foundation blames the research team for not communicating with them about how to inform the public, which may now become confused about whether fruit and vegetables are healthy. It is not prepared to finance research projects unless the researchers improve their procedures. Rijnkels supervisor, Professor Jan Koeman, is not impressed. The foundation is only annoyed because the research results affect their policy. Now they say: a human is not a mouse. When the research is in line with its advice to the public, you don't hear them say that.
Many WAU graduates who don't find a job immediately turn to the employment agency SBW. What started as a couple of students trying to find temporary projects with companies, is now a professional organisation with two coordinators and about fifty volunteers. SBW found jobs for 88 out of 110 graduates last year, but is facing a decline of volunteers now the labour market is improving. SBW has started developing research projects itself in Hungary and Rumania and wants to cooperate with other employment agencies in Wageningen
Very few people know the organic restaurant Zeezicht, hidden behind shops and the church near De Wereld. The restaurant is in the living room of a group of (former) students, who buy the ingredients, lay the table and clean the dishes. The cooks are also volunteers. Visitors have to make a reservation. The continuation of the small restaurant is now threatened, because the house has to be renovated to meet the fire safety regulations. The student hosts are investigating whether a housing corporation is interested in buying Zeezicht, but the current private owner is reluctant to sell
Lily Beenen is receptionist in the central building of DLO research institutes, the main counterpart of the University in Knowledge Centre Wageningen. Especially older members of staff at DLO are afraid of losing their jobs, says Beenen. Others try to make themselves indispensable. More and more staff from the University have been visiting the DLO building lately. Strange characters, says Beenen. They don't say hello, they just walk inside to find their way themselves. It looks arrogant, but it poses a security problem as well.