The centenary has dominated WUR news for the past year. But a lot else went on besides that. In this traditional end-of-year quiz, Resource shines the spotlight on 20 noteworthy events. What was so sustainable about Louise Fresco’s dress? And why are international students getting free Dutch lessons?
1 At the European Universities Games in Portugal, Argo rowers Tijmen van Rietbergen and Julian Bakker won gold medals in the lightweight coxless pair race. Coxless?
a No pilot
b No doping
c No apples
d No balast
2 The Wageningen Centennial is a commemorative flower developed in The Field, the experimental garden next to Rikilt. What kind of flower is it?
a A rose
b A daylily
c A knotweed
d An orchid
3 The café MLGB opened on Campus Plaza. The letters stand for:
a May Love Grow Bigger
b My Life’s Getting Busier
c May Love Grow Boldly
d My Life’s Getting Better
4 Bachelor’s student Geert van Zandbrink wrote a book about the classical roots of Dutch words. The book is called:
a Post Scriptum
b Linea Recta
c Ad Fundum
d Cum Annexis
5 Only five competitors reached the finishing line in the first Dutch Student Orienteering Championship on the campus. What happened to the rest?
a They got lost
b No one else signed up
c Of all the people who signed up, only five turned up
d The rest finished outside the time
6 The AID went pear-shaped for 50 participants. They got...
7 Rikilt developed a way of distinguishing between different kinds of salt by the sound they make. The principle the method is based on is aptly named:
a The Tequila Effect
b The Rolling Stones Effect
c The Hot Chocolate Effect
d The Doppler Effect
8 Who said what? Match the letters with the right number.
1 ‘A scientist has a use-by date. You have to be very aware of that.’
2 ‘So what do you do? Have a booze-up! And the teachers joined in.’
3 ‘That first day was really horrible’
4 ‘With growing awareness, egocentrism diminishes’
a Extraordinary professor of Sustainable Fisheries Management Adriaan van Rijnsdorp bows out
b Emeritus soil professor Johan Bouma indulges in introspection
c Erstwhile Teacher of the Year Gert Peek confesses
d Biological Recovery and Reuse Technologist Cees Buisman has a profound insight
9 The introduction of the Extended Daytime Schedule meets with few official complaints. The schedule was brought in...
a because students would rather start earlier and finish later
b to reduce crowding in the canteens in peak periods
c because WUR is growing too fast
d to spread bicycle traffic through the Tarthorst over the day
10 Student Society Ceres wants to use the heat from the beer coolers to...
a heat the earth
b keep the solar panels snow-free
c heat the board room
d heat the building
11 WUR president Louise Fresco wore a sustainable dress at the Opening of the Academic year. What was not used in making the dress?
a Algae silk
b Pineapple leather
c Waste ink from printers
c Bacterial dye
12 WUR is going to bestow the title of distinguished professor on outstanding and prominent professors. Who are the first two professors to receive this honour?
a Richard Visser and Marten Scheffer
b Willem de Vos and Marten Scheffer
c Marcel Dicke and John van der Oost
d Willem de Vos and Marcel Dicke
13 The new Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity is based on five fundamental principles. What doesn’t a scientists need to be?
14 Wageningen research shows that cows at rest in Portugal prefer to face south. What is the explanation for this phenomenon?
a High-voltage power lines in the area disturb their internal compass
b In prevailing winds, they get least wet when it rains
c This position keeps them coolest in the heat of the day
d Cows’ internal compass is calibrated to 130 degrees
15 The Chinese PhD student Yue Han proposed to his girlfriend in a special location. Where?
a In a hot air balloon above the campus
b Under the new carillon on the campus
c In the panda palace at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen
d Under the Chinese rubber tree planted by King Willem-Alexander near Atlas
16 Honours students developed the first Wageningen MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to be created by students. Yes, of course, it’s about...
17 International students can get free classes in Social Dutch at In’to Languages. Why is that, according to rector Arthur Mol?
a So they can make themselves understood in the canteen
b So they can integrate better with indigenous Wageningers
c So they can prepare themselves for a job in the Netherlands
d So they can follow Dutch news
18 PhD student Arjan Droste discovered that it can be windier in the city than in the surrounding countryside. What did he call this effect?
a the Droste effect
b the Wind tunnel effect
c the Wind island effect
d the Vacuum effect
19 Milestones in 2018. True or false?
a 100 years of agricultural education in Wageningen
b Wageningen University the best in the Netherlands for the 13th time in a row
c WUR wins the SustainaBul prize as Holland’s most sustainable university for the 6th time
d Wageningen Connect is the first student party to win seats in the municipal council
20 Wageningen scientists bred the first Dutch banana. What is so special about it?
a The banana contains cannabinol
b The banana grows on substrate
c The banana is resistant to Panama disease
d The banana is straight
The answers are on p.31 in this pdf-file.