News in short by Roelof Kleis, Alexandra Branderhorst and Hans Wolkers
New MSc programme's first graduate
The new MSc on Climate Studies has delivered its first graduate. Anouk van Baalen received her degree last week, less than two years after the first batch of students started on the new Master's programme.
Radix sculptor identified
The foundling, the sculpture in front of Radix, is a work by Cor van Kralingen dating from 1963, says Annemariek Leendertz, collection manager at the Atelier Rijksbouwmeester. When the new Laboratory for insecticide research (LIO) was open, the stone sculpture was sited near the entrance. No one at Radix now knew who the artist was. An appeal in Resource led us to the government buildings agency, the Rijksgebouwendienst.
The storage capacity of WUR mailboxes will be doubled from 31 March, from 100 to 200MB. This will apply to both students and staff. Staff wishing to increase their storage space to up to 500MB can do so for a fee of 20 euros per 100MB per year.
Two-year Garden and Landscape Design programme in Velp
VHL in Velp will be offering an Associate Degree (AD) in Garden and Landscape Design from September 2010. Students will be able to follow this two-year professional programme either full-time or part-time. On completion of the programme it will be possible for them to join the third year of the BSc programme in garden and landscape design.
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Less active enzyme causes deficiency
An extra helping of carrots or the occasional vitamin A pill could be handy for a particular group of people, suggest an article by postdoc Yvonne van Helden of the Animal and human physiology chair group, published in this week's Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. Helden thinks it likely that this is due to reduced activity of the NCMO1 enzyme which turns beta carotene into vitamin A. This disturbs the whole vitamin A metabolism.