Our world in words (video)

In Society
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:36
PHD dissertation Stephan Ludwig

Since there is increasing online text–based conversations and people are increasingly influenced by these, it is needed that these are taken into consideration. Especially within business, it would be extremely useful to incorporate and manage customers’ online conversations since these might influence for example the sale of a certain product.

Side effects of anti-allergy drugs (video)

In Body
Friday, 23 November 2012 08:07
PhD dissertation Silke Conen

Medicines are there to cure people and make life more bearable. However, not all treatments bring only good since many have potent side - effects. Some anti – allergy drugs for example, assumed to reduce an allergy reaction, are able to cause fatigue.

National Socialist Family Law (video)

In Society
Thursday, 08 November 2012 08:20
PhD dissertation Mariken Lenaerts

Nazis used marriage and divorce law in Germany and the Netherlands to build their Thousand Year Aryan Reich during the Second World War. More Aryan children and as few as possible half – Jewish children had to be born. Changing the rules regarding marriage and divorce, liberalizing divorce law and forbidding mixed marriages between Aryans and Jews would then create the purest Aryan society which was aimed at by the Nazis.

Fans are wrongly stigmatised (video)

In Culture
Friday, 05 October 2012 10:29

Contrary to popular belief, people who are a part of fan culture are not lonely, depressed or escapist. The opposite is true: such people tend to be creative and very social. Nicolle Lamerichs studies the different phenomena of these fan cultures for her PhD research.


Growing up getting drunk (video)

In Society
Thursday, 09 August 2012 10:11
Video: Karen Schelleman-Offermans about her dissertation: "Growing up getting drunk; development and prevention of adolescent alcohol use".

That a mother’s unhealthy lifestyle (both before and during pregnancy) has consequences for the health of the child has been studied from many angles. But how this works with respect to the father is less well known. Research by Joost Linschooten aims to fill his gap; he will defend his PhD dissertation “Paternal impact on genetic integrity in newborns” on Wednesday 20 June. 

Video: Marieke Quaak about her dissertation Assessment of genetic variation as a predictor of smoking cessation success


Video: Ruud Gerards about his dissertation ‘Unemployment and employability: How firms can help’, which he defended on 10 May. 

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