Passive exposure alone can enhance the learning of foreign speech sounds

Ability to understand and subsequently speak a new language requires the ability to accurately discriminate speech sounds of a given language. When we start to learn a new language the differences between speech sounds can be very difficult to perceive. With enough active practice the ability to discriminate the speech sounds enhances.

Tommi Jantunen appointed as Professor of Finnish Sign Language

The Rector of the University of Jyväskylä Keijo Hämäläinen has appointed PhD, Docent Tommi Jantunen as Professor of Finnish Sign Language from 1 December 2018. The professorship is placed in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Business Finland’s TUTLI call is open, deadline 7.3.2019

Business Finland "New Business from Research ideas" funding (so called TUTLI) is research funding for project teams that are preparing commercialization of a research based business idea. Business Finland funds 70 % of the overall costs. At least 40 % must be allocated for the preparation of the commercialization.

A change in marital status affects the number of daily steps: the men who divorced and the women who found a new partner reduced their physical activity

According to a recent study, changes in relationships have links to physical activity. The total number of non-exercise steps was reduced during a four-year follow-up study for men who divorced. For women who found a new spouse between the measurement points, the total steps decreased significantly when compared to women married throughout the period.

Food webs essential for nature conservation efforts in the future

Lake ecosystems make annual environmental changes more predictable. Nature conservation should not focus on individual species but on whole food webs, because the protection of their functioning is important for the predictability of species, especially when global warming is increasing environmental variability.

The renowned AACSB accreditation awarded to JSBE

The AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation is the most significant international recognition to an educational institution of economics for high-quality teaching and research. Only about five percent of all institutions in the field have received the AACSB accreditation.

How to melt gold at room temperature

As tension rises unexpected things can happen. This is also true for gold atoms. Researchers, have, for the first time, managed to make the surface of a gold object melt at room temperature.

Sex in a world of fear: scared rodents produce more offspring

Rodent mothers produce more offspring after smelling odors produced by frightened males. This is reported by a team of biologists from Finland and the Netherlands and bring new information the proximate and ultimate explanations of small mammal behavioral responses.

Impaired cellular force transmission a cause for valvular heart disease

About three per cent of the world’s population is affected by valvular heart diseases. It is also the most common cause of heart surgery, as no drug-based treatment is available. Recent research has shed light on the molecular mechanism on valvular disease that is caused by a genetic mutation in Filamin gene. The result of the research will help to further investigate the mechanism by which the medical condition progress and to develop new treatments.

Recruiting subjects to sports/fitness technology-research!

We are recruiting subjects to our measurements at the end of the year of 2018 and at the start of the year 2019. The purpose of the research is to study association between body composition and cardio-respiratory fitness in 20-45 years old men and women.

Children who are seen as demanding receive less physical activity support from their parents

The Skilled Kids study, conducted at the University of Jyväskylä from 2015 to 2017, found that a child’s temperament defines the level of physical activity parenting. Parents rarely participated together in physical activity and less frequently gave support for their child’s physical activity if a child’s temperament was perceived as being, on the whole, demanding.

Exploring atomic nuclei and their cosmic origins at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Accelerator Laboratory (JYFL) is the northernmost large-scale facility for accelerator-based nuclear structure studies in the world, located at the Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Research at the laboratory explores the fundamental properties of atomic nuclei. The Accelerator Laboratory also serves as an excellent training site for early career researchers and students who acquire an excellent set of skills useful for a variety of careers through a hands-on approach to studies.

Open university studies to reduce the pressure put on the matriculation examination as the basis for student selections

Universities will soon select their students based on matriculation examination results. This will increase students’ pressure to perform well in the examination. The Alternative Path to University (Toinen reitti yliopistoon, TRY) project of eleven Finnish universities aims to reduce this pressure by creating alternative routes to degree studies. The development work starts officially with an initial project seminar at the University of Helsinki on Thursday, 1 November 2018.

JYU Science Communication Award to the Journalism Research News service

The JYU Science Communication Award in the academic year 2017–2018 was granted to the Journalism Research News (JRN) service. Project Researcher Pasi S. Ikonen from the Department of Language and Communication Studies was awarded for the development work which has made, in a few years, the JRN project a leading international science communication channel in the field of journalism research.

Tick-borne disease is not just Lyme

A study recently published in Scientific Reports discovered that 65% of Lyme disease patients irrespective of their disease stage respond to several microbes. As a consequence, the authors have demonstrated that microbial infections in individuals suffering from Lyme disease do not follow the "one microbe, one disease" status-quo. Moreover, the probability that Lyme disease patients would respond to multiple microbes associated with the tick-borne disease is an astounding 85 %.

JYU awarded developers of education

Rector Keijo Hämäläinen granted the 2018 Educational Development Awards on 26 October 2018. On the basis of proposals received from the University community, the awards were granted to teacher-researcher teams whose work is characterized by collaborative and systematic development efforts as well as excellent student feedback.

The Conferment of Degrees Ceremony in May 2019

The tenth Conferment of Degrees Ceremony for new Masters and Doctors from all faculties of the University of Jyväskylä will be held on 24–26 May 2019. Registration is open until 1 February 2019.

Service organizations need to design a 24/7 strategy to address the challenges of work at nonstandard hours

Starting in 2018, a new law on shop and service opening hours went into effect in Finland, leading longer hours of service and around-the-clock work. How have managers in 24/7 workplaces reacted to this situation? A Finnish research group from Jyväskylä surveyed managers in 24/7 workplaces about the specific challenges and solutions related to planning work shifts. These managers came from in two sectors: the hospitality and retail industry and flexibly scheduled early childhood education and care (ECEC). According to earlier research, successful companies working 24/7 aim to balance between the interests of different stakeholders.

JUNO scien­tists discuss es­tablis­hing a giant neut­ri­no ob­ser­va­to­ry in the Py­hä­sal­mi mine

At their most recent meeting, the European members of the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) discussed the possibility of establishing a next-generation giant neutrino observatory in the Pyhäsalmi mine. This subject is relevant in the context of the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics scheduled for 2019. European members of JUNO held a meeting at the University of Jyväskylä 17–19 October 2018.