Honorary doctors give open lectures on Friday, 24 May

The University of Jyväskylä will confirm nine new honorary doctors on Saturday, 25 May. Four of them will give lectures that are open for the University community and public on Friday, 24 May. The lectures are held in English. Welcome!

Breathing out facilitates learning

Recent studies have shown that bodily rhythms, such as heartbeat, modulate learning. Novel studies at the University of Jyvaskyla show that the phase of breathing has an effect on learning.

JYU research reviewed

The international panel found the research environment of JYU to be of top class. According to the panel, the University should support both individual researchers and entire fields of science as well as enhance internationalisation for greater effectiveness of research.

University of Jyväskylä to award 9 honorary doctorates

The University of Jyväskylä will award 9 new honorary doctorates in May. The tenth Conferment of Degrees Ceremony for the whole University and the conferment procession will be held on Saturday, 25 May 2019. In addition, related festivities will be arranged throughout the weekend.

Researchers developed a genetic treatment that removes antibiotic resistance from bacteria

Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation has awarded Academy Research Fellow Matti Jalasvuori’s research group 255 000 euro grant for investigating the conjugative transfer of anti-antibiotic resistance genetic elements. The group studies different ways by which the increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria could be controlled. The aim in this project is to develop probiotic bacteria that re-sensitize already resistant bacteria to antibiotics, hence providing a mean to, for example, cure ESBL-carriage.

Chronic diseases restrict the mobility of older people – often unconsciously

Chronic diseases are a key factor limiting the mobility of older people. Usually individuals are conscious of their condition in the case of an acute musculoskeletal disorder that causes pain or functional limitations. However, if the condition has progressed slowly, the gradual restriction of mobility often goes unnoticed.

Decline in physical activity often starts as early as age seven

Overall physical activity starts to decline already around the age of school entry. While the proportion of physically inactive individuals rises with age there still are groups of people who manage to increase their physical activity level in adulthood and old age.

New Book: Digital Everyday Connects Generations

Everyday family life gets digitalized, although differently and at a different pace. The digitalization of family values in different countries is defined by the non-simultaneous introduction of technologies and different family and residential arrangements.

Girls need more positive experiences of ball skills

Children’s positive perception of moving is an important supporter for natural physical activity and developing motor skills. A study at the University of Jyväskylä suggests that children had high perceptions of motor skills. Some gender differences were identified, however: girls were better in locomotor skills and boys had higher perception and actual skills in ball skills

Heikki Lyytinen’s UNESCO chair extended

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has signed a UNESCO chair agreement with the University of Jyväskylä for 2019–2023 under the theme “Inclusive Literacy Learning for All.” Heikki Lyytinen, Emeritus Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology, already held the UNESCO chair during the previous four-year period from 2015 to 2019.

Heroes of research and teaching awarded in the Annual Celebration

The traditional annual celebration of the University of Jyväskylä was held on 6 March. In the event, awards were granted to distinguished researchers and teachers from the University. The awards were donated by the Jyväskylä University Foundation. In addition, the awards of Ellen and Artturi Nyyssönen Foundation and Aino Sallinen Trust were also handed in the event. The programme of the event included performances from the VUO orchestra and the body percussion group KOPS.