We invite young Russia travel bloggers from Tomsk to participate in the seminar about intercultural communication dialogue.

The participants of the program will observe modern media technologies, media security and media education issues of new media authors, and consolidate the progress during the second day's press trips. They will visit some workshops, excursions and art meetings with Tomsk ethnic groups, and get certificates of participation as well as recommendations for taking part in Russian People’s Youth Assembly’s press trips in 2020.

Any blogger aged between 18 and 30 and interested in this subject is welcomed to participate. The application deadline is January 27.

Registration form: https://forms.gle/gzUKWPVZjx7YnCePA

Time and date:
January 28, 2020 at 16:00 ― registration, training seminar.
January 29, 2020 ― press trip around the multinational Tomsk, and certificates rewarding.

Place: TSU Research Library

Contacts: tel.: +7-903-103-9170, e-mail: ethnoblogtour@ya.ru

Dear friends!

Winter is a wonderful time for fun.

And everyone has already noticed that this winter is very warm. 
So let's enjoy winter sun and do what's best for our health. 
We invite everyone to feel the real Tomsk winter at the rink. We have a lot to catch up on.

Meeting spot: first floor of dormitory Parus
Date: January 11, 2020
Time: 3 pm
Contacts: Oybek Mamazakirov

Dear friends!


Happy New Year from International Student Services Center and TSU-Online volunteers!

International Student Services Center is closed for winter holidays till January 9 and then we will be working as usual.


We wish you to spend great holidays and pass all the exams successfully!

December 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
The dormitory "Parus", 7th floor, Studying room




Friends, let's celebrate this New Year together!

This evening:

Competition for the best dish with national flavor. Bring with you, treat everyone Musical gifts. You can sing, teach everyone to dance, create a festive mood Music, games, contests, surprises.


We are looking forward to all!


Russian Speaking Club welcomes TSU international students and invites to its classes! Our main aim is to help the students improve their Russian speaking skills.
Looking forward to seeing you, guys!

Russia and UK scientists will explore the Vasyugan Swamp
Researchers from Tomsk State University and Newcastle University will study the carbon cycle of the Vasyugan Swamp. The first step towards this will be holding seminars necessary for the scientific groups’ adaptation. The British Science and Innovation Network, which supports the creation of international research projects, allocated a grant to the British side for these events.   - The Vasyugan Swamp attracts the attention of many scientific groups in the world, says Sergey Kirpotin, director of the TSU Center for Excellence Bio-Сlim-Land. - The reason lies not only in its size but also in the fact that this swamp plays a large climate-forming role. Studying it helps to understand the causes of global environmental changes that are occurring on the planet. British colleagues came to us through the publications of members of the SecNet network, created under the auspices of TSU to study Siberia and the Arctic. Specialists from Newcastle were interested in the megaprofile, a research infrastructure created by TSU. We, in turn, are interested in several laboratory studies that the British side is capable of performing.   A grant from the UK Science and Innovation Network won by Newcastle University staff will help researchers build a working relationship. In February, TSU scientists will go to the first joint seminar. They will deliver samples taken in the Vasyugan swamp for laboratory tests. The expedition to the largest swamp in the world took place in December.   - Winter sampling is fraught with certain difficulties, but we managed to get a peat column for research, namely, for the British side to conduct a lignin analysis, says Sergey Kirpotin. - This will help us obtain more accurate data on the presence of woody vegetation in the past, and, ultimately, on the carbon cycle, on which a lot depends on our planet. It was the long-term change in the carbon cycle in the distant past that led to the alternation of ice ages and warm interglacials. To predict further changes on the planet, it is very important to understand the laws of the processes that took place in the past.   The winter expedition was also interesting because it made it possible to assess the working conditions in the cold season. Previously, TSU scientists traveled along the Vasyugan Swamp on a swamp buggy in the summer, but it is almost impossible to cross the entire heavily watered and muddy place on this transport in the summer. The winter is different. Now, under the leadership of Sergey Fedko, the director of the stationary research base Vasyuganskaya, they were getting there on snowmobiles through the frozen swamp. This made it possible to select the locations for subsequent sampling.   The complexity of the route to Vasyugan Swamp is that there are no more than three points of entry from the taiga to the lake and only a few know them. This serves as a kind of protection for a unique object, within which the Vasyugan reserve will soon be created.   Also, in February 2020, scientists from Newcastle University will pay a return visit, during which they will visit two TSU research stations included in the SecNet network and the international project Interact II. During the seminars, researchers will discuss the topic of joint research and decide on the filing of joint applications to scientific foundations that support international projects.
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Singapore students came to TSU in the winter to learn Russian
Nanyang Technological University students came to TSU for the fourth time for intensive Russian language learning at the Faculty of Philology. This time they visited Siberia in the winter and studied the Russian language and culture for three weeks.   Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) is a world-leading university, ranked 11th in the QS World University Rankings. In 2016, a memorandum of understanding between TSU and Nanyang Technological University was concluded, and this winter the fourth intensive Russian language school was held in Tomsk.   - The goal of such schools is the development of mutual academic mobility and long-term partnerships so that students and staff can go on internships, study in the master’s programs, and launch joint research projects. And the first step towards this is winter and summer schools, where university representatives get to know each other and find out possible areas of collaboration, - says Lidia Zhulyova, head of the TSU International Student Services Centre.   - The Russian language is difficult but interesting. Most of all I liked the topic “Gender of Nouns” because in English there is no such category, so I wonder why some items are feminine and others are masculine, - Natasha Do Ramesh shared her impressions. - The teachers are very friendly, they always helped.   TSU teachers are convinced that the language should be studied in parallel with culture, so students also visited the museums of Tomsk and TSU, Cossack Ostrog, the Botanical Garden, and the TSU Research Library, and went to the December Evenings concert of the Institute of Arts and Culture. Students liked the workshops on painting nesting dolls, Russian dance, and folk costumes.   Since 2016, students from Singapore came to the Aktru Summer School twice. They studied the unique natural area of the Altai Mountains, and the lifestyle and adaptation of the population in a rapidly changing climate.
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What international publications wrote about TSU in the 19th and -20th
The second part of the index “From the Imperial Tomsk to the National Research: 140 Years of Tomsk State University: A Bibliographic Index. Part 2: 1878 - 1917 (Literature in Foreign Languages)” has been published by the TSU Publishing House. The index covers literature from 1875 to 1917 in two dozen European languages.   The opening of the Imperial Tomsk University was a big event for Russia but also caused a wide response from the world community. Newspapers and magazines in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia discussed the latest news and rumors about the construction of the university and the faculty and scientific discoveries of Tomsk scientists; travelers and researchers shared their impressions of university visits and joint expeditions. The compilers of the publication are Galina Polovtseva and Dmitry Nikitin, bibliographers of the Bibliographic Information Center of the TSU Research Library. They sought to present the geographical and linguistic diversity of publications dedicated to the first university beyond the Urals.   The news about the allocation of funds and the beginning of the construction of university buildings was perceived as a great achievement and caused great interest. The newspaper Voice of Mexico wrote that “Siberia is Moving towards Progress” (La Voz de México. 1875. 28 Oct. p. 2), and the observer of the Ljubljana Slovene noted not without sarcasm that Tomsk University is “new evidence of this what barbarians these Russians are: they open a higher school even in Siberia!”(Slovenec. Ljubljana, 1879. 29 julija. S. 4). News of the upcoming opening of the university reached even the distant Netherlands East Indies: the local “Java-bode” hurried to notify readers that the Siberian university would open in July 1886 (Java-bode: nieuws, handels-en advertentieblad voor Nederlandsch-Indie. 1886. 9 Apr.).   The scientific community followed with interest the news about the appointment of professors to the university, about replenishment of the library with book collections, and new exhibits of the university museum. In 1886, the journal Nature noted that Tomsk University “already has a library of 50,000 volumes and a very valuable paleontological collection donated by Nicholas, Duke of Leuchtenberg” (Nature. 1886. Vol. 34, no. 868. p. 153–155).   An important role in alerting foreign colleagues was played by Russian newspapers published in German, Polish, and other languages. Thus, the St. Petersburg Medical Weekly (St. Petersburger medicinische Wochenschrift) regularly informed the public about university life news, and the Moscow newspaper Esperantists La Ondo de Esperanto reported on such interesting aspects of Tomsk student life as the work of language circles (La Ondo de Esperanto. Moskvo, 1910. No. 11. p. 5-7).   In Moscow, reports were published on the scientific congresses held here, in which professors of Tomsk University also participated. In 1893, Professor N.F. Kashchenko made a report at the Anthropological Congress on the work of the Zoological Institute. The report was subsequently published in French (Kastschenko N. L`Institute zoologoque de l`Université Impériale de Tomsk // Congrès Internationaux d'Anthropologie et d'Archéologie préhistorique et de Zoologie à Moscou le 10/22 - 18/30 août: matéaux , réunis par le Comité d'organization des congrès concernant les expéditions scientifiques, les excursions et les rapports sur les questions touchant les congrès. Deuxième et derniere partie. Moscou, 1893. p. 34–44).   Many travelers who visited Tomsk left interesting notes and memories of the Siberian university.   Annette Meakin, the first foreign woman to travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway, talked about her meetings with V. Sapozhnikov, sharing with her the “secrets” of flower growing in Siberia, and a visit to the chemical laboratory of F. Kruger and the Zoological Museum, where she viewed “a wonderful collection of local birds, interesting for both the naturalist and the hunter”. Describing her impressions of the university, Annette Meakin was surprised that “many students wear beards and completely refuse to use a razor” (Meakin A. M. B. A ribbon of iron / Annette M. B. Meakin. Westminster: A. Constable & Co., [1901]. 319 pp.).   J. Legra, French professor, J. Wiggins, explorer of the Arctic seas, and H. K. Lee, an American writer, wrote about Tomsk University. Serbian teachers compared Tomsk University with Belgrade, and in Hungary, they watched with interest the scientific research of S.K. Kuznetsov, who studied the life of the Finno-Ugric peoples (Zichy Jenő Gróf harmadik Ázsiai utazása. Budapest; Leipzig, 1900).   With the beginning of the 20th century, the international press began to pay more and more attention to the revolutionary events in Russia. Student performances in university cities elicited a lively response in Belgium, France, the USA, Romania, and many other countries. Newspapers reprinted revolutionary appeals by Tomsk University students and published reports on student strikes and meetings. Publications about this period in the history of Tomsk University comprise one of the largest sections of the index.   During this turbulent time, the scientific and social life of the university did not stop. The index contains information about publications on the creation of B. Weinberg's aircraft, about the unique collections of the university library, about the medical research of Professor A. Kulyabko, and many others.   The first Siberian university and its scientific and social activities were the subject of discussion in a vast space - from New Zealand to the Bermuda Islands. Foreign language publications sometimes show the life of Tomsk University from a side that is unusual for us, and therefore it becomes even more interesting.   The bibliographic index “From the Imperial Tomsk to the National Research: 140 years of Tomsk State University. Part 2: 1878–1917 (Literature in Foreign Languages)” is available at the Electronic Library and Bibliographic Information Center of the TSU Research Library.
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TSU scientists’ articles have been published in top journals
The Department of Sports and Health Tourism, Sports Physiology, and Medicine of the Faculty of Physical Education has had its anniversary celebration - 10 years from its founding. The staff of the department made a good gift for the anniversary: they published three articles in Q1 journals in the areas of medicine, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.   2019 was a very busy year for the department: the team carried out two projects with the support of the Russian Science Foundation. The first is devoted to the study of myokines - special proteins that are produced by muscles during physical exercise (the project manager is Professor Leonid Kapilevich, head of the department). In the second project, the effect of physical exertion on the compensation of type 2 diabetes mellitus was studied (the project manager is Professor Alexander Chibalin, a staff member of TSU and Karolinska Institute, Sweden). This resulted in 15 scientific articles in journals included in the international databases Web of Science and Scopus, including three articles in journals from the first quartile.   The article “Transcriptomic Changes Triggered by Ouabain in Rat Cerebellum Granule Cells: Role of α3- And α1-Na +, K + -ATPase-mediated Signaling” was published in PLoS ONE (the USA journal, impact factor 6.26, 27th of 2,836 journals in the category "Medicine - Myology"). In this work, the role of monovalent ions (sodium and potassium) as regulators of intracellular processes was studied.   - This is a fundamentally new approach, - explains Leonid Kapilevich. - Traditionally, calcium is considered the main ion that is the regulator of cellular metabolism, especially in muscles. However, the team showed that it is the ratio of sodium and potassium in the cell that is able to regulate the process of gene transcription, moreover, regardless of calcium.   The article “Elevation of Intracellular Na + Contributes to Expression of Early Response Genes Triggered by Endothelial Cell Shrinkage” was published in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry (published in Sweden, impact factor 5.11, 51st of 2,124 journals in "Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology "). This article continues the research whose results are described in the previous article. Here, an attempt is made to understand how sodium ions affect the metabolic processes in the cell. It was found that one of the most likely ways is by changing the osmotic pressure of the cytoplasm and, as a consequence, the volume of the cell and its components.   The article “Low AS160 and High SGK Basal Phosphorylation Associates with Impaired Incretin Profile and Type 2 Diabetes in Adipose Tissue of Obese Patients” was published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice (published in the Netherlands, impact factor 3.26, 26th of 133 journals in “Internal Medicine”). The study examined molecular changes in adipose tissue in patients with diabetes, which contribute to impaired glucose metabolism and can serve as a target for the therapeutic effect of exercise.   - The tenth anniversary against the background of the centennials of other departments and faculties looks, of course, modest, but even for this short period the department has something to be proud of, - says Leonid Kapilevich. - During this time, two doctoral and nine master's theses were defended at the department, 15 student manuals were published, 115 articles were published in journals included in international databases, five monographs, and two grants from the Russian Science Foundation were won.
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