World Health Organization standard recommendations
World Health Organization standard recommendations to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection · Often treat/wash your hands using alcohol based disinfectant or soap and water. · Cover your nose and mouth with your hand or napkin when sneezing and coughing. Immediately wash your hands or throw away the napkin after using. · Avoid contacting with people who have fever or cough. · If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, please make an appointment in a medical center and tell them about your recent travels. · When visiting markets in contaminated areas please avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces touched by these animals. · Avoid consuming raw and badly cooked animal food. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with caution to avoid cross contamination with uncooked products.   If you are travelling to another city or abroad please follow the next rules: · Check the epidemiological situation when planning the trip; · Use medical face masks to protect your respiration organs; · Drink only bottled water, eat only heat-treated food; · Wash your hands before eating and after visiting public places.   DO NOT VISIT: · Markets with animals and seafood; · Cultural events involving animals.   If you feel sick, please address the medical institution immediately.
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Best QS Results
The UK company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published new subject rankings of the best universities in the world in 48 areas. A total of 36 Russian universities were included in the rankings. TSU has risen in Linguistics (group 101-150), Chemistry (351-400), and Materials Science (251-300), and also entered the rankings in English and Literature for the first time (group 251-300) and Biology (501-550). QS rankings are considered one of the most prestigious for educational institutions. In the global QS ranking, Tomsk State University is ranked 268th. The ranking is based on academic reputation, the results of research activities, and the reputation of the university among employers.
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Tomsk and the Netherlands
Syrian hamsters, Dutch scientists, and Siberian opisthorchis - what do they have in common? Daria Kokova, a staff member at Tomsk State University (now the head of the Laboratory of Clinical Metabolomics) found these common grounds in order to ultimately help doctors treat opisthorchiasis - a very common disease among Siberians who often eat river fish.  - I dreamed of becoming a lawyer and could not even imagine that someday I would connect my life with chemistry, - said Daria Kokova. I entered the correspondence department of the TSU Faculty of Law and studied one course there, and then it became clear that jurisprudence was not mine at all, but the desire to stay at Tomsk State University was strong. I decided to rely on fate, and come to the selection committee, I just randomly chose the chemistry department. To say that my choice was a shock is to say nothing. I hated chemistry at school but was no longer going to retreat. Despite my skepticism about chemistry, at pre-entry training, the whole beauty of chemistry as a science was revealed to me already. A huge number of interwoven areas, harmonious theories, and a bewitching feeling that using chemistry you can understand almost everything about the structure of things and nature, responded in me with renewed vigor during my studies at the Faculty of Chemistry. For five years, I was thrown into various areas - from inorganic to physical chemistry, I practically lived in the laboratory. In searching for the area in which I would like to develop, I came to analytical chemistry and biomedicine, which I like and have remained my passion so far, and I hope that this will be for a long time. As part of a joint project, I worked at Leiden University. And when in 2014 the program to support those who independently entered leading universities was launched, I, of course, wanted to take part in it and go to graduate school. The main objective of my dissertation was the study of experimental opisthorchiasis using metabolomics. Metabolomics is a post-genomic science, and metabolomics research combines the achievements of analytical chemistry and the analysis of a large amount of data, thereby opening up a completely different approach to the design of the study and interpretation of the results. Opisthorchiasis was used as a model. Our hypothesis was based on the fact that as a result of its vital activity the fish parasite changes the metabolism of the host, thereby leading to the development of concomitant pathologies. As a result, we have shown that opisthorchis not only changes the function of the liver but also affects the metabolism of amino acids and fats and affects the energy metabolism of its host. My dissertation is a necessary stage in the study of such a complex disease as opisthorchiasis, and obtaining reliable results would be difficult in real conditions. Now we are ready to move on to the next stage of metabolic profiling of opisthorchiasis and are already actively working with the Siberian State Medical University on a clinical metabolic study, which means research with people. What will this give to medicine? Biomedicine is an applied thing, here something rarely comes from a love of science, the prospect of practical application is necessary. So, for example, in the world, the question of drug resistance is becoming ever more acute, and this applies not only to antimicrobial drugs but also to anthelmintics. Our study is important in understanding the parasite-host relationship, which opens up new possibilities in developing new drugs and improving existing ones. In addition, worldwide there is an active search for vaccines for completely different diseases, because as you know it is better to warn than to treat. Perhaps this area will be interesting for opisthorchiasis, and our study may contribute to the development of a vaccine against this hidden threat. Now, upon returning to Tomsk, much remains to be done, but I am glad to be back and glad that fate gave me the Netherlands with its windmills and tulip fields.
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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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The registration for the Open Doors Olympics has finished
On December 18, 2019, registration for the Open Doors Olympics for international master’s students, organized by the Global Universities Association in the person of 21 member universities of the Association (participants of the 5-100 Project), has completed.   Over 35,000 people (1.5 times more than last year) from over 180 countries (27 more than last year) that filled 48,083 portfolios (67% more than last year) have registered on 11 profiles of the Olympics.   This is the first project in Russia to attract talented international master’s students to study at leading Russian universities, covering almost all countries of the world.   The Olympiad is held in Russian and English, in two stages, each of which takes place online, which helps Russian universities to attract the most trained and motivated international master’s students from leading countries. The Olympiad helps us to promote Russian higher education in the open global market, fully competing for the best applicants.   Representatives of Asian and African countries (88%) are most interested in studying at Russian universities, this year representatives of the CIS countries made up 6%, America - 3%, Europe, Australia and Oceania - 1% each.   TSU is the organizer of three areas of the Olympiad: Linguistics and Modern Languages, for which 2,817 people from 130 countries have registered this year; Psychology – 2,450 registrations from 125 countries, Biology – 4,006 registrations from 21 countries.   The leaders in the number of registrations to our destinations are Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, and Ghana.   Participants who submit their portfolios for the first stage are now waiting for the announcement of the results, which will be held on December 30. The best participants will be admitted to the second stage, which will be held in January 2020 in proctoring mode.   - The participant of the Olympiad installs special software on the computer. It will help to identify the participant and provide comprehensive monitoring during the period of the olympiad tasks (3 hours). For the first time, the holding of olympiad events in the proctoring mode was tested in 2017. Now this technology is actively used by universities, - said the organizers of the Olympiad.   Winners of the Olympics will be announced on February 20, 2020.   Winners of the Olympics will receive the right to free education at any of the best Russian universities on the basis of the quota for the education of the Government of the Russian Federation. Winners and prize-winners of the Olympics can get additional opportunities offered by the organizing universities of the Olympics. More than 300 quotas have been allocated for participants in the 2019/2020 Olympics.
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