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International students attended painting and sculpture classes
20 students from Vietnam, China, Brazil, Syria, Chile, and France have attended painting and sculpture classes at Children's Art School №1. Such classes help develop speech skills and expand vocabulary: international students learn specific terms and concepts in Russian and become more familiar with Russian culture.   - For me, this is the first experience of working with international students, and I must pay tribute to the University, that the students are well prepared and have a good command of Russian - said Olga Dvizova, director of Children's Art № 1. - These are guys who have no relation to the visual arts, but they were interested. We met with the directions of painting, materials, equipment, colors, and shades. In addition, they are well aware of realist artists, representatives of our national school – Repin and Shishkin. However, they did not quite understand the names of the impressionist artists of the French school, for example, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Renoir. They have these names sound different, and in our pronunciation they are not completely recognizable.   The art classes were attended by students of different faculties - Faculty of Philology, Biological Institute, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Institute of Economics and Management, Faculty of Radiophysics, Faculty of Physical Education, and Faculty of Psychology. They painted watercolor with an apple from nature and also sculpted animals from clay. Then the figures will be baked, and the authors will receive them as a keepsake.   - It was very interesting. We learned new art terms, learned how to draw an apple. The lesson was unusual, it differs from our courses. When everything was done, I realized that I could still draw, - Mu Yuxi, a student from China, shared her impressions.   While studying at TSU, international students not only study their chosen specialty and improve their knowledge of the Russian language but also get acquainted with Tomsk and Russian culture. They teach Russian folk songs, types of painting and participate in the traditional festival of folk crafts Axe Festival.   - We strive to diversify the Russian language classes for international students so that they also become familiar with our culture,- said Anna Khiznichenko, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philology.   In 2017, the Associate Professor Faculty of Philology Galina Starikova specifically for the development of speech among international students released the textbook “Let's Talk about Russian Painting: Russian Art in the Lessons of Russian as a Foreign Language”.  
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Well-known designers and art historians are working with TSU students
The Department of Design of the TSU Institute of Art and Culture has launched an interdisciplinary educational program Art & Science: Art. Design. Technology. Classes for undergraduates are conducted by both teachers of the Institute of Arts and Culture and the Siberian Design Center, and the best Russian and international experts in design and contemporary art.   Among them are Dmitry Bulatov, the Russian contemporary artist, art theorist, and curator; Antonio Geusa, the theorist of contemporary art and curator; Antonio Vilches-Nogerol, head of the ART-Design creative studio; and Aristarkh Chernyshev, Russian media artist.   - Art & Science is one of the modern interdisciplinary frontiers, where scientific knowledge and new technologies are conceptualized and used by artists, designers, and developers. The design is needed in scientific projects, and science is needed in modern design. Artists are working with scientific material, scientists are working with the creative possibilities of art. We have created a Master’s program for such complex interdisciplinary tasks (like other programs of the StrAU Institute of the Human of the Digital Era). The first semester of the program began in the fall of 2018. Currently we have places for a fee and 5 budget places, - says Professor Dmitry Galkin, head of the program.   Expert of the program Dmitry Bulatov, for example, is known, in particular, for implementing world-class research and exhibition projects in Russia and Europe. He has more than 20 international exhibitions. Bulatov is a member of the editorial boards of magazines on contemporary art DOC (K) S (France) and NOEMA (Italy). He is also a two-time winner of the national prize Innovation (Russia, 2008, 2013). In 2014, he was nominated for Golden Nike by Prix Ars Electronica Festival (Austria) in Visionary Pioneers of Media Art.   - I enjoy working with TSU colleagues. It's nice to see new programs and features appear. Here the personal contribution of Professor Dmitry Galkin, who is not only a world-class researcher but also the creator of new education, means a lot. I was pleasantly surprised, for example, by the gallery in the main building, which he created, - notes Dmitry Bulatov.   Dmitry Bulatov adds that Institute of Arts and Culture students are very active and offer serious projects:   - This is not the first course I read at TSU, and I always enjoy communicating with students. Now we are analyzing not only the foundations of Art & Science and technological art but also their projects and practical developments with undergraduates. I am glad about their critical thought and desire to think about current problems. I will wait for their first joint exhibition in May this year.   The program Art & Science: Art. Design. Technologies includes such areas as practical synthesis of arts, design and engineering for innovative enterprises, speculative / critical design, practices of modern art, digital design and prototyping, directing and storytelling, and FabLab workshop.  
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A new dictionary will describe the Siberian peasant lifestyle
TSU philologists have compiled a new dictionary based on recordings of the speech of Vera Prokofyevna Vershinina, a typical representative of Russian Siberian old-timers dialects. Scientists divided all the words she used into groups by meaning, for example, “home”, “work”, “movement”, “food”, “family”, and others and found that in the view of Siberians, love is closely connected with friendship and respect.   From 1981 to 2004, Professor Ekaterina Ivantsova and Associate Professor Lyudmila Gingazova recorded the speech of Vera Prokofyevna Vershinina (1909-2004). The volume of decoded texts was about 10,000 pages. Based on this material, philologists have published a number of dictionaries, the last of which is ideographic. It was composed by Svetlana Zemicheva, a researcher at the Laboratory of General and Siberian Lexicography. The dictionary has more than 23,000 units, combined into 858 entries (semantic groups).   - In the ideographic dictionary, units are ordered based on the proximity of the meaning of words, rather than alphabetically. The ideographic dictionary reflects the picture of the world of a native speaker; it can be used to identify the ethical norms and values that exist in the peasant community, to reconstruct the way of life, - said Professor Ekaterina Ivantsova.   All words are grouped into three broad categories: “nature”, “man”, and “man and nature”. Each is divided into more particular ones, for example, “man” – “man as a living creature”, “spiritual man”, “man as a social being”, and “society”. These groups are divided into smaller ones.   The compiler of the dictionary, Svetlana Zemichyova, revealed that the physical and social spheres of life are most important for a representative of folk culture, and therefore, many names of body parts, diseases, food, physical labor, and others. The sphere of the mental (thinking, emotions, and will) is represented by fewer units. In addition, she found a special notion of love for the Siberian peasant woman.   - On the one hand, there is a romantic notion of love - “give a heart”, “a hug”, but mostly quotes from songs where love is presented as a high beautiful feeling. People in folklife culture rarely talk about love, and do so without lush phrases. For them, love is “to be friends,” “feel sorry for,” and “look at.” There are almost no romantics. Marital infidelity and debauchery are strictly condemned in traditional culture.  Affairs on the side, outside the family, are described with words with negative connotations - “concubine”, “paramour”, “repel”, and metaphors in which people are compared with animals - “snooze”, “boar”, “herd”, and others. Ideally, a person should get married once and live like that all their life, - said Svetlana Zemicheva.     An interesting fact is that the words related to nature in the lexicon of Vera Prokofievna turned out to be the fewest. For peasants, nature is, first of all, the space that needs to be mastered, to use, for example, for your own vegetable garden. Nature is extremely rarely perceived from an aesthetic point of view.   The most important for the Siberian peasant are such areas as “labor”, “house”, “food”, “disease”, “behavior”, “relationship”, “family”, “plants”, “animals”, “religion”, and “customs and rites”. These categories include the most words and demonstrate the traditional values of the villager.
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TSU is a co-organizer of an academic alliance with Spain
Eight Spanish and Russian universities have announced the creation of an academic alliance that will develop collaboration and strengthen cultural and, in particular, scientific and educational ties between the two countries. Four universities became initiators from the Russian side: TSU, MISIS, RANEPA, and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy. From the Spanish side, the alliance includes the University Carlos III of Madrid, University of Oviedo, University of Valencia, and Rovira i Virgili University.   The signing of documents between universities is planned in April. The number of participants is expected to grow because other universities are showing interest in the project. The authors of the initiative hope that over time the alliance will become a platform for conducting civil dialogue between Russia and Spain in various areas. The meeting of the participating universities was held in Moscow under the auspices of the Embassy of Spain in Moscow.   - So far there are no students from Spain at TSU, but already more than 20 students are from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. And actually, students from Spain can be interested in studying with us, just as now Italian students are. The alliance collaboration will develop not only in humanities and language but also in technical sciences, where Spain is very heavily invested. We are interested in mutual collaboration, - comments Artyom Rykun, TSU Vice-Rector for International Affairs.   He added that there are plans to exchange students in those disciplines that are of interest to all parties, summer and winter schools, and further, scientific interaction or joint programs.   Over the past 10 years, TSU has concluded collaboration agreements in science and education with five Spanish universities: Cordoba, the Balearic Islands, Murcia, Santiago de Compostela, and Granada. In addition, joint projects in botany are developing with the University of Zaragoza, and in physics we collaborate with the University of the Basque Country. TSU also works together with the Russian-Catalan Cultural Center “Commonwealth” in Barcelona.   - We hope for qualitative development in collaboration with the University of Valencia, one of the strongest in Spain, and the University Carlos III of Madrid, because this is one of the most dynamically developing universities in the country. For some types of the Erasmus program, they are leaders in Europe, they have a very large number of international students, and most importantly, more than 60% of the programs they teach are in English, which is unusual for Spanish schools, - said Artyom Rykun.
05.02.2019 Read More
Nano-sized diamond will improve materials for maritime transport
An experiment on the introduction of nanoscale diamond into an aluminum melt using ultrasonic treatment at the Brunel University (London, United Kingdom) has been completed. The result will be used to create new materials, mainly for maritime transport. The experiment was conducted at the Brunel Center for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) under the guidance of Dmitry Eskin, Professor at TSU and Brunel University London.   No one had previously synthesized alloys with nanodiamonds; for this, larger particles or graphite were taken. Scientists at TSU view diamond as a promising material for the production of hardened alloys, although other nanoparticles are also used.   The resulting materials can be used in the aircraft, automotive, and space industries for the manufacture of shells, interior decoration, and other elements not related to the actuators (engines, gearboxes). They will reduce the weight and improve vehicle safety parameters.   - The experiment on the introduction and distribution of nanoparticles in aluminum alloy was carried out in order to understand how to increase the mechanical characteristics of the alloy during technological processing (ductility, weldability, and others) and operation (corrosion resistance), while maintaining the quality, - says Nikolai Kakhidze, a Master’s student at the Faculty of Physics and Engineering, who just has returned from internship at the Brunel University. - For the introduction of nanoparticles into the aluminum alloy, we used special ligatures with nanoscale diamond, which were obtained by the original method of shock-wave compaction patented by TSU (RF Patent No. 2654225).   Nanoscale diamond is a powder of diamonds, with a particle size of several nanometers. Master alloys are auxiliary alloys used to introduce other elements into the liquid metal. In this experiment, they are rods that will later be quite convenient and technologically advanced for use in production.     The experiment showed that the resulting alloy is of high quality, without pores and defects. Thus, the parameters chosen by scientists made it possible to introduce nanoparticles into the alloy without degrading the quality of the starting material; this will further contribute to a significant increase in mechanical properties.   The production of new light alloys based on aluminum with enhanced characteristics is an urgent task for materials science. The introduction of even a small amount of nanoparticles (less than 1%) can lead to a significant increase in the physical and mechanical properties of inexpensive aluminum alloys. Such compounds will have a lower cost compared to the analogs currently used, where the expensive scandium is used for ligatures.   The study was conducted in the TSU High-Energy and Special Materials Research Laboratory as a part of the project related to the production of materials for marine shipbuilding.   BCAST is a division of the Brunel University London. It is engaged in innovative research in crystallization control technology, the development of methods for processing liquid metal. They also conduct their own applied research with individual industrial partners.
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A TSU graduate presented a book translated from Maltese into Russian
A TSU graduate, Yana Psayla, has presented her translation of the book of the Maltese writer Trevor Zahra at the San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta. Jana is the first translator of works of art from the national language of Malta into Russian. The event was attended by by Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of the Republic of Malta.   The story “Challenges” tells about the adventures of the company of teenagers during the summer holidays: they throw each other challenges, which take a dangerous turn. The book was awarded the National Literary Prize of Malta in 2005 in the category “The best book for young people”, the Russian translation has appeared on the Russian book market in the fall of 2018.   - The translation of the story was easy because, with the help of certain translation solutions, impressive equivalents of phraseological units, expressing a similar idea through images typical of the language picture of the Russian reader’s world, were always found - said Yana Psayla. - The quality of translation depends primarily on the degree of the bicultural status of the translator, which consists in a good knowledge of not only the language but also the mentality of both nations in order to adequately interpret the realities of the original in the translated text. But despite all the remoteness of the linguocultural milieu of Malta and Russia, there were complete equivalents of speech, which indicates a certain commonality of the phraseological foundation of both languages at the junction of universal concepts common to all mankind.   The presentation of the story was organized under the auspices of the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. She attended the presentation, and after she reported on the past event on her Facebook page.     Also present at the presentation were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in the Republic of Malta, Vladimir Malygin, ex-President of Malta, Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and Andrey Muraviev, Counsellor, Director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture. The event was held with the organizational support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Malta and the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Valletta.   Yana Psayla is the author of the first Russian-Maltese and Maltese-Russian phrasebooks in the world and the first translation of the Maltese novel into Russian; this is Trevor Zahra’s novel “The Secret Life of Grandma Genoveffa”. In addition, a TSU graduate has published her own collection of poems in the Maltese language and translated several works by Vladimir Vysotsky. Her books are included in the Library of the President of Malta.
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Scientists from Russia, Poland, and France will study Siberia
The new international research and educational center (REC) Institute of Archeology, Ethnography, and Physical Anthropology has opened at TSU. Scientists from Russia, Poland, and France will explore the peoples and cultures of Siberia from the Stone Age to modern times.   TSU Professor Maria Chernaya is the director of the REC, and the chairman of the board is Vyacheslav Molodin, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The REC includes the Department of Archeology and Historical Local History, the Laboratory of Archaeological and Ethnographic Research in Western Siberia, the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of Siberia, and the anthropology office.   - The REC integrates the divisions of the university with an archeological, ethnographic, and anthropological profile into a single interdisciplinary structure to consolidate resources and efforts to study peoples and cultures and historical processes in Siberia from ancient to modern times,- said Maria Chernaya. - It will serve to strengthen and develop strategic partnerships with academic science and international research centers.   One of the main tasks of the center in education is the expansion of enrollment in graduate school in archeology, including by attracting graduates from other scientific centers of Siberia. This will help TSU become the main platform for the training of qualified personnel for the entire region.   Another project will be creating a virtual museum of Siberian ancient history, which will give the opportunity to become familiar with unique funds whose collection began more than 140 years ago. The virtual museum will make it possible to see objects in three dimensions, read their descriptions, and learn the history of the find.   In addition, under a grant of the Russian Science Foundation, scientists will describe the processes of ethnocultural and biological adaptation of the Russian population of Siberia in the 17th -19th centuries. And in 2020, REC staff is planning to hold an international West Siberian archaeological and ethnographic conference.   The organization of the new REC Institute of Archeology, Ethnography and Physical Anthropology will strengthen the position of Tomsk science in the study of the history of Siberia and will contribute to the growth of the authority and influence of Tomsk State University in the Russian and international space.
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