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RESEARCH

Sniffing out accurate decisions
How fast vs how well in decision-making: Addressing a long-standing debate on speed-accuracy trade-off in research pertaining to the sense of smell is a recent publication from Dr. Nixon Abraham's group. Read more in this news article.
Nanogenerators
Is it possible to generate energy through one's footsteps, tapping fingers or other movements to charge your phone or your smartwatch? This explanatory video based on Prof. Satishchandra Ogale's research introduces us to this possibility. 
Antarctica, then and now
In the depths of oceans, underneath the ocean bed, lay clues from the Earth's past. Using such clues, Dr. Sudipta Sarkar's group has studied how the ice-cold Antarctica of today has come about, from warmer times 40 million years back. More
Architectural heritage of Ahmadnagar
In this video produced by the Science Media Centre of the institute, Dr. Pushkar Sohoni introduces us to key features of some of the constructions from the 16th century that constitute the rich architectural heritage of Ahmadnagar.
IISER Pune Research in the News
Here are links to some of the recent articles in external news outlets that reported about research at IISER Pune.

IISER Pune team synthesises photocatalyst to degrade organic pollutants
Discovery of a new class of enzymes with important function in metabolism
Druggable targets found for S. aureus
IISER Pune team fabricates a viable alternative to silicon diodes
IISER project could boost vaccine tech

PARTNERSHIPS

Supercomputing facility

Steered by C-DAC and IISc with funding from MoES and DST, the supercomputing facility PARAM Brahma of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) is being installed at IISER Pune. Learn more in this interview conducted by the Indian Express.

MoU with University of Jena
IISER Pune and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany signed a MoU. Cooperation between the the two will include joint realisation of research and/or teaching programs, exchange of personnel, student mobility, joint conferences and workshops. More

Pune Biotech Cluster inaugurated at NCCS
The Pune Biotech Cluster, a joint initiative between the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) and IISER Pune set up with funding from the Department of Biotechnology has been inaugurated at the NCCS by Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India. 
With Gennova Biopharmaceuticals  
In this partnership with Dr. Britto Sandanaraj's group, Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. is interested in utilizing the Micelle-Assisted Protein Labeling (MAPLab) Technology developed by the Britto Lab for the design of vaccine candidates with variable epitope density.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Nature Index 2019 Young Universities 
The Nature Index 2019 Young Universities listing ranks IISER Pune in the 20th position on a list of world’s top 175 young universities aged 50 and under. More

2020 Times Higher Education Rankings
In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, IISER Pune is ranked among the top 800 globally and ranked 10 in India. More

EVENTS AND VISITORS

The IISER Pune Institute Colloquium Series
Aug 2019 Semester
The Institute Colloquium Series this semester has brought to the campus speakers from various disciplines of science and beyond. Recorded versions of some of these talks put together by the Science Media Centre at the institute are available here.
TCGA Conference and Workshop
Sept 21-25, 2019
The first TCGA-themed Conference and Workshop in India held on campus initiated a discussion on a cancer genome atlas for Indian population. More here and here
Course on the physics and mechanics of rocks 
Nov 5, 2019
IISER Pune Student Chapter of Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) and EAGE are organising a one-day course on the Physics and Mechanics of Rocks by renowned geophysicist Prof. Manika Prasad. More info and registration here.

IISER PUNE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

TWITTER
National Sports Day observed in conjunction with the launch of #FitIndiaMovement by the MHRD; Volleyball, basketball, and badminton matches held in the newly inaugurated indoor sports facility. More
LINKEDIN
IISER Pune hosted the 2019 Edition of “Startup Master Class (SMC)”, a flagship event of Pune Chapters of IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi Alumni Associations. More here and here
TWITTER
A heritage walk on the woodwork and paintings of the Marathas was led by PhD student Swapna Joshi. (Photo courtesy: Amruta Shinde) More 
FACEBOOK
A film on Sir Fred Hoyle, produced by the Science Media Centre on campus, was screened at the institute. The film is now available here.
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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune is an autonomous research and teaching organisation of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. 

This newsletter is produced by the Research Communications Office in association with the Partnerships and Outreach Office of IISER Pune. You can reach us on rescomm@acads.iiserpune.ac.in

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