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RESEARCH

Improving the stability of perovskite semiconductor nanocrystals 
While lead halide perovskites can be used in television displays and smart phones, degradation of perovskites by water and light hinders their commercial applications. Recent paper by Dr Angshuman Nag and team proposes a way out. Read more in this article on IISER Pune newsroll .
Piecing together vitamin B-12
Vitamin B-12 is a large molecule synthesised by certain bacteria and archaea. The synthesis involves enzymes acting in a substrate- and region-specific manner. While this was known, the basis for specificity had eluded researchers for years. Work from Dr Amrita Hazra's group offers a missing piece of this puzzle. More  
Thermal fluctuations in quantum heat flow
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Relation provides a lower bound for observables like position and momentum to be measured simultaneously. Can one think of such a bound for thermal fluctuations in quantum heat flow? Dr Bijay Agarwalla, Prof. T. S. Mahesh, and team explore in this Physical Review Research paper.

EFFORTS AGAINST COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing Centre
Run with the help of volunteers, the COVID-19 testing centre has now tested over 7500 samples arriving from hospitals in Pune. With volunteers from SPPU having joined the effort, the centre is now able to test upto 250 samples daily. Read in this blog post on Nature India's Indigenus about the workflow at the Centre. More
Research on COVID-19
With safety and physical distancing measures in place, research efforts have been underway at IISER Pune to prevent, diagnose, and manage COVID-19. This video produced by the IISER Pune Science Media Centre highlights some of the ongoing COVID-19 research. More
Public Engagement and Community Service 
In their professional and/or individual capacities, some of our institute members are involved in reaching out to the community within and outside the campus and to engage with the public in a meaningful manner in these times. Visit this page for details on these efforts.
Highlighted here are Smt Indrani Balan Science Activity Centre's live demo sessions on Sunday mornings. Visit the Science Activity Centre's YouTube Channel to view the recordings or to attend a session live! 
The community service volunteer team from the campus, formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has organised donation drives and a daily food-supplement programme for children to help the migrant workers residing in the campus.
COVID-19 Efforts: Contributors  
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited has pledged to sponsor the purchase of a high-throughput 96-well RT-PCR machine. This timely support will help us in optimizing the operations of the COVID-19 testing centre on the IISER Pune campus. 

Contributions from corporates and individuals are welcome in tackling COVID-19 together!

If you wish to contribute, please visit this page. Please write to giving-to@iiserpune.ac.in for any queries. 

IISER PUNE IN THE MEDIA

Links to some of the recent articles in news and media outlets about research and researchers at IISER Pune.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

NIRF 2020 India Rankings
IISER Pune has been ranked 25 in the overall category of the 2020 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Rankings. More

Prof. S.G. Srivatsan won the National Prize for Research on Chemistry of Peptides and Nucleic Acids. The award is given by Prof. C.N.R. Rao Education Foundation More

Prof. Harinath Chakrapani has been chosen to receive the 2021 CRSI Bronze Medal by the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) More

PARTNERSHIPS AND ENDOWMENTS

Jidnyasa Virtual Lecture Series at Praj Matrix
The Partnerships Office at IISER Pune has facilitated interaction between researchers at IISER Pune and at Praj Industries, through the ‘Jidnyasa: Virtual learning platform’ of Praj Matrix. More

IISER Pune- Innoplexus Travel Award
This newly instituted travel award sponsored by Innoplexus will benefit IISER Pune students during the academic year 2020-21 for furthering their research activities.
 
Support for the iGEM 2020 team
Delta Faucet Co. India Pvt Ltd and Scivic Engineering I. Pvt Ltd will support IISER Pune students at the 2020 Edition of International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition hosted at the MIT, Boston, USA.
 
Support for research on drugs of carbohydrate and peptide origin
A donation from ZF Steering Gear (I) Ltd will support the development of a practical, scalable and catalytic route for the synthesis of life saving drugs of carbohydrate and peptide origin. This work will be carried out in the research groups of Prof. H.N. Gopi and Prof. Srinivas Hotha from the Chemistry department. 

IISER Pune-IDeaS Scholarship Award
In this third year of association, IDeaS will support tuition fee waivers for IISER Pune students for a semester during the academic year of 2020-21.

EVENTS

CoESME's first online workshop for teachers
May 18-23, 2020
Considering the lockdown, the CoESME team took their flagship workshop to the online mode. Organised in association with Wilson College, Mumbai, this interactive workshop saw participation from ~120 teachers. More
Webinar Series by MANAV 
May to July, 2020 

The MANAV team has organised a webinar series on data science. A recording of these talks is available at this link. See also this video where Rajya Sabha TV's Science Monitor programme has featured the MANAV project.   

IISER PUNE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

TWITTER
TROP-ICSU, an International Science Council (ISC) project team hosted at IISER Pune has developed lesson plans to integrate topics in climate science education across the curriculum. Here, ISC highlights TROP-ICSU's accomplishments. More
LINKEDIN
Demonstration of Zero Shadow Day held by Smt. Indrani Balan Science Activity Centre at IISER Pune on May 14, when Pune witnessed this astronomical phenomenon. More
FACEBOOK
The 2020-21 Indian Women in Science calendar from TLoS with support from India Alliance features two IISER faculty members--Dr Kaneenika Sinha and Dr Devapriya Chattopadhyay. More   
TWITTER
The Student Council and Medical Committee at IISER Pune have been organising 'In conversation', a video series on mental health. See here the past 4 episodes of this series. 
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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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