News in Brief

JU News Desk
Published: May 2019

Guest Lecture on “Small Brains, Big Problems, Smart Solutions”

School of Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organised a guest lecture on “Small Brains, Big Problems, Smart Solutions” on February 12, 2019. Dr. Rohini Balakrishnan, Chair of Centre for Ecological Sciences (Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru), and a leading neuroethologist, delivered the lecture.

In her scientific presentation, she proceeded to untangle the “Cocktail Party Problem” faced by myriad communities of insects in trying to communicate with each other amidst heavy acoustic footfall and traffic. How does a female, surrounded by such a cacophony of sounds, home in on her potential mate calling out to her? Through clever experiments, Dr. Rohini and her team gave insightful glimpses into an alien world. Her collection of different calls made by distinct species of crickets allowed the listeners to understand how it feels, to stand in the middle of a forest in the Western Ghats.

Dr. Rohini also showed 3D reconstructions of the ears of crickets and explained how its position in the legs of the insect aids it in calculating the directionality of the incoming sound. At the end, the session was opened to the audience for questions.

Guest Lecture on Future Earth – An Indian Perspective

School of Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organised a guest lecture on ‘Future Earth – An Indian Perspective’ for the students of B.Sc. Life Sciences on January 18, 2019. Dr. Shailesh Nayak – Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies who is a Distinguished Scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, was the speaker at the event.

Dr. Nayak discussed climate change and its impact on sustainable development in his talk. He also explained the steps taken by the government of India to combat the effect of climate change on the Indian economy. He explained the effects of global warming on Indian Ocean and its impact on fisheries, rainstorms and cyclones.

 

Syrian Delegation Visit Jain (Deemed-to-be University)

Syrian Delegates visited Jain (Deemed-to-be University) on January 19 and 20, 2019 to build friendly political relations.

The delegates were His Excellency Dr. Riad Kamel Abbas – Ambassador of The Syrian Arab Republic; Dr. Waiel Awwad – Advisor to Ambassador, Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in India; Mr. Salam Socar – Protocol Officer and in charge Ambassador’s Office; Dr. Zein Al Abideen Abbas – Researcher, Damascus University and Mr. Zol Feqar Abbas – Chief of Syrian Student Union in India.