Centre for homeless youth
The participants of the "Step Forward" student competition had to design a centre for homeless youths. The place had to meet several requirements. First of all, it should provide shelter for young people without a roof over their heads, but that is not all. It was also important to give them a chance to get back on their feet. The designs therefore also had to include spaces for learning new skills or interacting with other people in the centre. In addition, the building had to be inexpensive, in keeping with its surroundings and able to accommodate 60 people.
Distinguished diploma theses
The Polish Mathematical Society awarded the diploma theses of Dawid Haranhan and Mateusz Śliwiński. Dawid Haranhan is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at Wrocław University of Science and Technology. His thesis entitled "Sharp estimation of Jacobi heat kernel on a cone" won him second place in the Józef Marcinkiewicz competition for the best thesis in mathematics. Such a successful attempt to tackle this problem was the result of several years of fascination with mathematical analysis.
The jury also distinguished the work of Mateusz Śliwiński. A doctoral student at the Faculty of Mathematics wrote the thesis entitled "Estimation of eigenfunctions for harmonics" that received considerable recognition from the Polish Mathematical Society.
Special prize for a breathing sensor
Breakthrough in the fight against herpes
The award was also granted to a group of scientists who together with researchers from the Jagiellonian University discovered the potential of a chemical compound in the fight against the HSV-1 virus. The Wroclaw University of Science and Technology was represented in the team by Dominika Iwan, M.Sc., Elżbieta Wojaczyńska, Ph.D., professor of the university, Marcin Sieńczyk, Ph. Scientists have studied a chemical compound that effectively inhibits the reproduction of the herpes virus, one of the most widespread human pathogens. According to estimates, about 90 per cent of the entire population are carriers of HSV-1.
The patent procedure for the discovery is in progress. The results of laboratory analyses carried out by scientists from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology and the Jagiellonian University have also been presented in an international application.