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(photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY / FOLKLORE

Mobile app looks behind the Iron Curtain

Nineteen students from the Cultural Anthropology / Folklore division at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have compiled experiences and stories of contemporary witnesses to the Cold War between East and West for theinternational "Iron Curtain Stories" project. Their interviews and much more have just been made available on the "Memory of Nations" website and a smartphone app.


Simulation eines Beratungsgesprächs in der Trainingsapotheke (Foto: Peter Pulkowski)PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Pharmacy in role-play

The training pharmacy at the Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at Mainz University gives students the opportunity to practice dealing with customers. It’s all about practical application.  The aspiring pharmacists learn what it will be like later in their professional lives.


(photo: Uwe Feuerbach)SCHOOL DAY SIMULATION

"This has never been done before"

They mimicked a disgruntled teacher, a rebellious teenager, and a dedicated educator. Eighty student teachers participated in the School Day Simulation organized by the Institute of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Professor Margarete Imhof brought this unique project to Mainz, where it is planned to be held as a regular event in the future.


Sandra Leupold, holder of the Klara Maria Faßbinder Visiting Professorship (photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)FAßBINDER VISITING PROFESSORSHIP

"Goethe would have had a heart attack"

The acclaimed opera director Sandra Leupold is teaching for a semester at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). As the holder of the Klara Marie Faßbinder Visiting Professorship in Women's and Gender Studies, she will be guesting at the Mainz School of Music and at the JGU Department of Film, Theater, and Empirical Cultural Studies.


(photo: Peter Pulkowski)ART AUCTION

A Warhol under the hammer

A group of 56 students staged a major auction at the Institute of Art History of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Their fictitious auction houses, Phoenix and Galla, offered works ranging from Otto Dix and Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol and George Grosz – bringing in nearly EUR 6 million in bids from the public. A tremendous success, even if no real money changed hands.


(photo: Peter Pulkowski)SKILLS LAB

Future doctors practice for the real thing

At the Skills Lab of the Mainz University Medical Center students learn from fellow students what is often covered all too briefly in standard study programs. Whether it be intubation or catheter placement, ultrasound examinations or medical history-related aspects, the courses on offer are diverse and help fill gaps in the curriculum.


(photo: Ivana Matic)ACADEMY OF ARTS

A place at dOCUMENTA (13)

Nine students from the Mainz Academy of Arts took part in the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition. Professor Andrea Büttner was the driving force behind the initiative. She arranged that her students from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) were invited to serve as artistic assistants to Canadian Gareth Moore at one of the world's leading exhibitions of contemporary art.


(photo: Peter Pulkowski)PRISON GROUP

Law students behind bars

The 'Prison Group' of the Department of Criminology, Juvenile Criminal Law, the Penal System, and Criminal Law of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has a long history – and a successful one. Students get to experience what it is like behind bars, and prisoners on remand get to have contact with the outside.


(photo: Nassim Boumaiza)INTERPRETER POOL

Students tear down language barriers

Those who need to make a visit to the authorities but are afraid that their German language skills are insufficient can now  turn to the interpreter pool in the Germersheim region. Thirty students of the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) help during interviews with social services, the youth welfare office, and other government authorities. The interpreter pool was set up in early 2012; the Rhineland-Palatinate Commissioner for Integration will finance the project in 2013.


(photo: Peter Pulkowski)INNOVATIVE TEACHING PROJECT

From container ship to artwork

The light and sound installation "resonate" was a huge success at the Frankfurt Luminale. Approximately 2,000 visitors a day came to see the container ship transformed into a work of art. The project was made possible through a joint project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and Mainz University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). Students from the design faculty collaborated with Kaspar König of the School of Music.


(photo: Max Frömling)POETRY

One poet, six translators

He is famed in Chile, yet rather unknown in Germany, although Raúl Zurita is one of the most important figures in Latin American literature. Six women – three students and three instructors – from the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies (FTSK) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have now opened a gateway to his writing for German readers: They translated selected works by the poet.


(photo: Peter Pulkowski)ARS LEGENDI PRIZE 2012

One man gets excited about tiresome teaching

Mass universities need to place greater emphasis on teaching, says Dr. Malte Persike from the Institute of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). He has just been awarded the Ars legendi Prize for Excellence in University Teaching from the German Rectors' Conference and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany – even though he teaches a subject that most of his students dread: Psychological methodology


(photo: Sascha Katanic)TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Poetry for all the senses

In the Mainz LyricsLab, poems emerge as multimedia experiences. Poetry is seen and heard, sometimes even smelled and tasted. This unusual teaching project began in 2011. In it, students at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the University of Applied Sciences Mainz work together to cast lyrics in new forms.