In addition to the honorary doctorates, a number of other honors were conferred at the Dies Academicus. The Amerbach Prize, which is sponsored by the University of Basel, was awarded to Dr. Nesina Grütter for her dissertation Quasi Nahum: the Masoretic text and the translation of the Septuagint of the book of Nahum: a comparison.
The athletics prize, sponsored by Basler Versicherungen, was awarded to Kaspar Hägler, a master’s student in economics. At the World University Orienteering Championship 2016 in Miskolc (Hungary), Hägler took the silver medal for orienteering in the long-distance category and a second silver medal with the Swiss men’s team.
A special prize, sponsored by Basler Versicherungen, was presented to Simon Niepmann, a master’s student in sports sciences and geography, and Lucas Tramèr, a master’s student in medicine. The pair won the Olympic gold medal in Lightweight Fours Rowing at the 2016 Olympic Games Regatta in Rio de Janeiro.
The University of Basel’s Alumni Prize 2016 was presented to the journalist and war reporter Dr. Kurt Pelda. Pelda pursues a style of journalism that seeks to communicate first-hand information without sensationalism, thus bringing transparency to particularly challenging crisis situations.
The following faculty prizes were presented to junior researchers for outstanding dissertations and studies:
- the Faculty of Theology prize to Dr. des. Jonathan Stutz
- the Faculty of Law prize, sponsored by law firm VISCHER, to Dr. Beat Jucker and Dr. Saskia Stucki
- the Faculty of Medicine prize, sponsored by Roche Pharma Research, to Dr. Kristina Affolter
- the Humanities Prize of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to Dr. Julian Genner
- the Faculty of Science prize, sponsored by Adobe Research (Schweiz) AG, to Dr. Susanne Baumann and Dr. Christoph Klöffel
- the Faculty of Business and Economics prize, sponsored by the Basler Kantonalbank Foundation for the promotion of economics research and teaching at the University of Basel, to Dr. Kristyna Ters
- the Faculty of Psychology’s Steven Karger Prize, sponsored by Karger S. AG, medical and scientific publisher, to Dr. Olivia Manicolo and Dr. Klara Sifalakis-Spalek
The Emilie-Louise-Frey Prize, which supports junior female scientists, went to Sophia Anna Joray, MA, and Claudia Speiser, MTh, was honored with the Young Talent Prize from the “Schwizerhüsli” student association.
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