UNI NOVA – Research Magazine of the University of Basel
The cathedral treasury’s golden altar frontal
Barbara Schellewald / The emergence of medieval art history in Basel is closely associated with Wilhelm Wackernagel (1806–1869), Professor of German at the university from 1835. In some of his works, he explored medieval topics such as the cathedral treasury’s golden altar frontal, only copies of which remain in Basel.
Academia and family life
Andrea Maihofer /
Rosental campus for Dental Medicine and Environmental Sciences
A Zurich architectural firm has been chosen to construct a new building for the planned University Center for Dental Medicine Basel and for the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel.
Urban Studies: Cooperation with Cape Town
The University of Basel is building partnerships in southern Africa with a new cooperation with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. An interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Urban and Landscape Studies is planned for which three professorships have been established.
Back from greener pastures
Balz Andrea Alter / An ethnographic film about African reggae musicians returning to their homeland after achieving success in Europe is being produced as part of a dissertation project at the Universities of Basel and Aarhus. Its working title is “Back from the Greener Pastures”.
Measuring arterial calcification precisely
Bert Müller / Blood vessels that have been narrowed and calcified by atherosclerosis can be measured accurately to within several micrometers. These three-dimensional images form the basis for flow simulations, so that mechanosensitive nanocontainers for targeted drug release can be designed. For that purpose, Basel-led researchers in materials science have combined existing X-ray methods.