This summer, for two weeks, 120 high school students (out of 750 applicants) had the opportunity to taste how research is done at Stockholm University. The students worked in small groups under the supervision of doctoral students in chemistry, physics, biology and geology. At the Physics department, the two PhD students Tanja Petrushevska and Seméli Papadogiannakis offered a project that involved supernovae and their host galaxies.
Ionising radiation is a two-edged sword with respect to cancer. On the one hand it is successfully used for treating malignant tumours; on the other hand it is a well-known carcinogen. During the last decades the life expectancy for many cancer patients has increased due to improvements in both early detection and therapy methods and therefore late effects become a matter of concern for the long term survivors of cancer therapy.
Frank Wilczek is a theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate (2004). Thanks to recruitment program of the Swedish Research Council he has now landed at the department of Physics at Stockholm University with a 60 million grant for 10 years. We had the pleasure to ask him a few questions about his plans for the future.