Nurse Harm Wedman was the first person in Groningen to receive the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine on January 6. UMCG board president Ate van der Zee presented the syringe and other objects to rector magnificus Cisca Wijmenga on Tuesday evening. ‘They may seem like ordinary objects, but they have great significance’, said the rector.
If it’s safe to do so by then, the vaccination attributes will be on display at the UMCG this autumn, says the University Museum’s Arjen Dijkstra. The museum regularly organises exhibitions in the hospital on the history of medical sciences in Groningen. The new exhibition will naturally be about the coronavirus and vaccinations.
‘The groundwork for vaccination was laid in this city’, Dijkstra explains. ‘By Geert Reinders and Petrus Camper. We’re now adding the continuation of that history to our collection.’
Petrus Camper (1722 – 1789) was a versatile physician. He was appointed to the university in Groningen in 1763. He wrote about smallpox inoculation and was an expert in how to fight the cattle plague.
Camper built on the results of Groningen autodidact Geert Reinders (1737 – 1815), one of the founding fathers of immunology.
Since 2019, people have been working hard on constructing the brand new building for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
A small section of the building, named after Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, already has scaffolding put up and it’s expected that the first parts of the new building will be operational by 2022, when the last bit of the old building will make room for the new building.
The new building will have room for a thousand bachelor students and 450 master students. It will also be outfitted with all kinds of technological marvels for first-rate laboratory research, like vibration-free floors.
Each year, the UG names an in-house poet to publish a monthly poem on the university website. This year Olivier van Eijk (21), student of philosophy, proudly wears that title.
Olivier has been writing fiction and poetry since he was a young boy. He’s very enthusiastic about poetry and hopes he can make others equally enthusiastic. ‘People think it’s pretentious’, he says. ‘But it really isn’t! Poetry is a living, growing thing. Anyone can appreciate it. And it’s important to me to make that happen.’
With that mission in mind, Olivier will write a poem about a topical (news) issue for UKrant every two weeks. We’ll publish his work on our Instagram account on Thursdays. Do you have a subject in mind that you’d like Olivier to write about? Let us know!
They started cheering out of their open windows at exactly 8 p.m. and were soon joined by many others in the street. The applause took place all over the country. For three minutes, people clapped for everyone working in healthcare combatting the virus.
Rick Valk (18), spatial planning and design student, came up with the idea. He puts together fresh meal kits at home in his student room, adds a recipe, and delivers them by bicycle. He gets the ingredients fresh from the market. All for 3.99.
When he had just moved out on his own, he realised he was throwing away a lot of food, which was a waste. This led to the idea of a meal kit delivery service.
Valk delivers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. People have to order on the day before 1 PM. You can order a kit for Tuesday on Monday, a kit for Thursday on Wednesday, and a weekend kit on Friday.
Couscous, spaghetti, home-made fries; he publishes new and interesting recipes on his website every week. Often, the recipes are vegetarian, or they can be modified to be vegetarian.
StudentFood is environmentally friendly as well, not just because Valk delivers by bike – no matter the weather, But also because he avoids the use of plastic and only uses sustainable packaging. On request, he will email you the recipe rather than add a piece of paper to your kit.
If you’re interested in ordering from StudentFood, check the website: studentfoodgroningen.nl.
The puzzles are sold in the I Shop (the university store) which you can find in the Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat. They cost 49,95 euros.
In his workplace at the Travertijnstraat, Drent bends over a miniature façade of the Academy building built on a scale of 1 in 500. ‘Everything is precise to a tenth of a millimetre’, says the artist. And all of it is built by hand.
It’s the largest commissioned project Drent has ever gotten. He expects it will take him about four months to complete all the puzzles.
Drent has been making models of eye-catching buildings in Groningen
for years, including the Groninger Museum and the Martinitoren. Do you want to see more of his work? Go to xsmodelmakers.com.
The multi-coloured façade, an homage to Groningen artist H.N. Werkman, is visible from the highway.
At 74 metres high, the flat will be able to house 698 students. And man, what a view they will have, especially if they manage to snag a studio on one of the top floors. We got you a pre-view (geddit?). Don’t watch if you have a fear of heights!
Will you be moving into this building, or are you interested in one of the studios? You’ll be waiting a little bit: the flat will open its doors on January 23, 2020.