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3 November 2006

Campus TV in November: Ideas Management at the University of Heidelberg

Other topics: new MaReCuM course at the University Hospital in Mannheim, a new method of operating on the thyroid gland, an intelligent wheelchair, merger celebrations at the "Hochschule Mannheim", results of the Initiative for Excellence

The topics in the November programme of Campus TV range from reports on ideas management at the University of Heidelberg, the introduction of the new MaReCuM course at the University Hospital in Mannheim and a new method for operating on the thyroid gland to an intelligent wheelchair and the merger celebrations at the "Hochschule Mannheim". On the RNF-PLUS programme of Rhein-Neckar Television, transmitted via the Astra satellite and also on the cable networks of the Rhine-Neckar European Metropolitan Region, Campus TV will also be showing a report at peak viewing times on the outcome of the first round of the Initiative for Excellence, with special reference to the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim.

Company employees frequently have bright ideas about how to simplify work routines or enhance environmental protection. These ideas are a major contribution to saving money and the companies taking them up reward their staff members for their brainwaves. The new "Ideas Management" project at the University of Heidelberg takes the same approach. Chief administrative officer Dr. Marina Frost outlines the aims of the project.

The University Hospital in Mannheim was recently the scene of a festive celebration entitled "Yesterday and Tomorrow". The introduction of the new MaReCuM course assembles Mannheim's medical scientists in a full-scale Faculty, the "Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg". For the first time, medical students can now take all their courses in Mannheim.

Alongside the thyroid gland we all have at least four parathyroid glands. These tiny organs are situated near the thyroid gland and produce a hormone that regulates calcium in the body. But if they produce too much of this hormone, they have to be removed. Up to now, this operation has been both problematic in itself and risky for the patient. At the University Hospital in Mannheim a team headed by Professor Stefan Post has developed a method for making this operation a more predictable undertaking.

A robotics team at the University of Mannheim is devising a way of getting a smart vehicle to move around on its own. The vehicle in question is not a remote-controlled car but an intelligent wheelchair for severely disabled people. The ultimate vision is a wheelchair that will take its owner over to the TV set punctually for the news and negotiate any obstacles there may be in its path. Though they still have a long way to go, information scientists at the University of Mannheim have already taken the first steps in this direction.

Things that take time finally turn out well. This proverb fits the facts in connection with the merger of the Mannheim universities of applied sciences specialising in technology and design, on the one hand, and social issues on the other. They have now banded together to form the "Hochschule Mannheim", officially since 17 October. At the merger celebrations the guests were surprised to learn that what started out as a marriage of convenience has now turned into something much more like a love match.

The outcome of the first round of the Initiative for Excellence was awaited with bated breath at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. In the next few years, the Federal and state governments will be providing 1.9 billion euros to support the best German universities in their bid to close with the leaders in the international excellence stakes. The outcome met with different responses at the two universities. Campus TV reports.

Another regular feature is the "anderthalb-team" headed by Professor Karlheinz Meier. This time the subject is thermal radiation.

New transmission times for Campus TV in 2006: every week at 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

The sponsors of Campus TV are the non-profit Klaus Tschira Foundation (Heidfelberg), the Mannheim lubricant company Fuchs Petrolub AG, the SRH Heidelberg, the John Deere company (Mannheim) and the Broadcast Authority of Baden-Württemberg (LfK Stuttgart). The programme is compered by Campus TV editor Joachim Kaiser.

Campus TV on the internet: www.campus-tv.eu

Please address any inquiries on the Heidelberg contributions to:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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