Photography

A basic photography course is offered to College students starting from 2018/19.  Photography is not only one of man's most effective way to capture the world that surrounds us, it is also a true art form that can convey extraordinary feelings and in depth knowledge.  The photography course will be offered by the local Photography Society in Pavia, a body that collects first class photographers with an outstanding artistic record.

 Image courtesy: https://www.webindia123.com/

 

Art

A basic drawing and painting course is offered to College students starting from 2018/19.  The College is well aware that much of its work is directed to the sciences, engineering and medicine and that, as a result, active steps should be taken in order to encourage the pursue of art, music, the humanities and social sciences in College.  The art course, together with a new photography course constitute initial steps in the process of bridging the 'two cultures' at Volta.

 

 

 

Italian

In the academic year 2018/19 the College introduced the first Italian language course. This course had been long in the making because College is aware that  the University Centro linguistico offers a range of courses in Italian language.  However, a number of foreign students living and working in College have explained that the time and cost of the official courses offered bby Centro linguistico do not allow a number of them to participate, hence the College decision to offer a course of Italian language (B1 level) and culture. 

 

 

 

Monday, 18 March 2019 23:08

Collegio Cairoli

Collegio A Volta is delighted to read that Collegio Cairoli has gained 'Collegio di Merito' status from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Resarch (MIUR).  The decision of MIUR acknowledges current work under College director Andrea Zatti, the strong input in College life that the Alumni Society has made throughout the years and the strong foundations built at Cairoli by Marco Fraccaro, College director for over thirty years and a distinguished professor of Human Genetics at the University of Pavia. Collegio A Volta and Collegio Cairoli organise a major, annual lecture to honour the life and work of M Fraccaro,  details of which can be found on the web pages of both Colleges.   

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 07:15

Collegi Universitari

EDiSU, the governing body of Collegio A Volta and ten further Colleges at the University of Pavia, has promoted an important one-day meeting in Milan about the role of the Colleges in University life and education.  The meeting, whose full title is I Collegi Universitari. Un'eredità per il Futuro, will address past history as well as present and future roles of residential Colleges in University education. It will focus in the first instance the history and work of the Colleges of the University of Pavia and Università Cattolica of Università in MIlan but will also include presentations about the role of the Colleges in Universities abroad including Cambridge and Yale. A broad discussion about the future of the Colleges in the Italian University system will take place in the final part of the meeting.

All College students are invited to attend this meeting. The poster of the meeting can be found and downloaded at this page. 

Image: Collegio P Fraccaro, one of the eleven Colleges governed by EDiSU in Pavia.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 04:51

Drug Discovery

The first meeting of the Idea Centre, a new, collaborative research initiative will take place in the College lecture theatre on the 6th and 7th of February 2019.  The new Centre aims to foster collaborations between scientists at the University of Pavia and at Scuola Normale in Pisa in the areas of Drug Discovery and protein engineering, especially Antibody Engineering.

This is a major area of research for both the University of Pavia and Scuola Normale and further information about the scope of the meeting and the Centre can be found at this page. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here.  All College students are invited to attend, especially students of Biology, Chemistry and Medical Courses.

Image: A drug-like small molecule. Courtesy of the FDA Group.

 

 

 

 

The 'Idea' Centre

A two-day colloquium promoted by Collegio A Volta, the University of Pavia and Scuola Normale in Pisa  will take place on the 6th and 7th of February in the College lecture theatre and will highlight a series of new research projects in the areas of Drug Discovery and Protein Engineering to be carried out under the mandate of a new Collaborative Research Centre named Idea.

The development of new therapeutics - whether small molecules or proteins  - is a complex and multistage process that involves expertises in biology, chemistry, biophysics, etc. Further, it requires considerable financial investment in order to enable adequate characterisation of the therapeutic target, screening and selection processes of the primary drug candidate, optimisation of key properties such as affinity and specificity ensuring adequate therapeutic, extensive pre-clinical testing and, finally, clinical trials in humans assessing safety and efficacy.

Both the University of Pavia and Scuola Normale in Pisa have considerable expertises in several of the above areas and have strengthened their research potential by building new research facilities and acquiring new and powerful instrumentation essential for research in Drug Discovery and Protein Engineering, These new facilities and this new nstrumentation includes high-speed compuiter clusters, both in Pavia and Pisa, extensive facilities for cell biological research (super resolution microscopes, cell analysers and cell sorters), electron microscopes for both cell and tissue analysis and for structural studies, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and instruments for in vivo imaging (both magnetic resonance imaging and micro computer tomography).

The colloquium will discuss ongoing and new research projects and will offer the opportunity to frame new collaborative projects in these areas between the Univetrsity of Pavia and Scuola Normale in Pisa in years to come. The poster of the colloquium can be downloaded here and all College students are warmly invited to participate. 

Image: the first crystal structure of an important class of therapeutic proteins: a monoclonal antibody (PDB accession 1IGT). 

Sunday, 06 January 2019 18:13

College Teaching

On 17th December 2018 EDiSU published the list and a preliminary ranking order of students who had applied for College-based teaching for the current academic year. A copy of the list can be found at this page. The new procedure has been implemented in order to maximise financial support from government toward College-based teaching.

The final ranking order of students contributing to teaching will be established after a round of students' interviews that will take place in the coming days (7th-11th of January 2019).

Image: Palazzo Vistarino, the main site of EDISU offices.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 06 January 2019 17:46

Pavia Colleges

On the 5th of December 2018 nearly two thousand students of the University of Pavia took to the streets in order to protest against prospective cuts to students' bursaries and the collegiate system of the University of Pavia. A number of University lecturers also joined the protest.  The University of Pavia has enjoyed higher than average governemental income toward students bursaries and eleven University Colleges.

Under Italian law support for Higher Education reaches students and Universities via regional government, Regione Lombardia in the case of the University of Pavia. New criteria for resource allocation currently under consideration by regional government, however, may appreciably decrease the quota of funding reaching the students of the University of Pavia and the Colleges at Pavia.

The Chancellor of the University of Pavia and the President of EDiSU, the body in charge of governing the eleven University Colleges present at Pavia and students' bursaries , are engaging Regione Lombardia in order to reverse the threat of the cuts. They can count on extensive support from the students and staff of the University of Pavia in this endeavour and first and above on the support of students living and working in the Colleges of the University, including the students of Volta who had a strong role and presence in the demonstration of 5 December 2018.

Image: a photograph of the demonstration of 5 December 2018 against the prospective cuts to students' grants and University Colleges at the University of Pavia.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 09 December 2018 11:05

HMGB1 Protein

On the 10th of December 2018 Marco Bianchi, of Università San Raffaele, will give a seminar entitled High Mobility Group Box 1 protein orchestrates tissue regeneration via CXCR4 at 5.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk ME Bianchi will discuss the signaling role of HMGB1 (High Mobility Group Box 1) protein as Damage Associated Molecular Pattern (DMAP) protein. DAMPs are molecules that are normally present inside cells, and whose extracellular presence signals that some cell has died or risks doing so. HMGB1, as the prototypical DAMP, signals tissue damage and triggers inflammation.

This is a major area of research in cancer biology, crucial for understanding the somatic evolution of cancer. All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here.  Further information about the seminar, including an abstract, short biography and key references can be found at this page.

Image: human hepatocytes in culture. Liver parenchymal cells are a key target cell population for liver regeneration.

 

 

 

 

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