28 November 2018

Three scientists working in the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Pavia will give research seminars in the coming days. The first seminar by Patrizia Sommi at 2.00 pm on the 29th of November will discuss Nanoparticle-cell interaction for new applications in nanomedicine. The second one by Federica Pisano at 2.00 pm on the 3rd of December will address Stem cell secretome to treat heart disease and the final one by Hugo de Jonge at 2.00 pm on the 6th of December will tackle: SF-MET complex: a basis for developing receptor agonists and antagonists.

The three seminars highlight new therapeutic approaches to disease that may have important applications in future. All College students are warmly invited to attend, especially studfents of Biology, Biotechnology, Medicine . The posters of the seminars can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

26 November 2018

The College Rules & Regulations, available  in an Italian version at this page on the College website and downlodable here have been revised in several respects, largely to comply with changing Health & Safety and EDiSU Regulations. The English version will be updated shortly as well. The following points are worth noting:

Residence. The College aims to introduce an electronic system that keeps track of the students present in the College building at any time. This is specially important on Health & Safety grounds. Further information will be made available as soon as the workability of the new system is confirmed.

Guests. Guests will to sign in and sign out when they enter and leave College, once more on Health & Safety grounds.  The hours at which guests must leave the College have also been updated in order to comply with the working hours of the College porters. Students expecting guests on Sunday must inform College in advance and provide details of the name surname, address, arrival and departure time of the guests.

Parties. Parties organised by individual students (birthday, graduation, etc) involving up to 15 people must be notified to College at least 3 days in advance. Permission for these is granted by College. Larger parties organised by groups of students, ie College Clubs & Societies, must be notified to College at least 10 days in advance. Permission for these parties is granted jointly by College and EDiSU.

Discipline. EDiSU has introduced minor changes in matters of discipline last May and the College Rules & Regulations have been updated accordingly.

The College, as always, welcomes comments and suggestions from students about the Rules & Regulations and any other aspect of College life.

 

 

 

21 November 2018

The long awaited 'Bando' EDiSU in support of College teaching and services - including library support - has been published.  The text of the call for interest is available at this page on the EDiSU website and the same page contains the links to two additional documents: a privacy statement and, most importantly, the application form.

All students of Collegio A Volta interested in teaching one of the College Courses, or one of the College tutorials or interested in offering library support must apply to EDiSU using the relevant application form before 12.00 noon on the 29th of November 2018. Applications must be taken in by hand to the Ufficio Protocollo at EDiSU headquarter at 26, via Sant'Ennodio, Pavia or sent by certified electronic email or by recorded mail.

Image: College students attending the 2017 EDiSU Open Day.

 

 

20 November 2018

Mattia Pelizzola of the Italian Institute of Technology branch in Milan will give a seminar entitled MYC-dependent dynamics of transcriptional regulation on the 26th of November 2018 at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his seminar M Pelizzola will report major progress from work carried out in his laboratory on the mechanisms through which the transcription factor Myc orchestrates transcription of hundreds of target genes and the temporal dynamics aof this process.  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 and a short biography can be found at this page.

Image: Crystal structure of the Myc and a partner protein protein (Max) bound to DNA.

 

 

16 November 2018

Nicola Vannini of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne will give a seminar on the 22nd of November 2018 entitled Metabolic modulation of hematopoietic stem cells at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  The talk will address the important - but incompletely understood link between the metabolic activity of haematopoietic stem cells and their behaviour.  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.

Image: A bone marrow stem cell (green) and a megakaryocytic (red). Courtesy of D Zhao and Linheng Li, Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

 

 

16 November 2018

On the 19h of November 2018 Giuliana Giannuzzi of the University of Lausanne will give a seminar entitled Segmental duplication in human disease, diversity and evolution at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In her talk will discuss the evolutionary, population and medical implications of the process of duplications of chromosomal segments.

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 abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

Image: Nucleotide variation among segmental duplications. From Hartasánchez et al. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 4:1479-89,2014. 

 

 

14 November 2018

On the 28h of November 2018 Fabio  R Collamati and Antonio R Satta, namely the EDiSU Advisor/Consultant on matters of Health & Safety and the EDiSU Health & Safety Officer will meet the Collegio Volta and Collegio Golgi freshers.  The meeting will take place at 6.03 pm in the College lecture theatre. All Volta students who entered College on or after the 1st of September 2018 must attend this meeting and EDiSU will monitor attendance.

Although the majority of Volta freshers attended a College Health & Safety meting on 2 October 2018, Collegio Volta is specially pleased to see that EDiSU is taking a pro-active role on Helth & Safety matters and requests that freshers, include ones with evening classes, attend the EDiSU Health & Safety meeting without exception.

 

 

13 November 2018

On the 15h of November 2018 Luca Pandolfini of Cambridge University will give a seminar entitled Multi-omic analysis of epigenetics and RNA modifications at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk L Pandolfini will discuss how a multi-omic approach may offer a powerful discovery path for studying fundamental biological processes as well as disease mechanisms.

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 abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

Image: a small inhibitor of a cellular RNA molecule. Courtesy of Y Xu and colleagues at Duke University.

 

 

10 November 2018

Members of the College will be pleased to learn that the Harvey Medical Society has elected its new executive. The newly elected President, vice President and Secretary of the Society for the academic year 2018/19 are Maria Sampani, Shaul Gordon and Anamaria Solcan Savu respectively.

The Harvey Medical Society, the first of its kind at Pavia, aims to promote the academic and social life of the the students enrolled in the Harvey Medical Course. A large number of Harvey students live and work at Collegio A Volta and the College has made available to the the Harvey Medical Society an office from which members of the executive can coordinate and build the academic work and social initiatives of the Society, some of which will clearly be based at Collegio Volta.

 

07 November 2018

College has received confirmation from EDiSU yesterday that the arrangements for the English Courses have been finalised. The arrangements involve a major and positive change compared to previous years, as detailed below.


Courses

Volta, the first College in Pavia to offer Courses in English language, is committed to give every College student the opportunity to learn English at level C1, a grade that opens the door to postgraduate studies at English and USA Universities and provides a strong foundation for successful applications and interviews for jobs outside Italy and in Italy that require fluency in English language.  Starting from this year the English Courses will be offered not by a private school but by the Centro Linguistico of the University of Pavia that will ensure the highest possible level of teaching. Three Courses will be offered at Collegio Volta chosen between the A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels. The three levels chosen will depend upon the results of the placement tests (see below). The study of English at Volta is free as the English Courses are funded by EDiSU, as they were last year, and placement and exit tests are funded by the College itself.


Placement Tests

Students who entered College on or after 1 September 2017 have to enter an online placement test in English language. Exceptions are three categories of students, namely:  (i) members of Volta whose native language is English,  (ii) students who hold a C1 or higher (C2) certification in English in a recent IELTS examination and,  (iii) students whose level of English is below a C1 but who opt to enter the College-based French or German language Courses in 2018/19 because they plan to apply for an Erasmus fellowship and placement at a French or German University.

In summary, as discussed at the time of admission, every student who gained a placement in College on or after 1 September 2017, needs to attend one of the language Courses throughout the year. Although the College holds partial data on students who fall in categories (ii) and (iii), these students are asked to confirm their certification and/or the choice of the French or German Courses with a brief email to the College Director before Friday 9th of November 2018 in order to finalise the lists of students entering the English placement test during the weekend (Saturday/Sunda 10/11th of November) and enable these students to sit the test starting from Monday the 12th of November.  The placement test in use at Volta is the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) developed by Oxford University and delivered by Oxford University Press. A number of students who entered College in 2017/18 sat the placement test last year. These students are requested to resit the test in order to assess the degree of improvement in their level of English as a result of the Course they attended last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally, all students admitted to Volta before 1 September 2017 are welcome naturaly to sit the placement test and enrol in the English Courses. These students however will not be entered by default and need to confirm their intention to enrol in the English Courses with an email to the College Director before Friday 9th of November 2018. All students due to sit the placement test will receive an email from Oxford University Press confirming the availability of the test and details for access.


Classes

Upon completion of the placement tests and analysis of test results, College will be in the position to confirm the levels of the three Courses offered  at Volta in 2018/19 as well as the day(s) of the week, time and rooms in which the Courses will take place.

 

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