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Defending a Doctor of Science Thesis at HSE University under New Procedure

Defending a Doctor of Science Thesis at HSE University under New Procedure
Dean Fantazzini, Deputy Head of the Department of Econometrics and Mathematical Methods in Economics at Moscow School of Economics in Moscow State University and Visiting Scholar at the HSE ICEF, was the first foreigner to defend his DSc thesis at HSE University. We spoke with Dean Fantazzini about his research and cooperation with HSE.

Interview on eSTARS: ‘Digital Technologies Make It Possible to Adjust the Lens through Which We View History, Test Hypotheses and Draw Conclusions from Big Data’

Interview on eSTARS: ‘Digital Technologies Make It Possible to Adjust the Lens through Which We View History, Test Hypotheses and Draw Conclusions from Big Data’
Both the teaching and science of history are moving towards greater use of mathematical research models. Driving this process are developments in IT, the large-scale digitalisation of data and the understanding that new methods are needed for obtaining rapid results. However, the transition is not entirely smooth. This was the subject of the Digital Humanities session of the eSTARS conference held at HSE University in cooperation with the Coursera global platform. Dinara Gagarina, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the HSE campus in Perm, told IQ about the issues involved in the digitalisation of the historical sciences in Russia.

Competing Benefits: Economic Theory and COVID Constraints

Competing Benefits: Economic Theory and COVID Constraints
Those who consider themselves healthy will be more willing to comply with COVID restrictions if they believe, according to their own estimations, that the expected losses from the disease will be significant, suggest researchers of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at HSE University.

Movement Recovery after Stroke Depends on the Integrity of Connections between the Cerebral Cortex and the Spinal Cord

Movement Recovery after Stroke Depends on the Integrity of Connections between the Cerebral Cortex and the Spinal Cord
A team of scientists, with the first author from the HSE University, were investigating which factors are the most important for the upper limb motor recovery after a stroke. The study is published in Stroke, the world's leading journal for cerebrovascular pathology.

HSE Researchers Use Neural Networks to Study DNA

HSE Researchers Use Neural Networks to Study DNA
HSE scientists have proposed a way to improve the accuracy of finding Z-DNA, or DNA regions that are twisted to the left instead of to the right. To do this, they used neural networks and a dataset of more than 30,000 experiments conducted by different laboratories around the world. Details of the study are published in Scientific Reports.

Losing Money Multiple Times Causes Plastic Changes in the Brain

Losing Money Multiple Times Causes Plastic Changes in the Brain
Researchers at the HSE Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience have shown experimentally that economic activity can actively change the brain. Signals that predict regular financial losses evoke plastic changes in the cortex. Therefore, these signals are processed by the brain more meticulously, which helps to identify such situations more accurately. The article was published in Scientific Reports.

Self-Education Is Gaining Popularity Among Adult Russians, HSE Survey Shows

Self-Education Is Gaining Popularity Among Adult Russians, HSE Survey Shows
From 2015 to 2019, the involvement of adults aged 25–64 participating in self-education increased from 21% to 37%. At the same time, the most noticeable increase is observed in large cities and among people with higher education, as evidenced by data produced by the HSE University sociological survey ‘Practices of Self-Education Among the Adult Population of Russia’ conducted as part of the ‘Monitoring Economics of Education’ project.

Winners of the HSE International Laboratory Proposal Competition Announced

Winners of the HSE International Laboratory Proposal Competition Announced
This year’s HSE competition for the creation of international laboratories which considered proposals for the period of January 1, 2021 – December 21, 2023, was conducted from June 15 to December 15, 2020.

When More Is Not Merrier: How Education Helps Overcome Social Inequality

When More Is Not Merrier: How Education Helps Overcome Social Inequality
‘The Tragedy of Inequality: Dehumanizing the “Total Human”’ was the dramatic title of a recent seminar held by the HSE Institute of Education. Inequality leads to marginalization of specific individuals and groups. The availability of high-quality education may help decrease the problem.

Russians Are Switching to Wine and Beer: Alcohol Consumption Patterns are Increasingly Dependent on Non-Economic Factors

Russians Are Switching to Wine and Beer: Alcohol Consumption Patterns are Increasingly Dependent on Non-Economic Factors
Social class does not strongly influence the kind of alcohol Russians drink. Gender, age, education and place of residence are more important. For example, young people prefer beer, wines are primarily popular among women, and ‘moonshine in combination with other drinks’ are mainly consumed by the older age groups. This was the conclusion reached by HSE University researchers.