In 2013, three of the University’s lecturers received recognition for their commitment to excellent teaching in form of the Berninghausen Prize 2013. Dr. Lisa Lüdders and Mark Heckmann, both from the Faculty of Human and Health Sciences, were awarded the prize for “best introductory module”. In their teaching module “Quantitative Methods I” they have succeeded in making what is otherwise an extremely “dry” subject to teach interesting and engaging.
The prize awarded by the students went to Prof. Frank Jahnke, Faculty of Physics/Electrical Engineering for his lecture course “Theoretical Physics 2 (Mechanics)”. In their grounds for selecting this course the students above all stress the professor’s ability to create links between highly abstract and complex theory and examples taken from the practice.
In total the Prize is endowed with 6,000 euros (3,000 euros for each category). It is awarded by the “unifreunden” (Friends of the University) on recommendations put forward by the University Management. The prize is especially well known through the name of its founder and sponsor, Friedo Berninghausen, who passed away in the fall of 2013. This great friend and benefactor had untiringly given his generous support to the “unifreunde” and the University for many years. His son, Carl Berninghausen, intends to uphold this commitment.
More about Friedo Berninghausen in the Yearbook you find here
A high honor for Prof. Brunhilde Marquardt-Mau, who teaches in the field of “general science studies” in the Faculty of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences. In November 2013 she received the Polytechnic Prize awarded by the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main. She earned the award especially through her work surrounding the experimental labs ELISA-Lab (Laboratory – Exploratory Learning in General Studies) and KIGA-Lab (KindergardenLab) at the University of Bremen. The concept enables children, but also students, educators and teachers, to engage in exploratory orresearch-based learning involving interesting and innovative topics.
The project “Sustainability and Chemistry in the Schools’ Lab” of the University of Bremen was declared an official United Nations Decade Project “Education and Sustainability” by the German UNESCO Commission. Joint leaders of the project are Prof. Ingo Eilks from the Institute for Didactics in Science and Dr. Antje Siol from the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technologies (UFT).
Working in cooperation with the children’s laboratory NanoBioLab of the University of the Saarland, the aim of the project is to develop offerings surrounding the issue of sustainable development with and by means of chemistry. Children’s laboratory experiments involving sustainable chemistry are offered by the University of Bremen‘ s FreiEx organized by UFT. During such exercises, the children experiment for instance with skin creams, the composition of vanillin, the use of bio-fuels, or the chemistry of the atmosphere.
Classes and courses for high-school students of all age groups are welcome to visit the schools’ lab FreiEx at the University of Bremen. When the project comes to an end, the course offerings will be made available to interested schools, teachers and school classes.