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Fulbright Program Opens Applications for Academic Year 2023-2024

International Department of Perm State University informs about a great academic opportunity: the Fulbright program invites representatives of Russian universities to participate in the competition for the academic year 2023-2024. The following programs are open for competitions:

  • Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student (VGS): Master and Internship course program for graduates and graduate students. The scholarship covers tuition fees for a US master’s degree (up to 2 years of study) or postgraduate research (1 academic year) in the USA (application deadline: 15 May, 2022).
  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA): the program lasts 9 months and involves working as teachers or assistant teachers of the Russian language at a US university, being also enrolled into courses at a local University, including U.S. Studies. (applications are accepted until 1 June, 2022).
  • Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP): 5-month program for university professors with a continuous teaching experience of at least 3 years – providing best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development (applications are accepted until 15 June, 2022).
  • Program for Scientists and Artists: applicants with an academic degree no less that than a candidate of sciences or arts are eligible to take part. The Program involves no age restrictions. The Program duration is 3 to 9 months (applications are accepted until 15 July, 2022).

The Fulbright Program is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

For more detailed information about the conditions of the competition, required documents and submission forms can be found on the official Fulbright website.

Film by PSU Alumnus Nominated for Oscar

Lyubov Mulmenko, a graduate of the Faculty of Philology, Perm State University (PSU) is listed among the co-authors of the script for the film “Compartment No. 6 “, nominated for an Oscar prize (https://abc.com/shows/oscars), in a Category “Best Movie in a Foreign Language”, representing Finland.

“Compartment No. 6” (Finnish: “Hytti nro 6”) is a 2021 internationally co-produced drama, which shows a story of a Finnish student forming an unlikely friendship with a gruff Russian miner, on a train from Moscow to Murmansk. Based on a novel by Rosa Liksom, the film was co-written and directed by Juho Kuosmanen, and united a crew from Finland, Germany, Estonia and Russia. Lyubov Mulmenko was invited to work on dialogues in Russian, as a script had been originally written in English.

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. They are regarded as the most prestigious and significant awards in the entertainment industry worldwide, since 1929. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements, as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.

Earlier, “Compartment No. 6” got the Palme d’Or Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.  Founded in 1946 in Cannes, France, it is one of the “Big Three” major European film festivals, and an event for the whole global cinema industry.

In 2021, the Cannes Festival saw another film by Lyubov Mulmenko, also performing as a co-screen writer (lead by Kira Kovalenko and a co-director Anton Yarush) – “Unclenching the Fists”, a family drama growing in a mining town in North Ossetia – a story of a young woman struggles to escape the stifling hold of the family she loves as much as she rejects. “Unclenching Fists” won the Grand Prix of the Uncleaning View author’s film competition at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.

The American Variety  Weekly has included Lyubov Mulmenko in the list of 12 Rising Russian Talents Ready for the Global Stage.

From a young age, Lyubov Mulmenko knew she would be a writer: “I just adored inventing the characters and the worlds they live in”. Gradually, she tried “to learn even more in the process.” At Perm State University, Lyubov studied journalism, and further art journalism at the Pro Arte Institute in St. Petersburg. For several years then, she worked in media, including the Sol Internet Newspaper, the Companion Magazine, the New Companion Newspaper, and wrote as a columnist for the https://Lenta.ru.

In 2014, Mulmenko made her screenwriting debut with a trio of drama films that screened in festivals including Rotterdam, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary. Recently, Lyubov Mulmenko presented her directorial debut, “The Danube”, in the main competition of the Kinotavr Film Festival. “All I hope is to continue with storytelling,” she says, “but I’d like to write less for others and make more films myself.”

“Compartment No. 6” Poster.

“Compartment No. 6” Frame: – Official Trailer.

Lyubov Mulmenko Picture Source and “The Danube” poster: @lyubov.mulmenko on Facebook

“Compartment No. 6” at the Cannes Festival.

Stanford Scholar opens PSU International Forum, Raises Discussion

How does our brain look, when making social-based, moral decisions? Can we speak of morality if we mention animals, let’s say, rats? May we introduce the holy commandments into such tests, and why?

Today, the International Forum “Science and Global Challenges of the 21st Century” started at Perm State University, uniting PSU scholars with those national and international ones, aiming to incorporate cross-discipline research, smart technologies and innovations into pragmatic, problem-applied decisions.

At the start of the Forum, the opening report “Manipulation of Brain States” by Dr. Luis de Lecea, Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, USA) was presented to on- and offline audience.

Concentrating on a problem of brain cells manipulation within the optogenetics’ approach, Dr. Luis de Lecea drew on the example of a rat leaving a ‘safe’ dark chamber into ‘unsafe’ light. Along the use of a neuron signal, the rat learned to ‘calm down’ its neighbor locked in a shadow zone, causing less stress for both and heading to a more balanced co-existence, establishing ‘moral’ principles of behavior. 

The test raised discussion among the audience. First, a definition of morals and its division from a mere instinct was requested. Then, the question of a goal/hypothesis of such experiment was asked. Finally, Dr. Oleg Pensky, Professor of the IT Department, PSU proposed assimilation of commandments, shared by believers and regarded as true morals, to be introduced into the experiment.      

Technically, optogenetics is known as a biological tool that involves light to control neurons that have been genetically modified to express light-sensitive ion channels in living tissue and, remarkably, within freely-moving animals. The appearance of additional philosophical notions, such as understanding, compassion, or morals brings a new dimension into a strictly ‘natural’ academic approach.   

Optogenetics had been previously announced by academic research journals as a breakthrough in science. On the clinical side, optogenetics-driven research led to insights into Parkinson’s disease and other neurological and psychiatric disorders, including autism, Schizophrenia, drug abuse, anxiety, and depression, and more – like experimental treatment for blindness.

University of Kansas Scholar Gives Open Lectures at PSU

PSU teaching staff and students have joined a series of online lectures by Mikhail Rubin, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, USA), which will last due to 25 October, 2021.

Within the course, Mikhail Rubin is going to concentrate on modern approaches in the analysis and quality control of products within chemical, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries. The lectures are designed for students, graduate students, teachers and researchers of the Faculty of Chemistry. Interested scholars of related programs are also invited to take part.

“Our research group started implementing scientific projects in cooperation with Mikhail Rubin back in 2012. Not only does our activity include lectures on relevant fields of research, but also enables internships for our graduate and postgraduate students at the University of Kansas,”

says Professor Andrey Maslivets, head of the project, head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, PSU.

The lectures united under the title “Solving structural problems of organic chemistry using instrumental methods of analysis” are available on the Zoom platform and held in Russian. All lectures start at 4:30pm Perm time (2:30 Moscow time, 11:30 UTC) on the following dates: 29 September; 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 18, 20, 22 and 25 October.

For the lectures, please, use the following Zoom link –
Meeting ID: 967 3436 2643
Pass code: 801403

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