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In higher education, teaching goes hand in hand with research. At UCF, this holds for teaching and learning in the LAS B.A./B.Sc. Program and in our teaching projectsAcademic staff and Teaching Fellows conduct and publish research. And lecturers include their own and other relevant research in their teaching. More generally, reflections on scientific knowledge and methods form the inter- and metadisciplinary backbone of the LAS program. They are part of the Core and represented by the two UCF Chairs: Epistemology and Theory of Science and Science and Technology Studies. Finally, our programs provide space and guidance for students to conduct student research.

 

Recent Research Highlights

Publication by UCF alumna Sarah Werner (July 2021)

  • Werner, S. S., Binder, N., Toews, I., Schünemann, H. J., Meerpohl, J. J., & Schwingshackl, L. (2021). Use of the GRADE approach for rating the certainty of evidence in evidence syntheses published in high impact factor nutrition journals: A methodological survey. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Volume 135, 54-69, doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.02.010

Book publication / translation by Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke (August 2020)

  • (editor) Making Civilizations. The World before 600, Cambridge, MA 2020, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (transl. of Geschichte der Welt. Die Welt vor 600: Frühe Zivilisationen, München 2017, C.H. Beck)

Book publication by UCF's dean of studies Prof. Dr. Sitta von Reden (December 2019)

Book publication by UCF staff member Dr. Marie Muschalek (July 2019)

Joint UCF Student-Staff Publication (February 2019)

  • Gross, P., Buchanan, N. & Sané, S. (2019): Blue skies in the making: Air quality action plans and urban imaginaries in London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 48, 85-95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.019

Publications on Didactics in Political Science Teaching (September 2018)

Publication of the Multidisciplinary STS@Freiburg Initiative (May 2018)

  • "Forensic DNA Phenotyping Legislation Cannot be Based on 'Ideal FDP.'" N. Buchanan, F. Staubach, M. Wienroth, P. Pfaffelhuber, M. Surdu, A. Lipphardt, A. Köttgen, D. Syndercombe-Court, and V. Lipphardt. Forthcoming in Forensic Science International: Genetics. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.01.009

 

Research Fields

Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science (ETS)

The chair represents large parts of theoretical philosophy and some parts of practical philosophy. Major areas of research include epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language and mind, logic and metaphysics, and the recent history of philosophy. In teaching we additionally cover introductions to the philosophy of action and rationality.

Chair in Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Science and Technology Studies pursues the empirical study of science and technology, with an emphasis on the actual practices of scientists and engineers as they engage in knowledge-making and the development of technologies. And STS investigates the impact of this knowledge and technology on society. STS scholars, many of whom are interdisciplinarily trained (often in a technical field and in the social sciences or humanities), apply a variety of methodologies in their research, including anthropology, history, and sociology. The STS Chair members pursue research projects along these lines, often together with students, and offers students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. If you are interested, contact us at .

LAS Academic Staff

The breadth and diversity of research conducted at UCF reflect the interdisciplinarity of the LAS study program that ranges from the natural (Earth and Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences) and social sciences (Governance) to the humanities (Culture and History). In their research, academic staff often collaborates with other researchers and research projects at the University of Freiburg and beyond. For example:

 

Student Research

We consider (LAS) students to be potential early-stage researchers, i.e. our programs provide space and guidance for students to engage in supervised research projects and other inquiry-based learning formats. 

In the 4th year LAS course Research Design Across Disciplines (RDAD), students refine their academic skills, learn about the contexts of research, and develop research proposals. The course ends with a conference at which the students present and discuss their proposals before embarking on their Bachelor theses. Documentation of RDAD conferences is available on our website: 201820172016.

Finally, and usually based on research in the context of the Bachelor theses, some students and graduates (co-)publish first research findings; for example:

  • Sarah Werner (Life Sciences): Werner, S. S., Binder, N., Toews, I., Schünemann, H. J., Meerpohl, J. J., & Schwingshackl, L. (2021). Use of the GRADE approach for rating the certainty of evidence in evidence syntheses published in high impact factor nutrition journals: A methodological survey. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Volume 13554-69, doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.02.010
  • Chiara Giardi (Culture and History): Giardi, C. Vom Guten Hirten zum Theater. Kleinplastik als Untersuchungs- und Vermittlungsmethode, in: Un-learning Ecologies: Workbook Kunstvermittlung in der ökologischen Krise / Workbook Art Education in the Ecological Crisis, edited by Cynthia Gavranic, Janina Krepart, Chantal Küng, and Maren Ziese (2021), Zurich University of the Arts / Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
  • Daniel Hölle (Life Sciences): Daniel Hölle, Stefanie Aufschnaiter, Johanna Bogon, Christina Pfeuffer,
    Andrea Kiesel & Roland Thomaschke (2020): Quality ratings of wine bottles in e-commerce:
    the influence of time delays and spatial arrangement, Journal of Wine Research, doi:
    10.1080/09571264.2020.1723067
  • Megan Schneck (Life Sciences): Aneliya Antonova, Barbara Hummel, Ashkan Khavaran, Desiree M. Redhaber, Fernando Aprile-Garcia, Prashant Rawat, Kathrin Gundel, MeganSchneck, Erik C. Hansen, Jan Mitschke, Gerhard Mittler, Cornelius Miething, Ritwick Sawarkar (2019): Heat-Shock Protein 90 Controls the Expression of Cell-Cycle Genes by Stabilizing Metazoan-Specific Host-Cell Factor HCFC1, Cell Reports Volume 29, Issue 6, 5 November 2019, Pages 1645-1659.e9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2019.09.084
  • Patrick Léon Gross (Earth and Environmental Sciences): Nicholas Buchanan, Sabine Sané: Blue skies in the making: Air quality action plans and urban imaginaries in London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. 2019 Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 48, 85-95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.019
  • Lena Skatulla (Life Sciences): Chleilat, E., Skatulla, L., Rahhal, B., Hussein, MT., Feuerstein, M., Krieglstein, K., Roussa, E. (2018). TGF-β Signaling Regulates Development of Midbrain Dopaminergic and Hindbrain Serotonergic Neuron Subgroups, Neuroscience, 2018, Jun 15, 381, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.04.019
  • Ruth Falkenberg (Life Sciences): Falkenberg, R.I., Eising, C. & Peters, M.L. (2018). Yoga and Immune System Functioning: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials, J Behav Med, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-018-9914-y
  • Monja Sauvagerd (Governance): Sauvagerd, Monja (2018). India's Strategies on its Periphery: A Case Study in the India–Bhutan Relationship. ASIEN – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 146 (January 2018), 56-77
  • Clara Nicolai (Earth and Environmental Sciences): Maier, M., Paulus, S., Nicolai, C., Stutz, K. P., & Nauer, P. A. (2017). Drivers of Plot-Scale Variability of CH4 Consumption in a Well-Aerated Pine Forest Soil. Forests8(6), 193. doi: 10.3390/f8060193
  • Ruth Falkenberg (Life Sciences): Falkenberg, R. I. (2016). An Evolutionary Perspective on Iron Deficiency, Science of the Human Body, 1(1), 24