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12 May Students debating their faculty’s management

Jeroen Goedkoop at the Brainwave.Jeroen Goedkoop at the Brainwave. Photo: uva.nl

On Tuesday, 14 April I went to the monthly student debate, also known as the student colloquium, at the faculty’s bar the Brainwave. It started out with a presentation in English (also understandible for international students) given by Jeroen Goedkoop, College of Science’s Director of Education, the head of all bachelor programs at our faculty and was followed by an academic highlight on current research at our faculty. Jeroen started out with the question whether this gathering should be called a colloquium, since most students do not know the meaning of the word itself. He explained that a colloquium is defined as a meeting for discussion and that it would therefore be the most suitable name.

Dynamic discussion
He continued with a discussion about orientation during your bachelor program on for example: master programs, studying abroad and employment. This discussion was structured very dynamically, including some physical exercise. Jeroen Goedkoop stated a proposition, for example: “Employment orientation should be a compulsory part of my bachelor program and should earn me credits.” In the Brainwave we agreed on an imaginary axis, with ‘totally agree’ on the right side and ‘totally disagree’ on the left side. You could position yourself on this line to express your opinion on the statement. After everybody had taken in a position we would start a discussion and hear different opinions on the case.

Sebastiaan de Vet with the Serooskerke meteorite. Photo: Herman Voogd

Sebastiaan de Vet with the Serooskerke meteorite. Photo: Herman Voogd

Academic highlight on meteors
After the debate on the faculty’s management regarding orientation it was time to stop running around debating and sit down to listen to an academic highlight. For the last half hour Sebastiaan de Vet, a planetary geomorphologist working at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at our faculty, talked about an academic highlight on his research. This was the first time I learned the difference between a meteor and a meteorite (a rock from space entering our earth’s atmosphere is called a meteor and as soon as is hits the earth’s surface it is called a meteorite). Sebastiaan told us about the research he did on a meteorite called Serooskerke, which landed in Zeeland in 1925. They discovered that this rock used to be part of the asteroid called Vesta. This was very special because it almost never happens that the origin of a meteorite is found out in space.

So in for an afternoon of talking about your faculty and learning something new? Visit the next colloquium!

Did you ever visit a student colloquium? Let me know, leave a comment!

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WTF mainah

WTF mainah

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Brazilian roots, Biology student, advanced scubadiver, snowboarding each spring, amateur acoustic guitar player.
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