March 19-23, the Assistant Professor of Sociology, RUDN, PhD (Sociological Sciences) T.I. Larina was on a working trip at the University of Porto (Universidade do Porto, Portugal). During her visit, the expert delivered a course of lectures at the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Human Sciences (Departamento de sociologia da Facultade de letras da Universidade do Porto).
The students got theoretical knowledge about basic emotions, emotional intelligence, learned about non-verbal indicators of basic emotions, and also acquired practical skills of recognizing the basic emotions on the face with the help of special simulator programs.
The lectures were based the author's course of T.I. Larina: «Analysis of non-verbal behavior in applied sociological research: theoretical development and practice of use».
A chemist from RUDN University has developed a catalyst for the production of eugenol acetate, a substance that destroys the larvae of mosquitoes transmitting dangerous diseases, being a safe chemical for human health.
RUDN soil scientists have revealed a direct correlation between the rate of soil formation of carbon dioxide, called CO2 emissions, and the content of microbial biomass in it. It is known that CO2 emission from soil is mainly conditioned by respiration of soil microorganisms and plant roots. The more CO2 soil emits, the more microbial biomass it usually contains. It was shown that CO2 emission by chernozem of different ecosystems (or different types of land use) correlates with the content of microbial biomass, and most closely with the rate of its microbial respiration. And the soil with good microbial properties has the “best quality”, is more fertile, provides the highest yield of crops and other plant biomass.
A RUDN chemist has synthesized a catalyst for the production of gamma-valerolactone — an energy-intensive “green” biofuel. The catalyst based on zirconium dioxide and zeolite has shown high efficiency in converting the waste of wood plant materials — methyl levulinate — to gamma-valerolactone.