Heading for IT-technologies: the Science and Education Digital Development Institute opened at RUDN University
The activities of the Institute for Digital Development of Science and Education (IDDSE) started in August 2020. The new Institute is headed by Anthony Schvindt, PhD in Engineering, who has extensive experience in digital transformation.
Now IDDSE is engaged in research activities, development and updating digital competency models. The plans for 2021 are to open continuing education programs, and in the future to implement full-fledged educational activities.
“So far we haven’t started educational activities, although we are already conducting scientific research. However, I don’t think that the implementation of educational services will be long to come. We already have unique experience in working with IT-architectures and their varieties for executive authorities. We have experience in the field of training teachers and management personnel. All this will allow us in the future to organize not only continuing, but, possibly, basic training”, said Anthony Schvindt.
Science and Education Digital Development Institute was established to provide support and implementation of programmes in the field of digital transformation of science and education, as well as multidisciplinary support for public authorities, the University and scientific community with research, consulting, expert and analytical work in the field of digital and online technologies in the educational and scientific process.
The Institute takes an active part in the development of the most important scientific and educational issues, problems, activities, and solving applied problems of improving, developing, and integrating digital technologies, platforms, services, and solutions in accordance with the main directions of strategic development of the Russian Federation.
The Institute operates several key areas in which fundamental, search, applied research and development are carried out.
Scientists from the Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology RAS, RUDN University, St. Petersburg State University and the Tyumen Scientific Centre SB RAS studied the microbial communities from several lakes of the Yamal Peninsula. It turned out that methanotrophs (bacteria that use methane as a source of energy) consume methane more actively in the deep mature lakes of the peninsula than in small thermokarst lakes. In this regard, methane emissions into the atmosphere from the surface of deep lakes are low, and only small (relatively younger thermokarst lakes with constitutional ground ice) can make a significant contribution to methane emissions in the north of Western Siberia. Thus, bacteria perform an important function for the climate balance — they reduce the emission of methane into the atmosphere.
RUDN University physicists have described the conditions for the most efficient operation of long mirror-based variant of cyclotron in the autoresonance mode. These data will bring better understanding of plasma processes in magnetic traps.
Chemists from Russia and the USA have improved the method of creating bioactive indole-acetonitrile compounds. Previously, in the course of their synthesis, by-products were obtained — a new method allows them to be avoided. This increases the yield of the final product to 81%.