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  19 May 2021
From sensation to a sense of purpose: the draw of the far right
What makes people in the Netherlands join radical and far-right groups? PhD candidate Nikki Sterkenburg followed several activists. ‘Some feel it is their duty to defend the Dutch nation.’ PhD defence on 19 May.
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New Owada chair in Leiden and Tokyo
The universities of Tokyo and Leiden are installing a rotating chair named after Professor Hisashi Owada. The Owada chair will focus on interaction between international law and international relations through interdisciplinary approaches.
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‘Sometimes simply staying alive is a form of resistance’
How do harrowing war experiences affect different generations? A group of students made a video about poignant family stories. The premiere of the film was on 4 May during the online Hour of Remembrance. 
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Back to the scanner: brain science in times of corona
For their research many neuropsychologists use the brain scanners at the LUMC. At the start of the pandemic, access to the hospital was restricted and the research had to be put on hold. The researchers can now pick up where they left off.
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‘Look beyond your own discipline’
Good research means looking beyond disciplinary boundaries, said Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Remus Dame in his inaugural lecture on 10 May.
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How nature boosts the health of city residents
Your local city park may be improving your health, says a new paper by Leiden environmental scientist Roy Remme. He and his colleagues describe how access to nature increases people’s overall health in cities.
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