Hydrogeologist Hrkal: 79 countries and back

Author : Martin Rychlík
Photo: Z. Hrkal's personal archive, Shutterstock
Sunday, 18 April 2021 20:42

“Of all the countries I have visited, Israel is among the most exceptional. It’s admirable that in such unfavourable conditions – both natural and political – they’ve built such a well-functioning society,” says hydrogeologist Zbyněk Hrkal, who has travelled to an incredible 79 countries around the globe.

Stanislav Komárek’s Ukrainian Odyssey

Author : Michal Andrle
Photo: Stanislav Komárek’s archive
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:21

Winning the “Book of the Year” award in one of Europe’s largest countries is a major success, not just for the author but for Czech culture as a whole. When it happens twice in a row, it speaks to something more: obsession, in a positive sense. That is the kind of success scientist Stanislav Komárek has enjoyed in Ukraine.

Why I dance, meditate and have a dog

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Monday, 15 March 2021 00:49

Lucie Bankovská Motlová teaches at the Dept. of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the Third Faculty of Medicine at Charles University. She is outspoken about her field, how it can help patients live regular lives and gives valuable advice on how to maintain good mental health during the pandemic. 

Zoologist Hulva: “The fear of wolves is an evolutionary atavism”

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Pavel Hulva's archive, Shutterstock
Sunday, 07 March 2021 17:35

The Carpathian Mountains, ranging across seven countries including neighbouring Slovakia, are often considered one of the last areas of true wilderness in Central Europe, and for zoologist, microbiologist and ecologist Pavel Hulva they are something like a second home.

Historian Franc – The Czechs changed goulash forever

Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:52

If you understand Czech and are interested in Czech cuisine, you will want to look up the popular internet series Zmlsané dějiny co-hosted by historian Martin Franc. Franc, who teaches at Charles University, delights in debunking culinary myths but also gives credit where it is historically due.

Med students gain from scientific training

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:58

Hematologist Jan Trka grew up in a family of teacher-scientists, so from an early age science was an integral part of life. Perhaps it is why he became the head of the scientific-diagnostic laboratory at  Motol University Hospital and is now the vice-dean at CU’s Second Faculty of Medicine.

Rolling with the punches

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Sunday, 31 January 2021 14:45

He has degrees from three universities, worked for a couple of years for the Office of the Government and lectures at CU’s Faculty of Law. His next ambition, though, is decidedly non-academic: he wants to fight in mixed martial arts (MMA). Meet Petr Agha.

The US-based immunologist Václav Větvička says there couldn’t have been more than five people on the plane when he recently traveled back to the Czech Republic. Because of Covid−19. As a scientist, Větvička has been outspoken about what we can – and should – be doing to stay safe. And really do we have any other choice before we get the vaccine?

Cultural anthropologist Alena Lochmannová is a CU graduate and the author of Body behind Bars, a remarkable ethnological monograph examining tattoos and body modification in Czech prisons.

Hilský - Shakespeare's England: Portrait of an Age

Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 09:59

Martin Hilský is one of the country’s most prominent translators of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets into Czech. In 2011, his translations were published in a single volume The Complete Works (Dílo). Now, Academia has followed up with Shakespeare’s England: Portrait of an Age.

Scientist Jaroslav Flegr on the resurgence of Covid-19

Photo: Vladimír Šigut, wikipedia commons, shutterstock
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:53

Well-known evolutionary biologist and parasitologist Jaroslav Flegr, who teaches at CU’s Faculty of Science, anticipated in August that things weren’t going to go the way we hoped regarding the coronavirus. As of last week, cases jumped to record levels in the Czech Republic.

John M. Coggeshall is a professor of anthropology at Clemson University in South Carolina. As a cultural anthropologist, Coggeshall has spent his career researching American regional ethnic and social groups.

“What better time to spread our wings?”

Photo: Faculty of Science archives
Monday, 22 June 2020 11:45

Dean Jiří Zima’s studies and career at CU’s Faculty of Science spans some 40 years, going from student to scientific researcher to assistant and professor. As dean, he has overseen numerous successes at what is one of the university’s biggest and most popular faculties. This week, the faculty will celebrate 100 years since it was founded on 24 June 1920.

Home office with children: not easy and not a “vacation”

Photo: René Volfík, M. Slussareff personal archive, Shutterstock
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 14:00

Within the few square metres, the members of this species now work, teach, learn, play, as well as yell, cry, and run the household, often at the same time or in quick succession.

PCs were almost impossible to get in 1980s Czechoslovakia but microcomputers proved a different matter. As so-called micros were slowly smuggled into the country and hobby programming quickly caught on, enthusiasts soon coded all manner of computer games. Under the radar of the authorities, some subtly - and others rather daringly – mocked the socialist regime.

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