Dominant prions IV. Thesis Award
2006/07/01 Andonegi Beristain, Garazi - Elhuyar Zientziaren Komunikazioa Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria
The doctor of the University of Navarra, Zuberoa Marcos, explains in his work what the prions are, where they are and how they become sick prions. And so far there were many unresolved questions about the evil of mad cows. What path does the prion follow to reach the brain by mouth? Do you use the same or different path in different animal species? In his work the doctor has tried to answer these and other questions.
Iker Zuriguel's thesis has been second ranked. Why do we shake the salt flat to salt? (Why do we get the salt?) presents a thesis entitled. The physicist has analyzed a common problem in everyday life. What causes a collapse or congestion? What is the most important factor? He has made his thesis with silos to know a collapse at the exit of silos
factor that causes it. The conclusions indicate that it is enough that the outlet hole is five times the diameter of the grain in order never to collapse the system. Iker Zuriguel has also completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Navarra.
Zuberoa Marcos has acquired a laptop thanks to the collaboration of SISTEK IT and microsystems. As a second prize, Iker Zuriguel will be able to spend a weekend in a rural house with the agrotourism association NEKATUR.
The jury has valued these two works as the best outreach work. However, it has not been an easy decision, since many of the works have achieved an excellent informative result. Taking into account the complexity of the topics, the jury highlighted the effort to write in an accessible way for all. In the case of the works of both winners, they are easy to read, have used the proper terminology, use a simple and correct wording and have considered that the core of the thesis is well explained.
In total, twenty-three papers have been presented. To the Thesis Prize. Eleven of them from the University of the Basque Country, four from the Public University of Navarra, seven from the University of Navarra and one from the ESTIA (Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées).
As for languages, the four abstracts have had as their main language Basque, sixteen Spanish, two English and one French.
The award-winning works, as well as the rest, can be consulted at www.basqueresearch.com.