On March 2, the Central House of Scientists of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation hosted the solemn presentation of the new elements of Mendeleyev’s periodicity table - 115 Moscovium (Mc), 117 Tennessine (Ts) and 118 Oganesson (Og).
Today, the extended session of YSU Student Scientific Society for the first semester of 2016-2017 academic year was held.
Recently, the results and achievements of the above mentioned program, which has been active in the period of the last 5 years, were presented. The winners were awarded the President’s Certificate of Appreciation. Three of the managerial body of the project, who received awards, currently work and develop their research activities at YSU.
The awards went to the Head of Chair of Management and Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Economics and Management Karlen Khachatryan, who is also the secretary responsible of the managerial body of the program, Researcher at the Chair of Zoology of the Faculty of Biology Sargis Aghayan and Junior Researcher at the Research Institute of Biology Harutyun Sargsyan.
Report of the Young Scientists Support Program includes 8 main directions: international scientific trips for young scientists, conferences, symposia, provision of financial support to seminars, research grants, provision of financial support for the publication of books, research equipment and / or materials acquisition, provision of financial support for young scientists to publish scientific articles in the journals with impact factor, organization of the scientific article, as well as lectures by the scientists of Armenian origin.
“During these 5 years we and our supporters have consistently tried to break the stereotypes about young scientists, tried to make the young scientist not feel neglected, but feel the attention and care of the head of state. Already, considerable work has been undertaken. Armenian youth intensively publishes papers in the international prestigious journals,” - said Karlen Khachatryan.
In 5 years, 48 laboratories have received grants to obtain new equipment, 49 research groups composed of the representatives of youth have received grants, 82 conferences and scientific schools have been organized, 382 young researchers have attended conferences abroad, 337 have published articles in the international journals.
The conference was organized by the SSS of the Faculty of Russian Philology and had a goal not only to discuss current professional issues, but also to promote the scientific potential of students and develop their skills for the preparation of the researches.
Before the start of the conference, the Chairman of the Russian Philology Faculty SSS Karpis Anumyan welcomed the guests and noted that the academic potential of students is to serve for the welfare of the entire country: “We hope that today’s conference will also serve as a basis for identifying young scientists.”
The conference was held in 3 sections: “Cross-cultural Communication”, “Russian Literature” and “Russian Linguistics.” The conference participants presented 7 reports.
YSU SSS was formed in September of 1947. Activities by the representatives of various chairs in 1920-1930-ies served as a basis to found such a student union.
The element of the periodic table Oganesson (Og) has already been named in honor of the honorary doctor of YSU, the academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the RA, the scientific supervisor of the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions after G.N. Flerov at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Yuri Hovhannisyan.
Mr. Hovhannisyan is one of the founders of the new field of science - heavy-ion physics. Under his supervision, new elements of the periodic table with periodic numbers 112-118 were discovered at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. Mr. Hovhannisyan is the author of 250 scientific works, 3 monographs and 10 theories.
With the direct participation of the Armenian scientist at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research a whole generation of heavy ion accelerators with record levels was created.
Within the framework of the event a scientific congress was held on March 2-3, during which Academician Yuri Hovhannisyan made a report on the investigation of the synthesis of new elements, which is being held at the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, and the report of his partner, Professor Vitold Nazarevich at the Michigan State University of the United States was devoted to the 118th element of the Periodic Table of Mendeleev “Oganesson”.
The international laboratory in the field of biotechnology was opened at the Belgorod State National Research University on March 1. This newly opened structure will operate in cooperation with the Chair of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology of YSU Faculty of Biology with the participation of the Head of Chair, Professor Armen Trchunyan.
The most important directions of activities of the laboratory are the production of biogas (methane and hydrogen synthesis) and vegetable crops (vegetable crops breeding in artificial conditions and secondary metabolic substances synthesis) biotechnology research.
In particular, the researchers have presented a number of proposals concerning technology for the production of biogas, by which it will be possible to get not only biomethan but absolutely ecologically clean biohydrogen.
“It should be noted that the advantage of biomethan and biohydrogen is that they can be obtained from waste. This implies the development of clean technologies, which can clear the waste in our environment,” - said Professor Armen Trchunyan and added that the cooperation with the Belgorod University opens new horizons for development of the researches and brings us international recognition, too.
YSU Vice-rector Ruben Markosyan said that the activities of the laboratory in the area of biomethan deals with the renewable “green” energy and is a highly topical issue.
This issue is of a strategic importance for Armenia for the diversification of the sources and ensuring the energy independence and security.
In May of 2017 it is planned to organize a meeting between the representatives coordinating the activities of this laboratory to discuss and outline future plans.
“The communication between the partner universities is quite active. They regularly organize meetings and exchanges of specialists in the relevant field. The recent initiative took place about a week ago, within the frames of which the representatives of the Faculty of Biology met with their Russian colleagues,” - said Ruben Markosyan.
Experts from Al-Farabi University (Kazakhstan) and Groningen University (Netherlands) are partners of the laboratory, too.
Summarizing the academic year, YSU SSS made a report on the achievements and shortcomings in the reporting period. These traditional sessions also aim to encourage the active involvement of students in the scientific-research activities.
YSU SSS Chairman Mher Hakobyan welcomed the members of the SSS, noting that in this period the SSS has organized a number of conferences, seminars, cognitive tours, film screenings and more. According to Mher Hakobyan, all is improving year by year, thanks to the students who, sparing no effort, organize and implement various events.
The activities of the SSS of the faculties of Law, History, Romance and Germanic Philology and Sociology were highly assessed. And their colleagues, representing the faculties of Informatics and Applied Mathematics, History and Radiophysics, received excellent marks.
YSU SSS Chairman Mher Hakobyan urged everyone to be more active next year.
YSU Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan was also present at the extended session. He welcomed the participants, spoke about the activities of the SSS and answered students’ questions, which mainly related to the master’s degree, scientific articles necessary for the defense of the PhD thesis, etc.
In 2017 SSS will make its main focus on the training courses aimed at the enhancing scientific thinking. Youth conference will also be organized, as well as an international conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of YSU SSS.
In the end of the session, members of the SSS of the faculties, whose activities were assessed excellent, received certificates and professional literature.