N°29 I quarterly I APRIL 2013 CNRS Networks | 35 w New boo ks... An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia: The Illegal Trade in Arms, Drugs, People, Counterfeit Goods and Resources By Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy (Editor, Author) (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013). w This atlas calls upon researchers and cartographic specialists to provide a unique overview of the main forms of illegal trafficking in mainland Southeast Asia. Quantum Dots: Optics, Electron Transport and Future Applications By Alexander Tartakovskii (Editor) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). w Written by leading researchers, this book features a broad range of techniques for making quantum dot nanostructures and controlling their quantum properties. Membrane Processes in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutics By Catherine Charcosset (Oxford: Elsevier, 2012). w A state-of-the-art overview of the classical membrane processes used in pharmaceutical and biochemical engineering, as well as in biotechnology, including ultrafiltration, membrane chromatography, and membrane bioreactors. It describes the general rules, recent developments, applications, and theoretical descriptions for each application. The Neuroscience of Hallucinations By Renaud Jardri, Arnaud Cachia, Pierre Thomas, Delphine Pins (Eds.) (New York: Springer-Verlag New York Inc., 2012). w This book describes the most recent findings on hallucinatory phenomena— whether auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory—from their molecular origins to their cognitive expression. T he authors propose cognitive, neurobiological, and computational models of hallucinations and analyze the latest neuroimaging technologies. germany: keeping an eye on the earth i On February 21, 2013, the International Associated Laboratory (LIA) “CNRS-GFZ plate boundary observatory in Chile” was created, bringing together laboratories from both CNRS’s National Institute for Earth Sciences (INSU)1 and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).2 Both institutions are involved in the Integrated Plate Boundary Observatory project in Chile (IPOC), and have already been collaborating for many years. Recent geological catastrophes, like the earthquakes in Chile (2010) and Japan (2011), raise new questions and call for coordinated scientific observation and analysis. GFZ and CNRS have therefore decided to join forces by structuring their informal collaboration in order to exploit and enhance IPOC data. T he LIA will also provide opportunities for student and researcher exchanges. 01. Institut de physique du globe de Paris (CNRS / IPGP / UPMC / Universités Paris D iderot and de la Réunion); Laboratoire de Géologie de l’école normale supérieure (CNRS / ENS) . 02. D epartment of Geodynamics and Geomaterials: Lithosphere dynamics, and D epartment of Physics of the Earth: Seismology (Helmholtz Centre-Postdam German Research Centre for Geosciences). japan: biomass conversion i The French-Japanese International Associated Laboratory (LIA) CAT&P4BIO1 was inaugurated in January. It aims to study the use of new original heteropoly compounds as catalysts for advance biomass conversion. The LIA brings together the Japanese Catalysis Research Center in Sapporo (University of Hokkaido), the French UCCS2 in Lille and Lavoisier Institute3 in Versailles. 01. Innovative Catalysts and Processes for Oxidation Reactions; Biomass Conversion. 02. Unité de catalyse et chimie du solide (CNRS / Ecole Centrale de Lille / ENSCL / Universités d’Artois and Lille-I). 03. CNRS / UVSQ. CNRS Strengthens Ties with the Ivory Coast w France has given new impetus to its scientific cooperation with the Ivory Coast. A delegation comprising members of CNRS, the IRD,1 and the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) visited the African country in February this year to determine new forms of scientific and technical collaboration and lay the foundations for future partnerships. T hese include the potential contribution of French research organizations to the Ivory Coast’s planned modernization and restructuring of its universities and highereducation institutions. The CNRS delegation also met representatives of the Abidjan-based Abodo Adjamé University to review their ongoing joint International Program for Scientific Cooperation on the savannah ecosystem and envisage new research leads. T his collaboration has resulted in important discoveries, including the “savannah paradox,” characterized by high herbaceous production on poor soils. 01. Institut de recherche pour le développement. Africa Contact information: Africa-Middle-East CNRS Office, Paris. Arnaud Lalo > firstname.lastname@example.org © IRD/ JM. Leblanc q CNRS , CPU, and IRD representatives surrounding Ibrahima Cissé, the Ivory Coast’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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