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PhD Thesis: Edició crítica dels escolis al cant IX de l’Odissea, by Esperança Ramírez Sevilla

Last December, Esperança Ramírez, our facility secretary, defended her PhD Thesis entitled: “Edició crítica dels escolis al cant IX de l’Odissea” (Critical Edition of the Scholia to the Odyssey Book IX). The thesis defense took place at 11am on Friday 16 December in the Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Scholia (singular scholium or scholion, from Ancient Greek: σχόλιον, “comment, interpretation”) are grammatical, critical, or explanatory comments, either original or extracted from pre-existing commentaries, which are inserted on the margin of the manuscript of an ancient author, as glosses.
Scholia definition in the Wikipedia

In her doctoral dissertation she does a thorough, critical and updated edition of the scholia to the Odyssey Book IX, including the scholia regarded as minor as well as the major scholia. This book and the following three books are collectively referred to as the apologoi: Odysseus’ “stories”, and they have attracted the attention of scholars of Homer works of all times.

To carry out her research work, she had to systematically analyse and challenge previous editions that, in full or in part, included scholia from the Odyssey Book IX, and, on the other hand, she had to decide the corpus of manuscripts that she would study, which was finally set to 37 from different typologies and genetic filiations.

Odyssey greek manuscript
Example of a handwritten manuscript studied in this thesis, the text of the Odyseey is on the left column, major scholia (comments) are on the right column, and minor scholia are interspersed in between the lines of the Odyssey text.

It stands out the methodological novelty of classifying the scholia according to their content: related to the titles, dedicated to argument summaries, focused on lexicographic aspects, contextual or mythographic. This classification, on top of helping to understand the content of each scholium, offers too an interesting view of the filiation of manuscripts.

Her goal was to offer a body of data encompassing the scholia, the annotations and also the most significant corrections of the Homeric text. In that corpus there are several types of content, from multiple versions of myths to words that must be construed, including syntactic expressions or morphological annotations.

The thesis is available for download from TESEO, the official repository of Spanish doctoral dissertations.

A translation of the Odyssey to English by A.T. Murray (1919) can be read on-line at the Classical Texts Library and another translation by Samuel Butler at The Internet Classics Archive. Also, if you are curious, you can hear how Homer’s Odyssey sounded in the original ancient greek, and if you dare so, you can take a free 64-lessons course to learn ancient greek.

Laura Castañar receives award at ENC 2015

Laura CastañarAward to Laura Castañar at the 56th ENC held in Asilomar from 19th to 24th April 2015. was honoured at the 56th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference (ENC) with the Ritchey Travel Award for her Ph.D. Thesis research on “Development and application of modern pure shift NMR techniques and improved HSQC/HSQMBC experiments”The award ceremony took place at the After-Dinner Program in Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, USA, the 23th April, 2015.
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TRANSACT-ITN Scientific Workshop on “Spectra Classification and Decision-Support tools in the clinic”

Workshop on “Spectra Classification and Decision-Support tools in the clinic”
December 3-4, 2014 
Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Spain

The TRANSACT European Project organizes a two-days scientific workshop on “Spectra Classification and Decision-Support tools in the clinic”. The workshop will be held on December 3-4, 2014 at Hotel Campus UAB which is located in the campus of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Continue reading TRANSACT-ITN Scientific Workshop on “Spectra Classification and Decision-Support tools in the clinic”

Lilly Research Award to Laura Castañar

Laura Castañar is top finalist to the Lilly XII Research Awards for Graduate Students. The prize is awarded to ten Spanish young scientists, three awardees and seven finalists, for their research contributions in the field of chemistry. The awards ceremony took place at Lilly Research & Development Centre in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, the 26th September, 2014. Continue reading Lilly Research Award to Laura Castañar

Laura Castañar’s oral communication gets accessit award at GERMN 2014

Laura Castañar and Dr. Teodor Parella
Laura Castañar and Dr. Teodor Parella

Laura Castañar is honoured by JANSSEN with the accessit prize for her oral communication Enantiodifferentiation through Frequency-Selective Pure-Shift 1H NMR at the VII Biennial Meeting of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry / IV Iberian NMR Meeting / VI Ibero-American NMR Meeting (GERMN 2014) held in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, from 22nd to 24th September, 2014.

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Presentations at the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014

Next week several SeRMN members will present our research work at the Joint Annual meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 that will take place in Milan (Italy) from 10th to 16th May. Find below a summary of our contributions.

Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB

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CcpNmr Analysis – A useful tool for organic chemistry nmr?

SeRMN seminar

  • Date: Thursday 13th February, 2014
  • Hour: 10 am
  • Location: SeRMN, Facultats de Ciències i Biociències, C2/-135
  • Speaker: Miquel Cabañas, SeRMN

CcpNmr Analysis is a graphics-based interactive NMR spectrum visualisation, resonance assignment and data analysis program developed by The Collaborative Computing Project for NMR. as part of the CcpNmr suite of programs. Continue reading CcpNmr Analysis – A useful tool for organic chemistry nmr?

Free sugars quantification in intact plant tissue by HR-MAS NMR.

Planta - Journal cover“Assessment of a 1H high-resolution magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy procedure for free sugars quantification in intact plant tissue” Teresa Delgado-Goñi, Sonia Campo, Juana Martín-Sitjar, Miquel E. Cabañas, Blanca San Segundo, Carles Arús; Planta, 238:397-413, 2013 (PDF file). DOI: 10.1007/s00425-013-1924-y

In most plants, sucrose is the primary product of photosynthesis, the transport form of assimilated carbon, and also one of the main factors determining sweetness in fresh fruits. Traditional methods for sugar quantification (mainly sucrose, glucose and fructose) require obtaining crude plant extracts, which sometimes involve substantial sample manipulation, making the process time-consuming and increasing the risk of sample degradation. Here, we describe and validate a fast method to determine sugar content in intact plant tissue by using high-resolution magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (HR-MAS NMR). Continue reading Free sugars quantification in intact plant tissue by HR-MAS NMR.

Job offer for the TRANSACT-ITN project

We are recruiting an Early Stage Researcher to work on the Development of Decision Support System & Spectral Classification tool meta-plug-ins for the jMRUI platform as part of the TRANSACT-ITN European project.

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We seek a highly motivated and qualified individual as Early Stage Researcher for a three-year applied research project. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of advanced biomedical research tools in the field of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging, and its application to the clinical day-to-day practice.

The position is intended for a young post-graduate student/researcher, with a Master degree or equivalent on Engineering or Computer Science, and with a proficient knowledge of the Java programming language. Prior experience on signal and/or image processing, segmentation and pattern recognition applications in the field of biomedical research is an asset, particularly in the field of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and/or Imaging.

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