Bas Dutilh finds human microbiome virus in one-third of all countries

In 2014, Bas Dutilh discovered crAssphage, a new virus that infects bacteria associated to the human intestine, just by analysing “big data”. Although the virus had never been seen before, crAssphage was present in well over 50% of almost one thousand datasets from human faecal samples. As a follow-up of that article, he has now convinced more than 100 scientists worldwide to look for crAssphage in sewage and human faecal samples from their country. Bas is senior author of the resulting publication in Nature Microbiology that describes how they found the virus in one-third of the countries of the world. This new research also suggests why crAssphage is so widespread: the team showed that crAssphage has been with us since the dawn of humankind and has spread with us as we colonised the globe. CrAssphage seems to have no effect on human health or disease, so without impeding our fitness the virus could survive in the human lineage without being selected out. [The image is an electron microscopy photograph taken by Colin Hill, whose team was the first to isolate a crAssphage-like virus from Irish fecal samples in 2018.]

Catarina Dutilh Novaes appointed Professorial Fellow at St Andrews

Together with four other philosophers, Catarina Dutilh Novaes has been appointed in June 2019 as Professorial Fellow at St Andrews (UK). Fellows are in residence for six weeks per year, contributing to the research projects at the Centres and contributing to the postgraduate experience.  Initial appointments are for five years. In 2018 Catarina has been contributing to a Conceptual Engineering Seminar at Arché, a philosophical research centre at the University of St Andrews, with a talk “Carnapian Explications

Diana Dutilh-Dumas penningmeester VVPJ

Tijdens de ALV op 26 juni is Diana Dutilh-Dumas benoemd tot penningmeester van de Vereniging van Pensioenjuristen (VVPJ), als opvolger van Lex den Blaauwen. Zelf zegt ze daarover: “Geweldig om die rol te gaan vervullen en zo mijn steentje vanuit het bestuur te kunnen bijdragen aan de Pensioenproblematiek in Nederland“. Daags voor de vergadering was deze benoeming nog niet bekend, hetgeen blijkt uit een bericht van Eelco Hoogendijk op de VVPJ-website: ” Het bestuur hoopt vóór 26 juni a.s. ook nog een tweede persoon te kunnen voordragen. Als die voordracht er is, dan zal die per mail aan de leden bekend worden gemaakt.”

Bas Dutilh amongst most frequently cited scientists

Bas Dutilh is mentioned on a list, published on November 27 2018 by Clarivate Analytics, an American company that offers services (such as Web of Science) for scientific research. The list presents the 1 percent most frequently cited scientists of the past ten years by discipline. Bas is working at the Utrecht University as well as the Radboud University in Nijmegen. More information

Catarina Dutilh Novaes appointed as URC professor

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) will appoint Catarina Dutilh Novaes as Professor of Reasoning and Argumentation, and their History at the University Research Chair on 1 January 2019. With this program, the VU recognizes excellent scientists as future leaders in their field. They are selected because of their excellence and potential for the future. Catarina Dutilh Novaes amply meets the standard quality requirements for professors, transcends her colleagues in the same position and has the most potential for rapid development. Find out more.

Guido Dutilh krijgt Zwaan 2018 voor meest indrukwekkende dansprestatie

Zwaan meest indrukwekkende dansprestatie 2018

Op vrijdag 12 oktober zijn tijdens het Gala van de Nederlandse Dansdagen in Maastricht de belangrijkste Nederlandse dansprijzen, de Zwanen, uitgereikt. Danser Guido Dutilh kreeg de Zwaan voor ‘meest indrukwekkende dansprestatie 2018’ voor zijn rol in Wir sagen uns Dunkles van Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Uit het juryrapport: ´Guido Dutilh trekt, opkomend uit de donkerte van het toneel, al direct de aandacht van de toeschouwer en weet met zijn loepzuivere precisie en gepassioneerde interpretaties een sfeer van mysterie te creëren. Dutilh krijgt en neemt in deze choreografie van Goecke alle ruimte om zijn technische excellentie én zijn virtuositeit te tonen. Zijn solo in deze productie is dan ook een parel.´ Zie verder.

Guido Dutilh genomineerd voor Zwaan

Opnieuw is Guido Dutilh genomineerd voor een van de VSCD-Dansprijzen (beter bekend als de Zwanen). Guido werd genomineerd in de categorie ‘meest indrukwekkende dansprestatie’ voor zijn rol in Wir sagen uns Dunkles van NDT2. ´Guido Dutilh trekt, opkomend uit de donkerte van het toneel, al direct de aandacht van de toeschouwer en weet met zijn loepzuivere precisie en gepassioneerde interpretaties een sfeer van mysterie te creëren. Dutilh krijgt en neemt in deze choreografie van Goecke alle ruimte om met zijn technische excellentie en meeslepend inlevingsvermogen het begrip virtuositeit te herijken. Zijn solo in deze productie is dan ook een parel.´

Op 5 juli, na afloop van de voorstelling in Florence, kreeg Guido, in aanwezigheid van zijn ouders, een bloemetje overhandigd ter viering van het feit dat hij per 1 augustus deel gaat uitmaken van het NDT1-gezelschap. Na vier jaar kan hij dan een vaste aanstelling bij het NDT krijgen.

Op 12 oktober worden tijdens het Gala van de Nederlandse Dansdagen de winnaars van de VSCD-Dansprijzen bekend gemaakt. Lees meer

Bas Dutilh supervises iGEM team

In October every year, 6,000 of the world’s brightest students gather at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, USA, to compete in the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. This five-day event is the grand-finale of nearly a year’s hard work, and teams will showcase their innovative projects on stage, under the hot lights in front of their peers and the public.

iGEM is a student competition in synthetic biology, where students compete to build a synthetic biological system that can serve humanity in a useful way. By participating in the iGEM competition, students experience all aspects of science. Not only do they conceive and execute a novel scientific project, they also actively implement non-scientific skills such as leadership, fundraising, management, public outreach and communication.

“The iGEM experience is a unique way to contribute to fostering talent,” describes Bas Dutilh, one of Utrecht’s five supervisors, “These are the very best and brightest students of our university and as supervisors, it’s a real privilege to mentor this enthusiastic team.” The team has become very close; they’ve spent a lot of time together, both directly on the project and during team building activities, and really enjoy each other’s company. “It’s inspiring to watch them grow an idea and drive it forward,” says Bas, “And, it’s just good fun.” Read more.

€ 1.25 million for refurbishment of monumental colonnade Sant’Anna cemetery Triest (Italy)

Tuesday 27 March initiatives were presented for the necessary conservation, restoration and redevelopment of the Monumental Colonnade of the Santa Anna Cemetery. That cemetary is an important artistic and historical heritage of the city of Trieste, and one of its most significant examples of neoclassical art, dating back to the first half of the 18th century.

To illustrate the scope of the operation, with a total spending of around € 1.25 million, the Councilor for Public Works intervened with the director of Area Enrico Conte and executives and technicians of the Municipality of Trieste who took part in the project, the head of the Cemetery Services of AcegasApsAmga Massimo Carratù and for the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the art historian Claudia Crosera and the restorer Cristina Gioachin.

The project, is split in three phases. The first phase, which ended in September of last year, a first lot of € 250,000 for the coverage of fourteen of the sixty-one spans of the colonnade and the rehabilitation of part of the rainwater discharge system. The second phase of the works is currently being awarded (second lot for the amount of € 500,000) in which it is planned to complete the restoration of the roof, the replacement of skylights, as well as the rehabilitation of the rainwater disposal system, to finalize the works of the first intervention completed last year.

A third lot of final completion of the works will follow (for a further € 500,000) which will focus on the covered areas of the building, on the mortar of the arches.

To evaluate all the problems related to the tombs of which the concession had expired, a special working group has been set up, formed by the Municipality of Trieste, AcegasApsAmga and the Soprintendenza of Trieste. The general objective to be achieved is to restore dignity and value to an important historical and artistic heritage, also by articulating specific “routes” to the monumental properties of the Cemetery, thus integrating them with the cultural heritage of the city and those of other cemeteries.

Some of the planned redevelopments will be borne by the Municipality of Trieste, in particular regarding 12 tombs of the monumental colonnade, including tomb no 24, which belongs to Daniele Pietro Dutilh and his family.

For the remaining 49 tombs the maintenance costs will be borne by the heirs of the concession holder, who will be invited to start the operations necessary to prevent the degradation of the stone structures, even in order to avoid risks to the safety of people and of the monument itself.