university of leuven

Hello! My name is ‘L’. Or rather, that’s what I like to be called. My real name is Lotte, but I’ve noticed that a lot of English-speaking people pronounce that wrong. Don’t worry about it!

About me: 

- I am 15 years old

- My special interests are psychology, the series ‘Hannibal’ and Tokyo Ghoul:re. Besides those things, I love reading, playing video games and playing with my four cats.

- I go to a boarding school in Oostduinkerke (Belgium).

- My first language is Dutch, but I also speak French, German and English on a conversational level. I took Latin and Greek classes for two years, but I had to stop because my current boarding school doesn’t teach those languages. I especially love English and read a lot of books in English. I am now reading ‘Neurotribes’ by Steve Silberman.

- I’m not sure what to put here, but feel free to ask me anything you want to know! 

Why I made this Studyblr: 

- If everything goes as planned, I can go to a university in Leuven, one of the best in my country, at age 16. I will probably be graduating this januari (2018). It is also possible that i will first take a year off to go on an exchange year, but either way, I will be going to uni at a very young age. 

- Seeing all those gorgeous studyblr posts reminds me that if handled right, surviving university might not be totally impossible.

- From what I’ve seen, the studyblr community seemed very inclusive and warm. I would like to be part of that!

- I love the aesthetic of studying! I strive to know as much as I can. I am ambitious and very determined to become a well-known psychologist. So please, wish me luck!

A few studyblrs that I really love so far: 

@alistudys @allcutified @alwaysreadingg @beyondthebooks @bookmrk @briellestudies @cabeswata @clueless-study @fruit-studies @inteqrals @kuroristudies @letshopeidontfailanyexams @nehrdstudies @nerdstudies @oikawastudies @procrastudiin @psychstvdying @rafstudyblr @sapphiccstudies @siobhan-studies  @snowystudiess  @studiousminds @studyblr @studyblrwastaken @studylithe @studylustre @studyplants @studytherin @successe-s @theartof-studying @thystudy @umstudying  @yume-studies 

(I am still looking for studyblrs to follow, so if you have any to recommend, please do!)

A rant on the Belgian perception of higher schooling

Since summer is the moment where a lot of 18-year olds have to decide which will be the next step in their schooling career, I thought it prudent to post about this now. Just to add in my two cents about the schooling bias as a student who’s finishing up her bachelor’s degree at university level. (And since it’s the national holiday, I might as well serve the nation a bit.)

I want to make a few points clear to all of you who are feeling unsure about your future:

1. They will never admit this, but schooling agencies like the CLB and high schools themselves have a definite bias on where they want to see you wind up. If you’re following Latin or high maths courses, they will always recommend you go to university and never to the hogeschool. Even if you’re in the more social or economic courses they will recommend this.

2. In my experience not choosing to go to university is often perceived as a disappointment by teaching staff and parents, because they’ll feel like you’re not living up to your potential/intellect. In some cases this can almost become a communal shaming as in popular culture people tend to look down their noses at anything lower than university. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE WRONG VIEW OF EDUCATION!

3. Every form of higher education in Belgium is difficult, hogeschool no less than university. You will have to look out for what methods/courses are promoted by which institution and go from there. If you like a more practical approach with an opportunity for experience, choose hogeschool. If you’re interested in theoretical background and prefer books to intensive contact, choose university. (e.g. there’s a marked difference between journalism on hogeschool and university level.)

4. What’s even more important: follow your interests, and for God’s sake don’t just study what’s bound to get you a job later. You’ll be dedicating 3 to 5 years of intensive study to this field, if it doesn’t challenge or interest you, you’ll quickly burn out. Which leads me to point 5.

5. PARENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT! Examine yourself, find good supportive arguments of why you should be studying a field and where, and talk it over with them like an adult.

6. CARE FOR YOURSELF. The most important item on this list. Always pay attention to your own needs. If the shoe doesn’t fit, it’s perhaps better to switch fields. This is NOT shameful, in fact it shows a growth of character and self-knowledge. Higher schooling is a period in which you’ll change a lot, actually more so than in high school. Take opportunities, discover things about yourself, and learn as much as you can about the workings of the adult world before you’re completely thrown into it. You’ll get criticized at multiple points, sure, but use that to propel yourself towards something better.

That’s all I wanted to say for now. If anyone has questions about this sort of thing, send me a message and I’ll gladly give you an answer.

Geniet van de nationale feestdag en vergeet de zonnecrème niet! ;)

Bonne fête nationale et n’oubliez pas la crème solaire! ;)


anonymous asked:

Holy shit, you have a lot of astrophysics students following you. (I'm one also :)) Interestingly enough, there's a pretty famous Belgian Catholic priest/astronomer/professor of physics at the University of Leuven called Georges Lemaître who was credited for the first definitive formulation of the idea of an expanding universe and what would become known as the Big Bang theory. (1)

(2) When asked how he could be religious and scientific, he responded “There are two paths to the truth. I have chosen to take both of them.”

That’s really interesting, I had no idea! Thank you for sharing!

Final kiss of two stars heading for catastrophe

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers have found the hottest and most massive double star with components so close that they touch each other. The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 could be heading for a dramatic end, during which the two stars either coalesce to create a single giant star, or form a binary black hole.

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carnetdesipho  asked:

Hello! I am rather into calligraphy and a little illumination as a hobby, and I am also a scientist, so it really sparks my curiosity when I see scans of medieval "textbooks" with astronomical charts, maps, etc. Do you know of any resources I could look into to learn more about what science and science education was like in the middle ages?

For inspiration, including zodical, consult our Astronomical and Medical miscellany (a compilation of texts).

Since you are interested in science and calligraphy, you should also check out our Mira Calligraphiae monumenta, in which Georg Bocskay, the secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, recorded various forms and layouts of scripts. About thirty years later Joris Hoefnagel illuminated the calligraphy book with early botanical studies.

A book or two to investigate:

Black, Robert. 2001. Humanism and education in medieval and Renaissance Italy: tradition and innovation in Latin schools from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Goyens, Michèle, Pieter de Leemans, and An Smets. 2008. Science translated Latin and vernacular translations of scientific treatises in medieval Europe. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press



Picking up where yesterday’s Amorphophallus titanum update left off…

It’s seed-harvesting time! Huntington botanist John Trager and research fellow Raquel Folgado of the University of Leuven, Belgium, put on some gloves and dove in to the very squishy and colorful process of digging seeds out from Corpse Flower fruits. (A+ to John for picking out a tray of the most perfect color to contrast with the amazing colors of the fruits and seed innards.)

After getting the seeds out, they busted out the scalpels and sliced up a few to check out how things looked inside. Microscope times followed. There will be pictures. Stay tuned.
Are Artist's Brains Hard-Wired Differently? Science Points to Yes

Thanks to a study — the first to look at visual artists’ brains to determine where their talent might originate — signs point to yes.

Rebecca Chamberlain of KU Leuven University in Belgium, the lead author of the study published in NeuroImage, told the BBC’s Inside Science program she “was interested in how artists see the world differently, especially in regards to when they’re drawing.” She continued to explain her interest saying, “a lot of artists reported that they turn on this way of seeing when they’re drawing, and I wondered whether that … would be reflected by differences in brain structure.”

The study Chamberlain conducted compared the brains of 21 art students with 23 non-artists. Using neuroimaging the study found that individuals who displayed more skill in observational drawing had more grey and white matter in one very specific part of the brain — the precuneus region of the parietal lobe — than those who scored low on drawing tests. In sum, the findings suggest that, yes, artistic ability might be innate. 

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October 29th, 1467 | The Battle of Brustem

The Duchy of Burgundy: a lovely little spot right in the heart of Europe. Originally settled by an East Germanic tribe of the same name, it went through the usual kingdom growth, reorganization, invasions, and political turmoil typical for the time.

Around the 15th Century, Burgundy was under the watchful eye of Philip the Good. And if you ask me, we should get back to giving ourselves cool monikers as part of our name. Mine’s Alyssa the Freaking Awesome.

So Philip the Good became Duke near the beginning of the Century: son to John the Fearless (see? Totally cool. Start doing it, let’s make it a thing), and because they didn’t have big hiked-up trucks back then or sports cars, they had to use titles as a way of expressing themselves; so he was also count of Flanders, count of Artois, and Count of Franche-Comté.

His liege lord was the King of France: Charles VII, but he blamed Charles for the murder of his dad, blocked him on Facebook, and tended to say “you’re not the boss of me, uhuh!” whenever in his presence.

And because the 100 Years War is raging and England is knuckle-sandwiching every French knight within reach, Philip thinks that it would be a spiffy idea to be best buds with Henry V of England. What better way to stick-it to France?

His court was the most extravagant in Europe. He was the accepted leader of taste and fashion, which meant that Burgundy became a great exporter of luxurious goods. The dude was a PIMP, but he had problems deciding who he wanted to be friends with.

England and Burgundy were best buds right up to and just after Burgundy captured a pesky little bint known as Joan of Arc, where they gave her to England, and brought a six-pack for the trial and execution. Selfies were taken, Burgundy and England got drunk, and traffic cones were stolen. Good times.

But in 1435 France called everyone together: the Hundred Years was still going on, England was running all over the country sticking little English flags on every French hill in sight, and Burgundy was still all kinds of upset over his dad’s death. Things were getting out of control. So King Charles VII sat Henry V and Philip down at a table:

Charles VII: “Okay, Phil, that block man was uncool, but – look – I’ll totally punish the guys who curb stomped your dad, but you have to recognize me as King, okay?”

Philip: “Do I have to do all that bowing stuff? Pay homage and junk? *sneer*.”

Charles VII: “No … no … *sighs* … just recognize me as king and let’s bury the hatchet.”

Philip: “I can get behind that.”

Charles VII: “Henry … HENRY … stop sticking flags … take that flag out of the table … “

Henry: “Nope.”

Charles VII: “Look, we’re burying the hatchet here … let’s get some peace going on. Look, we’ll go out for drinks, first round is on m-GET THAT FLAG OUT OF MY COURTYARD!”

Henry: “Nope. Oh, and Phil, I’m so blocking you.”

Philip: “Pfft, whatevs. I’m attacking Calais.”

But Philip being Philip, he tended to switch sides quickly and only a few years later he ended up supporting an uprising of French nobles, which naturally had Charles VII going “What the living fuck?” At this point Philip clearly starts showing a wonderful aptitude at “pissing off everyone” and unlocks the achievement “untrustworthy bugger.”

And as if to illustrate just how untrustworthy he was: in 1463 he offered to give lands back to France that had been stolen over the years, while simultaneously raising funds … for a war against France. “Sorry mate, it’s all good, here’s that thing I took off you … *psssssst, pass me a club so I can brain this tosser and steal that shit back …*”

Enter into the scene one Louis de Bourbon, nephew to Philip on his sister’s side. Louis was raised by Philip, so it was only natural that a little family nepotism would exist. Phil wanted to look after Louis, but in so doing he had a chance to increase the sphere of his influence. So he had a word in the shell-like of Pope Callixtus III and managed to get a venerable 69-year-old Jean de Heinsberg removed as the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, instead installing the 18-year-old Louis. Louis was chuffed, naturally, but he was also still studying at the University of Leuven for 7 more years … which meant Philip was now the de facto ruler of Liège.

Liège was not impressed. They were not part of Burgundy, they were the Roman Catholic Diocese of Liège, so suddenly having Philip at the helm and they were all kinds of upset. The ringleader was Raes van Heers, bailiff of Heers, and Raes – knowing that France really wasn’t a fan of Burgundy – contacted King Louis XI for help in an uprising. Louis XI was all “oh heck yes! Count me in! *highfive*,” but when shit kicked off the next year Raes found himself standing in a field with 4,000 civilians facing a proper, full-on army from Philip the Good under the commander Charles the Bold. The peasants were summarily beat up, drop-kicked, and choked-out.

Liège lost all rights and Charles the Bold plopped Louis of Boubon into position with a steely glare. “Stop fucking about, this is the way of things, you little bastards.” He said.

But the citizens of Liège would not behave, and only the following year they rebelled again at the city of Dinant. Philip, doubtlessly pinching the bridge of his nose and exhaling slowly, ordered in Charles the Bold again, who emphasized just how bloody serious they were about this whole thing by throwing  800 burghers into the river and promptly burning the city to the ground. Charles stood in front of the burning city with a foot on a burgher’s head; “any questions?”

Apparently there were questions, because the very next year in 1467 Philip the Good died, and Liège again went into upheaval, chasing out Louis of Bourbon, Raes van Heers again raised an army, and again went to Louis XI for support.  Louis was all “oh, m8, sorry for a couple of years ago, I didn’t know you were serious. Yeah, sign me up for this throw-down, I am so your man! Troops ON-THE-WAY. Honest.”

Charles the Bold once more arrived with his army of 25,000 men, and probably started to ask himself if he should just get a time-share going in the area, as he was certainly spending a lot of time here. Raes was defiant: he had raised 12,000 militia this time – three times what he had a couple of years ago – and with France lending support, this battle could be won!

But at the moment he was outnumbered, so he spread his troops out between marshes to reduce the effectiveness of the superior numbers arrayed against him. When Charles the Bold ordered an initial attack, Raes told his line to hold and wait for France’s reinforcements, but the militia were … well … militia, so they ignored him and counter-attacked anyway. They were successful in this endeavor and managed to kill a lot of Charles’ archers, but Charles knew this was going to happen and had planned for it. In reserve behind the archers he had a whole line of bad-ass, two-handed-sword wielding, battle-frenzied, plate-clad, murderous monsters. And they SMASHED into the peasants in a blood-spraying, body-hewing orgy of violence.

Raes van Heers ran the hell away, and Liège suffered some 4,000 casualties, only nightfall preventing even further carnage.

France failed to show up for the fight.

On a historical note, Liège still refused to accept Burgundian rule. LOL! The following year 240 rebels invaded the city, chased out the garrison, and occupied the Prince-Bishops’ palace. They then attacked Tongeren and killed all Burgundians there. Viva la Résistance!

But Charles the Bold had other plans. He rode up with an army … get this, accompanied by Louis XI. Promptly kneed the city into submission, and – to impress his point home YET AGAIN – he tied up hundreds of Liègois townsfolk and threw them into the river. Then he burned down the city … again.

Louis of Bourbon remained Prince-Bishop until he was murdered on 30 August 1482 by William de La Marck, who was supported by Louis XI of France.