Book Graphics by Don Artists Exhibition


The exhibition will run from 19 January to 24 February 2016 in the Exhibition Hall of the Don State Public Library. It presents illustration of the acknowledged masters of graphic and young authors . The exhibition will feature a wide variety of different viewers, including rare graphic techniques: woodcut, etching, linocut, watercolor, pastel, drawingby teachers of the Southern Federal University.

Russian Students Day

On the 25th of January Southern Federal University holds a ball in Taganrog devoted to the Russian Students Day.


International Conference in the Institute of Management in Economic, Ecological and Social Systems


Institute of Management in Economic, Ecological and Social Systems will hold an International conference for young researchers (February 10) called Innovation Technologies in Economics, Education and Management.

Participants will give reports or take part as listeners, submit their reports for publishing in the collection of scientific papers. The conference will be in Russian and English.

Among the participant will be Vyacheslav Pshyhopov Vice-Rector – Director for Engeneering and Technologies Academy, Inna Shevchenko Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Projects and others. Also there will be foreign guests: professor of Ostfold University College Cornett Andreas Peter and a researcher from University of South Denmark Hjaltadottir Rannveig Edda.

Those interested in publishing their works are required to submit materials till February 3 to .

SFedU Lecturer is a Winner of International Contest for Translators

Alexander V. Dzyuba, lecturer from the Ibero-american philology department (SFedU) took third prize in a contest on literary translation of poetry from Spanish into Russian. Alexander is a beginner which means he is not a member of any union and doesn’t have more than three publications.

The solemn ceremony took place in St Petersburg in a house named after the Great Russian poet A. Pushkin, on December 16. An honorary diploma was given by a director for the Institute of the Russian Literature (Russian Academy of Sciences), also by a famous poet and translator Vsyevolod E. Bagno. Alexander Dzyuba got two complete volumes of Pushkin as a bonus.

The contest is held by the Institute for the Russian literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The main aim of the contest is to preserve the national school of literary translation. All in all more than 2000 people took part in the contest.

The task was to do a literary translation of a sonnet Paisaje Tropical (XIX century) written by a Colombian poet José Asunción Silva.

Magia adormecedora vierte el río                Река неспешная объята ленью
en la calma monótona del viaje                    Под действием немого волшебства,
cuando borra los lejos del paisaje                И всё, что вдалеке, видно едва,
la sombra que se extiende en el vacío.        И пустота сокрыта тенью.

Oculta en sus negruras el bohío                   Бойио зарослей сплетенье
la maraña tupida y el follaje                          Во мраке прячет, а листва
semeja los calados de un encaje                   Похожа так на кружева,
al caer del crepúsculo sombrío.                    Когда ночное настает забвенье.

Venus se enciende en el espacio puro,        На небе ярко зажигается звезда.
la corriente dormida una piragua                 Пирога будит реку ото сна.
rompe en su viaje rápido y seguro               Закат, гоняя тучи в никуда,

y con sus nubes el poniente fragua              Окрасил в розовое небо, и видна
otro cielo rosado y verdeoscuro                    В зеленом зеркале реки тогда
en los espejos húmedos del agua.                Такая же зеленая луна.






SFedU Trade Union holds an Intellectual Game What? Where? When?

12-29-ChGK_mdThe final of What? Where? When? took place in a student restaurant Einstein. Among the finalists were 4 teams.

The game itself is a prototype of a well-known TV show What? Where? When? where participants are required to be properly dressed (man’s suit and evening dress). The TV show features certain background music which was carefully introduced to the SFedU show so that the viewers could feel the real spirit of a famous game. Moreover, the questions also had a special flavor of the show.
The questions were prepared by fans, friends, partners of SFedU trade union and members of the rector’s office.
Among the prizes were a bronze statuette, money (3000 and 5000 rubles), discount cards, cinema tickets, short-term gym membership.

Cyborg Rats Will Take on Drug Dealers and Terrorists


Scientists from the Perception and Recognition Neuro-technologies Laboratory at the South Federal University in Rostov-on-Don suggested using rats’ hypersensitive sense of smell to detect explosive devices. With microchips planted in their brains, these cyborats will be more effective than dogs.

According to scientists, the rats’ receptor neurons contain thousands of naturally renewable protein receptors that help them differentiate a larger quantity of smells than modern devices or even dogs. And with this new technology the rats’ powers of recognition will be unprecedented.

The microchip will be able to monitor the animal’s physiological reaction to a smell even when the concentration of the substance being sought is insignificant, for example, when the rodent itself has not yet reacted to the smell. The signal is transmitted to a computer, which is then picked up by law-enforcement.


At the moment, the laboratory instrument consists only of a wire, and the activity radius is determined by the wire’s length, which is five meters long. In the distant future the cyborats will be able to inspect objects by themselves, penetrating into even the most difficult places. At the start, the system will be comprised of boxes with rats and wires, but scientists also face challenges with this.

“The rat can gnaw and tear up the wires, so that is why today the animals sleep during experiments,” explained laboratory director, Dmitri Medvedev.

Another challenge facing the scientists is to understand what occurs in the rat’s brain when it senses a certain smell, and then determine the precise cerebral impulse that reacts to the explosive device. It is practically impossible to shield the cyborat from external stimulants in real-life conditions.

In Tanzania, Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia, the African hamster rat is used to detect mines. In Columbia, laboratory rats are also employed for finding landmines. In the Netherlands, rats are used to detect traces of burned powder, while in Israel rats help the police inspect luggage in airports. Each case uses rats that are trained by fear and pain (for example, from shock), or with food. When they detect the desired smell they hide in a special hole, or stand on their hind legs.

Cyborat army

Three groups of specialists are simultaneously working on the project: physiologists are training the animals to recognize drugs and explosives; engineers are perfecting the instruments; and programmers are creating mathematical algorithms to study the results. These algorithms will help scientists gather data and statistics of the rats’ cerebral reactions to various smells.

In addition, one and the same animal can be trained to react only to one certain smell. An army of cyborats will be necessary because attrition rates will be high.

“Two to three months are needed in order to teach the animal to react to one substance while the lifespan of a laboratory rat is only about a year,” said Medvedev. “We can’t use very young rats, and the old ones have already lost their sense of smell.”


Scientists plan to complete the development of the system’s biotechnical model by the middle of 2016.

The Russian Health Ministry and the Ministry of Emergency Situations have already shown an interest in the project. Rats are also capable of determining various illnesses based on smells, and often in very early stages when other methods still do not work. In particular, this concerns tuberculosis and several oncological diseases.

Moreover, rats can be used to search for victims in emergency situations. However, scientists say that for now it is only wishful thinking that rats can be taught to distinguish the smell of a living person from that of a dead person in a limited time-frame.

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Self-identification Week in SFedU


SFedU holds a webinar Unfamiliar Reflection devoted to personal and social identity in terms of the Self-identification Week.

As part of a project movie club meetings will take place on December 18. Looking for the Lost Identity (the name of the club) implies discussing issues of identity, self-expression, creative activity and crisis periods of self-identification realized in cinematography. Theoretical material will be accompanied by videos. Lecturers will present analysis and interpretation of ideas, initial messages and approaches used by film directors.

The project also includes literary evening Behind the Screen (December 17) devoted to the Year of Literature. Among the guests are Rostov writers and students from different departments. The aim they pursue is to demonstrate their understanding of the notion Self-identity. Here they will read out their own works which main theme is self-determination. What really intriguing is that a screen will separate an author from listeners enabling them to stay on their own with the piece of work.

The event takes places in KIBI-media centre, SFedU, 21 Zorge Str.