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Michel André, a researcher ready to listen to the whales

Michel André, a researcher ready to listen to the whales

Bioacoustician

Committed. Michel André is a committed researcher. While others defend chimpanzees, elephants or sharks, Michel is the advocate-researcher for cetaceans. A passion that traces back to when he was 11 years old: a television documentary on communication between dolphins made him switch from his...

  • Published: Monday November 30, 2009
  • Journalist: G. Lahoreau
Stéphanie Pitre: A Golden Woman

Stéphanie Pitre: A Golden Woman

Physicist

Winner of the "Femme en Or 2008" award (literally: woman in gold, an award for exceptional women), Stéphanie Pitre is first and foremost a woman of passion. "As part of my physics degree at the University of Paris 7, I did an internship in a scientific instrumentation laboratory. It was my first...

  • Published: Monday February 04, 2008
  • Journalist: M. Lochouarn
Claudine Besson sets her sights on radar

Claudine Besson sets her sights on radar

Optical engineer

Claudine heads up an optics research department. She and her team are interested, amongst other things, in the detection and characterization of the wake vortices left behind by aeroplanes in their slipstreams. These masses of moving air represent a potential hazard for other aeroplanes or...

  • Published: Friday January 04, 2008
Jean-Yves Dréan: Fibers passion

Jean-Yves Dréan: Fibers passion

Textile researcher

At the beginning of the 70s, against the backdrop of the oil crisis, his teachers dissuaded him from thinking about a career in the car engine business, which seemed uncertain at the time. If this had not been the case, the current director of the CNRS laboratory of textile physics and mechanics, in...

  • Published: Monday November 19, 2007
  • Journalist: M. Grousson
Ali Saïb: a virologist hungry for life

Ali Saïb: a virologist hungry for life

Virologist

At one stage, he had intended to go into bakery but ended up becoming a well-known virus specialist. This 38-year-old university professor directs a research team at the Institute of Hematology from Paris 7 university. He publishes books, articles, writes documentaries, and manages an association…...

  • Published: Monday March 05, 2007
  • Journalist: P. de Brem

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Claude Lévi-Strauss: first encounter with the Indians

Claude Lévi-Strauss: first encounter with the Indians

This dean of the Académie Française, where he was elected in 1973, and great ethnologist celebrated his 100th birthday on the 28th November of 2008. In a world that he never really cared for much...

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Mathematics and folding

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Valérie Larose teaches mathematics in the Louise Weiss Junior High School in Nozay (Essonne, France). She shows us how she uses folding to demonstrate different mathematical concepts to pupils aged 11 (6th grade class).

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Junior Conferences at the CEA

Junior Conferences at the CEA

Every trimester, the French National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN), part of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) based in Saclay, France, organises a free conference aimed at young people. Middle and high school students come, sometimes accompanied by their parents, to listen to the researchers describing their work. The topics, often specialized, are always accessible and outlined with concrete examples.

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