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The scientific paper entitled “Trading on Talent: Human Capital and Firm Performance“ by James Hodson (joint work with A. Fedyk), researcher within the BigDataFinance MSCA Training Network at Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and PhD student at the Jozef Stefan International PostGraduate School, is the winner of the Jack Treynor Prize from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance and received second place in the 2017 PanAgora Asset Management Dr. Richard A. Crowell Memorial Prize. Jack Treynor Prize recognizes superior academic working papers with potential applications in the fields of investment management and financial markets. Q Group awards prizes are usually won by well-established professors at world renowned universities.
Researchers from the Department for Complex Matter and Department for Synthesis of Materials, Jožef Stefan Institute, and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana Peter Medle Rupnik, Darja Lisjak, Martin Čopič, Simon Čopar in Alenka Mertelj have studied the response of ferromagnetic chiral nematic liquid crystal to magnetic and electric fields. They described unique structural transitions of this material confined to a layer, which are not observed in the usual chiral nematic liquid crystals. The material is a liquid analog of a solid helimagnet. Its advantage is that in a liquid crystal magnetic structures can be easily manipulated with small external fields. The study was published in the paper Field-controlled structures in ferromagnetic cholesteric liquid crystals in the journal Science Advances.
The journal Physical Review Letters has published the article Field-Induced Instability of a Gapless Spin Liquid with a Spinon Fermi Surface by Matjaž Gomilšek, Martin Klanjšek, Matej Pregelj and Andrej Zorko from the Solid State Physics Department and Rok Žitko from the Department of Theoretical Physics of the “Jožef Stefan” Institute. With collaborators from China and France they discovered an instability of an enigmatic quantum spin liquid with a spinon Fermi surface. They showed that its magnetic excitation (spinons), which are equivalents of electrons with spin but no charge, form pairs in a magnetic field. This process is analogous to the formation of Cooper pairs in superconductors. The discovery of a “magnetic superconductor” could be important in the fields of spintronics and quantum computing.
The second UNESCO World Open Educational Resources Congress was organized by UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources which has a seat at Jožef Stefan Institute headed by M. Sc. Mitja Jermol. Education ministers from around the world discussed open educational resources (OER) and agreed that the training teachers and motivating them to use ICT technologies in class. They also underlined the importance of the quality of open resources which must be inclusive and available in different languages. The 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan presents 41 recommended actions to mainstream open-licensed resources to help Member States to build Knowledge Societies.