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 Jingyuan Xu in her laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyMarkus Breig, KIT
Leopoldina Prize for Junior Scientists and Hector RCD Award for Jingyuan Xu

Jingyuan Xu investigates novel solid-state-based cooling methods that use the elastocaloric effect in specially optimized shape memory thin films. These materials emit heat when a magnetic field, an electric field, or mechanical force is applied. When the field is removed, they draw heat from their surroundings, resulting in a cooling effect. This technology is environmentally friendly, noiseless, and more efficient than conventional compressor systems. Jingyuan Xu focuses primarily on miniature cooling systems, for example for electronic or bioanalytical chips. Since 2024, she has been leading a Carl Zeiss Nexus research group and has now been awarded twice.

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Landeslehrpreisträger 2023: Tenure-Track-Professor Moritz Dörstelmann vom KITRiccardo Prevete, KIT
State Teaching Award 2023 for Innovation/Transformation goes to Moritz Dörstelmann

Moritz Dörstelmann's research-oriented teaching revolves around recyclable and resource-friendly construction. Together with students from various disciplines, he creates digital models and experiments with test buildings made of natural materials such as clay and willow to investigate the digital prefabrication of components as a prototype. With his innovative concept, he contributes to the transformation of the construction industry as a socially relevant response to the climate, resource, and energy crisis. For this, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts has awarded him the 2023 State Teaching Award in the category innovation/transformation.

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TATuP Chatbots as a Pedagogical Challenge for Schools and Teaching

From an pedagogical perspective, artificial intelligence and chatbots are just another opportunity to educate, train, and ultimately learn to act responsibly. This thesis is put forward by Britta Klopsch and Johannes Gutbrod in the Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory und Practice (TATuP). After all, the declared aim of all teaching efforts is the ability to make educated judgments. Anyone who wants to use chatbots for online research, homework, presentations, or the like must first be able to ask the right questions and critically scrutinize the artificially generated answers. This ability to assess and reason is the result of education, not of chatting to intelligent online tools.