The annual awards ceremony of the Student Research Paper Competition (NIRS) was held on February 8, Russian Science Day. This year, 165 people received awards, including not only HSE students but also contestants from Saint Petersburg State University, Moscow State University, Far Eastern Federal University, Mount Holyoke College (USA), and other universities. Another 160 participants became laureates of the competition, with 1,924 papers submitted in total.
They Appear out of Nowhere and Disappear into Thin Air: How ‘Killer Waves’ Led to a Scientific Award
Imagine a lift that can ascend to the ninth floor and back, all within 12 seconds—this is exactly how an unusually large ocean wave suddenly grows on the ocean’s surface, destroying everything in its path, and then disappears instantly. For her research on these ‘killer’ waves and her development of the theory of nonlinear waves in geophysics, Ekaterina Didenkulova, a senior research fellow of the Laboratory of Topological Methods in Dynamics and an HSE post-doc, was awarded the 2020 EGU Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award in the ‘Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences’ nomination category.
An international expert seminar "University, Business and Government: Best Practices, Models and Perspectives of Interaction" was held in Moscow. The seminar was organized by the faculty of Economics and the faculty of Management of HSE’s campus in Nizhny Novgorod and RUDN University.
The conference on network analysis aims to bring together scientists and engineers, representatives from the government and universities to exchange knowledge and results on a broad range of topics related to the theory and practice of network analysis. The conference also covered algorithms on graphs, networks, discrete optimization and applications.
Creating totally new and exclusive products, business models and technology solutions is not always necessary in today's innovative economy; it is often sufficient to use the knowledge and inventions already available worldwide, according to professor Mikhail Shushkin and associate professor Sergey Alexandrovskiy, researchers at the Department of Marketing, Faculty of Management, HSE Branch in Nizhny Novgorod.
HSE's Nizhny Novgorod branch has hosted Belgian economist, professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, Jacques-Francois Thisse, and Academic Supervisor at HSE St Petersburg's Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics, who read his paper 'Urban development, regional differences and effective transport'. Professor Thisse is very well known and respected for his research in spatial economics, new economic geographies, international trade and market analysis.
For a business startup to grow and thrive, its employees should have a vested interest in its success. Employee incentives may include bonuses, equity and profit sharing, recognition of accomplishments, opportunities for career development, and flexible work schedules. But being inspired by a new challenge and proud of work well done can motivate people even more effectively, according to Olga Gaponova, Associate Professor at the Department of General and Strategic Management, HSE Branch in Nizhny Novgorod.
Russian firms prefer to freeze rather than cut employee wages during crises, reasoning that high inflation will cause real wages to drop anyway, while nominal wage cuts may prompt valued employees to leave, suggests Alexander Larin, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, HSE Branch in Nizhny Novgorod, in his paper 'Downward Nominal Wage Rigidity: Unions' Achievement or Employers' Choice?'
Buying name-brand goods and services boosts the majority of younger Russians’ self-esteem, allowing them to maintain their reputation, gain respect, and demonstrate their family’s material wealth, according to research conducted by Natalia Shaidakova of HSE Nizhny Novgorod’s Department of Marketing. Students from elite Russian schools raise their prestige with the help of expensive cars, restaurants and personal items, while students from ordinary schools and universities flaunt the newest and most expensive cell phone models to one another.