Utrecht University: Rubicon Grant for two Utrecht Researchers

Two researchers from Utrecht University and the University Medical Centre Utrecht received a Rubicon grant. The Rubicon grant allows Erik de Lange and Rogier van der Sluijs to do their research at top institutes and gives them the opportunity to gain international research experience.

With a Rubicon grant researchers can conduct research for a period up to 24 months at an international research institute. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The size of the grant depends on the destination chosen and the length of stay. In this round, 18 researchers in total received the Rubicon grant.

This Rubicon grant allows me to further develop a unique line of research that looks at imperial history from a new, multilateral perspective.


Dr. Erik de Lange
Humanities
The ordered sea: Imperial cooperation after 1815
Erik de Lange works as an assistant professor at the faculty of Humanities. With his Rubicon Grant, De Lange will go to King’s College London for two years to do research into imperial cooperation.

Who controls the waters of the sea? In the Mediterranean, the question is now more pressing than ever. Environmental change, resource extraction, and the human drama of unregulated migration make the sea an international focal point. While much has been written on cooperation and the creation of order on land, we know close to nothing about their workings at sea. To understand how states try to create order together it is necessary to focus on the sea.

We know close to nothing about the workings of control of the sea
With this grant, De Lange will show how international cooperation at sea worked by looking at the past. Focusing on the Mediterranean in the nineteenth century, it will uncover the historical roots of attempts to order the sea. De Lange will focus specifically on Great Britain’s Royal Navy, the largest military presence in the nineteenth-century Mediterranean.

I’ve been with the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine & Imaging at Stanford for 10 months now, but I’m excited to add another year and a half. I find the combination of applied and theoretical research very interesting and really moves the field forward!


Rogier van der Sluijs
UMC Utrecht
Artificial intelligence for breast cancer screening
Rogier van der Sluijs is a researcher and radiologist at UMC Utrecht. With his Rubicon Grant, Van der Sluijs will go to Stanford University for a period of 18 months to conduct his research.

Screening is crucial for early detection of breast cancer. As many as one in three tumors are missed in women with dense breast tissue. This research aims to develop new artificial intelligence algorithms to improve the performance of x-ray diagnostics.

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