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Pandemic SARS CoV -2 - a Romanian perspective. The perception of a septuagenarian doctor

Eugen Carasevici

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.4.702

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic reveals everywhere in the world, and of course also in Romania, individuals’ ability to respond to danger, but also their degree of compliance with the medical, social and political regulations in order to act responsibly. Behavioral diversity, level of education, media influence have left their mark on the response of society to the spread of the infection to such an extent that the number of cases has resumed its daily growth. The perspective of the pandemic evolution remains unclear, and Romania, despite the medical effort made, does not seem to have had the complete revelation of the danger yet. Humanity lost in self-admiration does not yet realize the mortal danger of this virus.

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COVID-19 Impacts on High Education: Virtual Learning Challenges on University of Prishtina

Bujar Q. Bajçinovci, Mimoza M. Dugolli

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.4.700

The cease of the high educational institutions in Kosova, as a result of the preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19 has a high causatum on the traditional system of academia, moreover, as we evidence later the global preventive measures has affected the all education systems in the world. Hence, there was a new kind of feeling, with new immediate responsive state caused by the change of learning patterns. While this eminent experience of shifting from traditional learning to virtual learning domain has a result with immediate quarantine in Kosovo, and a new style of living, a new experience of education, and a new teaching interaction with students, especially in the faculty of the architecture, University of Prishtina. The comments presented in this paper investigated the COVID-19 phenomenon in the University of Prishtina, from the pedagogue point of view, where to many learning habits and teaching methods are being radically changed in front of new contagious diseases.

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An open book

Sebastián Vishnopolska

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.5.699

In the 1990s, scientists started to discuss how to sequence the human genome, the complete list of genes encoded in human DNA. Two research groups, one directed by James Watson and funded by NIH grants, and another one supervised by Craig Venter and financed by private funding, started a race to be the first one to obtain the complete sequence. In 2000, the US President Bill Clinton, together with Venter and Francis Collins (Watson’s successor), announced that the first draft of the human genome was available. In the last years, cost reduction for sequencing the whole human DNA open several research fields, such as cancer genomics, pharmacogenomics, diagnosis of rare diseases, and genomics of pregnancy, among many others. In the present article, originally published in El Gato y La Caja, the history and impact of this discovery is presented.

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Mapmaking and Storytelling

Chiara Giardi

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.4.698

In this thesis, I analyse artists’ books and fanzines which were created for the exhibition ‘Subjective Maps / Disappearances’ in 2013 at the National Gallery of Iceland. The event was organized as part of the artistic research undertaken within Little Constellation, a contemporary art network with a focus on 17 geo-cultural micro-areas and small states of Europe such as San Marino, Iceland, Monaco, Gibraltar, and Cyprus. These areas and their communities are mostly understudied, systematically neglected in comparative analyses, and often only known through "uncertain" stereotypes such as tax havens, smugglers, or duty-free shopping centers. For the exhibition, 37 artists born or based in these areas exhibited artists’ books and fanzines that will become part of the permanent public collection of the San Marino National Gallery. A selection of the works was analyzed through a rhythmic analysis, taken from Henri Lefebvre, allowing the examination of time and space together.

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Editorial Volume 7, Issue 3

María Fernanda Sandoval

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.4.693

Dear JOSHA readers, once again we find ourselves saying goodbye and closing another wonderful issue! This bi-monthly issue is full of wonderful articles, including two of the candidates and possible winners of the 2020 Demetrios Award. In addition, we are re-packaging this section with new information that is useful to you and important to us, such as the new button to make your donation to the journal. On the other hand, don't miss the opportunity to visit our social media and get to know us from the Instagram gallery and the Facebook wall. Remember that you can comment on the articles and also provide your star ranking.

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COVID-19 in Kosovo: Point from an Urbanite

Bujar Q. Bajçinovci, Mejreme Bajçinovci

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.3.685

In the continuum of evolution and adaptation of living organisms, ranging from microorganisms to human beings, there are certain cycles of time that carry with its cardinal changes that human beings must face and find the possible public health solutions. The new millennium brings with it a new public health, and public order issues, thus, manifestation completely a new urban lifestyle. Therefore, we have come into a situation where a number of questions need to be raised about the necessity of redefining many daily life habits. The comments presented in this paper investigated the COVID-19 phenomenon in Kosovo, from urbanites point of view, where to many urban habits and lifestyle are being radically changed in the front of new contagious disease. Focusing on the urban lifestyle, public health, public order, high education, and possible urban depressions related to the quarantine conditions.

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Perfect Pitch

Franziska Buttgereit

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.3.678

Mozart had perfect pitch, as did Beethoven, Bach, and Jimi Hendrix. However, this ability does not a gifted musician make, as studies continually show that prodigies and amateurs alike may are capable of it. Franziska Buttgereit is a mezzo-soprano who has been a member of the Freiburg Theatre's extra choir since 2010 and its first director since 2017. In 2015 she began her singing studies with Prof. Christiane Libor at the Musikhochschule Schloss Gottesaue in Karlsruhe and has been collaborating with the University of Music and the Stadttheater Freiburg, which has led to a small role in performances and the DVD production of the same name "Cendrillon" by Jules Massenet.

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Alpha and Omega: from the Sagrada Familia to Placenta and Cancer

Miguel Hernández-Bronchud

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.3.677

The links between architecture and science are as old as these human achievements. But modern scientific thought and methods are much more recent than architecture. In 1660, Christopher Wren gave a lecture at one of the regular meetings of the natural philosophers who used to meet at Gresham College in the city of London, and there it was decided to form a society for the promotion of "Physical-Mathematical Experimental Learning". Two years later the Royal Society (now the National Academy of Sciences of the United Kingdom) was born. The Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí was more interested in geometry and God than in scientific research. His obsession with the Alpha and Omega is clearly visible in many of his works.

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Indebted Meritocracy

Sol Minoldo

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.3.674

A meritocracy is a society in which success and failure belong to those who 'deserve' them. What you get depends directly on the decisions you make and on archiving the right balance between responsibility and audacity. Yet, a key point is frequently overlooked: identical circumstances, means, and opportunities must be guaranteed for meritocracy to make sense. In this article, Sol Minoldo highlights the danger of the reverse the logic, that is, assuming that the different achievements are a reliable proof that some made more effort than others, and discusses what a higher performance might actually reflect.

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Elite Fragmentation and Oligarchic Implosion in Nigeria’s Democratic Space: A mere Stopgap or an Impetus to People’s Emancipation?

Mike Omilusi

Languages: English

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.3.672

The Nigerian political class operates within convenient and exclusive networks that support a core political composition, that itself is predatory, authoritarian, and disconnected from society. Since democratization began in 1988, political competition has intensified, but bureaucracies have remained only moderately effective, and political parties and civil society have shown continuing weakness while the elite continually holds the polity by the jugular by way of power contestation and domination. While successive political leaders are unable to offer even the most basic services to the people, more than ever before, it appears the mass public only represents a legitimizing tool for electoral indiscretions.