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Fun facts

Proton International will travel to New York in April 2020! However, some of you may know little about this amazing city and country. Therefore, we will post some fun facts, information and other trivia on this page. Be sure to check it out, as we will keep posting more new stuff as the trip comes closer!

Springer Nature

There are multiple Utrecht University researchers from Debye as well as Bijvoet that have published in Nature, or have worked on published articles. Among the list of Utrecht University chemists that are featured in one of Nature’s journals are names like Freddy Rabouw and Andries Meijerink, which we both know as two of our favourite first-year teachers. People you may also know are Ineke Braakman, Eric Huizinga, Andrei Petukhov and not to forget, Albert Heck. They have published in journals ranging from Nature Photonics and Nature Physics to Nature Cell Biology. The scala of different journals translates well to our broad own department.

UU Researchers we know that have a recent publication in Nature:

CMI (Vanmaekelbergh, Slot, Celso, Rabouw, Meijerink)
Nature (main); Nature Photonics; Nature Physics; Nature Materials; Nature Communications; Nature Nanotechnology;
FCC (Petukhov)
Nature (main), Nature Communications, Nature Materials
OCC (Lutz)         
Nature (main)
ICC (de Jong, de Jongh, Zečević, Weckhuysen)
Nature (main);  Nature Communications, Nature Materials; Nature Catalysis; Nature Chemistry; Nature Protocols; Nature Reviews Materials; Nature Energy, Nature Nanotechnology;
NMR (Boelens, Kaptein)
Nature (main)
CPC (Braakman)
Nature Chemical Biology; Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology; Nature (main);
MassSpec (Heck, Berkers, Lemeer)             
Nature Communications; Nature (main); Nature Structural and Molecular Biology; Nature Protocols, Nature Methods; Nature Cell Biology; Nature Protocols; Nature Chemical Biology; Nature Medicine
CSC (Gros, Janssen, Huizinga, Lutz, Kroon-Batenburg)         
Nature Communications, Nature Structural and Chemical Biology; Nature Immunology, Nature reviews Immunology; Nature (main); Nature Microbiology; Nature Chemistry

The origin of Wall Street

The origin of the name of Wall Street is much debated. Only a few things are agreed upon: the Dutch built a wall at the location of Wall Street. This ‘wall’ was a stockade fence, to protect the northern edge of New Amsterdam. Myths around this wall are prevalent. One of those myths is that the purpose of the wall was to offer protection from Native Americans, which in reality was not the case. According to the NYC Department of Records & Information Services, the true purpose was to offer protection against the English. The English and Dutch were at war, when the Dutch decided to put up the fence to protect Dutch citizens from English troops. The history about this wall and Wall Street is complicated and interesting. A more detailed history can be found at the following blog:

Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island is a narrow Island, located between Manhattan on its west and Queens on its east. It is about 3.2 km long and has a maximum width of only 240 meters. One of the ways to travel to this island, is by taking the Roosevelt Island Tramway, an aerial tramway which was fully renovated in 2010. You can use your MetroCard to access the tramway. The trip takes about five minutes, during which you hover along the Queensboro bridge and you have a great view over the East River and skyline of Manhattan. To travel back to Manhattan, you can also take the NYC Ferry (not possible to use MetroCard, but same price), which first stops at Long Island City and takes you to Manhattan. 

On this website you can find the starting point of a historic walk around the island: Roosevelt Island Historical Walk

Central park

  • Central Park was the first public landscaped park in all of the United States.

  • The park takes up roughly 843 acres of land, which is roughly 16 billion New York apartments. It is even bigger than the country of Monaco!

  • In order to create four transverse roads which cut through the park, the construction team used gun powder to blast through 30 feet of solid bedrock. It is said that more gun powder was used in this blasting project than was used in all of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

  • There is only one straight path in the entire park.

  • Over 9,000 wooden benches dot the massive park. You can even adopt a bench and write whatever you want on it.

  • Central Park’s trees cancel out over 1 million miles of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Planted throughout Central Park there are over 20,000 trees.

  • New animal species have been discovered in Central Park.