Upcoming events at the Dept. of Chem.
Askøyværing og farmasøyt Ole-Johan Juvik disputerte i dag for ph.d.-graden med avhandlingen: «Characterization of bioactive natural products from edible, medicinal and toxic plants». Avhandlingen beskriver oppdagelse og karakterisering av ikke mindre enn 55 naturprodukter fra 7 planter fra 4 kontinenter, og for hele 12 av de 55 forbindelsene er dette første gang de er beskrevet i den vitenskaplige litteraturen. Hoved- og biveileder har vært hhv. professorene Torgils Fossen og Svein Haavik. Ole-Johan har vært ansatt som stipendiat ved Senter for Farmasi med arbeidssted hos oss. Vi gratulerer og ønsker familien god jul!
Takk til Siri og Susanne for å glede mange med lussekattar på Luciadagen — nydelege bollar og eit flott initiativ!!
The departmental Christmas party — Julebord — is on a winning streak! Thanks to heroic effort from the NMR and didactics divisions, and Malgorzata and Mildrid in particular, drawing from the wisdom embodied in the eminent party guide prepared last year by Mali, and a generous turn-out of party-minded chemists, it is safe to declare the Julebord last Thursday a great success! IntegrerBar was carefully and appropriately decorated in the colors of the season. The eloquent Olav Audun greeted, entertained and guided each and one and Chemistry’s own seasonal choir – the Off-ke(y)tones – served great entertainment and cultural delicacies – matched in quality and diversity only by the marvellous food contributed by all the guests in this hotpot event! After even the sweet teeth among us had had our fill, chemistry’s own quizmaster Bjørn took the floor — great expectations were met with equal fun and excitement — congratulations to all groups getting the composition of aqua regia correct! The picture left-to-right: The Julebord, Off-ke(y)tones, tired but extremely pleased organizers, Kjersti and Emily provding samples from the opera Othello.
According to Olav Audun, it takes three occurrences in a row to make a tradition. The last quiz question is obviously which division (faggruppe) gets the honour of turning the chemistry Julebord into a tradition?
The nanoscience network in Bergen, nanoBergen, had an interesting and successful meeting at Hotel Neptun last Thursday. The interdisciplinarity of this research field was evident by the attendance and contributions to the meeting. The departments of physics and technology, biology, clinical dentistry, and chemistry from UiB were all represented. There were also representatives from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences present. From industry we had visits from the local companies EnSOL AS og Joma International AS. Additionally, we had a very interesting presentation and introduction to the “SFI Smart Ocean. Initiative for new Innovation Centre” by Jon Hellevang from GCE Subsea.
Hopefully the meeting will spark further discussions, new ideas and collaborations, and ultimately successful grant applications! Thanks to Mali HusbyRosnes for organizing the meeting! For more information regarding the nanoBergen network check out their webpage: https://nanobergen.w.uib.no/
Det nærmer seg årets slutt og den årvisse tradisjonen med besøk av skoleelever. Når våre Kjem110-studenter er ferdig med laboratoriekurset åpnes kurssalene for potensielltnye studenter.
Noen har kanskje observert store flokker av små voksne som ferdes rundt i gangene og lurt på om studentene har blitt ekstra unge? Her er kanskje svaret:
Francesco is an Italian graduate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and he just joined the department as a new PhD student supervised by Hans-René Bjørsvik. He will be working on a project aimed at making new PET tracers for hypoxia in tumours based on the 2-nitro imidazole scaffold. This is part of the wider PET3D project on “PET imaging in Drug Design and Development” funded by European Commision under the H2020 – MSCA–ITN–2015 program (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, Innovative Training Network).
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The opening ceremony, with the associated seminar, was a highly enjoyable and successful event – befitting the great effort by the many contributors in the process! Rector Dag Rune Olsen parted the silk in the most professional manner, and the instrument is now available for use in your research projects. Congratulations to all!