Last Friday, the official opening of the dedicated hangout for BSc-students in the chemistry program took place. The new term to learn is Basen («the base»), fittingly relating freshman chemistry to social aspects. From the department point of view, strengthening the social fabric of the BSc-program will hopefully contribute to more students studying on-campus rather than off-campus, getting encouragement from peers, and succeeding in their studies. Instructors (PhDs, engineers, professors) are encouraged to stop by Basen when they see fit, to answer questions or simply say Hello! Basen is located at the ground floor of Realfagsbygget, next-door to the faculty administration.
Vijayaragavan Elumalai disputerer fredag den 19. januar med avhandlingen “Novel Synthetic Methodology and Total Syntheses of Highly Functionalized Carbazoles and Benzo[c]cinnolines.” Doktorgradsarbeidet ble utført i Faggruppe for organisk syntese og legemiddelkjemi med professor Hans-René Bjørsvik som veileder.
Den tradisjonsrike Julelunsjen ved KI blei ei fin samlingsstund for tilsette, emeriti, pensjonistar og studentar, med rom for tilbake- og sideblikk, god mat og drøs, og nokre frampek. Takk til Bjarte, Solmaz, Milan, Jose, Frida, Helge og Unni, som stod for arrangementet, og til Kjersti for veggkunst!
Riktig god jul til alle som har (eller har hatt) Kjemisk institutt som arbeids- og studiestad!
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:
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!
At the annual HSE seminar at VilVite today, the Department of Chemistry was awarded the faculty HSE prize for 2017! The prize was awarded for our effort to establish and maintain a rather comprehensive set of social & professional meeting grounds for employees and students. In addition to the old-timers, Monday morning coffee and Friday waffle gathering, and the refurbished meeting points, Thursday chemistry lunch seminars and KjemiNytt, two novelties of the year were important for winning the award. The bachelor room for chemistry students is ready for furnishing at the U floor and KFU has secured some really nice second-hand furniture from the migrating Science library. Our new social meeting room at the 3rd floor is rapidly approaching inauguration – the glass walls are being mounted as you read. In conclusion, we have won a prestigious award and, more importantly, the two new rooms create some very exciting opportunities that you are very welcome to help develop!
Som vanleg gav Nobel- og skaldyrfesten i Bergensavsnittet av Norsk Kjemisk Selskap ein fin kombinasjon av spennande vitskap og velsmakande skaldyr mm.
Professor Øyvind Halskau, MBI, førelas på beste vis over Nobelprisen i kjemi som i år gjekk til forskarane som utvikla kryo-elektronmikroskopi for å bestemme strukturen av store biomolekyl og spesielt protein i løysing. Øyvind er i godt selskap: professorane ved MBI har ofte bakgrunn og forskningsinteresser i felt som blir tildelt Nobelprisen i kjemi. Stor takk til Camilla, Inger, Alette, Audun og Rhiannon for eit framifrå arrangement!