Kategori: Informasjon


Jonas makes it into the top three

At the recent International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis and Related Chemistry, the #1 forum for exchange of the latest scientific results on olefin metathesis, Department of Chemistry contributed no less than two plenary lectures (Vidar R. Jensen and Deryn E. Fogg) and three posters (presented by Marco Foscato, Immanuel Reim, and Jonas Brattebø Ekeli) to the program in sunny Barcelona.

Poster-prize winner Jonas Brattebø Ekeli (number two from right) accompanied by the Jury Chair, Christophe Coperét (number two from left), Odile Eisenstein (right) and the Conference Chair, Xavier Solans-Monfort.

Moreover, in a fierce competition involving a total of 56 posters, Jonas was one of three poster presenters to be awarded the first price: 150 Euros donated by ACS Catalysis. Jonas’ competitors were almost all his seniors (PhD students and postdocs), which makes his achievement all the more impressive. Congratulations! He presented the poster Z-Selective Ru-Indenylidene Olefin Metathesis Catalysts with remarkable structural features, with co-authors Wietse Smit, Bartosz Woźniak, Giovanni Occhipinti, Karl W. Törnroos, and Vidar R. Jensen.

Outreach – Everyday chemistry tips

Outreach comes in many flavors and serves different purposes, yet usually entails sharing your knowledge with laymen while promoting your institution. Other  characteristics are that outreach takes time, is poorly paid, and depends critically on your priorities. On the positive side, you may reach crazy many readers, as Tore did today.

And even more importantly, he probably nudged the public opinion of what a chemist is and does, a micron or two in the positive direction. What if we all followed suit?

 

 

UiB Action plan for HSE, 2019-2021

 A new Action Plan for Health, Safety and the Environment has just been released, based on UiB’s Strategy 2019-2022 «Knowledge that shapes society.» It is centered around three HSE goals that should characterize UiB: (i) A good working community, (ii) Safe and functional workplaces, and (iii) Good safety culture and emergency preparedness. Maybe this sounds familiar after the HSE-Day on Wednesday? Each HSE goal is a priority area specified through sub-goals for the period 2019 – 2021 and is to be followed up through measures taken at the central UiB level as well as locally through action plans developed at the MN faculty and at our department.

Ugleprisen goes to INF100

Ugleprisen, the University of Bergen’s annual prize for high quality in education, was yesterday awarded to INF100/101 for Anya Helene Bagge’s efforts to develop a new and student-activizing tool for learning computer programming. Anya is addicted to quality in education — some of you may remember that in 2017 she received the distinction as Lecturer of the Year at our faculty. At that point, she advised her fellow teachers to show that their subject is relevant and useful for the students, and to let them use their knowledge and skills for something they find interesting. The importance of activating students was emphasized also at the university leadership conference at Solstrand yesterday. Quoting Anya’s boss at the informatics department, «there seems to be a general agreement that regular lectures where the professor talks for 90 minutes are not the way to continue. The same is true for exercise sessions. We have to make sure that the students are actively learning throughout these sessions, and not just passively receiving new material or solutions to exercises. This requires all of us to think in new ways.» These thoughts resonate well with our discussions over educational topics at the HSE-Day last Wednesday.

We congratulate Anya and the Department of Informatics, and are pleased to note that all freshman students at our faculty will benefit from the good work put into developing INF100 from the fall of 2020, as part of the phasing-in of transferable skills in all programs!

Welcome Thibault!

Thibault Tubiana is a new postdoctoral fellow working with Nathalie Reuter on the FreMedBio-funded PePrMInt project. During his PhD at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA – Paris Saclay), he studied the norovirus capsid self-assembly using molecular dynamics, homology modelling, protein/protein docking but also some experiments with Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS). During his PhD years, he taught in the Bioinformatics Master of the University of Paris Diderot (Paris VII), mainly in Python, Unix, Biostatistics and molecular visualization software. The present appointment is his second postdoc position; the first one was at a pharmaceutical company near Paris.

 

Summer guests

In week 26 and 27 (June 24 — July 4), VilVite will be using our two course laboratories at the 4th floor for the SommerViten program. SommerViten is directed at pupils at levels 7 to 10, i.e. the last four levels in the public school system.
Monday to Thursday these weeks, about 40 youngsters will be present in these two labs from 9.30 to 15.00. If you should meet any of them straying off the narrow path, please help them back to the labs at the 4th floor!

In the aftermath of the HSE-Day

I would like to thank everybody for their pleasant company and valuable contributions and suggestions during the HSE event yesterday! Special thanks go to Kristin, Lisbeth and Reidun for taking part in planning the event, and to Svein for his many good suggestions for group tasks!

 

Each and one of us will be going on and off vacation at different dates during the next one-and-a-half months. Hope that you all get a nice and well-deserved summer vacation, with even more of the lovely sun we had on the pier and better-looking crab than we saw at IMR.

The role of UiB in NORA

As mentioned at TCLS today, there is a full-day seminar on the role of UiB in NORA, the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium tomorrow Friday June 21, taking place in the Large auditorium, 2nd floor Datablokken, Høyteknologisenteret.

10:00 Welcome and background for the meetingPinar Heggernes, Dept. head of informatics, and chair of the board of NORA 

10:15 Presentation of NORA, with questions and discussion: Klas Pettersen, director of NORA 

10:45-12:00 and 13:00:14:00: Presentation of AI and ML related research at UiB

Første utdeling av Den store Formidlingsprisen

MatNat-fakultetets Formidlingspris blei utdelt for første gang i går, i forbindelse med Bachelorseremonien. Prisen skal inspirere alle studenter og ansatte ved fakultetet til å ta formidlingsoppdraget alvorlig. Prisvinneren skal strekke seg langt for å bidra til å opplyse samfunnet, skape debatt, synliggjøre forskning ved fakultetet, stimulere til formidling eller på annen måte være en viktig bidragsyter til kunnskapsspredning og samfunnsdebatt. Første og meget verdige prisvinner ble Inga Strümke, IFT, se presentasjon for bakgrunnen for dette.

Foto: Thor Brødreskift

Inga’s takketale var også hovedtale ved Bachelorseremonien og til å bli inspirert og berørt av. For dem som ikke fant sin plass i Aulaen denne dagen, har Inga gitt samtykke til å gjengi talen her – Les og gå ut og formidle!

«Den beste typen samfunn vi kan leve i, er et opplyst samfunn. Et samfunn der folk enten har kunnskap eller ønsker å tilegne seg kunnskap, og gjør det på en kritisk måte. Et samfunn der vi ikke bare tror det vi vil tro, ikke bare leter etter informasjon som bekrefter det vi allerede tror, men der vi vil ha sannheten, uansett hvordan den stiller seg til det vi allerede vet og hvor potensielt hard den er å fordøye. Et sånt samfunn er sosialt, politisk og utviklingsmessig bra, fordi sannheten er uavhengig av hvem som mener den, og fordi vi tross alt må vite hva som er riktig før vi kan utvikle oss videre.

Fake news og ukritisk tenkning er blant de største truslene mot det opplyste samfunnet vi lever i, og et velfungerende demokrati. Informasjon har aldri vært så tilgjengelig som nå, men informasjon er ikke nødvendigvis det samme som kunnskap og det leveres ikke med kritisk tankegang. Da er det viktig at de som sitter med kunnskap tar praten. Og med “dem” mener jeg “oss”. Vi må snakke om det vi har peiling på, på en måte som gjør det tilgjengelig. Utfordre andre sine meninger og få dem til å tenke kritisk. Vi har et moralsk ansvar, for ikke å si en samfunnsplikt, her – fordi vi får faktisk penger for å finne ut av ting (studielån teller som penger, selv om jeg vet at det ikke er sykt mye). Jeg mener oppriktig og inderlig at å gjøre innsikt og forskning tilgjengelig er en del av ansvaret til dagens forskere. Så nå skjønner dere kanskje hvorfor jeg ble så glad langt inne i hjertet over denne prisen 🙂

Men formidling kan, i tillegg til å være både gøy og vanskelig, være litt skummelt. For tenk om man sier noe feil. To ting om det: (1) Å gjøre feil er menneskelig. Alle gjør det. Men å innrømme feil er et steg opp – det gjør oss ærlige, sympatiske og tilgjengelige. Dessuten er hele greia med forskning at vi ikke vet alt, og er komfortable med at vi ikke vet alt. (2) Sist jeg var på Abels Tårn, altså på live radio og TV foran hele Norge, sendte jeg Andromeda-galaksen 100 ganger lengre bort enn en egentlig er. Den er 2.5 millioner lysår borte, og jeg sa 250 millioner lysår. Jeg bomma på dritlangt og dødslangt der altså. Jeg fikk korreks i et kommentarfelt etterpå (dette er for dårlig til å være på TV), men fagmiljøet utstøtte meg ikke, karriera mi rakna ikke og mamma er fremdeles glad i meg.

Fordi det viktige er ikke å kunne ting utenat. Det viktige er at det går an å finne ut av ting, og det er det vi driver med. Vi driver med kunnskap, ikke bare informasjon. Og det er kunnskap som er viktig å få ut, sammen med tankegangen som ligger bak kunnskapen. Så kjenn litt på privilegiet med å bare lure på ting og lære ting – på heltid. Gi noe tilbake til samfunnet som gir dere denne muligheten, ved å fortelle om det dere vet, være ærlig på hva dere (og vi!) ikke vet – for det finnes så mye vi ikke vet! -, og ta praten med folk om kritisk tankegang. Det er litt viktig, og hvem skal gjøre det, hvis ikke vi?»

Strategic interdisciplinary PhD position for research on valorization of forestry residues

Professor Tanja Barth and UNESCO Chair for Sustainable heritage and environmental management Inger Elisabeth Måren have won a strategic PhD project within the UiB priority research area Climate and energy transition. This is one of only two PhD positions in the pot this time around, allotted on the basis of the project’s potential importance to the research priority area and multi-disciplinarity. Congratulations!

The project is titled Utilisation of woody biomass and residues for production of energy products and high-value natural compounds – a case study using biomass from costal forestry resources. This project will address the valorisation of forestry residues in a biorefinery approach, combining extraction of high-value-added products with biofuel/biobased chemicals production from the bulk materials. The core research is within chemistry and will be conducted using the knowledge and equipment available at the Department of Chemistry, in the research groups of Tanja Barth, Vidar Jensen and Erwan Le Roux. Associate professor Inger Elisabeth Måren at the Department of Biology will be co-supervisor for the PhD student, with a focus on sustainable area use.

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