The nano symposium was as every bit as exciting and stimulating as the program promised. Between the opening lecture by professor Thomas Ebbesen on light–matter interaction and the importance of vacuum (!) and the closing lecture by professor Virginijus Šikšnys on the invention and mechanism of CRISPR-Cas9 for DNA editing, four up-and-coming scientists from UiB presented research and plans for research, among them Mali Husby Rosnes at our department.
Toward the end of the nano symposium, Hege Ommedal received well earned praise for her excellent coordination of the whole event.
For those missing out on the symposium, there is a second chance to enjoy professor Ebbesen’s highly engaging exposition of his science in the Horizon lecture today, see details at the top of the Kjemi-Nytt entry page.
In addition, the Kavli symposium Passion for science has also spurred the opening of a new exhibition at the University Museum that addresses the themes of the Kavli Prize: «On the smallest, the biggest and the most complicated» – learn about the University of Bergen’s research in nanoscience, astrophysics, and neuroscience. Enjoy!
UH-nett Vest har som et viktig formål å fremme forskningssamarbeid mellom Universitetene i Agder, Bergen og Stavanger (UiA, UiB og UiS) samt Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL) og i Volda (HVO). Midlene til forskningssamarbeid skal stimulere til utvikling av forskning på tvers i UH-nett Vest.
Midlene skal i hovedsak gå til enkeltprosjekter hvor minst tre av institusjonene i UH-nett Vest står bak søknaden. Normalt kan det tildeles inntil 250.000 per søknad.. Tildelte midler må brukes innen utgangen av 2020 og det skal sendes rapport og regnskap for bruken av midlene. Søknadsfrist er 15. oktober 2019. For mer informasjon, se her.
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.
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 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?
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, 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!
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.
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.