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Photo of the week – Week 9: Excellence in education – Three Olav Thon prizes for BIO

On Thursday’s ceremony of Olav Thon Foundation’s awards for 2016, BIO got three prizes! Karin Pittman and Christian Jørgensen were each awarded their national prize (500.000 NOK) for excellent teaching, while Anne Gro Vea Salvanes was awarded 1.2 mill NOK as support for the national teaching related research project “Ecosystem, climate and variation in a mini-ocean ecocyctem: A Western Norwegian fjord”. It is the second time Olav Thon Foundation hands out prizes and support for excellent research and teaching within sciences.

Anne Gro Vea Salvanes mottar støtte til sitt undervisningsprosjekt av Olav Thon

Anne Gro Vea Salvanes receives support for her teaching project by Olav Thon

Karin Pittman mottar prisen for fremragende undervisning av Olav Thon

Karin Pittman recieves the prize for excellent teaching by Olav Thon

Christian Jørgensen mottar prisen for fremragende undervisning av Olav Thon

Christian Jørgensen receives the prize for excellent teaching by Olav Thon

Stolte prisvinnere! Fra v. jurymedlem Lise Øvreås, Anne Gro Vea Salvanes, Christian Jørgensen, Karin Pittman, viserektor Oddrun Samdal og instituttleder Anders Goksøyr

The prize winners! From left: jury member Lise Øvreås, Anne Gro Vea Salvanes, Christian Jørgensen, Karin Pittman, Vice Principle Oddrun Samdal and Head of Department Anders Goksøyr


Photo and text: Anders Goksøyr, Photo: Katja Enberg


thonpriser_utdeling_foto oddrunsamdal@twitter

.@UiB is proud Thon awards for teaching excellence to Prof. Karin Pittman and Christian Jørgensen! Hooray!
Congratulations Prof Anne Gro Salvanes @UiB for Thon funds for study of student active biology teaching in the west Norwegian fjord!

Photo and text: Oddrun Samdal @ Twitter (translated by BIO-info editors)

Featured news – Week 8: The ocean researchers

Florian Eggers is part of the new series “The Ocean Researchers” on TV Agder. He was part of last week’s episode, presenting his research in Landvik-lake!

“The Ocean Researchers” is one of the most exciting communications projects we’ve ever worked on, says communication Espen Bierud by IMR station in Flødevigen. – I can not think of a better way for most people, and children and youth in particular, to learn about the exciting research we do in the ocean.

Featured news – Week 7: This is where the Earth is most vulnerable to big swings in climate

New research published Wednesday in the journal Nature reaffirms that key regions of the globe that have been a source of major climate worry to researchers — such as the Amazon rainforest and the forests of the global north — are exquisitely sensitive to swings in climate. And it also identifies some new and similarly vulnerable ecosystems that will bear very close watching.

“Understanding how ecosystems are going to respond to climate variability is an important feature that we still don’t have a lot of information on,” said Alistair Seddon, the study’s lead author and a biologist at the University of Bergen in Norway. “And so what our study is doing is providing that perspective at a global scale.” Seddon published the study with researchers from the University of Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the UK.

Read the rest of the article with Alistair Seddon in Washington post

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Featured news – Week 6: Is there and X-factor behind the obesity epidemic?

Many people claim that weight is about net loss or gain of calories. But it is not necessarily as simple as that.

Featured news: -We only harvest the top of the iceberg

Researcher states that the dangers of overfishing are overly exaggerated, and that we can harvest significantly more from the Oceans than we do today.

International researchers have estimated that 32M tons of non-reported fish is harvested from the oceans annually. Daniel Pauly at University of British Columbia in Vancouver fears that false fisheries statistics will impact governments’ ability to make good decitions in terms of management, and calls out for better catch registration.

But Professor Jeppe Kolding at the University of Bergen believe all the talk about the dangers of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is greatly exaggerated. He believes on the contrary that there is much more to be gained from the sea than it is done today.

– If one looks all human consumption today as a whole, we only gather two percent of what we consume from the the ocean. We can pick out much much more, which will be very important in terms of the population growth that is expected in the coming decades, says Kolding NRK.

Read the rest of the article on NRKs webpages

Featured news – week 4: You are a guinea pig!

You are a guinea pig!

Producers sell their cosmetics labeled paraben free and bottles that are BPA free. But the replacement compount can be just as bad or even worse!

Every summer Forbrukerrådet publishes tests on what sunscreens that contains hormone disrupting compounds or that can cause allergies. Hormone disruptive compounds get extra attention, and the knowledge about these has greatly increased in the past years.

Read the rest of the article in BT-innsikt, written by BIO316 studentents Marie Nohre, Margrete Fagereng and Martha Sæstad Endresen.

News of the week – Week 3: The Cod shock

Ragnhild completed her MSc at BIO in 2009 before continuing on a PhD in 2010. Her research shows that cod only have visual pigments for blue and green light, and has through evolution lost genes for detecting UV and red light and is thus colorblind for these types of light.

Read more in Haugesunds Avis and a more extensive Q&A in Morgenbladet’s column “The Doctor Answers“.

Featured news – Week 2

Two educators and a project gapping education and research the Department of Biology received awards for outstanding teaching and support for research involving students. The Olav Thon Foundation gave out the annual academic prices and support for outstanding teaching and research in the medical and Mathematics natural sciences this week. These are awards for eminent international and…