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 receives support for her teaching project by Olav Thon
Karin Pittman recieves the prize for excellent teaching by Olav Thon
Christian Jørgensen receives the prize for excellent teaching by Olav Thon
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
.@UiB is proud Thon awards for teaching excellence to Prof. Karin Pittman and 1.am Christian Jørgensen! Hooray!
Congratulations Prof Anne Gro Salvanes @UiB for Thon funds for study of student active biology teaching in the west Norwegian fjord!
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.
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.
Many people claim that weight is about net loss or gain of calories. But it is not necessarily as simple as that.
We can’t deny it. The average weight of the Norwegian population has increased dramatically since the 1980s. It is a global tendency. Even if some social groups are worse off, all social levels have seen a gradual increase in weight. The obvious answer is that we are consuming more or moving less. Or both. There is only one problem; even though research supports that eating habits has the biggest impact on weight, there is no documentation that we are actually eating more. On the contrary, we are eating less.
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.
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.
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.
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…