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Arctic worming?

2018-02-16
In North America, the spread of European earthworms is a known environmental issue as it has turned out that some of these species are capable of altering entire forest ecosystems. In Sweden, we have so far had a positive approach to earthworms and no policies have been put in place to limit the spr...

Increases the knowledge of pollutants from small sewage treatment plants

2018-02-12
Kristin Blum's dissertation improves the state of knowledge about how organic pollutants can be separated in small sewage treatment plants, if the organic pollutants lead to environmental impact and how existing small sewage treatment plants can be equipped with biocoal filters to improve the degree...

American students experience student life in Umeå for 72 hours

2018-02-09
On 13–15 February, two students from USA will visit Umeå University to experience student life for 72 hours. They will share their observations through their home university’s social media channels.

New course summer 2018: History of Food and Wine

2018-02-06
What did kings and queens have for breakfast? What did peasants eat? Why is champagne so expensive? Why is there so much hunger in a world of plenty? Learn more about the history of food and wine this summer.

Warmer climate can give Europe dengue fever

2018-01-30
Large parts of Europe can suffer from the dreaded dengue fever unless climate change is attenuated. This is what Jing Helmersson shows in a new dissertation at Umeå University. It is the mosquito that can transmit the disease that needs some temperature and humidity to spread.

Large grant to Umeå Institute of Design for research on how we are affected by our digital things

2018-01-29
Since we can’t exactly ‘look under the hood’ anymore on all the digital things we use in everyday life, how do we know what these things are actually doing? And why do they seem to know so much about us anyway? A recent Wallenberg Foundation grant of SEK 4.5 million has been awarded to Umeå Institut...

Two Nordic foundations support a network in a Nobel Prize–winning technology

2018-01-23
A new Swedish-Danish research alliance wants to advance understanding of how biological molecules look and behave. With support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, scientists at four universities in Sweden and Denmark will join forces to create a Nordic net...

No health effect with lower general limit for hypertension

2018-01-23
Blood pressure lowering medicines for healthy people with blood pressure below 140 do not provide additional protection against cardiovascular disease. For some, it may even have negative effects. This is shown in a new doctoral thesis by Mattias Brunström at Umeå University that gets extra relevanc...

University Hospital of Umeå best in Sweden - again

2018-01-18
The independent Swedish health care industry watcher Dagens Medicin has ranked the University Hospital of Umeå, NUS, the Best University Hospital in Sweden for 2017. This is the second consecutive year that NUS topped the ranking.

Umeå municipality and the University form new strategic partnership

2018-01-18
Umeå University and Umeå municipality have formed a strategic partnership involving research, education, innovation and skills supply. The agreement was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University, Hans Adolfsson, and the chairperson of the municipal executive board, Hans Lindberg.

Paleolithic diet healthier for overweight women

2018-01-18
Overweight women after menopause who eat a Paleolithic diet can maintain weight loss in the long term. The levels of risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases also decrease. This according to a study at Umeå University in Sweden.

Methods to handle troublesome operator functions

2018-01-15
Operator functions are used to describe many important processes in science. When things like friction are included in the models, it often results in operator functions that are so-called non-selfadjoint operator functions, which complicates the analysis of them. Axel Torshage presents methods to h...

When a seedling turns green: Scientists at UPSC have identified the link between light and chloroplast development

2018-01-11
It has long been assumed that light activates chloroplastic gene expression via so-called thiol-mediated redox regulation. However, the mechanism giving rise to this regulation has remained elusive until now. Åsa Strand and her group at the Umeå Plant Science Centre have now identified the component...

Workshop on energy-efficient renovation of buildings

2018-01-10
Umeå University, together with partners from Finland and Norway, investigates the possibility of establishing a renovation center in northern Scandinavia. The purpose of the project is to facilitate sharing of knowledge about energy-efficient renovation and to increase the competence to carry out en...

Physiological differences in women’s ice hockey in Sweden and North America

2018-01-09
Female ice hockey players from North America have better financial conditions as well as greater leg strength and running acceleration than female ice hockey players from Sweden, who in return have less body fat. This according to Tommy Henriksson in his doctoral dissertation at Umeå University.

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