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New book about bodies and souls

A new book about bodies and souls, or medicine and religion in the Middle Ages, has newly been released by Virginia Langum, Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University and associate professor in English literature at Umeå University.

Umeå Leads Consortium to Fight Zika and Build Latin American Response Capacity

Umeå University is among the 25 leading research and public health organizations from Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe gathered in Recife, Brazil, for the launch of ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network). The global initiative, created in response to a Horizon 2020...

She makes God tell her story

Julian of Norwich (c. 1343 – c. 1416) was a highly skilled storyteller, who lived in a time when everyone, from priests to groups of devout women, told stories to one another. Julian surmounts different obstacles in her work by making God a storyteller like herself, and making her storytelling resem...

Wants to find out how plants time their flowering

The onset of flowering is a central event in the life cycle of a plant and ensures reproduction. From an agricultural perspective, it is important that flowering takes place at the right time to optimise harvests. Professor Markus Schmid is leading a project to find out how flowering time is regulat...

New book: "Encyclopedia of the Barents Region"

The Encyclopedia of the Barents Region contains comprehensive knowledge about the history, economy, and culture of the Barents Region. The Encyclopedia is an outcome of an international academic project with participants mainly from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. With Foreword by Thorvald Stol...

Highlights at the Umeå University Annual Celebration

This year’s Annual Celebration kicks off on Friday 21 October with lots of exciting events. Listen to Nobel Peace Prize candidate Denis Mukwege on Friday and choose between an interesting Saturday programme of popular science lectures. Festivities continue with the Annual Celebration Ceremony that s...

Inspiring students on their individual journeys into architecture

“Teaching for me is a joint act, where the student as a person is at the centre. I find it just as important to build students’ self-confidence and identity in the profession as giving them guidance and practical tips on how to advance in their projects,” says Amalia Katopodis, architect and lecture...

Millions into studying the use of robotics in geriatric care

Social robots that adapt to older adults’ feelings and actions. This is what fifteen doctoral students from all over the world will focus on in an EU project led by the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University.

TIME mentions Umeå incontinence exercise app

The American newspaper TIME has paid attention to the exercise app Tät® developed at Umeå University and previously written about on The urinary incontinence exercise app is a part of the project eContinence (Tä and has been developed by researchers at the Department of Public Health an...

Cycle superhighway on campus soon reality

Every day, about 5,000 cyclists move on and through Campus Umeå. Making it safer and easier for bike traffic is an important part of the campus development plan established by the University Board last year. SEK 3 million is now being put into a so-called cycle superhighway in the area. Also, the bi...

Static electricity can control nanoballoon

Molecular sized machines could in the future be used to control important mechanisms in the body. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, Berkeley and Umeå University show how a nanoballoon comprising a single carbon molecule ten thousand times thinner than a human hair can be co...

International Days with a Global Village aims to promote studies abroad

During 12–13 October, two theme days will be arranged with a focus on exchange studies for students at Umeå University. In addition to information sessions and a fair, International Days includes a Global Village with food, dance, music and films from around the world.

It takes patience to restore watercourses

A common way to restore Swedish streams previously used for timber-floating has been to return rocks. A group of researchers at Umeå University has studied the effects of improved methods that also add large boulders and trees. Creating complex channels and watercourses is easy, but reintroducing pl...

Lacking respect of rules behind Macchiarini case

Carelessness regarding rules, groupthink and a culture of secrecy are some of the explanations as to why the so-called Macchiarini case at Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital had such dire consequences. This according to Kjell Asplund, professor emeritus at Umeå University, ...

Umevatoriet 10 years – come celebrate!

On Tuesday 11 October at 18:00–22:00, Umevatoriet celebrates 10 years with art, music and fun space activities. The planetarium and observatory are well-known among Umeå dwellers – the number of visitors has increased since the start and does not only attract schools but also interested citizens and...

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