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Science and SciLifeLab Prize for young scientists to environmental scientist David Seekell

One of the university's promising researchers, David Seekell, has won a prestigious award: the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Besides being awarded a trophy and 90 000 SEK, he gets the opportunity to publish a scientific paper in Science, and also attend a discussion panel at the...

Bioorganic chemist Erik Chorell appointed Gunnar Öquist Fellow

Chemist Erik Chorell at Umeå University has been appointed Gunnar Öquist Fellow by the Kempe Foundations. The award comes with a SEK 3 million research grant and a personal award of SEK 50,000. The internationally renowned researcher Gunnar Öquist, professor emeritus, will also become his mentor.

Prominent chemist becomes Wallenberg Academy Fellow at Umeå University

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation continues its investment in young researchers. One of this year’s chosen professionals is Yaowen Wu, chemist at Max Planck Institute in Dortmund, Germany. He studies how cells recycle material, keeps clean and well-ordered – processes that, when they do not work ...

Methods of Umeå University research group included in leading research manual

The research group of Lucia Mincheva-Nilsson at the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology Unit, has provided a chapter describing its research methods in the latest version of the revered handbook Current Protocols in Immunology. With the inclusion in the manual, the methods for i...

Read the special section on historical games in the Rethinking History Journal

Anna Foka at Humlab informs that the special section on historical games in the Rethinking History Journal is now available.

Inequality and social exclusion drive mental health problems in northern India

A survey of nearly 1000 households in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand showed that six percent of adults were identified as depressed. People were two or three times more likely to be depressed if they were from the most socially oppressed castes, had taken a recent loan, lived in poor quality ...

Climate change affects Swedish reindeer herding and increases tularemia

In northern Sweden, data from certain weather stations have shown that the snow season has been shortened by over two months in the last 30 years, which has huge effects on reindeer herding. Also, the climate sensitive human infection tularemia has tenfolded over the same period and is much more com...

El Niño conditions in the Pacific precedes dengue fever epidemics in South Asia

Researchers have found a strong association between El Niño-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka. According to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, el Niño activity – measured in se...

New cyberinfrastructure for interdisciplinary research

By connecting and integrating a range of international research databases, DataARC will produce online tools and infrastructure to enable ground-breaking interdisciplinary research on human ecodynamics in the North Atlantic context. Umeå University's part in the project funded by the National Scienc...

Norwegian Nobel laureate comes to Umeå University

Edvard Moser, 2014 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, comes to Umeå University on 8 December to hold a public lecture on his discovery on the human ‘inner GPS’ – a form of positioning system in the brain that is essential for navigation. Brain researcher Lars Nyberg hosts the event.

Disabilities, Well-being, and the Interpretation of Social Indicators

The Higher Seminar in Philosophy and Theory of Science invite to a seminar with Jason Raibley, California State University Long Beach, under the heading: "Disabilities, Well-being, and the Interpretation of Social Indicators".

Mystery of how plants produce oxygen soon solved

With the help of experimental studies on molecular level, researchers are acquiring increased knowledge on how plants form oxygen from water molecules. An international research team has now found a way to visualise this reaction in high-resolution images of photosystem II. The results are being pub...

Massive effort on future autonomous systems for industry and society

The Kempe Foundations have granted two years of funding for eight postdoctoral researchers in autonomous systems in a major investment at Umeå University. Autonomous systems consist of software and infrastructure that together with humans provide increased functionality, sustainability, and efficien...

Surveillance and cohesive policies needed against Rift Valley fever outbreaks

Research on the mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever in east Africa and the Arabian Peninsula shows that current surveillance systems are unable to detect the virus in livestock before it spreads to humans. A coherent policy is needed to combat the viral disease, which has the potential to spread to pre...

RiseB at Congress on Arctic Social Sciences

On June 8–12 2017, Umeå University will organize the ninth international congress on Arctic social sciences. RiseB co-hosts together with Umeå Institute of Design a session on social innovation for resilient places under the sustainability theme.

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