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Molecular nanoribbons as electronic highways

Physicists at Umeå University have, together with researchers at UC Berkeley, USA, developed a method to synthesise a unique and novel type of material which resembles a graphene nanoribbon but in molecular form. This material could be important for the further development of organic solar cells. Th...

Umeå University makes big leap in global ranking

Umeå University advanced to place #251-300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16, a dramatic rise from its 2014-15 position of #351-400. The list is recognised as one the world’s most prestigious and widely referenced university rankings.

Medical Daily: Grandmothers Who Smoke Cigarettes During Pregnancy May Increase Asthma Risk In Grandchildren

A study presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress finds that children with grandmothers who smoked during pregnancy have a 10 to 22% increased risk of asthma—even when their mothers did not smoke. The study is co-authored by Professor Bertil Forsberg, Department of Publi...

New method to predict the workload for online services

How can overloads on the Internet be prevented? Cloud computing means that more server space can be rented from large computing resources. Ahmed Hassan has developed algorithms for automatic addition and removal of server resources for a web service based on demand. He defends his dissertation at Um...

Opening up product design to the consumer through 3D printing

Through the use of 3D printing, product designers can enable the consumer to design their own everyday products thereby creating more meaningful products for people and more value for companies. These are some of the conclusions Guido Hermans draws in his dissertation, which he defends at Umeå Insti...

Architecture students collaborate to improve conditions for EU migrants

Students at Umeå School of Architecture have, in connection with the start of the term, collaborated within the framework of a workshop entitled "Common Space: Improving Living Conditions". The aim has been to research, discuss, map, and then to formulate concrete ideas on how the situation for vuln...

New rector at Umeå School of Business and Economics

Sofia Lundberg, Senior Lecturer in Economics, has been appointed as the new rector of Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE) at Umeå University. She assumed the head position on 22 September 2015.

The MMA sport: more than just violence and fighters in a cage

Ethnologist Magnus Stenius from Umeå University in Sweden has, in his dissertation on the subject of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), made a three-year field work in Sweden and around the world. He has conducted participant observations in various gyms, has practised MMA himself and has taken part in fight...

A newly discovered mechanism controls the number of immune cells

The proteins CD47 and SIRPα are fundamental to establishing a correct number of immune cells, so-called B lymphocytes. This according to a dissertation by Shrikant Shantilal Kolan from Umeå University.

Umeå University slips in global ranking

Umeå University dropped in this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, down to 319th place from 267th place in the 2014 rankings. The decline is partially due to a change in methodology. The university placed second in Sweden for student-to-faculty ratio.

Open lecture with professor Gunther Kress

Open lecture with professor Gunther Kress, University College, London, with the header: "Multimodality, Communication, and Learning: old questions in a social semiotic perspective."

New genetic cause for osteoporosis identified in international study

Using one of the world’s most extensive genetics data sets, an international research team including five scientists from Umeå University, has identified a gene that is linked to the development of osteoporosis. The findings are published in the forthcoming issue of the prestigious journal Nature.

Sarah Tyler – number 100,000 at Umeå University

The 22nd of January in 2015 was a huge day for Sarah Tyler, as she finally earned her medical degree after several years of study. The occasion was also very special for Umeå University since her degree was the 100,000th to be officially issued by the university. Sarah Tyler describes more about her...

Strategies to decrease bacterial colonization

Among the bacterial infections that are most difficult to treat, chronic infections associated with bacterial biofilms are one of the most hazardous. Bacterial biofilms are densely packed communities of microbial cells surrounded with secreted polymers. In her doctoral thesis, chemist Shoghik Hakbya...

Invisible health risks from harmful environmental exposures in slum areas

As an increasing proportion of the population in low- and middle-income countries migrates to urban slums areas, the risk of illness and death increases due to harmful environmental exposure. This is presented in a doctoral thesis at Umeå University.

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