Daily Archives: Friday August 22nd, 2014

Teaching autumn 2014

Eystein 2Hopefully everybody is back with their batteries fully charged after the summer holidays. Those of you who chose Western Norway as your destination have experienced the summer of the century, at least weather-wise. However, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and focus on the important tasks, namely to provide teaching, research and dissemination of superior quality, while hopefully leaving lesser issues and annoyances be. Hanna Kvanmo, a famous Norwegian politician once said «prioritize carefully what you are going to be annoyed about» – it is something we should all keep in mind.

Teaching was deliberately mentioned first; it is the students that define us as an academic institution and university hospital. Therefore, we must work constantly to improve its quality. The importance of teaching is emphasized by the fact that your effort in this area is one of the main arguments in the local wage negotiations – this year with a historically large local salary pot to distribute.

The teaching seminar on September 17 will focus on many important topics that you should not miss, including the new curriculum for medical students, practical exam and e-learning. We will also discuss simple, but important things such as manners and behavior. Furthermore, the annual teaching award will be announced. The seminar is compulsory for academic staff and also provides an excellent opportunity to meet your colleagues.

Wishing you an excellent teaching autumn

Eystein Husebye
Acting Head of Department


We would like to remind all of you that the time has come to register teaching activities performed in spring 2014. You can do this here. The teaching records featured prominently during the recruitment process this spring. The K2 leadership frequently utilize the teaching records when making strategic decisions. This is the letter from the faculty regarding the registration (in Norwegian), and read instructions on how to register your teaching (In Norwegian).
NB: The database is open until September 5.

If you have any questions, please contact Tore Lillebø.

The ventilation system in the A1-block will be down Tuesday

New software will be uploaded to the ventilation system in the A1block in the Labbuilding Tuesday August 28 from 19:00 to 21:00. The actual downtime of the unit is estimated to be approximately 20 min.The consequence of this will be that the ventilation system, air supply and exhaust in the A1block will not work while the work is in progress. Those facilities that require ventilation such as LAF benches must evaluate what measures to be implemented, and send an e-mail to Gunnar Helland if there is a need for further information or other measures.

Public defence week 35

haugen_arvid_2Arvid Steinar Haugen will have his public defence on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
Trial lecture: Tuesday August 26, 2014, 09:15
Topic: «Quality indicators – how to measure quality in a department of surgery.»
Public defence: Tuesday August 26, 2014, 11:15
Place: Aud. 1 (Trial lecture in aud. 4), BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation
: «Impact of a surgical checklist on safety culture, morbidity, and mortality. A stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial.»
1st opponent: Professor Rhona Flin, Universitetet i Aberdeen, Skottland
2nd opponent:
Professor Sven Erik Gisvold, NTNU
Poster and press release (both in Norwegian)

Portrettfoto Espen RostrupEspen Rostrup will have his public defence on Friday August 29, 2014.
Trial lecture: Friday August 29, 2014, 09:15
Topic: «All Cause Atherogenic Disease: Contemporary Views of Dyslipidemia and Inflammation as Causes and Legitimate Intervention Targets»
Public defence: Friday August 29, 2014, 11:15
Place: Aud. 1, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation
: «The effects of combined thermal and electric muscle stimulation (cTEMS) on fatness and fitness»
1st opponent: Professor Mark S. Nash, Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA
2nd opponent:
Ph.d. Sofie Hexeberg, Dr. Hexebergs Klinikk, Sandvika
Poster (in Norwegian), press relese.

UH-nett Vest grants for research cooperation

UH-nett Vest is giving grants for research cooperation between the following institutions: Bergen University College (HiB), Sogn og Fjordane University College (HSF), Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH), Volda University College (HVO) and University of Bergen (UoB). The funds will primarily go to projects which already has external financing, where the new funds will lead to cooperation with one or more institutions in UH-nett Vest. Deadline is September 15th. Application must be sent to Lene Bakke.
For more information (in Norwegian).

Funding for the Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme in higher education

SIUSIU is granting project funding for Norwegian institutes of higher education that wants to develop an education cooperation with Indian institutions at master and PhD level. Projects with one Norwegian and one Indian partner can apply for up to 400 000 kroner per year in support (a total of 1,2 million kroner for the project period). Deadline September 16th. For more information.

As part of the preparation for the establishment of a joint venture with Indian institutions, the Norwegian institution can also apply for up to 50 000 kroner in travel support for the purpose of getting acquainted with partners and plan joint activities. Deadline August 29th. For more information about the travel support.

Olav Thon Foundation’s national academic prize in natural sciences and medicine 2015

Olav Thon Foundation’s national academic prize in natural sciences and medicine is awarded for the first time Thursday March 5th 2015. The scientific community is encouraged to nominate persons for the Foundation’s prize for outstanding teaching. In addition, researchers can apply for support for research projects in medicine and/or the natural sciences/mathematics. Deadline September 1st 2014.
For more information  (in Norwegian).


Training program: HSE in the Laboratory

HSE in the Laboratory is a customised training program for employees with the laboratory as workplace. There will be a day course in radiation protection, in addition to courses in the safe use of chemicals, biological factors, systematic HSE-work, flammable goods, waste handling and ergonomics in the laboratory. All courses are held in Norwegian except for the radiation protection course which is held in both Norwegian and English.
For more information (in Norwegian).