Daily Archives: Friday May 26th, 2017

Fake news – does it concern us?

Per BakkeThis week I have attended the annual ATS (American Thoracic Society) conference in Washington. One of the sessions at the conference was about global warming and lung health. The first part of the session was science, the other politics. This editorial will deal with the latter. One of the speakers was Carol Browner, who served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy under the Obama administration, and is also a previous head of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). She presented a rather shocking outline of the methods used by the oil, coal and automobile industry to misinform about global warming and health consequences. These methods make those used by the tobacco industry regarding cigarette smoking and health to look like nothing. These industries are now backed by the current head of EPA under the Trump administration, Scott  Pruitt. He has now laid off scientists, closed EPA web pages, and is planning to reduce the agency by about one third.

Does this concern us? Yes, as it does all of us, but also according to the ex-head of EPA, Carol Browner, particularly so as researchers. In this case, it affects particularly scientists into climate and health. The next time it could be other topics.

As researchers, we have traditionally had little interest to communicate our knowledge to the population at large. What is important is the scientific journals. However, times have changed, and so must we. Scientific publications does not exclude dissemination to the public. A good example is the communication about consequences of lack of vaccination that Becky and Kristin from K2 had last year.

Fake news and alternative facts should be opposed. This is a particularly responsibility for university employees!


HSE corner: Evaluation of the internal labor market at UoB

The arrangements in the internal labor market have been effective since 1 September 2016. According to the agreement with the labor unions, the scheme will now be evaluated to assess which measures will be continued. The survey contains questions related to internal information, simplified affiliation processes, and utilization of hospitalization schemes.

The survey can be found here. (Link in Norwegian.)

It takes about 10 minutes.

Deadline: 31 May.

Input to the department’s budget for 2018

Priority for investment in research and education (Table 4)

In the preparations of the budget for 2018, the department requests input to priority investments. Use the attached table.

Your proposal can be sent to Siv Eggereide no later than Friday 02 June at. 12:00. Applications that arrive after this time, will not be considered.

After the deadline, a committee will prioritize the proposals that have been received. Contact Siv if you have any questions.

Appendix: Table 4

Database for multiple-choice tasks in the medical degree programme

In the spring semester of 2017, much has been done with the multiple-choice tasks database (FVO) in the medical degree programme. The base is now open to all permanent scientific employee, and it is now possible to write their own questions to the base. For each task you enter, you also have the opportunity to import a task from NTNU’s base.

Login (link in Norwegian)
Tutorial videos

Read more here. (Link in Norwegian.)

Public PhD Defense, week 22

Geir Olav Dahle will defend his PhD thesis on Wednesday, May 31st  2017
Trial lecture: Wednesday, May 31st  2017 at 10:15 AM
Topic: “Utslitt og avmagret kvinne med KOLS forverrelse. Respiratorisk støtte; hvilke alternativer finnes, hvordan og hvorfor?”
Place: Stort Auditorium, Sentralblokken 3rd floor, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Public defense: Wednesday, May 31st  2017 at 12:15 PM
Place: Stort Auditorium, Sentralblokken 3rd floor, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: “Cardiac Performance after Adrenergic blocker-enriched Blood Cardioplegia. – An evaluation of left ventricular function by Pressure Volume Loops and Myocardial Deformation”
1st opponent: Professor Vibeke Elisabeth Hjortdal, Aarhus Universitet, Danmark
2nd opponent: Professor Petter Aadahl, NTNU

Press release (in Norwegian)