Daily Archives: Friday June 16th, 2017

The Times They are a-changin

Ultrafiolett EysteinBob Dylan sings that it’s time to wake up for the times have changed; also for UiB and K2. The UiB Board made two decisions on June 1st that will affect us. One seems unimaginable; We are now going to be called “The Faculty of Medicine” – simple and straightforward, but at the same time clear and powerful. The second decision that Per Bakke is offered the position as Dean touches us more. I received the news with mixed feelings. I was very happy on Pers and my own behalf; The Faculty of Medicine receives a new and visionary leader. The backside, however, is that K2 will soon be without a leader.

Per has led the department through a major and extensive reorganization and has managed to get groups from different institutes to work well together with a low conflict level. Under Press Management, the business has had impressive growth. K2 researchers regularly publish in “top tier” journals, receive grants from national (K.G.-Jebsen, NFR, Cancer Society) and international funds and organizations (EU, Novo Nordisk). We have managed to pay off debt and have provided us with an action room that enables strategic measures to further improve the quality of research, teaching and dissemination.

Per, in other words, leaves an institute with good vitality and little obstructivity. When he on July 31st, extends his right arm with the baton, who is ready to grab it and the challenge of leading K2 futher?

The Department Management thinks that it will be possible to conduct own research while leading K2, as Per has shown possible with about 130 articles published since 2010. The new department head gets its own post-doc position, a reliable management and the ability to build up a senior management team – all to facilitate high academic activity.

We hope that «The Times They are a-changin» in a positive way and that many, both internal and external, see the opportunities that lie in the position of head of department and apply.


We are changing our name – important notice to all staff members

On 1 June, the University Board voted to change the name of our faculty from “Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry” to “Faculty of Medicine”. Read more about this process here.

The Norwegian version is Det medisinske fakultet, and the new official abbreviation is MED.

The name change has already been implemented, and we now kindly ask all members of staff to:

  1. Change the name of the faculty if it appears in your email signature.
  2. Start using the name “Faculty of Medicine” when mentioning the faculty.

Horizons lecture: Human activities and their influence on Space Weather

Welcome to a Horizons lecture with Daniel N. Baker:

Human activities and their influence on Space Weather

The lecture is held in English.

Time: Thursday 22 June at. 15:15. Refreshments will be served from 14:45.
Venue: Egget, Studentsenteret.

Read more about the lecture here.
Join the event on Facebook.

Everybody is welcome!

The Horizons lecture series is for staff and students of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and for all others that are interested in major scientific questions and challenges across disciplinary borders.


Human-caused effects on the space environment started in the late 19th century and reached their peak in the 1960s when high-altitude nuclear explosions were carried out by the USA and the Soviet Union Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream. Copyright: CC-BY-2.0.

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Gathering for Head of Department Per Bakke

bakke0x2c_per_0x2830x29You are hereby invited to a gathering for our dear Head of Department Per Bakke.  Per will be in a new and exciting position as Dean at the Faculty of Medicine in August. K2 then wishes to host a casual gathering for Per.

Time: Wednesday 28 June at. 12:00–1:00 pm.
Place: The hallway in the 8th floor, lab building
Everyone is invited to participate!

Please inform Ingvild Jonsvoll (ingvild.jonsvoll@uib.no) by Friday 23 June if you have the opportunity to come, so that we know how much cake we are ordering.

Please inform Julie Stavnes (Julie.Stavnes@uib.no) if you want to say a few words to Per.


Public PhD Defense, Week 25

Anna BergAnna Berg will defend her PhD thesis on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Trial lecture: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 10:15 AM
Topic:  ”Biomarkers in gynecological oncoloy and their clinical implications”
Place:  Kvinneklinikkens auditorium, Jonas Lies vei 72
Public defense: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Place:  Kvinneklinikkens auditorium, Jonas Lies vei 72
Title of dissertation:  ”Molecular alterations and diagnostic imaging in premalignant and malignant endometrial lesions for improved diagnosis and treatment”
1st opponent: Professor Jan Blaakær, Syddansk Universitet, Danmark
2nd opponent: Postdoktor Eva Colàs, Vall d’Hhebron Research Institute, Spania

Press release (in Norwegian)