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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 19 May 2022
Management news
Latest dean’s bulletin 
Sven Lidin wrote about the need for better coordination within the faculty in the areas of premises management and IT.
Read the dean’s bulletin on the faculty intranet
Prizes and awarded grants
Chemist wins the Medicinal Chemistry Award
Ulf Ellervik, professor at the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Medicinal Chemistry Award by the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society. Ellervik has been given the award for his “excellence in engaging a wide audience in the chemical sciences and explaining how different molecules can affect us”.
Apply for grants and scholarships
Apply for a travel grant to attend ACCESS Forum in Chile
Lund University is announcing travel grants for researchers, teaching staff and doctoral students who want to attend the ACCESS Forum research seminar in Chile, 7-11 November. The last day to apply for travel grants is 8 June.
Read more about ACCESS Forum and apply for a travel grant (staff.lu.se)
Support for online teaching
There is a lot happening in the field of online teaching and it is important that you, as a member of the teaching staff, keep yourself updated. Support can be found at the website Teaching and learning online, which contains, among other things, information about different tools, tips, guides and training opportunities. Below you can read more about digital examinations, which is the first featured topic on the website’s home page. You will also find a selection of upcoming courses and workshops.

Theme: Digital examination
In the special feature you can find support in how to plan, build and run digital examinations. You can also read articles in which members of the University’s teaching staff share their experiences in this area.
Courses and workshops
A selection of upcoming courses and workshops about teaching online:
See all upcoming courses and workshops (education.lu.se)
What's on
Apply for the autumn’s third-cycle courses in life sciences
Doctoral students can now apply for this autumn’s third-cycle courses in life science. The application deadline is 7 June.
Read more and apply to the courses (cmps.lu.se)
Workshop in view of applying for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 23-24 May
Research Services invite you to join a workshop before applications start for the Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship with Lund University as the host institution. Time and place: 23-24 May, from 13:30 to 17:00 via Zoom. The registration deadline is today, 19 May.
Read more and sign up for the workshop via the Research Services blog
Information meeting about the call for applications concerning funds for new thematic collaborative initiatives, 1 June
On 23 May, Lund University is announcing new funding for thematic collaborative initiatives for the period 2023-2025. Those interested in applying are welcome to an information meeting about the call for applications on 1 June from 12:00 to 13:00, via Zoom. The information meeting will be held in Swedish but there will be an opportunity for a short Q&A in English at the end.
Read more and sign up for the meeting via Zoom
Open house at the Science Village office, 1 June
The Science Village office is opening its doors on 1 June from 13:00 to 16:00 at the Ingvar Kamprad Design Center (IKDC).
See the invitation (staff.lu.se)
Seminar about sharing and publishing research data, 3 June
The University Library is hosting a seminar in which three domain specialists within the University will present how they share and publish their research data. Time and place: 3 June from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Pufendorf Institute. The registration deadline is 27 May.
Read more and sign up for the seminar (staff.lu.se)
Associate professorship lecture in biology, 7 June
Marjorie Liénard will hold an associate professorship lecture entitled “How the sensory worlds of animals are written in their genes.” Time and place: 7 June from 13:00 to 14:00, at Blå hallen, Ekologihuset.
Associate professorship lecture in theoretical physics, 13 June
Korinna Zapp will hold an associate professorship lecture entitled “What particle physics has to do with the climate.” Time and place: 13 June from 10:00 to 11:00, at Lundmarksalen, Astronomihuset.
Theses of the month
This month’s theses in science
Over the course of the month, nine new theses will be presented at the Faculty of Science.
  • Linn Eriksson, “The formation and fate of planetesimals at planetary gap edges.”
  • Emma Campillo, “Deviations from the London model in superconductors.”
  • Randolph De La Garza, “Preservation of Marine Reptile Soft Parts: Reconstructing the Life and Death of Ancient Leviathans.”
  • Kim Svensson, “Linking Programming to Representations: Understanding meaning-making in physics education through semiotic resources.”
  • Giulio D Acunto, “Reaction Mechanisms and Dynamics in the Early Stage of High-κ Oxide Atomic Layer Deposition: Investigations by In Situ and Operando X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy.”
  • Adem Limani, “Approximation problems and weights.”
  • Veronika Kronnäs, “Modelling effects of climate change and forestry on weathering rates and base cation cycling in forest soils.”
  • Samuel Stenberg, “Interfacial behaviours of ionic fluids: theory and simulations.”
  • Magdalena Tasic, “Design and development of electro-responsive [8]annulene switches.”
Search for doctoral theses in the University’s research portal
See forthcoming public defences of theses (lu.se)
Staff in the Swedish media
New study shows how mosquitos can differentiate humans by their smell
Marcus Stensmyr, senior lecturer at the Department of Biology, has been interviewed in several media outlets about a new study that reveals why certain species of mosquito are attracted to humans. “The smell of humans activates a specific part of the mosquito’s brain that is not activated by the scent of other animals,” says Stensmyr. The researchers were able to identify two substances in human scent that attract mosquitoes – the molecules decanol and undecanol. These are by-products of the breakdown of sebum, a substance we humans have on our skin that acts as nature’s own skin lotion. Stensmyr says the research could lead to new ways to protect us from mosquitoes, such as mosquito repellents that stop us smelling like humans.
Biologist investigates how birds are affected by air pollution
Caroline Isaksson, senior lecturer at the Department of Biology, has been interviewed about her ongoing research into how small birds in cities are affected by air pollution. Scientists have already observed that soot seems to affect certain genes in such a way that it can have an impact on their immune system. “At this point, we don’t know if this impact is good or bad, but we do see a change,” says Isaksson.
Ancient ice from Greenland and Antarctica bears witness to extreme solar storm
Raimund Muscheler and Ingemar Hansson, professor and research engineer respectively at the Department of Geology, have been interviewed about a study that shows that a huge solar storm occurred about 9,200 years ago. What puzzles scientists is that the storm took place during one of the Sun’s more passive phases, when it was previously thought that the Earth had been less exposed to such events. Traces of the solar storm were discovered when scientists studied drill cores from Greenland and Antarctica.
Why do we like the smell of asphalt?
Ulf Ellervik, professor at the Department of Chemistry, has been interviewed about why some people like the smell of freshly laid asphalt. “It’s made up of a complex mixture of different chemicals, probably many hundreds. Many of these are so-called aromatic compounds that have a distinctive and strong odour. I think many people like the smell of aromatic compounds because they are perceived as a bit sweet and vanilla-like. Asphalt has that quality too, as well as being slightly smoky,” says Ellervik.
Final response: “Predator journals are not the solution”
Helena Filipsson, professor at the Department of Geology, and twelve other researchers have written a final response to the new agreement between Swedish university libraries and the Swiss publisher MDPI. The researchers argue that the National Library of Sweden and other authorities should focus more on building alternative publishing systems, such as researcher-led platforms that can deliver higher accessibility and better quality control at a lower cost.
Physicist interviewed on the radio about black holes
Urban Eriksson, senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, has been interviewed about the first image ever taken of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Eriksson says there is always a lot of attention when it comes to black holes because they are so elusive. “We’ve seen things spinning around in this location, even though we haven’t actually been able to see it. But now we have a better picture of what it looks like,” he says.
Wild bees and honey bees are competing for food
Henrik Smith, professor at the Department of Biology and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was interviewed about a report from Lund University showing that honey bees compete with wild bees for flower resources. The report also shows that more research and knowledge is needed to create the conditions for coexistence between beekeeping and wild bee conservation.
Biologist answers questions about birds
Susanne Åkesson, professor at the Department of Biology, has answered questions about the migration patterns, breeding sites, calls, intelligence and behaviour of different birds.
Dramatic decline of insects in Europe – but not in Ammarnäs
Åke Lindström, professor at the Department of Biology, has been commenting on a new study that shows that the number of insects and spiders in the alpine birch forest of Ammarnäs, Västerbotten, has remained more or less constant since the 1960s. “We can conclude that the factors thought to be behind the fall in insect numbers in continental Europe, such as intensive agriculture, chemical usage, climate change and light pollution, have not been as prominent in northern Sweden,” says Lindström.
The world’s smallest marine mammal is critically endangered
Bengt Hansson, professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about the decline in the population of Californian vaquitas porpoises from 570 to ten over the past 25 years. According to a new study, there is a high genetic probability that the small toothed whale can recover – if we protect it from getting caught in fishing nets. “In general, it is a very interesting study. That there can be hope, even though the population is so small, is positive in many ways. But at the same time, we can’t let all species populations fall to only ten individuals,” says Hansson.
Researcher interviewed on how offshore wind farms might affect birdlife
Martin Green, researcher at the Department of Biology, has been interviewed about how the building of large wind farms along Sweden’s coast could affect birdlife. Of main concern are certain diving ducks, which fish for mussels in the shallower waters. Green says it is important not to build in areas used by large numbers of birds.
Last but not least
More first-choice applications to the faculty’s first-cycle programmes
The number of people who have applied to programmes and courses at Lund University this autumn decreased by six percent. But the Faculty of Science went against the tide, with a ten per cent increase in applications to its first-cycle programmes.
Vice-Chancellor’s decision: new allocation model for publication costs
Lund University’s Vice-Chancellor has decided on a new allocation model for the University’s scientific publication costs. The decision means, among other things, that the University Library will pay the full amount when publishing in open access journals that are not covered by the University’s publishing agreements.
Read more about the new allocation model and how you can apply for funding (ub.lu.se)
Search for journals included in the publishing agreements (scrifree.se)
Stay up to date on the war in Ukraine
The University’s Staff Pages have information for staff regarding the war in Ukraine. The website is continuously updated with new information.
Stay up to date on the war in Ukraine (staff.lu.se)
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