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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 16 June 2022
Management news
Latest meeting of the faculty board 
At its meeting on 8 June, the faculty board decided on the management structure for 2024–2026 and onwards, and on a request to establish a Master’s programme in Computational Science and a Master’s programme in Applied Computational Science. The board was also informed about and discussed operational and economic challenges that the faculty is facing, as well as the method for a preliminary study in connection with new construction and conversion projects. Further information and decision-making items were on the agenda.
Prizes and awarded grants
Chemist receives funding to study movement patterns in swimming bacteria
Joakim Stenhammar, senior lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, has received SEK 250,000 from the Per-Eric and Ulla Schyberg Foundation. He was granted the funding for a research project that involves investigating how collective movement patterns arise among swimming bacteria that interact both with each other and their surroundings.
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Nominate candidates for Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2023
It’s time to nominate candidates for the Wallenberg Academy Fellows, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s programme for young researchers. The call has been published on the foundation’s website, but please note that Lund University has internal management rules.

Nominations within the Faculty of Science should be sent to Tobias Nilsson (tobias.nilsson@science.lu.se) no later than 16 September and should follow the instructions in Appendix 1 of the Lund University management rules. The Head of Department is responsible for the nomination letter that must be attached to the nomination according to the instructions. In order for the faculty to add a brief description of the prioritization process, the nomination letter must be a maximum of 6,600 characters (including spaces). For each application, the Head of Department must also submit a signed co-financing certificate in accordance with the template. The department will finance all overhead costs not covered by the Vice-Chancellor.
Find more calls for applications in Research Professional
The Research Professional database contains both national and international calls for applications. Log in using your University account (Lucat ID).
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Support for online teaching
Theme: Hybrid teaching
Hybrid teaching means having students both on-site and online for the same teaching session. The University’s website “Teaching and learning online” provides tips on techniques, teaching methods and communication that can make it easier for those who are planning hybrid teaching.
Staff in the Swedish media
Researchers discover ten-billion-year-old remnant stars from an absorbed galaxy  
Diane Feuillet and Sofia Feltzing, researcher and professor respectively at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, were interviewed in many media outlets regarding a new study which shows that there is a group of stars in the Milky Way’s stellar disk that in all likelihood come from a hitherto unknown minor galaxy that was absorbed by the Milky Way just over ten billion years ago. “It is the first time that such old stars have been found that show signs of coming from another galaxy,” says Feuillet.
Climate change has made species move towards northern Finland 
Øystein Opedal, associate senior lecturer at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about a new study which shows how climate change over the past 40 years has affected 1,500 animal and plant species in Finland. The results show that rising temperatures and shorter periods of snow cover in the winters have led hundreds of species to adjust to the new climatic conditions and some of them have moved north. “In slightly simplified terms, it can be said that central Finland today has temperatures that the south of the country had 40 years ago,” says Opedal.
Astronomer interviewed after receiving prestigious science prize 
Lennart Lindegren, post-retirement professor at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, was interviewed about being awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his work on the space telescopes Hipparcos and Gaia. The prize consists of a gold medal and approximately SEK 5.5 million. “It is in the Nobel Prize class. I am honoured and proud, and it is a great encouragement. At the same time, it feels a little unfair that only two of us are awarded the prize when so many people have been involved and contributed to these projects,” says Lindegren.
How to benefit pollinating insects
Lina Herbertsson and Maj Rundlöf, both researchers at the Department of Biology, were interviewed about how to benefit bees and other pollinating insects. Their tips include allowing your garden to grow a little wild and focusing on creating a diversity of plant species and habitats.
Researcher has mapped the Earth’s mysterious magnetic field changes 
Andreas Nilsson, senior lecturer at the Department of Geology, was interviewed about a new study in which researchers reconstructed changes in the Earth’s magnetic field over the past 9,000 years. The results are based on analyses of burned archaeological finds, volcanic samples and sediment core samples, which all carry information about the Earth’s magnetic field. By studying how the magnetic field has changed, the researchers can learn more about the underlying processes in the Earth’s core, which generates the magnetic field. In addition, the new reconstruction could be used to date both archaeological and geological finds by comparing measured and modelled variations in the magnetic field at different places around the world.
Articles in the Lund University Magazine, LUM
In the latest issue of LUM, you can read an article on the establishment at Science Village. The article features interviews with Joachim Schnadt (head of the Department of Physics), Leif Bülow (head of the Department of Chemistry), as well as Linnea Mörth (communications officer), Eva Åkesson (coordinator) and Carina Jarl (project manager), all three of whom work at the Science Village Office. Catrin Malmström (head of the faculty office) was interviewed about remote work. Anders Lindskog (researcher), Johan Lindgren (senior lecturer) and Mats Eriksson (professor), all at the Department of Geology, were interviewed about a collaboration concerning the cave, Tykarpsgrottan. Martijn van Praagh (adjunct senior lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science) talks about the new contract education in environmental forensics. Christer Löfstedt (professor at the Department of Biology) wrote a column about his view of the establishment in Science Village. LUM also highlights that Henrik Smith (professor at the Department of Biology at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science) is a new member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council.
LUM website
New satellite technology can reveal carbon dioxide emissions
Hans Chen, researcher at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed about work on the development of a technique to measure carbon dioxide emissions from space. “We hope that this new method will give us a more comprehensive picture of emissions. Every tonne of carbon dioxide we release is significant for the climate, so it is important that we know how large the emissions actually are,” says Chen.
Ostriches prefer stable temperatures 
Mads Schou and Charlie Cornwallis, researcher and senior lecturer respectively at the Department of Biology, were interviewed about a new study, which shows that ostriches have a genetic predisposition to adapt to rising or falling temperatures. But when the temperature fluctuates more often, as it does in the wake of climate change, ostriches face a considerably more difficult situation.
How birds cope with hot days 
Andreas Nord, researcher at the Department of Biology, wrote a popular science article about how birds keep cool in hot conditions. “Various desert birds, for example, dig small holes in the shade under bushes and lie flat out against the cooler sand. Certain birds even take refuge in underground tunnels dug by other animals,” writes Nord.
Last but not least
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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