In late August, the University received a new spam filter for all incoming e-mails. Because of this, single emails may be in the wrong folder during a transition period. All users are asked to check the spam folder carefully so that no important information is missed. If several “real” e-mails are sent to the spam folder, you may want to report this to firstname.lastname@example.org. The new SUNET filter is already used by several other universities, including Chalmers, and handles spam written in Swedish better than our previous filter.
A major change has been made on the faculty website, where information pages on education at the postgraduate level, joint HR work, environmental work, internal organization and other topics have been moved. This means that all internal information relating to Sahlgrenska Academy staff is gathered on the staff portal. The pages have been moved as part of the university’s major web development project. Most of today’s web pages are moved to either the staff portal, the student portal or the Gothenburg University’s website. The staff portal is an increasingly important website for information, including institutes and Core Facilities.
“These numbers are selected to give a picture of our size and character. For example, the figures can be used to describe the distribution between research and education or the size of our cooperation with the Västra Götaland region, “says Pontus Sundén, Communications Officer at Sahlgrenska Academy’s office.
The scientific publication system is currently changing from subscription-based journals to open access. Since the financing system of publishing giant Elsevier is still based on subscription fees, Swedish universities have been paying for both reading permissions and open access. The ongoing negotiations between The Swedish Bibsam consortia and Elsevier broke down before the summer, and Swedish university libraries are now suspended from reading. In the Swedish Science Council’s newspaper Curie you can read a longer interview with Astrid Söderbergh Widding, who is the Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University, who leads the negotiations as chairman of the Bibsam consortia’s steering committee.
Marie Staberg, who defended her dissertation Children and adolescents with externalizing behavior in dental care last year at the Institute of Odontology, recently won second prize for her poster at The 20th World Congress on Dental Traumatology (WCDT) in San Diego. Marie Staberg’s rewarded poster presentation was based on her research on children with out-acting behavioral problems and children with ADHD in dental care. The study showed that children with out-acting behaviors and/or ADHD had more dental injuries compared to control children. Marie Staberg is a dentist at the Specialist Clinic for Pedodontics and is particularly interested in children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses.
Axel Wolf, Associate Professor at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, has received the ESC Nursing and Allied Health Professions Investigator Award at the ESC Congress 2018 in Munich. ESC 2018 is the world’s largest congress in the cardiovascular field. The randomized study that Axel Wolf was praised for showed that patients who were part of the group receiving person-centered rehabilitation after care due to acute coronary heart disease were significantly more satisfied with the communication and documentation compared with the control group.
The Region Västra Götaland and the University of Gothenburg have now launched a common website with overall information about ALF in the region. The website is only available in Swedish. The website informs, among other things, about ongoing announcements, the ALF office and the eligibility requirements for ALF funding. The site also provides answers the most frequently asked questions. Here you will find the website: www.alfvastragotaland.se
Representatives of 61 organizations, including Eva Wiberg,Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg, have signed a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet, where they give three pieces of advice to the next government of Sweden on how the policies that are conducted can be better rooted in facts and research-based knowledge. The advice given are 1) that the government should initiate more systematic summaries of fact-based knowledge, (2) that reforms should be supported in available research and that its effects evaluated systematically, and (3) that researchers should be encouraged to cooperate with the surrounding community. Here you can read the debate article (in Swedish): https://www.svd.se/var-ar-forskningen-i-de-politiska-manifesten
On August 29, a major management meeting was held at Jonsered Manor, which gathered around forty people with different management assignments and important support functions within the faculty. The institutes and the vice-deans presented their areas of activity, and the board members gave their views on important issues. Fundraising and communication were also discussed.
“It was a rewarding meeting. Our new board and institute managements showed great enthusiasm and dedication to continue developing the faculty. It felt very positive, and I look forward to this autumn as we continue the work in the same spirit”, Dean Agneta Holmäng comments.
The Research Data Commission, which submitted its report to the government this summer, proposes the establishment of a special law governing research databases. The purpose is to protect personal integrity while facilitating research using register data.
“It creates long-term conditions for register research and a stable legal basis for research databases,” said Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, Professor of Legal Informatics at Stockholm University, who has led the investigation to the Swedish Research Council’s journal Curie.
The new bill is adapted the EU Data Protection Ordinance (GDPR), and may come into force on July 1, 2019. Read more in Curie (in Swedish): https://www.tidningencurie.se/nyheter/2018/08/29/forslag-ny-lag-ska-underlatta-registerforskning/