Science with Arctic Attitude

Researchers are the stars of the University. They are pushing the boundaries of the known every day. Science with Arctic Attitude is our new blog to give a voice to those who know. It is a blog maintained by top researchers at the University of Oulu based on their research. The writers describe their work in an understandable way, each with their own style. They share their big insights, small frustrations, and vice versa. Enjoy, challenge, and ask! There will be a new blog post regularly in Finnish or in English.
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14.12.2017 blog

Climate change is hiding below the ground

Although the Earth is accustomed to cycles of warmer and cooler periods, we human beings – and the human society as it is – do not have experience from any other climate than the one we currently have. Studying soil can help us estimate the magnitude of future changes in climate and provide tools to mitigate climate warming.

20.11.2017 blog

Societal impact of science via productive interactions

Science is traditionally regarded as a central knowledge-producing institution contributing to societal development in many ways. Previously, this was seen to take place in an automatic fashion without any deliberate attempts by academics to achieve impact for their research. Recently, social studies of science have fostered an alternative view according to which impact of science is a result of complex and often uncertain knowledge translation, which may take years or even decades to materialize into impacts.

16.11.2017 blog

Dementia is a human tragedy

Many of us know a person, who has Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia. She may be your grandmother or aunt who slowly loses her memory – first all the good recent moments you had together and later you and her other family members all together. Wouldn’t it be nice to prevent this from happening and diagnose dementia at an early stage?

28.09.2017 blog

Ecological restoration is a tool to fix some of the damages that we have caused to our natural ecosystems

Since the last ice age, peatlands have stored huge amounts of atmospheric carbon within their peat layers. However, because of human actions and a rise in global temperatures over the last two hundred years, peatlands are about to release the carbon back to the atmosphere – unless we do something quickly.

18.09.2017 blog

Arktista tutkimuslaatikkoa rikkomassa

Poissa loistivat arktinen öljynporausagenda ja luonnonvarojen kestämätön hyödyntäminen, kun pohjoinen akatemiaväki kokoontui Skotlannin Aberdeeniin elokuun lopussa. Viikon aikana pohjoisten, arktisten yliopistojen UArctic-yhteistyöverkostoon kuuluvien yliopistojen rehtorit kokoontuivat omaan foorumiinsa ja tutkijat omaan konferenssiinsa yhteistyön hengessä.

31.08.2017 blog

Using resources efficiently through proper scheduling

Have you ever asked yourself how to increase your efficiency in a regular daily work? At the end of a busy working day, you may find yourself with many unaccomplished tasks even if you came into the office early and left late. Making a schedule for your daily work will help you manage your time more efficiently. Scheduling is the art of figuring out when to do what so that you can achieve your goals with the resources at hand. 

16.08.2017 blog

The Inaugural UArctic Chair

By JEFFREY M WELKER, UArctic Chair; Professor, University of Oulu &University of Alaska Anchorage I am grateful and honoured to become the first UArctic Research Chair as a collaborativeappointment between UArctic, the University of Oulu and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Iam prepared to sustain and amplify the spirit, the dedication and the vision of UArctic, asformulated twenty years ago.

06.07.2017 blog

Embracing the I: science as emotional work

Often when someone asks about why I chose to become a researcher I recall a collection of only partially satirical stories about one of the most critical pieces of equipment common across the sciences. This piece of technology, modified thousands of times in a myriad of ways defines how science is conducted in both its presence and its absence. The device of course is the table.

08.11.2016 blog

Building services based on data, guts and empathy

Is it impossible to find what you are looking for? Do you receive one cryptic error message after another that prevent you from accomplishing the task at hand? We have all had experiences with bad products and services that are hard to use, or which do not bring any additional value to anyone or anything.

01.11.2016 blog

How to prevent hearing impairment from being a risk for speech, language and communication disorders?

Due to communication difficulties, hearing impairment leads to a risk of developing poor quality peer relations, learning difficulties, a lower level of education and  even a lower income and quality of life in adulthood. However, early intervention and prevention of communication difficulties are highly cost-effective in cases of language impairment. Can we afford not to allocate early intervention to children with hearing impairment?