Ig Nobel Prize 2018 – research that make you laugh

In a few weeks this year’s Nobel Prize winners will be announced, but last week the ceremony for an alternative Nobel Prize was held: The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. The Ig Nobel Prize honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think, with focus on unusual and imaginative research.

You can read a summary of all ten prizes if you go to the Ig Nobel Prize blog, but here we name three of the ten prizes that were handed out:

The prize in anthropology went to research conducted at Lund University; research on monkeys where three researchers collected evidence of zoos showing that chimpanzees imitate humans to the same extent, and at least as well, as humans imitates chimpanzees. Here you can find the article describing the research: Persson, T, Sauciuc, G.A. & Madsen, E. (2018) Spontaneous cross-species imitation in interactions between chimpanzees and zoo visitors. Primates 59(1), ss. 19-29.

The prize in literature goes to research that illustrates how users use certain literature, namely manuals. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have studied users’ use of manuals for complicated products, and among other things conclude that younger people tend to be less likely to read the manual. Here’s a small piece of the abstract to the article (which unfortunately is not openly available, or available through library subscriptions):

We found that manuals are not read by the majority of people, and most do not use all the features of the products that they own and use regularly. Men are more likely to do both than women, and younger people are less likely to use manuals than middle-aged and older ones. More educated people are also less likely to read manuals. Over-featuring and being forced to consult manuals also appears to cause negative emotional experiences.

The price in medicine goes to research on methods to get kidney stones to pass through the body. In the current research, the effect of a rollercoaster ride on kidney stones has been studied. And it was found that a rollercoaster ride can be a way to get kidney stones to pass, and the best results are given if you take a rear seating position in the train.The article describing this research can be found here: Mitchell M.A., Wartinger D.D. (2016). Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 116(10), ss. 647-52.

Now are we just waiting for the announcements of the winners of the real Nobel Prize. The first winner will be presented at 1 October 2018.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo– chimpanzee: Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash
Foto – rollercoaster: Multa Media, Unsplash

Print document from the university’s computers – here’s how it works!

Do you need to print a document, but you’re not sure how to do it – then this is what you need to read! This instruction explains how you print from the computers at the university. If you want to print a document from your laptop – please read this blog post instead.

At the computer

The most important part when you’re about to print, is to select the right printer. And that’s not very hard – you should ALWAYS select the printer called Print-and-Collect.

How the printing dialog (the frame where you manage your prints) looks depends on which program you are printing from. Here are two examples, the print dialog in Microsoft Word and in Adobe Acrobat (program for pdf-files):

utskriftutskrift2Click on the pictures if you want to see them better!

 

Make sure that the right printer is selected, that’s Print-and-Collect (it is usually right, so you probably do not need to change) – then you click at the button Print (in Swedish Skriv ut). Done!

At the printer

Okay, so far so good. The document has been printed. Now what? Where do you go to get it? The thing is that you can now go to any printer – at the whole university – at the printer you get your printed document. At the Library, we have printers on each floor (except floor 2.5). The printers are quite big, and looks like copying machines (in fact, they are coping machines as well as printers and scanners). When you found a printer, here’s what you do:

  1. Log in to the printer, using your black chip or your S-number and password.
  2. Select Release by pressing this “button” on the touch screen.
  3. Select the document you want to print by pointing at it at the touch screen. The document will be marked with a yellow line when you’ve selected it.
  4. Press the blue button (it’s a real button – not on the touch screen).
  5. Voila! You document is printed!

If your document won’t print, it might depend on that you don’t have enough printing credentials left on your printing account. Contact the Information Point for directions on how to refill your printing account. When you have done that, you just return to the printer, and get you document (no need to print from the computer again).

If you have any questions – please contact the Information Point by the entrance to the Library. We can help you to print!

Text & pictures: Katharina Nordling

Printing from your own computer – here’s how it works!

Here’s a quick instruction for you who want to print documents at campus using your own computer – just follow these instructions and you’ll soon have the document in your hand.

You can print from a personal computer to the university’s printer no matter where you are (here at campus or at home on the couch), but when it’s time to collect the printed document, you obviously have to be at campus. The documents you print are available for pick up at the printer for 48 hours after you pressed Print at the computer.

When you want to print something from a computer that is not one of the university’s computers, you start by signing in at the university’s Print Portal – PaperCut. You can reach it from the Student page on the web – click Common Tools, or from the Library web page – under Quick Links.

Nota bene: It’s not possible to print in colour with this method. If you want colour prints you have to print from one of the university’s computers.

Please click on the pictures below, and it will be much easier to see what it says.

Once you have logged in (with your S-number and password), click Web Print in the menu on the left and then click the Submit a Job button:

In the next step, choose the printer called Print-and-Collect, then click the button with the text Print Options and Account Selection:

In the next step, choose how many copies you want of the document:

Then it’s time to choose which document you want to print. You can drag files to the box to upload them, or you simply click the button Upload from Computer:

Now you can see which document you have chosen to upload, please note that it’s possible to upload several documents at the same time. When you have chosen which document(s) you want to print, press Upload & Complete:

Your documents are now uploading to the university’s print server. And when the text Klart för utskrift appears in the list of documents, you just have to go to one of the printers at the university to pick it up:

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to ask the librarians at the Information Point right by the entrance to the library.

Text & bilder: Katharina Nordling

Use DiVA to reach out with your student thesis

The semester is coming to an end and so does the project of writing your student thesis, but when the thesis is done what happens then – who’ll be reading it? Well, that depends on what you as the author choose to do with it. By making it available in the university’s publication database DiVA, the paper can get wings and benefit both yourself and others. For example, you can attach the link to the thesis in your job applications, and let future employers see what you can do. In addition, the thesis will be searchable on the internet and others interested in the topic you wrote about may find and read the thesis.

In order for the thesis to be published in DiVA, you must approve the publication agreement when submitting your thesis.

As the thesis is published in DiVA, it will be searchable in the following fields: name, title, abstract, keyword, language, and subject area. Because both abstract and keywords are something you decide on, it may be a good idea to take your time when writing abstract and choosing keywords, making it easier for others to find the thesis.

If you have any questions about how an abstract should be written, or how to think about choosing keywords, you can get support and help with this at the library’s Search Lab – open every Thursday.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Academic ceremony and scientific publications

Friday 4th of May the University is celebrating the annual Academic ceremony – a ceremony where research is at the center when new professors are inaugurated and a doctoral degree conferment ceremony is held. A fundamental part of research is the scientific publications, the texts in which the research is described and communicated to the world in general and research colleagues in particular.

For the PhD students who, with their dissertation, completed their postgraduate studies and thus can be said to be finished researchers, it is the doctoral thesis that is the great crown of their work. It is the publication with great P, the goal that is sought throughout the entire postgraduate program. Doctoral theses may differ from each other, but there are two main forms – compilation thesis or monograph thesis.

In the compilation thesis, there are a number of previously published scientific articles that are combined into a whole by writing an introductory to the thesis. A monograph thesis is instead a single coherent text – much like a regular book. However, both types of theses have in common that the content must be so new or revolutionary that it could be presented in international research context.

Once you have a doctoral degree you can start your career as a researcher. Now there is no longer the obvious goal, the doctoral thesis that has to be completed. However, you still need to publish. Now, the researcher is constantly working to publish reports on the research being done, whether the research is done in joint research project or solely on his/hers chamber.

How this is done, and what different types of publications are used, depends to a large extent on the subject area the researcher is active in. There is a difference between how a researcher in chemistry and a researcher in sociology publishes. In science, medicine and nursing, for example, the scientific article is the focus, while in the humanities it is much more common for research results to be presented in books or reports.

At the university, all research published must be registered in the university’s publishing database DiVA. There you can find the research published by the people who are in focus at this year’s academic ceremony, but also research published by all other PhD students, doctors, lecturers and professors at the university. If there is any special research you are interested in, but you cannot the find full text, you are always welcome to the library and we will help you locate the text.

Text & Photo: Katharina Nordling

Automatic renewals – here’s how it works!

When you borrow a book at the library, the loan will be automatically renewed if it’s possible – here’s a description of how the procedure works.

An automatic renewal is a renewal that’s made by the system. No one has to do anything, nor you or a librarian. However the system is stopped from doing a renewal of the loan if someone else has made a request for the book, or if the loan period has reached the maximum limit.

It all works like this:

You borrow a book at the Library; the loan period is either 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book). When it’s two days left of the loan period the systems checks to see if it’s possible to renew the loan, then one of the following scenarios happen:

  1. No one has made a request for the book – the loan is renewed and you get a new loan period for 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book).
  2. The loan cannot be renewed; you will be notified by e-mail and the original due date remains.

If scenario 1 happens, the same procedure will repeat two days before the new loan period ends.

In practice this means that you can keep the book until you get notified by e-mail that it’s time to return the book. But if you are going to use that practice – you need to check your e-mail address regularly, because in the end it’s you who are responsible of returning your books on time.

Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling

Some help to write your academic texts

If you want inspiration when you’re writing an academic text, you could use a Phrasebank for inspiration.

The University of Manchester has an Academic Phrasebank openly available on their webpage. The Phrasebank gives you tips on how to write academic texts, and examples of good phrases to use when you’re for example writing your Conclusion. The following suggestions are given for when you want to summarize your main research findings:

  • This study has identified …
  • This study has shown that …
  • The research has also shown that …
  • The second major finding was that …
  • These experiments confirmed that …
  • X made no significant difference to …
  • This study has found that generally …
  • The investigation of X has shown that …
  • The results of this investigation show that …
  • X, Y and Z emerged as reliable predictors of …
  • Multiple regression analysis revealed that the …
  • The most obvious finding to emerge from this study is that …
  • The relevance of X is clearly supported by the current findings.
  • One of the more significant findings to emerge from this study is that …

It is of course important to keep in mind that you can’t just pick any phrase from the examples and use it, the phrase has to match your text as well. The main objective when your writing your academic text is to get a consistent and well written text, and in order to get there you have to know what you are writing about. But the Phrasebank is a good help, it can give you inspiration when you’re stuck and don’t know how to continue.

You’ll find the Academic Phrasebank here.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos