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  • Skillgate, Eva
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet, Unit of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Epidemiology Center, Institute of Environmental Medicine; Naprapathögskolan - Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine.
    Pico-Espinosa, Oscar Javier
    Karolinska Institutet, Unit of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Epidemiology Center, Institute of Environmental Medicine.
    Hallqvist, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
    Bohman, Tony
    Karolinska Institutet, Unit of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Epidemiology Center, Institute of Environmental Medicine.
    Holm, Lena W.
    Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Unit of Epidemiology.
    Healthy lifestyle behavior and risk of long duration troublesome neck pain or low back pain among men and women: results from the Stockholm Public Health Cohort2017In: Clinical Epidemiology, ISSN 1179-1349, E-ISSN 1179-1349, Vol. 9, 491-500 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The role of healthy lifestyle behavior (HLB) in terms of physical activity, alcohol intake, smoking, and diet put together has not yet been explored for the risk of low back pain (LBP) and neck pain (NP). Our aim was to study if an HLB is protective against the onset of long duration troublesome LBP and NP in men and women.

    Methods: Two cohorts from the Stockholm Public Health Cohort, free from LBP (n=12,483) and NP (n=10,539), respectively, in 2006, were surveyed with questionnaires. Baseline information about physical activity, alcohol intake, diet, and smoking were dichotomized into being healthy/not healthy and combined in a categorical variable according to the number of healthy behaviors present. Binomial regression analyses were used to evaluate the role of HLB for the outcomes 4 years later.

    Results: When men with three or four healthy lifestyles were compared to men with none or one, the risk ratio (RR) of LBP was 0.63 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.39-1.02). The corresponding RR for LBP in women was 0.86 (95% CI: 0.56-1.32). When men with three or four healthy lifestyles were compared to men with none or one, the RR for NP was 1.13 (95% CI: 0.74-1.71). The corresponding RR for NP in women was 0.52 (95% CI: 0.35-0.77).

    Conclusion: An HLB seems to be protective for long duration troublesome LBP in men, and for long duration troublesome NP in women.

  • Ruin, Hans
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
    Recension av Torbjörn Tännsjö Taking Lives2017In: Filosofisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482, 26-38 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • Hearn, Jeff
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom; Hanken School of Economics, Finland.
    Neoliberal universities, patriarchies, masculinities, and myself: Transnational personal reflections on and from the global North2017In: Gender, rovné prílezitosti, vyzkum, ISSN 1213-0028, Vol. 18, no 1, 16-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • Hearn, Jeff
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Two challenges for Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities: The hegemony of men, and trans(national)patriarchies2017In: Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo, ISSN 0351-4285, Vol. 45, no 267, 23-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • Souza Filho, Pedro
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Brancoli, Pedro
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Bolton, Kim
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Zamani, Akram
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Assessment of Wastewater Management from Potato Starch Production: Present Status and Alternative Biotreatments2017In: Fermentation, Vol. 3, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
  • Häggström, Jenny
    et al.
    Umeå University, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Department of Statistics.
    Sampaio, Filipa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
    Eurenius, Eva
    Umeå University, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Pulkki-Brännström, Anni-Maria
    Umeå University, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Ivarsson, Anneli
    Umeå University, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Lindkvist, Marie
    Umeå University, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Department of Statistics; Umeå University, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Feldman, Inna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
    Is the Salut Programme an effective and cost-effective universal health promotion intervention for parents and their children?: A register-based retrospective observational study2017In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 9, e016732Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: This study investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Salut Programme, a universal health promotion intervention, compared with care-as-usual, over the periods of pregnancy, delivery and the child's first 2 years of life.

    Method: We adopted a register-based retrospective observational design using existing data sources with respect to both exposures and outcomes. Health outcomes and costs were compared between geographical areas that received care-as-usual (non-Salut area) and areas where the programme was implemented (Salut area). We included mothers and their children from both the Salut and non-Salut areas if: (1) the child was born 2002-2004 (premeasure period) or (2) the child was born 2006-2008 (postmeasure period). The effectiveness study adopted two strategies: (1) a matched difference-in-difference analysis using data from all participants and (2) a longitudinal analysis restricted to mothers who had given birth twice, that is, both in the premeasure and postmeasure periods. The economic evaluation was performed from a healthcare and a limited societal perspective. Outcomes were clustered during pregnancy, delivery and birth and the child's first 2 years.

    Results: Difference-in-difference analyses did not yield any significant effect on the outcomes. Longitudinal analyses resulted in significant positive improvement in Apgar scores, reflecting the newborn's physical condition, with more children having a normal Apgar score (1 min + 3%, 5 min + 1%). The cost of the programme was international dollar (INT$)308/child. From both costing perspectives, the programme yielded higher effects and lower costs than care-as-usual, being thus cost-saving (probability of around 50%).

    Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the Salut Programme is an effective universal intervention to improve maternal and child health, and it may be good value for money; however, there is large uncertainty around the cost estimates.

  • Public defence: 2018-01-26 10:05 ACAS, A-huset, Linköping
    Johansson, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Urban Consolidation Centres: On Relationships between Customer Needs and Services in City Logistics2018Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Urban Consolidation Centres (UCCs) are often conceived as an enabler to alleviate negative effects associated with distribution of goods in cities, such as traffic congestion and hazardous emissions. UCCs not only have the potential to reduce these effects but also provide alternative distribution solutions by introducing new transhipment points. Despite their potential, UCCs often fail to be self-supporting and are often dependent on subsides, which is not considered to be sustainable in the long run. In response, this thesis takes its point of departure in the two business models elements value propositions and target customers. A business model is often viewed as an enabler to generate revenue and UCCs have the potential to generate revenue by offering services to their customers, and the customers pay for the services. To understand how customers can benefit from UCCs and provide arguments why they should use these, it is important to understand the relationship between customers’ needs and the services UCCs can provide. The purpose of this thesis is to identify and describe the potential relationship between needs of UCC customers and UCC services.

    The research in the thesis is both explorative and descriptive, where a first step is to identify customer needs, UCC services, and value propositions. The descriptive part is to describe them and it is also the foundation for understanding the relationship between customer needs and UCC services. Through the analysis and discussion, multiple customer needs are identified and described for seven customer groups and the UCC operator; all of which could be considered customers of UCCs. The thesis also adds to the UCC literature with three new identified UCC services: e-commerce with used products, advertisement, and registration in computer system. The outcome of the analysis also provides illustrations of how customer needs can be matched with UCC services. For the most studied customer group, receiver of goods, a total of 29 different matches were identified, which illustrates the possibilities but also the complexity of the relationships. To understand the relationship, three different types of gaps were also identified that have implications for future research.

    The main contributions to research and the UCC literature in particular are enlargement of the scope of customers and the illustration of the relationships between customer needs and UCC services. The illustrations include contributions such as identifying, mapping and describing the customer needs, UCC services, and value propositions. An important first step is to understand how customer needs and UCC services can be linked, and this thesis provides examples of how this can be achieved. Viewing every stakeholder as a potential customer opens up the opportunity to fulfil their needs and the potential to generate revenue, which in turn could close the gap in the problem of non-self-supporting UCCs. Furthermore, with self-supporting UCCs, the number of freight vehicles can be reduced and this may lead to more attractive cities with less traffic congestion and lower emissions.

  • Pethrus, Carl-Martin
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna, Clinical Epidemiology Unit.
    Johansson, Kari
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna, Clinical Epidemiology Unit.
    Neovius, Kristian
    Cyclo AB, Stockholm.
    Reutfors, Johan
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna, Clinical Epidemiology Unit.
    Sundström, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Neovius, Martin
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna, Clinical Epidemiology Unit.
    Suicide and all-cause mortality in Swedish deployed military veterans: a population-based matched cohort study2017In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 9, e014034Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To investigate suicide and mortality risk in deployed military veterans versus non-deployed comparators who had gone through military conscription testing.

    Design: Population-based matched cohort study.

    Setting: Sweden.

    Participants: Participants were identified from the Military Service Conscription Register and deployment status from the Swedish Military Information Personnel Register. Of 1.9 million conscripts, 21 721 had deployed at some time between 1990 and 2013 (deployed military veterans). Non-deployed comparators were matched to deployed military veterans in two ways: (1) by cognitive ability, psychological assessment, mental health, body mass index, sex, birth-year and conscription-year (carefully matched), with further adjustment for exercise capacity and suicide attempt history; and (2) by sex, birth-year and conscription-year (age-and sex-matched).

    Main outcome: Suicide retrieved from the Swedish National Patient and Causes of Death Register until 31 December 2013.

    Results: During a median follow-up of 12 years, 39 and 211 deaths by suicide occurred in deployed military veterans (n=21 627) and carefully matched non-deployed comparators (n=107 284), respectively (15 vs 16/100 000 person-years; adjusted HR (aHR) 1.07; 95% CI 0.75 to 1.52; p=0.72) and 329 in age-and sex-matched non-deployed comparators (n=108 140; 25/100 000 person-years; aHR 0.59; 95% CI 0.42 to 0.82; p=0.002). There were 284 and 1444 deaths by suicide or attempted suicides in deployed military veterans and carefully matched non-deployed comparators, respectively (109 vs 112; aHR 0.99; 95% CI 0.88 to 1.13; p=0.93) and 2061 in age-and sex-matched non-deployed comparators (158; aHR 0.69; 95% CI 0.61 to 0.79; p<0.001). The corresponding figures for all-cause mortality for carefully matched non-deployed comparators were 159 and 820 (61 vs 63/100 000 person-years; aHR 0.97; 95% CI 0.82 to 1.15; p=0.71) and 1289 for age-and sex-matched non-deployed comparators (98/100 000 person-years; aHR 0.62; 95% CI 0.52 to 0.73; p<0.001).

    Conclusion: Deployed military veterans had similar suicide and mortality risk as non-deployed comparators after accounting for psychological, psychiatric and physical factors. Studies of mental health in deployed veterans need to adjust for more factors than age and sex for comparisons to be meaningful.

  • Sundler, Annelie Johansson
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Råberus, Anna
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Holmström, Inger K
    Mälardalens Högskolan, Uppsala Universitet.
    Mänskliga rättigheter ochrätten till hälsa. En analys av anmälningar till patientnämnderna i VästraGötaland2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport visar att patienters rättigheter är otydliga när det gäller rätten till hälso- och sjukvård. Otydligheten kan leda till att hälso- och sjukvården framstår som rättsosäker. Det finns möjligheter att förbättra kvalitet, trygghet och patientsäkerhet, där anmälningar från patienter och närstående kan utgöra ett värdefullt underlag. En av rapportens slutsatser är att det finns ett behov av en mer patient- och personcentrerad hälso- och sjukvård.

    I denna rapport beskrivs resultaten från ett forskningsprojekt där anmälningar till patientnämnderna i Västra Götaland analyserats med fokus på mänskliga rättigheter. Ett strategiskt urval av 170 anmälningar som patienter eller närstående lämnat till patientnämnderna under år 2015 har här analyserats.

    Resultaten beskrivs i fyra delar. I den första delen presenteras beskrivande statistik för anmälningarna. Den andra delen beskriver innehållet i anmälningarna, vilket handlar om att inte ha tillgång till hälso- och sjukvård, brister i kontinuitet och uppföljning, felaktigheter eller vårdskador till följd av hälso- och sjukvård, brister i kommunikation och samverkan, bemötande, attityder och förhållningssätt i möten med hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal, samt hälso- och sjukvård som går emot patientens vilja. Därefter följer den del där anmälningarna analyserats utifrån ett patient- och mäniskorättsperspektiv. Här beskrivs fem teman som berör rätten till hälsa och patienters rättigheter vid ohälsa och sjukdom, rätten till hälso- och sjukvård och patienters rättigheter vid akuta tillstånd, rätten till god och säker hälso- och sjukvård och patienters säkerhet, rätten till värdighet och ett bra bemötande, samt hälso- och sjukvårdspersonalens rättigheter. I den fjärde och sista delen av resultaten har anmälningarna granskats utifrån ett normkritiskt och intersektionellt perspektiv. Här framträder vissa grupper av patienter som mer sårbara än andra, och den utsatthet och maktaspekter som framträder i analysen beskrivs.

    I anmälningarna till patientnämnderna framkommer situationer där patienters rättigheter brister i möten med hälso- och sjukvården, där det kan vara svårt för patienter att utkräva sin rätt. Anmälningarna synliggör patienters upplevelser av att kvalitet, trygghet och patientsäkerhet brister, och patientnämndernas verksamhet spelar en viktig roll i att synliggöra dessa brister för att kunna bidra till förbättringar inom hälso- och sjukvården. För att säkerställa de mänskliga rättigheterna och rätten till hälsa behöver hälso- och sjukvården anpassas utifrån invånares behov.

    Anmälningarna visar att det ibland finns brister i hälso- och sjukvårdens förmåga att utgå från en helhetssyn på patienten. Enskilda personer är sårbara i kontakt med hälso- och sjukvården, och patienters utsatthet och olika maktförhållanden mellan patienter och hälso-  och sjukvårdspersonal behöver hanteras ansvarsfullt för att inte skapa ojämlikheter eller leda till upplevelser av diskriminering. Ett professionellt bemötande kräver också kommunikativ kompetens och empati hos hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal. En slutsats av detta är att det finns behov av en mer patientcentrerad hälso- och sjukvård, som tydligare beaktar enskilda personers förutsättningar och behov, liksom organisatoriska förbättringar som främjar patientens vårdkedja och samverkan mellan vårdverksamheter.

  • Public defence: 2018-02-02 09:15 Polhemssalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala
    von Fieandt, Linus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Cutting Edge Titanium-based CVD Hard Coatings2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Modern tools for metal cutting applications, such as turning or milling, are typically improved with a thin protective coating. Despite being only a few microns thick, the coating can increase the lifetime of the tool by more than 100 times compared to an uncoated tool. Two different types of techniques are normally used to deposit the coatings, i.e. chemical vapor deposition (CVD) or physical vapor deposition (PVD). A CVD coated tool often includes several different layers. TiN-Ti(C,N)-Al2O3-TiN is a common combination. The research in this thesis has focused on deposition, characterization, and optimization of TiN and Ti(C,N) layers. CVD has been used to deposit all coatings studied in this thesis. They were characterized with a variety of techniques such as: X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

    TiN was deposited on three different substrates, Co, Fe and Ni. It was found that the TiN coating was strongly affected by the substrate. TiN deposited on Fe substrates resulted in a porous interface caused by substrate etching by the reaction gas mixture. CVD of TiN on Ni substrates resulted in an unwanted intermetallic phase (Ni3Ti) in addition to TiN. Etching or corrosion of the Fe substrates could be reduced by lowering the deposition temperature. In addition, the formation of (Ni3Ti) could be significantly reduced by adjusting the partial pressure of the reactant gases. This shows that CVD of TiN on cutting tools with Fe or Ni as a binder phase needs to be optimized with respect to the process parameters.

    Thermodynamic calculations of the Ti(C,N) CVD process indicates that the major growth species using CH3CN, TiCl4 and H2 as precursors, was HCN and TiCl3. They were formed in the gas phase by homogeneous reactions. Furthermore, it was found that by adjusting the composition of the reaction gas mixture, the preferred orientation, morphology, and micro-structure of the Ti(C,N) coatings could be tailored. As a result, the tribological/mechanical properties of the Ti(C,N) coatings could be significantly improved. A hardness of 40 GPa, i.e. close to super hard could for instance be achieved. The origin of the mechanical improvements was attributed to a more ordered crystallographic orientation in the <111> direction as well as a high defect density close to the coating surface. In addition to the excellent mechanical properties, the Ti(C,N) coatings were also found to have a high corrosion resistance in sea water, thanks to a formation of a passivating surface layer (TiO2).

  • Sandström, Johan
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Safety.
    Johannesson, Pär
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Safety.
    Mikael, Sidenmark
    Ocean Harvesting Technologies AB, Sweden.
    Reliability analysis with VMEA of a rack and pinion mechanism in a wave energy gravity accumulator2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The method Variation and Mode Effect Analysis (VMEA) is successfully implemented for the AGMA based gear design of the rack pinion mechanism. The rack and pinion is a feature in Ocean Harvesting Technologies (OHT) gravity accumulator device. The purpose of it is to make the electrical power output to the grid more uniform. This is a novel technology where previous experience in designing is absent. The VMEA method is there for useful for incorporating all known uncertainties to estimate the uncertainty and reliability of the technology. This allows for adequate safety factors to be set so the desired reliability can be achieved.

    The uncertainty and reliability analysis is performed for different OHT designs and methods where the reliability is calculated. This calculation can be used as basis for further analysis when more design details are determined and modifications are made, thus allowing for more optimized and reliable design to be made.

  • Häggström, Christel
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery. Umeå University, Department of Biobank Research.
    Liedberg, Fredrik
    Skåne University Hospital, Department of Urology; Lund University, Department of Translational Medicine.
    Hagberg, Oskar
    Regional Cancer Centre South, Lund.
    Aljabery, Firas
    Linköping University, Division of Urology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
    Ströck, Viveka
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Urology.
    Hosseini, Abolfazl
    Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Urology.
    Gårdmark, Truls
    Karolinska Institute, Danderyd Hospital, Department of Clinical Sciences.
    Sherif, Amir
    Umeå University, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Urology and Andrology.
    Malmström, Per-Uno
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Urology.
    Garmo, Hans
    King’s College London, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, Division of Cancer Studies; Regional Cancer Centre Uppsala/Örebro.
    Jahnson, Staffan
    Linköping University, Division of Urology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
    Holmberg, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery. King’s College London, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, Division of Cancer Studies.
    Cohort profile: The Swedish National Register of Urinary Bladder Cancer (SNRUBC) and the Bladder Cancer Data Base Sweden (BladderBaSe)2017In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 9, e016606Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To monitor the quality of bladder cancer care, the Swedish National Register of Urinary Bladder Cancer (SNRUBC) was initiated in 1997. During 2015, in order to study trends in incidence, effects of treatment and survival of men and women with bladder cancer, we linked the SNRUBC to other national healthcare and demographic registers and constructed the Bladder Cancer Data Base Sweden (BladderBaSe).

    Participants: The SNRUBC is a nationwide register with detailed information on 97% of bladder cancer cases in Sweden as compared with the Swedish Cancer Register. Participants in the SNRUBC have registered data on tumour characteristics at diagnosis, and for 98% of these treatment data have been captured. From 2009, the SNRUBC holds data on 88% of eligible participants for follow-up 5 years after diagnosis of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, and from 2011, data on surgery details and complications for 85% of participants treated with radical cystectomy. The BladderBaSe includes all data in the SNRUBC from 1997 to 2014, and additional covariates and follow-up data from linked national register sources on comorbidity, socioeconomic factors, detailed information on readmissions and treatment side effects, and causes of death.

    Findings to date: Studies based on data in the SNRUBC have shown inequalities in survival and treatment indication by gender, regions and hospital volume. The BladderBaSe includes 38 658 participants registered in SNRUBC with bladder cancer diagnosed from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2014. The BladderBaSe initiators are currently in collaboration with researchers from the SNRUBC investigating different aspects of bladder cancer survival.

    Future plans: The SNRUBC and the BladderBaSe project are open for collaborations with national and international research teams. Collaborators can submit proposals for studies and study files can be uploaded to servers for remote access and analysis. For more information, please contact the corresponding author.

  • Public defence: 2018-02-02 13:00 Room IV, University Main Building, Uppsala
    Lloyd, Christina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Moments of meaning – Towards an assessment of protective and risk factors for existential vulnerability among young women with mental ill-health concerns: A mixed methods project in clinical psychology of religion and existential health2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The present sequential mixed-methods project was conducted in the area of clinical psychology of religion and existential health. The central aim of the project was to investigate clinically relevant areas for an assessment of protective and risk factors for existential vulnerability and dysfunctional existential meaning-making in a clinical sample of young women with mental ill-health concerns. Three theoretical areas were applied and operationalized for the project: Existential meaning-making; Ontological security; and, Emotion regulation. The sample was composed of female participants at an outpatient psychodynamic psychotherapy clinic for young adults in Sweden, with depression as the most common preliminary diagnosis. Study I, quantitative, comprised an online questionnaire of established assessment-measures, completed by 53 women (17–30 y., M = 22.4 y.). Depression-related personality traits were explored as possible underlying variables when studying relations between mental ill-health and a dysfunctional existential meaning-making process, by comparing groups pertaining to different levels of depression-related personality traits to explore possible differences between groups in the areas studied. Study II, qualitative, comprised an in-depth interview, with a subgroup (n = 10; range 21-25 y, M=22.7) drawn from the preceding study, and representative of those high on depression-related scales. Interrelations between existential meaning-making and emotion regulation were explored in relation to everyday life, critical life-events, and ultimate concerns through a systematic text condensation process. Study III, multi-method, comprised several assessment steps of data from the subgroup, and an assessment of inter-rater reliability (IRR). Possible functional factors (protective) and dysfunctional factors (risk) for mental ill-health were explored through an assessment of Existential worldview function, by the exploration of interrelations among existential worldview, ontological security and self-concept. According to our hypothesis, high scores on the depression-related personality scale Inhibition of aggression were strongly associated with a less functional existential meaning-making process in this sample of young clinical females. Among the High scorers, a crisis of meaning was found in terms of weak or no access to sufficient cultural knowledge or existential resources in intergenerational, emotionally-nurturing relationships. Results further indicated a general lack of an operating existential worldview accompanied by little or no reflection on existential worldview matters among a majority of the subjects and their parents.

  • Nagy, Caroline
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS), Lärande, Profession och Samhällsutveckling.
    Fler bråk i matematikundervisningen: En aktionsforskningsstudie där lärare lär om progression2017Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Few studies have a focus on progression in teaching and learning mathematics. An assumption for this study was that progression in teaching between school stages was important. The approach of the study was based on action research. Four teachers from preschool to 9th grade (age 1-16) were invited to a temporary team, a community of practice. The overall aim of the study was to develop knowledge about teaching fractions when teachers used students’ understandings as a point of departure for their action plans. A second aim was to illuminate what influences progression in their teaching.

    The team of teachers used the four phases of action research: plan, act, observe and reflect, during their learning processes. The teachers’ learning sessions were videotaped and transcribed and this provided the main data that formed the basis of the results. Wenger’s dimensions of social learning were used as an analytical tool: joint enterprise, mutual engagement and shared repertoire.

    Four themes that described teachers’ negotiation of qualities in mathematics instruction were identified: interpreting students’ understandings, basing instruction on students’ understandings, visualizing fractions and ensuring students’ understanding. When teachers, regardless of what stage was involved, reified similar instructions, it did not benefit students’ learning opportunities. In order to improve progression in teaching fractions, it was important that teachers succeeded in identifying students’ understandings and that the team negotiated different qualities in their community of practice. The shared repertoire (the pre-tests and the video recordings) formed the core of negotiating progression based on students’ understandings. The team showed a mutual engagement, with students’ learning as their joint enterprise. An implication of the study is that teachers from different educational stages can negotiate progression and improve it.

  • Leal-Cidoncha, E.
    et al.
    Duran, I.
    Paradela, C.
    Tassan-Got, L.
    Audouin, L.
    Leal, L. C.
    Naour, C. Le
    Noguere, G.
    Tarrio, Diego
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Leong, L. S.
    Altstadt, S.
    Andrzejewski, J.
    Barbagallo, M.
    Bécares, V.
    Bečvář, F.
    Belloni, F.
    Berthoumieux, E.
    Billowes, J.
    Boccone, V.
    Bosnar, D.
    Brugger, M.
    Calviani, M.
    Calviño, F.
    Cano-Ott, D.
    Carrapiço, C.
    Cerutti, F.
    Chiaveri, E.
    Chin, M.
    Colonna, N.
    Cortés, G.
    Cortés-Giraldo, M. A.
    Diakaki, M.
    Domingo-Pardo, C.
    Dressler, R.
    Eleftheriadis, C.
    Ferrari, A.
    Fraval, K.
    Ganesan, S.
    García, A. R.
    Giubrone, G.
    Gómez-Hornillos, M. B.
    Gonçalves, I. F.
    González-Romero, E.
    Griesmayer, E.
    Guerrero, C.
    Gunsing, F.
    Gurusamy, P.
    Hernández-Prieto, A.
    Jenkins, D. G.
    Jericha, E.
    Kadi, Y.
    Käppeler, F.
    Karadimos, D.
    Kivel, N.
    Kokkoris, M.
    Krtička, M.
    Kroll, J.
    Lampoudis, C.
    Langer, C.
    Lederer, C.
    Leeb, H.
    Losito, R.
    Mallick, A.
    Manousos, A.
    Marganiec, J.
    Martínez, T.
    Massimi, C.
    Mastinu, P. F.
    Mastromarco, M.
    Meaze, M.
    Mendoza, E.
    Mengoni, A.
    Milazzo, P. M.
    Mingrone, F.
    Mirea, M.
    Mondelaers, W.
    Pavlik, A.
    Perkowski, J.
    Plompen, A.
    Praena, J.
    Quesada, J. M.
    Rauscher, T.
    Reifarth, R.
    Riego, A.
    Robles, M. S.
    Roman, F.
    Rubbia, C.
    Sabaté-Gilarte, M.
    Sarmento, R.
    Saxena, A.
    Schillebeeckx, P.
    Schmidt, S.
    Schumann, D.
    Tagliente, G.
    Tain, J. L.
    Tsinganis, A.
    Valenta, S.
    Vannini, G.
    Variale, V.
    Vaz, P.
    Ventura, A.
    Versaci, R.
    Vermeulen, M. J.
    Vlachoudis, V.
    Vlastou, R.
    Wallner, A.
    Ware, T.
    Weigand, M.
    Weiß, C.
    Wright, T.
    Žugec, P.
    High accuracy 234U(n,f) cross section in the resonance energy region2017In: EPJ Web of Conferences, ISSN 2101-6275, E-ISSN 2100-014X, Vol. 146, 04057Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    New results are presented of the 234U neutron-induced fission cross section, obtained with high accuracy in the resonance region by means of two methods using the 235U(n,f) as reference. The recent evaluation of the 235U(n,f) obtained with SAMMY by L. C. Leal et al. (these Proceedings), based on previous n_TOF data [1], has been used to calculate the 234U(n,f) cross section through the 234U/235U ratio, being here compared with the results obtained by using the n_TOF neutron flux.

  • Public defence: 2018-02-02 09:30 Enghoffsalen, Uppsala
    Sidibeh, Cherno Omar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Novel mechanisms of glucocorticoid-induced insulin resistance in human adipose tissue2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The global prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) is increasing. From a public health perspective, it is therefore of interest to identify common underlying mechanisms of these comorbidities. Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones that are important in stress regulation in mammals. Elevated glucocorticoid levels are associated with insulin resistance (IR) and T2D-like phenotypes. Here, glucocorticoids are used to model a state of IR in human adipose tissue to identify potential pharmacological targets.

    In Paper I the impact of T2D on lipid turnover was examined in a cohort of 20 T2D subjects and 20 healthy controls. Plasma levels of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) were shown to be elevated in T2D subjects during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) compared to healthy controls. In vitro lipolysis and assessments of mRNA and metabolites in subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) were performed. Results showed that elevated NEFA levels in T2D subjects could be attributed to impaired lipid storage.

    In Paper II we explored the role of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CNR1) in glucocorticoid-induced IR. The CNR1 gene was upregulated after exposure to glucocorticoids in SAT. Moreover, CNR1 gene expression in SAT was associated with markers of IR and elevated in T2D subjects compared to healthy controls. Furthermore, using a CNR1-specific antagonist, we found that CNR1 may mediate lipolysis in SAT.

    In Paper III-IV, we examined the role of FK506 protein 5 (FKBP51) in glucocorticoid-induced IR. Its corresponding gene, FKBP5, was found to be upregulated in SAT and omental adipose tissue (OAT) following glucocorticoid-exposure. In addition, FKBP5 gene expression in SAT was associated with markers of IR and tended to be elevated in T2D subjects compared to healthy controls. Furthermore, co-incubating an FKBP51-specific inhibitor with glucocorticoids in SAT partly prevented glucocorticoid-impaired adipocyte glucose uptake.

    We identified CNR1 and FKBP51 as potential pharmacological targets in T2D and glucocorticoid-induced IR. Both were shown to be elevated in human adipose tissue after glucocorticoid-exposure. Their SAT gene expression levels were also associated with markers of IR and tended to be elevated in T2D. Both may be involved in perturbations of adipocyte metabolism, including glucose and lipid metabolism.

  • Tarrio, Diego
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Prokofiev, Alexander V.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Gustavsson, Cecilia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Jansson, Kaj
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Andersson Sundén, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Al-Adili, Ali
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Pomp, Stephan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Characterization of the Medley setup for measurements of neutron-induced fission cross sections at the GANIL-NFS facility2017In: EPJ Web of Conferences, ISSN 2101-6275, E-ISSN 2100-014X, Vol. 146, 03026Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Neutron-induced fission cross sections of 235U and 238U are widely used as standards for monitoring of neutron beams and fields. An absolute measurement of these cross sections at an absolute scale, i.e., versus the H(n,p) scattering cross section, is planned with the white neutron beam under construction at the Neutrons For Science (NFS) facility in GANIL. The experimental setup, based on PPACs and ΔE-ΔE-E telescopes containing Silicon and CsI(Tl) detectors, is described. The expected uncertainties are discussed.

  • Johansson, Monika
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Hultgren, Frances
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Didaktik för fri läsning2017Other (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna artikel inleds med att en didaktik för fri läsning introduceras. Denna didaktik är tänkt att på ett strukturerat sätt ge eleverna möjligheter att upptäcka läsningens glädje och därmed bidra till en framgångsrik och stimulerande läsundervisning. Artikeln avslutas med en sammanfattning av modulen i sin helhet, där några utmaningar och dilemman som ni kan ha stött på i ert löpande arbete lyfts. Syftet är att uppmuntra till reflektion kring det fortsatta arbetet att stimulera elevers läsengagemang.

  • Glimstedt, Amanda
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Elber, Gunilla
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Hultgren, Frances
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Johansson, Monika
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Digitala verktyg och läsning2017Other (Refereed)
  • Östlund, Daniel
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Forskning Relationell Pedagogik (FoRP). Kristianstad University, Research environment Special Education (SpecPed). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik. Kristianstad University.
    Dehlin, EvaEliasson, LenaFalk, MarcusGannby, KristinJosefsson, JosefineKlefbeck, KamillaKristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Forskning Relationell Pedagogik (FoRP). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik.Rodin, SusanneStoltz, MalinÖstlund, Malena
    Nio förstelärares arbete i grundsärskola och gymnasiesärskola: resultat från en forskningscirkel2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Forskningscirkeln har genomförts tillsammans med nio förstelärare från två kommuner som arbetar inom grundsärskola och gymnasiesärskola. Inom ramen forskningscirkeln har de drivit utvecklingsprojekt under läsåret 2016/2017.

    Grundsärskola och gymnasiesärskola utgör arenan för deltagarna i forskningscirkeln och de nio förstelärarna har drivit egna utvecklingsprojekt inom sina respektive verksamheter. Trots att de nio förstelärarna arbetar på olika stadier, med olika elevgrupper och utifrån olika förutsättningar samlades de kring några centrala teman. I de olika utvecklingsprojekten har skolutveckling utifrån elevernas delaktighet och inflytande, bedömning för lärande, elevhälsa, kommunikation och kollegialt lärande stått i förgrunden. 

  • Johansson, Monika
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Serier för läsintresse2017Other (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna text handlar om hur serier kan bidra till elevers intresse för läsning. Efter inledningen ges en kort historisk återblick följd av en genomgång om hur serier är uppbyggda och seriegenrens specifika drag. Texten avslutas med en presentation av en pedagogisk modell som tydliggör olika genrers språk och mönster, cirkelmodellen, vilken kan användas i olika ämnen för ämnesfördjupning.

  • Bartolo, Paul
    et al.
    European Agency of Special Needs and Inclusive Education.
    Björck-Åkesson, EvaJönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD.Giné, ClimentUniversitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain.Kyriazopoulou, MaryEuropean Agency of Special Needs and Inclusive Education.
    Inclusive Early Childhood Education: An analysis of 32 European examples2016Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • Björck-Åkesson, Eva
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD.
    Kyriazopoulou, MaryEuropean Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education.Giné, ClimentUniversitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain.Bartolo, PaulEuropean Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education.
    Inclusive Early Childhood Education Environment Self-Reflection Tool2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    From Introduction:

    This Self-Reflection Tool was developed as part of the Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE) project, conducted by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education from 2015 to 2017 (www.european-agency.org/agency-projects/inclusive-earlychildhood-education). The project’s overall goal was to identify, analyse and subsequently promote the main characteristics of quality IECE for all children. To that end, a need was detected for a tool that all professionals and staff could use to reflect on their setting’s inclusiveness, focusing on the social, learning and physical environment. This tool is intended to help improve settings’ inclusiveness.

  • Uggla, Karolina
    et al.
    IDT (Akademin för innovation, design och teknik) vid Mälardalens högskola.
    Öhrner, Annika
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Forskning rörande kulturella och kreativa näringar vid lärosäten i Stockholms län: En inventering2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Föreliggande rapport är en inventering över pågående och nyligen avslutade forskningsprojekt i Stockholms län som på olika sätt relaterar till begreppet kulturella och kreativa näringar (KKN).Begreppet kulturella och kreativa näringar kommer ur en viss historisk kontext och relaterar till specifika politiska fält. Dessa ges en kort bakgrund innan författarba ringar in hur man valt att förstå och arbeta med begreppet inom uppdraget. De projekt som ingår i rapporten, pågick eller avslutades under perioden från 1 januari 2015 till 30 juni 2017. De är antingen finansierade av de etablerade forskningsfinansiärerna eller utförda inom ramen för lärosätenas fakultetsmedel eller medel för konstnärlig utveckling. Se ytterligare detaljering och avgränsningar i introduktionen.

  • Public defence: 2018-02-02 13:30 Fullriggaren, Kalmar
    Broman, Elias
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Ecology and evolution of coastal Baltic Sea 'dead zone' sediments2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Since industrialization and the release of agricultural fertilizers began, coastal and open waters of the Baltic Sea have been loaded with nutrients. This has increased the growth of algal blooms and because a portion of the algal organic matter sinks to the sea floor, hypoxia has increased. In conjunction to this, natural stratification of the water column makes the bottom zones especially prone to oxygen depletion due to microbes using oxygen and organic matter to grow. Hypoxia (<2 mg/L O2) and anoxia (no oxygen) are deadly for many organisms and only specialists (typically some microorganisms) are able to survive. Due to the harsh conditions these bottom zones are commonly referred to as 'dead zones'. The focus of this thesis was to look closer at the microbial community changes upon degradation of algal organic matter and the effect of oxygenating coastal Baltic Sea 'dead zone' sediments on chemistry fluxes, phyto- and zooplankton, the microbial community structure, and microbial metabolic responses. Results from field sampling and incubation experiments showed that degradation of algal biomass in nutrient rich oxic sediment was partly related to the growth of archaea; that oxygenation of anoxic sediments decreased stored organic matter plus triggered hatching of zooplankton eggs increasing the benthic-pelagic coupling; and resting diatoms buried in hypoxic/anoxic sediment were alive and triggered to germinate by light rather than oxygen. Changes in the microbial community structures to oxygen shifts were dependent on the historical exposure to oxygen and that microbial generalists adapted to episodic oxygenation were favored during oxygen shifts. Facultative anaerobic sulfur/sulfide oxidizing bacterial genera were favored upon oxygenation of hypoxic/anoxic sediment plus sulfur cycling and nitrogen fixation genes were abundant. Finally, it was discovered that oxygenation regulates metabolic processes involved in the sulfur and methane cycles, especially by metabolic processes that results in a decrease of toxic hydrogen sulfide as well as the potent greenhouse gas methane. This thesis has explored how 'dead zones' change and develop during oxygen shifts and that re-oxygenation of ‘dead zones’ could bring favorable conditions in the sediment surface for reestablishment of new micro- and macroorganism communities.

  • Horbyk, Roman
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Palko, O.
    University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.
    Righting the writing. The power dynamic of Soviet Ukraine language policies and reforms in the 1920s-1930s2017In: Studi Slavistici, ISSN 1824-761X, E-ISSN 1824-7601, Vol. 14, 67-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Righting the Writing. The Power Dynamic of Soviet Ukraine Language Policies and Reforms in the 1920s-1930s The first post-revolutionary decades became decisive for the development of the Ukrainian language, national culture and identity. The Ukrainian language, previously subject to a number of bans, finally entered the stage of intensive status and corpus planning. Thanks to this, it became a decisive factor in the rivalry between different forms of statehood vying on the Ukrainian territory after 1917. At the same time, the status upgrade and broader public use called for the standardisation of the language. The first practical steps towards the unification of different orthographic traditions were undertaken from 1918 to 1921. The turbulence of civil war, however, determined the failure of comprehensive language reform. Calls for linguistic unification gained new force in the second half of the 1920s: with the introduction of Ukrainizacija, the local variant of the all-Union nationalities policy of korenizacija introduced in 1923, the Ukrainian language was acknowledged as the means to the republic’s Sovietisation. This was part and parcel of the Soviet "affirmative action empire" (Terry Martin) which had to contain the 1917-1921 rise of nationalism of the empire’s minorities. Locally, the elites had to negotiate their own interests and the centre’s demands. How exactly do the debates on the "correct" codification of the language and the actual steps towards different ideals reflect the changing power dynamic between the centre and the republics in the interbellum ussr This is the problem this study sets out to tackle using the example of Soviet Ukraine. The paper explores the link between language and politics in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s and 1930s. While examining the political preconditions for the language policies in Ukraine, significant attention will also be devoted to the specifics of the 1928 spelling reform and its reception by the general public in Ukraine and abroad. In general, it is argued that in the Soviet Union language was often used as a tool of political consolidation, and the power struggle between different visions of the future of the republics can be seen in debates and reforms of language. Hence, the correlation between Soviet language policies and the subsequent Sovietisation (or Russification) is highlighted. The subsequent debates around the status of the Ukrainian language, its orthography and vocabulary exposed the unbridgeable differences between the political elites in the republic and powers in Moscow. The draft of the new orthography was thoroughly discussed by academics and linguists, representing different parts of Ukraine and the final draft was publicly discussed republic-wide. The spelling reform, adopted in 1929, can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest achievements of Ukrainizacija. This newly-acquired status was significantly challenged by the centralisation drive of the Moscow party leadership. This orthography, widely known as ’skrypnykivka’ (after the then Commissar for Education Mykola Skrypnyk) or ’Charkiv orthography’ was attacked for its attempts to dissociate the Ukrainian language from Russian and ’westernise’ the language. After 1933, the main principles of the spelling reform were labelled ’nationalistic’. The reform was quickly abandoned. Furthermore, after 1937, all the corpus planning attempts were geared towards ’purifying’ the Ukrainian language from foreign influence, when Russian equivalents and cognates were introduced or prioritised. © 2017 Author(s).

  • Hultgren, Frances
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Läsande förebilder2017Other (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    läsintresse till eleverna och stimulera deras eget intresse för att läsa. En förutsättning för att en läsupplevelse ska vara personligt givande är att de texter som ska läsas är intressanta och engagerande för individen. Att dessa texter hittar till läsaren är ofta tack vare en kunnig och inspirerande förmedlare, till exempel en lärare, skolbibliotekarie, fritidspedagog, förälder, annan vuxen eller en kamrat.

  • Stier, Jonas
    et al.
    Högskolan Dalarna.
    Dobers, Peter
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Quadruple Helix Co-creation in SSH: Experiences, Considerations, Lessons Learned2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten-year growth strategy, aims at delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The strategy sets targets in the areas of employment, research and development, climate change, education and poverty, and social exclusion for the coming decade. It is within this context that the Horizon 2020 scheme highlights impact, co-creation, and quadruple helix cooperation vehicles for innovation and in response to societal challenges. It is also here that the knowledge and research results of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) play a crucial role. At the same time, definitions and understanding of such concepts are ambiguous if not even contradictory, which makes it difficult to determine their applicability and effectiveness. This being said, there is a need for clearer definitions and viable and measurable valorisation processes to determine the value and outcomes of such processes. By the same token, there is a need to move beyond concepts and models into the actual work with these matters: to talk to the people from academia, government, industry and societal partners about their experiences with co-creation and the considerations these experiences have involved and the lessons that have been learned. To move beyond traditional and linear valorisation approaches (i.e. from academia to society), it is frequently claimed that quadruple helix actors need to be committed to and actively engaged in co-creation. Yet, due to its being boundary transgressive, co-creation is multifaceted and seldom naturally occurring. Also, collaboration and co-creation are often obstructed by differences in organisational culture, organisational logics and ideological disagreement among the actors involved. For all the reasons above, the ACCOMPLISSH consortium, made up of 14 universities from 12 countries (representing a range of SSH sub-disciplines), is engaged with a variety of quadruple helix partners from government, industry and society.

  • Hultgren, Frances
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Johansson, Monika
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Bjur, Louise
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Läsmiljö - att skapa rum för läsande2017Other (Refereed)
  • Public defence: 2018-02-02 13:00 Polhemsalen, Uppsala
    Hultman, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
    Robotized Production Methods for Special Electric Machines2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A research project on renewable energy conversion from ocean waves to electricity was started at the Division of Electricity at Uppsala University (UU) in 2001. The Wave Energy Converter (WEC) unit developed in this project is intended to be used in large offshore WEC farms and has therefore been designed with large-scale production in mind. The concept has now also been commercialized by the spin-off company Seabased Industry AB.

    An essential part of the UU WEC is the linear direct-drive generator. This thesis presents the pilot work on developing robotized production methods for this special electric machine. The generator design is here investigated and four different backbreaking, monotone, potentially hazardous and time consuming manual production tasks are selected for automation. A robot cell with special automation equipment is then developed and constructed for each task. Simplicity, reliability and flexibility are prioritized and older model pre-owned industrial robots are used throughout the work. The robot cells are evaluated both analytically and experimentally, with focus on full scale experiments. It is likely that the developed production methods can be applied also for other similar electric machines.

    The main focus in the thesis is on robotized stator cable winding. The here presented robot cell is, to the knowledge of the author, the first fully automated stator cable winding setup. Fully automated winding with high and consistent quality and high flexibility is demonstrated. Significant potential cost savings compared to manual winding are also indicated. The robot cell is well prepared for production, but further work is required to improve its reliability.

    The other three developed robot cells are used for stator stacking, surface mounting of permanent magnets on translators and machining of rubber discs. All robot cell concepts are experimentally validated and considerable potential cost savings compared to manual production are indicated. Further work is however required with regards to autonomy and reliability.

    Finally, the thesis presents a pedagogical development work connected to the research on robotized production methods. A first cycle course on automation and robot engineering is here completely reworked, as it is structured around three real-world group project tasks. The new course is evaluated from the examination results, the students’ course evaluations and the feedback from the teachers during six years. The students greatly appreciated the new course. It is indicated that the developed teaching approach is effective in teaching both classical and modern engineering skills.

  • Dolatkhah, Mats
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Hultgren, Frances
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Vad läser elever?2017Other (Refereed)
  • Pierre, Anne
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
    Local small business development in two Swedish northern rural areas: A matter of synergy, social capital and trust?2017In: Journal of Rural and Community Development, ISSN 1712-8277, E-ISSN 1712-8277, Vol. 12, no 2/3, 143-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This exploratory paper examines the synergy between small businesses and the municipality in rural areas in northern Sweden, by exploring whether the degree of social capital and trust influences local small business development. Previous research shows that municipal policy tools, initiatives, and state-society synergy are crucial for local small business development in rural areas. This study challenge popular assumptions about how state-society synergy is imperative for local small business development by saying that a lack of vertical trust has in fact encouraged the entrepreneurial force and increased small business development in the rural areas studied. A qualitative case-study method was used including interviews, observations and studying of documents. Results show, by using the indicator ‘extent of trust in the municipality’ as measurement, that when there is strong horizontal social capital, it may in fact inhibit the possibility of creating strong vertical social capital, and the extent of trust towards the municipality is insignificant in promoting small business development in a rural area if the horizontal social capital is strong.

  • Hultgren, Frances
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Johansson, Monika
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Stimulera läsintresse - en introduktion2017Other (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I den här modulen diskuteras, utifrån läsforskning och styrdokument, skolans potential och ansvar för att utveckla elevers läsande. I denna första artikel presenteras och förklaras en rad begrepp kopplade till elevers läsutveckling. Betydelsen av samverkan mellan lärare och skolbibliotekarier för att stödja elevernas läsutveckling lyfts. Avslutningsvis introduceras hur en Läsvanestudie kan vara ett verktyg för att kartlägga hur elever ser på och använder sig av läsning.

  • Uppdatering av Naturvårdsverkets länsvisa våtmarksinventering "VMI": en metod för miljöövervakning1995Report (Other academic)
  • Våtmarksinventering med hjälp av IR-färgbilder i norrbottens län1980Report (Other academic)
  • Johansson, Monika
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Ruhtenberg, Tobias
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Teaching Media and Information Literacy: Presentation of a course for teachers and school librarians2017Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The following presentation aims to present and share experiences from the course in Media and Information Literacy (MIL) at the University of Borås as a part of the professional development of teachers and school librarians.

  • Naturvårdsplan för Sverige: En strategi för säkerställandearbetet1991Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Varför skall vi skydda värdefull natur? Behövs verkligen fler naturreservat och nationalparker? I så fall för vem och varför?

     

    Naturvårdsplan för Sverige beskriver de insatser som krävs även i framtiden för att skydda värdefull natur. Ett skydd och en vård som bör ske med utgångspunkt både från samhällets behov och med målet att bevara naturens mångfald och rikedom.

     

    Syftet med säkerställandearbetet är att med stöd av naturvårdslagen ge ett visst område eller naturvårdsobjekt ett rättsligt bindande skydd.

     

    Boken vänder sig till politiker, tjänstemän inom stat och kommun, organisationer, föreningar och till människor med intresse för natur och naturvård.

  • NATURVÅRD I FJÄLLEN1986Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    År 1909 inrättade riksdagen ett antal nationalparker i Sverige, bl a 5 st i fjällregionen- Abisko, Stora Sjöfallet,Sarek, Pieljekaise och Sonfjället. Kunskapen om naturvärdena var då måhända med dagens mått inte den bästa men idag framstår besluten om nationalparkerna ändå som framsynta.

     

    Vi har nu en väsentligt bättre överblick av naturvärdena i fjällen. Genom bland annat insatser från naturgeografiska institutionen vid Stockholms Universitet har fjällens vegetation och geomorfologi kartlagts och genom särskilda inventeringar har faunan och urskogarna dokumenterats. Vi har idag fått en sådan kunskap om naturvärdena i fjällen att vi ganska väl kan avgöra vad som är särskilt värdefullt och behöver skyddas.

     

    I denna publikation redovisar naturvårdsverket emellertid bara hur inventeringarna genomförts och vilka områden i fjällen som är mest värdefulla. Därtill förs en diskussion om tänkbara ambitionsnivåer för skydd av fjällen och synpunkter på hur de skall skyddas. Vi hoppas att "Naturvård i fjällen" skall sätta fart på debatten om hur och hur mycket av fjällen som skall skyddas. Därefter kommer naturvårdsverket att i särskild ordning framlägga ett förslag till naturvårdsplan för fjällen, för att ge riksdagen svar på frågan om "de svenska fjällområdenas planmässiga användning inom ramen för modern naturvård".

     

    Trots att vi redan har ett hyggligt skydd av stora delar av vår fantastiska fjällvärld som nationalparker, naturreservat eller obrutna fjäll kan vi behöva skydda ännu flera områden. I ett vidare sammanhang är fjällen "Europas sista stora vildmark", vilken Sverige måste akta noga så att den även i framtiden förblir en tillgång för oss alla.

  • André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Mechanical Engineering. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Mechanical Engineering. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Simulation and Optimization.
    Creating an ability to respond to changing requirements by systematic modelling of design assets and processes2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    System suppliers, e.g. original equipment suppliers, are important for the success of many products. They design a unique solution, often in close collaboration with other companies, based on different product concepts and/or core technologies. The solution can then be manufactured in different quantities depending on the client’s need. High level of customization is required as the interfaces are not standardized, the performance is not negotiable, requirements are not initially fixed and the specific system interacts with, is affected by, or affects other systems that are simultaneously developed. A system supplier commonly designs and manufactures solutions for different OEMs and must support many models and variants in their product portfolios. Efficiency, short lead-time, continuous technology development, and adaptability are essential for the competitive edge. A product platform approach has been a success for many companies to enable variety at low cost, however, it is not applicable for system suppliers. This work describes the result from a case study where a platform approach enabling a new way of structuring, publishing and managing design assets and processes was introduced at a company with the purpose to improve the ability to respond to changing requirements in the quotation process and the subsequent product development activities.

  • Lin, Chung-Ying
    et al.
    Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong.
    Broström, Anders
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    Nilsen, Per
    Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Griffiths, Mark D.
    International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
    Pakpour, Amir H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Social Determinants of Health Research Center (SDH), Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Shahid Bahonar Blvd, Qazvin, Iran.
    Psychometric validation of the Persian bergen social media addiction scale using classic test theory and Rasch models2017In: Journal of Behavioral Addictions, ISSN 2062-5871, E-ISSN 2063-5303, Vol. 6, no 4, 620-629 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and aims: The Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS), a six-item self-report scale that is a brief and effective psychometric instrument for assessing at-risk social media addiction on the Internet. However, its psychometric properties in Persian have never been examined and no studies have applied Rasch analysis for the psychometric testing. This study aimed to verify the construct validity of the Persian BSMAS using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and Rasch models among 2,676 Iranian adolescents.

    Methods: In addition to construct validity, measurement invariance in CFA and differential item functioning (DIF) in Rasch analysis across gender were tested for in the Persian BSMAS.

    Results: Both CFA [comparative fit index (CFI) = 0.993; Tucker-Lewis index (TLI) = 0.989; root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) = 0.057; standardized root mean square residual (SRMR) = 0.039] and Rasch (infit MnSq = 0.88-1.28; outfit MnSq = 0.86-1.22) confirmed the unidimensionality of the BSMAS. Moreover, measurement invariance was supported in multigroup CFA including metric invariance (ΔCFI = .0.001; ΔSRMR = 0.003; ΔRMSEA = .0.005) and scalar invariance (ΔCFI = .0.002; ΔSRMR = 0.005; ΔRMSEA = 0.001) across gender. No item displayed DIF (DIF contrast = .0.48 to 0.24) in Rasch across gender.

    Conclusions: Given the Persian BSMAS was unidimensional, it is concluded that the instrument can be used to assess how an adolescent is addicted to social media on the Internet. Moreover, users of the instrument may comfortably compare the sum scores of the BSMAS across gender.

  • Bezci, Egemen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS).
    Interregnum in Turkey-EU Relations2017In: Turkeyscope, no 7Article in journal (Refereed)
  • Public defence: 2018-02-02 09:00 Hörsal D, Umeå
    Liu-Helmersson, Jing
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Climate Change, Dengue and Aedes Mosquitoes: Past Trends and Future Scenarios2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Climate change, global travel and trade have facilitated the spread of Aedes mosquitoes and have consequently enabled the diseases they transmit (dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever) to emerge and re-emerge in uninfected areas. Large dengue outbreaks occurred in Athens in 1927 and in Portuguese island, Madeira in 2012, but there are almost no recent reports of Aedes aegypti, the principal vector, in Europe. A dengue outbreak needs four conditions: sufficient susceptible humans, abundant Aedes vector, dengue virus introduction, and conducive climate. Can Aedes aegypti establish themselves again in Europe in the near future if they are introduced? How do the current and future climate affect dengue transmission globally, and regionally as in Europe? This thesis tries to answer these questions.

    Methods Two process-based mathematical models were developed in this thesis. Model 1 describes a vector’s ability to transmit dengue – vectorial capacity – based on temperature and diurnal temperature range (DTR). Model 2 describes vector population dynamics based on the lifecycle of Aedes aegypti. From this model, vector abundance was estimated using both climate as a single driver, and climate together with human population and GDP as multiple drivers; vector population growth rate was derived as a threshold condition to estimate the vector’s invasion to a new place.

    Results Using vectorial capacity, we estimate dengue epidemic potential globally for Aedes aegypti and in Europe for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. We show that mean temperature and DTR are both important in modelling dengue transmission, especially in a temperate climate zone like Europe. Currently, South Europe is over the threshold for dengue epidemics if sufficient dengue vectors are present. Aedes aegypti is on the borderline of invasion into the southern tip of Europe. However, by end of this century, the invasion of Aedes aegypti may reach as far north as the middle of Europe under the business-as-usual climate scenario. Or it may be restricted to the south Europe from the middle of the century if the low carbon emission – Paris Agreement – is implemented to limit global warming to below 2°C.

    Conclusion Climate change will increase the area and time window for Aedes aegypti’s invasion and consequently the dengue epidemic potential globally, and in Europe in particular. Successfully achieving the Paris Agreement would considerably change the future risk scenario of a highly competent vector – Aedes aegypti’s – invasion into Europe. Therefore, the risk of transmission of dengue and other infectious diseases to the mainland of Europe depends largely on human efforts to mitigate climate change.

  • Rodéhn, Cecilia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Ulleråker – kulturarv, genus och funktionsnormer2017In: Nordisk Museologi, ISSN 1103-8152, no 2, 142-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper provides a presentation of the project Ulleråker – funktionsnedsättning och kulturarv funded by the National Heritage Board. The project seeks to investigate the transformation of Ulleråker, a former psychiatric hospital in the outskirts of Uppsala (Sweden). The project will study how cultural heritage is transformed, and formed, during urban development and rebuilding processes, with a particular focus on gender and functionality norms. The project examines different kinds of material in order to illuminate how cultural heritage is articulated and materialized in the area. The material is analyzed using a composite theory of critical heritage studies coupled with crip and gender studies. The purpose of the project is to contribute to develop methods and theories in how to deal with the cultural heritage of psychiatric hospitals during times of transformation.

  • Fredriksson, Martin
    Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    From biopiracy to bioprospecting: Negotiating the Limits of Propertization2017In: Property, Place and Piracy / [ed] James Arvanitakis and Martin Fredriksson, Routledge, 2017, 174-186 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the 1990s the patenting a n d commodification of biological resources and traditional knowledge has become a contested phenomenon. This practice comes in many guises: it can be conducted by universities working in collaboration with local communities, by small commercial research companies or by multinational pharmaceutical corporations. Some call it biopiracy while others prefer the term bioprospecting or biodiscovery. The choice of words is significant as it reflects not only different ways to conduct and distribute the revenues from patenting of biological resources, but also different ways to look at the legitimacy of biopatents as such. This chapter takes the Nagoya Protocol – a UN protocol aiming to prevent biopiracy – as an example to discuss how the negotiations over bio patents also reflect different approaches to commodification of nature and the limits of propertization.

  • Borgström, Eric
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Westman, Maria
    Uppsala universitet Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Skrivbegreppet i Lgr11: En studie av grundskolans ämnesplan i svenska2017In: Språk och Norm. Language and Norms: Rapport från ASLA:s symposium, Uppsala universitet 21-22 april 2016. Papers from the ASLA Symposium at Uppsala University 21-22 April, 2016 / [ed] Saga Bendegard, Ulla Melander Arttala, Maria Westman, Uppsala, Sweden: ASLA: Svenska föreningen för tillämpad språkvetenskap , 2017, Vol. 26, 26-36 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • Inventering av Sveriges våtmarker: Metodik1983Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Rapporten är en av fyra delrapporter och redovisar metodik för systematisk inventering av våtmarker.  I metoden ingår som huvudmoment flybildstolkning och fältinventering med utnyttjandes av automatisk databehandlning. Metoden har tillämpats i ett 937 500 ha stort inventeringsområde i sydvästra Sverige. Resultatet av denna inventering redovisas i SNV PM

  • Sievert, Thomas
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
    Determining the refractivity at the bottom of the atmosphere using radio occultation2017In: 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), IEEE, 2017, 4433-4436 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High accuracy of impact height is important to get reliableRadio Occultation (RO) measurements of the atmosphere refractivity.We have made an investigation on how accuratelywe can measure the impact height at ground level using waveoptics simulations, realistic refractivity profiles, a realisticsimulator for an advanced RO instrument including noise,and using phase matching for the inversion. The idea of theinvestigation is to increase the measurement accuracy of impactheight at low altitudes and to give reliable measurementseven in cases of super-refractive layers. We present statisticson the accuracy and precision of the determination of theimpact height at ground, as well as the resulting accuracy andprecision in the measured refractivity.

  • Nilsson, Christer
    Kriterier för biologisk värdering av natur från skyddssynpunkt1984Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Rapporten behandlar naturvärdesbedömningens roll i naturvården och ger en översikt över kriterier som använts för värdering av natur. Kriterierna diversitet, yta, raritet, naturlighet och representativitet diskuteras utförligt, både med avseende på definitioner, mätmetoder och värderingar.

     

    I en arbetsmodell föreslås naturvårdsvärdet kombineras av (1) en ekologisk värdering, (2) en värdering av representationen, dvs huruvida de karaktärer som ett område företräder finns representerade i regionens reservat, (3) en värdering av skyddets effektivitet, (4) en 'politisk' värdering av ekosystemkaraktärerna. Rapporten avslutas med en diskussion av möjligheterna att sammanväga olika värden.

  • Hart, Michael W.
    et al.
    Simon Fraser University, Canada.
    Stover, Daryn A.
    Arizona State University Colleges at Lake Havasu City, USA.
    Guerra, Vanessa
    Simon Fraser University, Canada.
    Mozaffari, Sahar V.
    University of Chicago, USA.
    Ober, Carole
    University of Chicago, USA.
    Mugal, Carina F.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology.
    Kaj, Ingemar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Mathematics, Analysis and Probability Theory.
    Positive selection on human gamete-recognition genes2018In: PeerJ, ISSN 2167-8359, E-ISSN 2167-8359, Vol. 6, e4259Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Coevolution of genes that encode interacting proteins expressed on the surfaces of sperm and eggs can lead to variation in reproductive compatibility between mates and reproductive isolation between members of different species. Previous studies in mice and other mammals have focused in particular on evidence for positive or diversifying selection that shapes the evolution of genes that encode sperm-binding proteins expressed in the egg coat or zona pellucida (ZP). By fitting phylogenetic models of codon evolution to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, we identified candidate sites evolving under diversifying selection in the human genes ZP3 and ZP2. We also identified one candidate site under positive selection in C4BPA, which encodes a repetitive protein similar to the mouse protein ZP3R that is expressed in the sperm head and binds to the ZP at fertilization. Results from several additional analyses that applied population genetic models to the same data were consistent with the hypothesis of selection on those candidate sites leading to coevolution of sperm- and egg-expressed genes. By contrast, we found no candidate sites under selection in a fourth gene (ZP1) that encodes an egg coat structural protein not directly involved in sperm binding. Finally, we found that two of the candidate sites (in C4BPA and ZP2) were correlated with variation in family size and birth rate among Hutterite couples, and those two candidate sites were also in linkage disequilibrium in the same Hutterite study population. All of these lines of evidence are consistent with predictions from a previously proposed hypothesis of balancing selection on epistatic interactions between C4BPA and ZP3 at fertilization that lead to the evolution of co-adapted allele pairs. Such patterns also suggest specific molecular traits that may be associated with both natural reproductive variation and clinical infertility.

  • Håkanson, Lars
    HJÄLMAREN: en naturgeografisk beskrivning1978Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Föreliggande rapport grundar sig på arbeten utförda med ekonomiskt stöd från forskningsnämnden vid statens naturvårdsverk.