Friday 2. March 2012
from the head of department
This week we would like to congratulate the twelve professors from our department (read below) who satisfied the criteria for the allocation of assets based on receiving 3 points for their publications (or on average, 1 point per year) over the last three years, and each receives 20,000 kroner extra this year!
It is great to know that those who are active receive their well-earned honors for it, but the same group has also been more appropriate if the department got to distribute all of the assets equally – including the funds rewarded to their publications, as had been the case over the previous years. If we now no longer award the funds received for publications, despite somewhat tightened circumstances and budget deficits, this might lead to a rather uneven distribution in which the newly employed will be particularly disfavoured until they themselves get to the point of being employed for three full calendar years. It is also not very beneficial to publish with too many co-authors, which in turn destimulates cooperation which is a necessity, especially in experimental domains.
Of course that 240,000 kroner is a nice income for the department, but it unfortunately helps very little when it comes to the bottom line budget for 2012 which is still around 2.9 million kroner in minus. One can turn his head and wait for the sums of income and expenses, but the reality is that we have a slight decrease in our basic allocations (income), while our expenses increase with an excess of 2.5 million kroner as a consequence of changes in rent prices paid to externally financed positions and particularly increased contribution margins paid out to UoB. This is equivalent to approximately 3 positions which must be closed down unless the department gets the opportunity to keep a larger part of its gross margin as was the case before, or unless we manage to increase the gross margins from the externally financed projects.
How to tackle these challenges will also be the topic of the department council’s meeting to be held this Friday. Feel free to contact the members of the council if you have any suggestions about this topic.
Have a nice weekend,
News and general information
A debate with Andreas Wahl
Dean Dag Rune Olsen will be visited by Andreas Wahl for a couch debate. Hulda Fadnes, a master student at IFT, will also participate.
Andreas Wahl is a physicist and an exposed proponent of natural science. He is a member of the expert panel of Lyngbø and Hærland’s Big Bang shown on Friday evenings, stands behind Good Physics and Street Physics at NRK1, and the video-series Real Tricks at Dagbladet.no. Show up – have fun and get wiser!
Photo: Studio Expose/ Linda Varpe- Karlsen, www.vitenwahl.no
Budget 2012 - funds based on publications
For each of the employees who have produced at least three publication points in the period of 2008, 2009 and 2010, as most of you already know, there will be available up to 20,000 kroner in assets to research planned in 2012. The list of persons satisfying these criteria is now completed, based on data from Cristin and data obtained from the university’s personnel system. University management specified that this regulation is applicable only to permanent employees with a 100 % job position and only those employed as professors, associate professors, heads of department and deans. The prerequisite for this allocation is that the funds be used for operating costs defined by the recipients of these funds. For IFT, the following 12 persons satisfied the criteria and receive 20,000 kroner each via their respective group budgets:
· Graue, Arne
· Hansen, Jan Petter
· Helseth, Lars Egil
· Hoffmann, Alex Christian
· Holst, Bodil
· Kolstø, Stein Dankert
· Kosinski, Pawel Jan
· Kvamme, Bjørn
· Nystrand, Joakim
· Osland, Per
· Stamnes, Jakob J.
· Østgaard, Nikolai
This means that the department’s income has increased for 240,000 kroner this year. This is slightly more than the annual funds allocated last year on the basis of publications.
We would like to remind you that the h-bar is open each Friday from 19:00-01:00 and that every second Friday (even weeks) there is a quiz with nice prizes starting from 21:00.
H-bar is run by Fagutvalget of the Physics department and is primarily for physics students – but the employees are also very welcome!
IFT in the media
Publications registered in ISI Web of Science
o Haaland S.; Svenes K.; Lybekk B.; et al.: A survey of the polar cap density based on Cluster EFW probe measurements: Solar wind and solar irradiation dependence JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS Volume: 117 Article Number: A01216 DOI: 10.1029/2011JA017250
o ATLAS Collaboration: Buanes T, Burgess T, Eigen G, Johansen LG, Kastanas A, Leibig W, Lipniacka A, Mohn B, Oye OK, Rosendahl PL, Sandaker H, Sjursen TB, Stugu B, Tonyan A, Ugland M et al.: Search for New Phenomena in t(t)overbar Events with Large Missing Transverse Momentum in Proton-Proton Collisions at root s=7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS Volume: 108 Issue: 4 Article Number: 041805 DOI: 10.1103/ PhysRevLett.108.041805
o ATLAS Collaboration: Buanes T, Burgess T, Eigen G, Johansen LG, Kastanas A, Leibig W, Lipniacka A, Mohn B, Oye OK, Rosendahl PL, Sandaker H, Sjursen TB, Stugu B, Tonyan A, Ugland M et al.: Search for a heavy Standard Model Higgs boson in the channel H -> ZZ -> l(+)l(-) q(q)over-bar using the ATLAS detector PHYSICS LETTERS B Volume: 707 Issue: 1 Pages: 27-45 DOI: 10.1016/ j.physletb.2011.11.056
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