This year’s Distinguished Teaching Award winners chosen
4 June 2018
The 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award winners at Uppsala University teach subjects related to art history, informatics and media, pharmaceutical biosciences and information technology. The free Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Senior Lecturer Orsi Husz at the Department of Economic History for her work on the doctoral education environment for doctoral students.
Students and colleagues nominate the Distinguished Teaching Award winners. The Vice-Chancellor chooses the final winners based on suggestions from a drafting committee consisting of eight teachers and eight students. This year 104 teachers were nominated. A record.
Talented and dedicated teachers actively involved in developing teaching and course selection are the basic prerequisite for education of the highest quality. Being able to reward a selection of Uppsala University’s most capable teachers is a true joy, says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Anders Malmberg, Chair of the Drafting Committee.
The award is conferred in conjunction with the inauguration of professors in November. The amount of the award is SEK 20,000.
Prize-winners and explanatory statements:
Theology, humanities and educational sciences:
Senior Lecturer Johan Eriksson at the Department of Art History was granted the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award in the field of theology, humanities and educational sciences.
Eriksson has specialised in his field and is a talented teacher. Students testify to how his knowledge and commitment inspire them. Eriksson’s contributions in the field of distance education deserve special mention. With a passion for learning, he motivates his students and gets them to pursue studies to an extent you rarely see in distance learning courses. His contributions regarding online essay supervision are also commendable.
Law and Social Sciences:
Senior Lecturer Ylva Ekström at the Department of Informatics and Media received the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award in the field of law and the social sciences.
Ekström is working with her colleagues to support teachers and is a bridge-builder between individuals, subjects and departments. As educational director of studies, she is skilled in building support for ideas and implementing them. In her teaching, Ekström is well planned and clear, which facilitates active participation of students. This is apparent in both new methods and research on educational issues.
Medicine and pharmacy:
Senior Lecturer Jörgen Bengtsson at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences was presented with the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award in the field of medicine and pharmacy.
Bengtsson is constantly improving his teaching. He enjoys trying new educational approaches such as the flipped classroom to motivate students and make more efficient use of teaching time. Bengtsson participates in educational conferences to disseminate his experience and inspire colleagues. On Medicine and Pharmacy’s pedagogic council, he promotes collaboration among colleagues and creates interfaces through workshops on issues related to subject didactics.
Mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering and technology:
Professor Björn Victor at the Department of Information Technology was granted the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award in the field of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering and technology.
Victor is a committed and engaging teacher who inspires colleagues and creates interfaces among students and teachers. With sterling teaching experience and openness to others, he develops courses with student-centred learning. As an educational leader, Victor revitalises teaching and provides support and advice on everything from the development of new educational programmes to the educational training of colleagues.
Senior Lecturer Orsi Husz at the Department of Economic History received the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award under the theme “Teaching contributions and educational development in doctoral education”.
Husz has developed the course structure and content for doctoral students in economic history. She creates collaboration and a doctoral education environment that contributes to the integration of doctoral students in the broader Uppsala environment. Husz strengthens doctoral students’ international experience and network of contacts, and she has worked on behalf of the subject’s Swedish National Research School. She also encourages doctoral students to acquire and develop their pedagogical skills.
Linnaeus’ complicated relationship with racism
07 maj 2021
Since June 2020, Carl Linnaeus has been a subject of debate in Sweden and around the world. What sparked it off were the actions of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Statues of slave owners have been lambasted or destroyed. In Sweden, the dis...
Conspiracy theories characterise views in and about Europe
03 maj 2021
Conspiratorial narratives of internal disintegration and external threats affect views in the European Union and Europe to an increasing extent. Our trust in society is put to the test in crises such as COVID-19 when various groups are singled out...
Nordic conspiracy theories through the ages
01 mars 2021
Conspiracy theories are becoming more common in the world, and the Nordic countries are no exception. Are some conspiracy theories unique to the Nordic countries? What typical narratives are disseminated? And when did this really start? A new book...
The plague year of 1710 was also a difficult year
24 februari 2021
As historians, it is our job to take a step back and give perspective to our current situation. For anyone looking back, it isn’t hard to find other difficult years. In Sweden’s past, 1710 was undoubtedly one such year, writes Jonas Lindström, res...
Sustainable development the focus of new graduate school at Campus Gotland
21 januari 2021
On 18 January, Uppsala University’s new multidisciplinary graduate school opened at Campus Gotland. Its focus is on sustainable development. This involves research on key societal challenges within changing energy systems, sustainable consumption,...
Archives crucial for Freemasons’ identity
22 december 2020
The Order of Freemasons’ meticulous archives are fundamental to their identity. The unique structure of the masonic archives reinforces the secrecy and mystique of the self-image that has been fashioned by the Order — and characterises it in the e...
Grants for research on the impact of AI on people and society
15 december 2020
In a major 10-year national research programme, two Wallenberg Foundations are supporting research on the impact of the ongoing technology shift, involving digitalisation and artificial intelligence, on our society and our behaviour. Two of the gr...
Linnaeus and Rudbeck medallists chosen
10 december 2020
This year the Rudbeck Medal is awarded to Professors Olle Eriksson, Inger Sundström Poromaa and Maria Ågren, while the Linnaeus Medal is awarded to Professor Kerstin Lindblad Toh and Chairman Dai-Won Yoon at Hallym University in South Korea.
Turkic cultural heritage in Uppsala
07 december 2020
Uppsala University has a rich collection of manuscripts, printed material, art objects and maps related to the Ottoman Empire and other Turkic cultures. How did they come to Uppsala? This story is told in a new book “Turcologica Upsaliensia. An Il...
Fallen in battle, these Swedish Vikings are part of a larger genetic puzzle
17 september 2020
In a recently published article in the journal Nature, 90 researchers from various countries have collaborated to develop new knowledge about the Viking-era population. Marie Allen, professor of forensic genetics at Uppsala University, has contrib...
The VR game that takes you to medieval Visby
14 augusti 2020
Using a VR helmet, you can try your hand at archery in 14th century Visby. This new VR game has been developed by the game company Disir, which was founded by a game developer and three archaeologists, of which two research at Uppsala University.
“The American dilemma is far from resolved”
15 juni 2020
The police violence in Minneapolis that resulted in the death of George Floyd has once again thrust relations between black and white Americans onto the agenda, a dilemma that will most likely play a central role in this autumn’s presidential elec...
Social graces and etiquette vital for Carl Linnaeus
04 juni 2020
What would have become of Carl Linnaeus if he had remained single? Would science have missed out on one of its major lodestars without his well-functioning household? And was his son, Carl Linnaeus the Younger, really the ne’er-do-well he was repu...
Medieval manuscript fragments acquired
26 maj 2020
A group of fragments of medieval manuscripts has been acquired by Uppsala University Library. Among these there is a fragment related to Saint Bridget of Sweden. This particular fragment may have been written at or owned by the Vadstena Abbey.
She studies AI as existential media
30 april 2020
How are we influenced when smart digital assistants, like Siri and Alexa, become part of our homes? And what happens when we begin to track deviating individuals through biometrics? “More research is needed on what it means to be human in a digita...
New study reveals unknown side of Astrid Lindgren’s creative process
21 februari 2020
Why did Jonathan Lionheart’s pitch-black hair suddenly turn golden? And how did Master Detective Kalle Blomqvist get his proper name? In the “Astrid Lindgren Code”, literature researcher Malin Nauwerck lifts the lid on some of the literary world’s...
History professor given prestigious assignment
22 januari 2020
Maria Ågren, professor of history, has been awarded a distinguished professor grant of SEK 50 million over 10 years by the Swedish Research Council. The council awarded grants totalling some SEK 380 million to eight applicants.
Winner of the 2019 Geijer Prize Named
14 januari 2020
The Geijer Prize for history 2019 has been awarded to Mia Kuritzen Löwengart for her doctoral thesis A Matter of Social Urgency: The emergence of a symphony orchestra and concert house in Stockholm, ca. 1890-1926 and Hedvig Widmalm for her doctora...
Legendary runestone bears witness to climate anxiety 1,200 years ago
08 januari 2020
After more than 1,000 years, one of the greatest mysteries of the early Viking Age, the Rök runestone which bears the world’s longest runic inscription, appears to have been solved. According to four Swedish researchers, the puzzling inscription h...
Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize goes to Afaf Doleeb and Patricia Lorenzoni
21 november 2019
The Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize is Uppsala University’s foremost award for contributions to the promotion of human rights and liberty. This year’s prize is shared by graduate student Afaf Doleeb and researcher Patricia Lorenzoni for their com...