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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Google Scholar stats

According to Google Scholar (see my profile), my articles have altogether been cited 88 times. By now 2015 is the year I have achieved the highest number of citations, 27 (vs. 21 in 2011, many of which were self-citations). 

I currently have an h index of 5 (meaning that 5 - or 6, really - of my articles have been cited at least 5 times), and an i10 index of 2 (meaning that 2 of my articles have been cited at least 10 times).

My most cited articles to date are listed below.

A exact search on my name in Google Scholar (with quotation marks) currently returns 231 hits.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Parental leave September 15-28th

Until yesterday, I was on a 14 day parental leave, at the occasion of the birth of my twin son Alexander and twin daughter Cecilie September 15th.

Feedback to authors - book on animals in the Anthropocene

The last couple of days I have provided feedback to four contributors to the book work-titled Animals in the Anthropocene, to be published by Lexington Books, with advice given to a fellow editor on a fifth contribution. I have overall been coordinating correspondence with all contributors and peer-reviewers.

Project documentation control for EMP151

The last week or so I have contributed to a project documentation control for the Norwegian-Estonian research project "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis" (EMP151), for which I am the Norwegian project leader, by providing requested documents and information.

Two candidates for UiS rector

There are two candidates for rector of University of Stavanger ahead of upcoming elections - Marit Boyesen (with Dag Husebø as pro-rector), the current rector, and Einar Marburg (with Gro Johnsen as pro-rector), currently the Dean of Faculty of Social Science. The linked electoral programs are in Norwegian.

I happen to have met all four at different occasions.

Monday, 28 September 2015

UiS to establish RENSE, network for sustainable energy; my opinion

The University of Stavanger´s strategy for environmentally friendly energy will be treated on the UiS board meeting October 1st. The university director´s proposal (based on the recommendations of a working group) is now available online. It involves establishing a network for environmentally friendly energy, "Forskningsnettverk innen miljøvennlig (bærekraftig) energi" [Research Network in Sustainable Energy (RENSE)], with 5 research areas. With regard to funding, it implies that UiS centrally will spend about 1 million NOK per year on coordination/administration, while Faculty of Science and Technology will devote 3 PhDs and Faculty of Social Science 1 PhD to the network. The network will apply for further funding.

My opinion is that such a network, across disciplines, is a good idea. However, UiS should devote more PhDs and funding to the network - and I do not support having Carbon Capture and Storage as one of the prioritised research areas (as I do not regard CCS as sustainable in the bigger picture). 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Facebook ad campaign for panel on the Anthropocene

Last week I set up a Facebook ad campaign for an event under the Norwegian language Facebook page for the Norwegian research group of the Estonian-Norwegian research project "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis". The event concerned a panel on the Anthropocene idea, which was held Friday September 18th as part of the conference "Animals in the Anthropocene: Human–animal relations in a changing semiosphere". The Facebook ad campaign, targeted at the Stavanger region, turned out to reach much fewer than anticipated.

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Talk at researcher stand-up cancelled

My participation at the researcher Stand-up event in Stavanger today was cancelled due to the birth of my twins about a week ago.

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015

Donation to refugee NGO, in the name of UiS

I´ve made a small donation to the University of Stavanger´s campaign "Et dagsverk for flyktningene"  [A day´s work for the refugees] (Flyktninghjelpen), and encourage others to do the same. Would be great if my university could make a donation too, in addition to encouraging its employees and students to donate.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Mention of "Umwelt and language" chapter in introductory chapter

My chapter "Umwelt and language" (see recent post) is briefly mentioned in the introductory chapter of the book in which it appears:
Kull, Kalevi and Ekaterina Velmezova 2015. Language, Linguistics: Life, Biosemiotics... In Ekaterina Velmezova, Stephen J. Cowley and Kalevi Kull, Kalevi (Eds.), Biosemiotic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics (Biosemiotics 13) (Dordrecht: Springer), 1–10.
The reference appears on p. 7. Excerpt:
Morten Tønnessen’s contribution deals with language and umwelt. In this article, relations between these two “entities” turn out opposite in comparison with a “traditional” view.

Reference for "Umwelt and language"; product flyer

Here´s the reference for my article "Umwelt and language", which is being published in these days:
Tønnessen, Morten 2015. Umwelt and language. In Ekaterina Velmezova, Stephen J. Cowley and Kalevi Kull, Kalevi (Eds.), Biosemiotic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics (Biosemiotics 13) (Dordrecht: Springer), 77–96. Electronic versioon: DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20663-9_5.
See also product flyer for the book. 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Birth is coming - early train

Today I felt I had to catch an early train to get home to my soon-to-deliver wife. Birth is coming. Sometime soon.

Monday, 7 September 2015

6 hours of seminars - 8 hours of teaching in a row

Today I have held three seminars in Examen Philosophicum at University of Stavanger´s UiS Business School. The topic was ethics and this autumn´s exam question (home exam).

Altogether I taught for 8 hours in a row - a new record.

Third lecture - deontology

Today I have lectured in Examen Philosophicum at University of Stavanger´s UiS Business School / Department of Media, Culture Studies and Social Sciences. The topic was deontology.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Exam questions composed

Last week, along with Cato Wittusen, I helped compose the exam questions for Examen Philosophicum at University of Stavanger´s UiS Business School (course code SVEXPHIL4) and Department of Media, Culture and Social Sciences (IMKS) (course code SVEXPHIL6).

Listed as original signee of petition against oil exploration in the Arctic

I am mentioned among the ca. 200 originally signing the petition against oil exploration in the Arctic, on the website - see here.

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Petition against Arctic oil exploration: Website and society launched; anyone can join

Some time ago I signed a petition to stop oil exploration in the Arctic, along with some 200 other persons and NGOs. Now a society has been formed, and a website launched where people can join the petition -

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Springer PR campaign for Biosemiotics - "Introducing new editorial team"

On August 28th, Springer conducted a PR campaign (by email) for the academic journal Biosemiotics, for which I am one of three Editors-in-Chief, with subject line "Introducing new editorial team" (i.e. the 2013-2018 team).

Contract with UiS Business School signed (again)

Today I have signed a work contract (again), in relation to my employment August 1st to December 31st at University of Stavanger´s UiS Business School, as Associate professor of philosophy. Not the last time, because there was a mistake in the contract, so I´ll have to sign a revised version next week. I´ll get my August salary, as well as my September salary, in September.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Staff meeting attended

Today I have attended the staff meeting at University of Stavanger´s Department of social studies.

4 hours of teaching

Today I have taught for 4 hours - 2 seminars - at Department of social studies, in Examen Philosophicum.