Last week I started an animation course to learn more about 3D images and animation. So far we have only animated chess pieces but I already feel that my understanding of the 3D space is growing and by the end of this course I hope I'll be able to animate some really nice looking flies.
Vi söker personer mellan 18-30 år, som kan engelska, inte tar några mediciner (p-piller är ok) eller har några kroniska sjukdomar, för en sömnstudie. I studien undersöker vi hur våra synupplevelser påverkas av en natt med sömnbrist. Studien utförs vid Institutionen för Neurovetenskap, Uppsala Universitet, dit deltagarna får komma vid två nätter, där den ena spenderas vaken och den andra sovandes. Vidare information kring ersättning och genomförande ges av Olga Dyakova, forskare vid Institutionen för Neurovetenskap, Uppsala Universitet, e-post: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for participants for our sleep and vision study. requirements: 18-30 years old, normal or corrected to normal vision, no chronic diseases, preferably male student from Uppsala University. The study will be held at Uppsala University, Department of Neuroscience. You will spend two study nights - sleep or awake - in our lab and will perform few computer-based cognitive tasks. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us: email@example.com
This week we embarked on a field trip to a dairy farm, in search of hoverfly larvae. The ever beautiful Adelaide hills are greener than I have ever seen them this late in summer and we had a very pleasant, almost cold start to the morning. This was much appreciated in our waders, especially considering it's the middle of summer and we have had some days of high humidity and temperatures in the low 40s.
Even with a seemingly endless supply of cow manure, in variety of states of decomposition, we were unable to find any hoverfly larvae. We did however, find an abundance of hoverflies surrounding a small patch of yellow flowers right next to our parked Ute. Luckily they were still slow from the cold morning air and even without nets, Karin was able to catch many of them with her bare hands.
We plan to return to the Dairy again soon, hopefully we will have more success finding larvae then and we will be sure to remember nets!!!!
By Karin Nordström
As usual at the start of the year I am too busy with teaching and grant writing to enjoy our research and welcome new lab members properly. Despite only being in the lab for a month, I do not know how we survived without the amazing Sarah Nicholas. She does everything! Not only is she great with electrophysiology, she can also build set-ups, keep budgets and manage a lab. We will never let her go.
I am applying for ARC funding together with Bruno van Swinderen at QBI, who does really cool research on attention in fruitflies. Hopefully ARC will like our grant as much as I do, and we will start working together more closely.
Teaching has started in earnest, and I am currently teaching the anatomy of the GIT (gastrointestinal tract) to medical students. We have a wonderful cohort this year, so it is a true pleasure.
The hoverfly vision group can be found at 2 locations: At Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and at Uppsala University in Sweden. To find out more about us and our research, browse through the pages.