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The Hasselblad Foundation is funding a visiting professorship in the Marine Sciences

News: Jun 24, 2015

Picture from Antarctica, photographer Leif Anderson.

The Hasselblad Foundation is now funding a visiting professorship at the new Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. The visiting professorship goes to the leading American researcher Jody Deming, who is an authority on polar marine research.

The Hasselblad Foundation not only awards the internationally renowned photography prize called the Hasselblad Award but also makes substantial donations to scientific research, something which is less well known.

“I am so pleased that we are able with the help of the Hasselblad Foundation to attract a researcher who is a world leader in her field,” says Leif Anderson, marine chemist and Professor at the University of Gothenburg.

The idea for the Hasselblad camera was born from an interest in nature

Victor Hasselblad, who developed the Hasselblad camera, was a birdwatcher and natural science enthusiast. At grammar school he received top marks in biology and botany. When growing up, he would go off on excursions in the countryside together with his brother, making notes and drawings.

“Both Victor and his wife Erna Hasselblad had a passion for photography and the natural world, and therefore the focus of the Foundation which was established in 1979 was indeed on these two fields: natural science and photography,” says Jenny Blixt, information officer at the Hasselblad Foundation.

Victor Hasselblad got the idea for his Hasselblad camera during his youth when he travelled to all parts of the country to photograph birds. So the desire to support scientific research later in life was a matter which lay close to his heart.

Prominent polar researcher will be made a visiting professor at the new Department

Thanks to the Hasselblad Foundation, the University of Gothenburg now has a leading researcher attached to the new Department of Marine Sciences which will be opened on 1 July.
Visiting Professor Jody Deming is coming to us from the University of Washington, and her specialist area is the adaptation of marine microorganisms to the cold.

“She is the person best suited to be our first visiting professor because her specialist area in marine microorganisms and their importance for polar geochemistry and ecology fits in well with the direction we are taking at the University of Gothenburg,” says Leif Anderson.

Polar marine research in focus

The Hasselblad Foundation’s funding for a visiting professor in the Marine Sciences will encourage the linking up of researchers from different disciplines in the new Department of Marine Sciences, which will become a reality at the University of Gothenburg on 1 July. For more than thirty years, polar marine research has been a key area of study for researchers in the Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg.

Jody Deming, who is a microbiologist and has a wealth of knowledge in DNA research, will be holding a third-cycle course in October for everyone interested in the field of marine science, and she will also hold a symposium on 3-5 November.

The Hasselblad Award in Photography, which has been awarded since 1980, came about because Victor Hasselblad and his wife Erna, who had no offspring, donated their fortune to the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to promote photography and also scientific research in the form of different types of grants.

Leif Anderson, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, the University of Gothenburg
Tel: 031-786 9005, Email: leif.anderson@gu.se

Portrait photograph of Jody Deming, photographer Doug Struck
Picture from Antarctica, photographer Leif Anderson.




Originally published on: science.gu.se

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