Writing a Master’s thesis on pandemics, during a pandemic

Carla Louise Hughes and Lara Maria Dora Steinmetz are finishing up their first year studying a Master’s in International Social Welfare and Health Policy. They are now affiliated with The Center for Research on Pandemics & Society (PANSOC).

In this episode they talk about their master’s projects, PANSOC and what it is like to be an international master’s student during a pandemic.

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Meet our Masters Student: Lara Maria Dora Steinmetz – https://uni.oslomet.no/pansoc/2021/04/03/meet-our-masters-student-lara-maria-dora-steinmetz/

Meet our new Masters Student: Carla Louise Hughes – https://uni.oslomet.no/pansoc/2021/02/21/meet-our-new-masters-student-carla-louise-hughes/

What is carbon storage?

– It makes sense to clean up after yourself, says Associate Professor Rebecca Allen in this episode.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can be an important solution to reach our goals in the Paris agreement. Rebecca Allen from Canada has done research on CCS. In this episode you will get a good explanation on how we can store carbon and why Norway is special within this field.

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What is ableism?

In this podcast episode PhD Candidate Gagan Chhabra explains the term disablism. Discrimination against disabled people is a big problem, but not often talked about.

– Disabled people have been pushed back of the que and marginalized for too long, Gagan explains, it’s time to start a dialogue.

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Why George Floyd’s murder spawned a global wave of protests

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked the most sustained wave of protests in the US since the 1960s, in addition to protests in Norway and countries all across the world. Issues of structural and systemic racism have been thrust into the mainstream discourse like never before. Do the events of the past month mark a turning point in how our societies view and deal with racism, or are things likely to revert to normal?

In this episode, Professor Erika Gubrium and Associate Professor Ariana Fernandes of the Institute of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social policy join host Jeff Lugowe for a deep dive into the circumstances surrounding this global protest movement and the state of systemic racism on both sides of the Atlantic. They discuss who has taken the lead in organizing the street protests, what the research tells us about structural racism in the US and Norway, and whether the mobilization we are currently witnessing will have a lasting impact on the societies we live in.

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What is quantum computing?

In this episode of the podcast, Associate Professor Sergiy Denysov and Professor Sølve Selstø of the Department of Computer Science explain quantum computing. In order to better understand quantum computing, according to the reseachers, it helps to compare it to classic computing. 

Students interested in learning more about quantum computing should check out the Master’s Degree in Applied Computer and Information Technology (ACIT).

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Kvantedatamaskina kjem, kvifor skal vi bry oss? – https://forskersonen.no/data-fysikk-kronikk/kvantedatamaskina-kjem-kvifor-skal-vi-bry-oss/1572529


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What can we learn from a 100-year-old flu?

Jessica Dimka has received a grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) and has just started her project at the Work Research Institute (AFI) at OsloMet. For the next two years Jessica will do research on disability and disease during the 1918 Influenza pandemic. In this episode Jessica tells us about her project and what we can learn from a 100-year-old flu. 


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The #Hack4Education winners

This April George Anthony Giannoumis brought his students Rosy Oo, Hifza Shahzad and Alina Zielinska to the #Hack4Education. And guess what, they came home as the winners!

In this episode we get to learn more about the hackathon and Si do, the idea they won the hackathon with.

Rosy Oo, Hifza Nadeem, Alina Zielinska and George Anthony Giannoumis

Si do is a mobile application, that can enable women in the global south to become independent, by using their talent in sewing to become an entrepreneur.

The applications helps women by developing their digital skills, discovering new patterns, learning how to sell their clothing designs, and becoming a source of inspiration for others around the globe.

Si Do has three main features. First, it includes learning materials divided into three levels, for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Second, it is a social platform for communication. Where users can ask questions and discuss different topics. And finally, it is a marketplace, for trading and exchanging clothing designs, patterns and selling finished products.

Do you want to get in touch with the students? Send them an email at sido.team19@gmail.com.

Ask, don’t assume

Gagan Chhabra

Gagan Chhabra

Gagan Chhabra has come all the way from India to Norway to do disability research at OsloMet. In this episode he tells us about his big career change from business to research, being visually impaired and how we can get more young people with disabilities into the labor market.

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Two worlds, too apart to converge? A comparison of social regulation policies aimed at the employment of disabled people in Norway and India https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S187506721830004X

Myter stenger synshemma ute https://www.oslomet.no/forskning/forskningsnyheter/myter-synshemma

Gagan Chhabras profile page at OsloMet: https://www.oslomet.no/om/ansatt/gagach/

Video: Lecture at Berkeley: https://southasia.berkeley.edu/gagan-chhabra

Video: Rethinking Diversity, Reintroducing Disability – Panel Discussion at UC Berkeley – Feb 12, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l02BlUMp7zM

Khrono article from 2015: https://khrono.no/it-is-too-difficult-to-get-work-as-a-disabled-person/167813

Study in Norway article from 2015: https://www.studyinnorway.no/Student-Experiences/gagan-chhabra

Saving lives with new and open technology

The student-led startup, Cozin, is all about saving lives. 3 billion people in the world are exposed to lethal gases from solid fuel. This is gases that might be hard to detect, but technology can help. Cozin is a new kind of sensor which can be installed in homes and can detect dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in the air. The sensors can be set up in networks and warn through wearables, toys or other ways.

In this episode we talk with Assistant Professor George Anthony Giannoumis and master student Musoro King Asa Tamugri about the Cozin project, how it all got started, how it is build on universal design principles, how it is being developed and the future of Cozin.

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