Open Access again

Open access publishing (OA) remains an option, a demand, a politically correct thing that is in some aspects a heavy burden to the scientists. A subject I keep coming back to, maybe because I am from Småland (a part of Sweden that is said to foster extra economic, or greedy if you want, people). It…

Neandertals replacing Neandertals

The Neandertal-paper published by Hajdinjak et al. today was fun to read in several aspects. Partly because it was a nice paper, but mostly because it brought back memories from one of the papers I have enjoyed most writing, our Neandertal-turnover paper that we published in MBE 2012. There was much effort in fitting the…

Racism, the idea, the course

Today was the first day of a new course at Stockholm University. A course on racism, or the history behind racism, and the evolution of the idea that the concept rests on. It is a Ph.D. course, organized by Dept. History at Stockholm University, and aimed at Ph.D. students. This is a test balloon we…

Changes

A research group is a plastic thing. If it is successful, it will remain for some time, but people will move in and out of it. The latest change to our group is Torun Zachrisson leaving us, while Emrah Kirdök has joined us instead. Torun is an extraordinary Iron Age archaeologist. Sometimes I get the…

Pastries and a transatlantic visit

There were several good things this morning. One of them was the pastries I brought to work, such stuff is always good, any time of the day. But even better were those who helped me eat it, Anna Linderholm from Texas A&M, Hans Linderholm from GU, and Mattias Jakobsson from UU. Pastries are good, but…

Calls mirroring each other

Uppsala University has published their call for the SciLife manager position now. The two calls are mirroring each other, and relating to the same position.

”We must say Adios! until we see Portalón once again”

Today we publish our results about the neolithization of Iberia in PNAS. I have been working in that region for closer to two than one decades, and mostly with material from the Portalón. The material from there is beautifully preserved and has yielded several papers. There is Portalón material in this one as well, and…

Planes, trains, but no automobiles

There are occasions when the best travelling-combination is planes and trains. Actually, one very specific situation. And this is when Tom Gilbert asks me to examine one of his students in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is about five hours away from Stockholm with train, and maybe one with a flight. By now I know that I am…

It is not the having, it is the getting

When I grew up, I had a poster on my wall where the cat Garfield was catching mice’s while saying; “It is not the having, it is the getting”. It had some truth to it back then I thought. Fast forward 30 years and I and Mattias Jakobosson managed to get financial support from SciLife…

Paleoecology, genetics and human prehistory, PGH

We have also had a few days at Office no 2 during my non-digital weeks. Not least to work out the next aDNA course, or actually, Paleoecology, genetics and human prehistory as it is called this year. PGH. This year it is provided by the biology-section at Stockholm University. And how do one prepare a…

A day at Malmö museum

These are great days, and mainly because of one thing. I got my computer back! For a few weeks I have worked on secondary stuff while my MacBook has been fixed, but now I am all up to speed again and can write and read without any major risk for the screen turning black. And…