I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

The Moose has relaunched!

This is my first post in about six weeks, the longest I've gone without writing about something or other since I took it up again after moving to Norway. Aside from having friends and family visit, work trips to Brussels and Tromsø one after the other, and lots of work organising Kritisk masse 2014, I've also been working to help with the relaunch of The Moose, something which I excitedly wrote about in the late Summer when we were advertising for writers and new editors.

A letter from the new editor, Indigo Trigg Hauger, marked the official relaunch on November 1st and a swathe of new and interesting articles for people to read and think about.

The new editorial team consists of Indigo the helm, Joanne Howard as Culture editor, Ruby Lott-Lavigna in charge of Opinion, myself looking after Science, and Salem Dockery taking care of the webpage and our social media presence. We're hoping to have 12-15 new articles out on the first of each month, covering a wide a range of topics as possible, written mostly by Norwegians and International students from in and around Oslo.

We're all both flying by the seat of our pants and finding are feet at the minute, so there will no doubt be lots of chopping and changes and niggles, but I'm really excited about supporting budding young writers and putting together an interesting set of articles each month.

For November, in the Science section with have:

In the other sections, we have, amongst many other interesting reads, articles on nationalismGrand Theft Auto 5gender in higher education.

We've a competition running this month, with 300NOK going to the writer of the article that gets the most hits. On the off chance that it happens to be mine, I'm going to donate the money to Plan in support of their campaign to improve girls' access to education.

For next month's edition, I'm going to write about the Northern Lights (something I'm hoping to see in person when I'm up in Tromsø again at the end of the month), as part of a collaborative article with Joanna, who will be writing about her visit to the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and Kristian Birkeland exhibit.

We're always on the looks out out for writers, so please  get in touch if you you'd like to write something. I've set up a Facebook group just for the Science section where I'm hoping to get writers to come together and share ideas.

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