Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 2, 2016

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Norwegian researchers say Svalbard not cited enough
Norway is maintaining its position as the world’s fifth-largest polar nation and third largest in the Arctic, in terms of publishing volume, but is cited less than the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia and Denmark, according to The Research Council of Norway. “Although we are above the world average, we located behind the other large polar nations,” said Camilla Schreiner, the council’s department director, in a prepared statement. “We must look at what is causing this and what we can do to raise the citations.” One-third of Norway’s polar research is linked to Svalbard, a total of 303 full-time equivalent jobs.

UNIS names acting president, 17 apply for permanent post
Frank Nilsen, head of the Arctic geophysics department at The University Centre in Svalbard, has been named the acting director of the university. He is filling in for Ole Arve Misund, who resigned as of Feb. 1 to become director of the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research in Bergen. Seventeen applicants – including Nilsen – are being considered for the permanent post. Among the other local residents are Kim Holmén, international director of the Norwegian Polar Institute; and Hanne H. Christiansen, head of the Arctic geology department at UNIS. A new president is expected to be named this summer.

Last-minute deal continues flights to Svea, Ny-Ålesund
Store Norske and Kings Bay AS have reached an agreement with Lufttransport for the airline to continue providing flight to Ny-Ålesund and Svea through April 1, 2017. Store Norske stated late last year it was ending the agreement because it was too costly in the wake of massive downsizing. Kings Bay consequently stated it was also ending the agreement because the airline would be forced to raise its fares. But the companies reached an agreement after about a month of discussions, with Lufttransport stating it will enact some restructuring and cost-cutting measures.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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