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West African Novels in Finnish Translation - Strategies for Africanised English

Anne-Marie Lindfors

This study investigates the translation of anglophone West African novels in Finland. It addresses the question of what happens to the linguistic and cultural hybridity present in the source texts when these are translated into Finnish. Anglophone West African novels often contain words borrowed from local African languages as well as unfamiliar cultural features and nonstandard language...

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Public examination: 28.2.2015

Chemical surface modification of porous silicon nanoparticles for cancer therapy

Chang-Fang Wang

Anticancer drugs inhibit the cancer growth by killing the rapidly dividing cancer cells. However, anticancer drugs also kill the dividing healthy cells and cause severe damage to healthy tissues. More specific delivery of the cancer drugs to the cancer tissue can increase the drug delivery efficiency and reduce the drug s side effects. Nanocarriers can increase the solubility of poorly-w...

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Public examination: 2.3.2015

Quality Assurance of Gas Electron Multiplier Detector

Timo Hilden

Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detectors are special of position sensitive gas filled detectors used in several particle physics experiments. They are capable of sub- millimeter spatial resolution and energy resolution (FWHM) of the order of 20%. GEM detectors can operate with rates up to 50 kHz/mm2, withstand radiation excellently and can be manufactured up to square meter sizes.

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Public examination: 5.3.2015

Predictive biomarkers in diffuse gliomas and non-small cell lung cancer

Katja Merkkiniemi

The presence of certain cancer-related genetic and epigenetic alterations in the tumor affect patients´ response to specific cancer therapies. The accurate screening of these predictive biomarkers in molecular diagnostics is important since it enables the tailoring of an optimal treatment based on molecular characteristics of the tumor. Depending on the type of gene alteration, a wide va...

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Estimation of leaf area index and the fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation in a boreal forest

Titta Majasalmi

The aim of this dissertation is to assess the accuracy of different ground reference methods used to validate satellite based leaf area index (LAI) and the fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (fPAR) products. LAI and fPAR are strongly linked, although they principally and practically measure different properties: LAI quantifies the areal interphase between soil and a...

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Association of job strain with sleep and psychophysiological recovery in shift working health care professionals

Kati Karhula

Health care personnel often have irregular working hours and stressful work characteristics, which may challenge employees possibilities to sleep and recover sufficiently. The aim of this study was to examine the association of stressful work characteristics, measured as job strain, with sleep and psychophysiological recovery in shift working health care professionals.

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Challenges in real-time precision farming: a case study of modelling biomass accumulation

Mikko Hakojärvi

Precision farming is a set of advanced technologies and cultivation practices that aim to enhance crop growing conditions in a site-specific manner. Current machinery offers many technical tools for such actions, but information about when and where it is necessary to use the developed machinery effectively is lacking. The use of crop models has been proposed to combine the effects of gr...

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Cluster population simulations as a tool to probe particle formation mechanisms

Tinja Olenius

Formation of aerosol particles from condensable vapors is a ubiquitous phenomenon in the atmosphere. Aerosols can affect regional and global climate, as well as visibility and human health. The work of this thesis contributes to the numerous efforts made to build understanding of atmospheric particle formation mechanisms. The focus is on the first molecular-level steps, where clustering ...

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Tietoa, valtaa ja toimintaa. Suomalaisen valokuvataiteen kansainvälistyminen: Käsitteiden kautta järjestyvä valokuvataiteen kenttä 1990–2000 -luvuilla

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

Anna-Kaisa Rastenbergerin tutkimus käsittelee suomalaista valokuvataidetta ja sen kansainvälistymistä viime vuosikymmeninä. Tutkimus koostuu viidestä tapaustutkimuksesta, jotka valaisevat suomalaisen valokuvataiteen lähihistorian kansainvälistymishankkeita, niiden motiiveja, tavoitteita ja vaikutuksia kotimaisen valokuvataiteen kenttään. Tutkimus tarkastelee valokuvataiteen yhteiskunnall...

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Diamond-like carbon binding peptides – evolutionary selection, characterization, and engineering

Bartosz Gabryelczyk

The possibility of controlling interactions at interfaces and surfaces of solid materials is highly interesting for a wide range of materials-related nanotechnological applications, for example, colloidal systems, adhesives, biosensors, biomimetic composite and biomedical materials. In Nature, many proteins and peptides possess the ability to recognize, specifically bind, and modify the ...

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Public examination: 6.3.2015

Ultrasonically Manufactured Space Tether

Henri Seppänen

Tethers are key elements in the electric solar wind sail (E-sail). In this thesis I claim that E-sail tether manufacturing on km scale is possible. The E-sail is a space propulsion method for interplanetary missions. It uses long, thin and conductive, tethers to create thrust from the solar wind. Based on simulations a full scale E-sail using one hundred 20 km long tethers could crea...

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Public examination: 10.3.2015

From turbulence to cloud formation - modelling the aerosol-cloud interactions

Juha Tonttila

Clouds, aerosols and the interactions between them are some of the most important uncertainties in climate modelling. The scales of spatial variability related to clouds are generally too small to be resolved using a typical climate model grid resolution. This work comprises studies about the small-scale variability of the vertical wind component, which significantly contributes to the p...

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Public examination: 10.3.2015

Staying well in an unstable world of work - Prospective cohort study of the determinants of employee well-being

Krista Pahkin

The overarching aim of the thesis was to identify work-related and personal factors which support employee well-being during working career and organizational restructuring. The empirical part of this thesis was based on a prospective cohort study of employees in the Finnish forest industry. Data included responses to questionnaires (N up to 4279) and records from organizational and nati...

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Public examination: 11.3.2015

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Ammattirakastaja. Vankilapappien ammatillinen identiteetti.

Kumpukallio, Minna / 27.02.2015

Ammattirakastaja. Vankilapappien ammatillinen identiteetti. Kumpukallio, Minna Tämä pro gradu -tutkielma käsittelee Suomen evankelis-luterilaisen kirkon vankilapappien ammatillista identiteettiä. Tutkimustehtävänä on selvittää, mitä vankilassa pappina oleminen on, millaisilla teologisilla tausta-ajatuksilla papit vankiloissa työskentelevät sekä mitkä ovat ne tekijät, joiden kautta vankil...

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Apostoli Junia - mahdotontako?

From, Heidi / 27.02.2015

Apostoli Junia - mahdotontako? From, Heidi Tämän pro gradu-tutkielman tarkoitus on selvittää, mainitseeko Paavali Roomalaiskirjeensä 16. luvun 7. jakeessa naispuolisen apostolin. Tässä on Room. 16:7 jae kreikan- ja suomenkielisenä: ἀσπάσασθε Ἀνδρόνικον καὶ Ἰουνιαν τοὺς συγγενεῖς µου καὶ συναιχµαλώτους µου, οἵτινές εἰσιν ἐπίσηµοι ἐν τοῖς ἀποστόλοις, οἳ καὶ πρὸ ἐµοῦ γέγοναν ἐν Χριστῷ. ...

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Pakilan ja Torman seurakuntien välinen ystävyystoiminta vuosina 1989-2013

Huttunen, Oona / 27.02.2015

Pakilan ja Torman seurakuntien välinen ystävyystoiminta vuosina 1989-2013 Huttunen, Oona Ystävyysseurakuntatoiminta Pakilan ja Torman seurakuntien välille aloitettiin 1980-luvun lopulla. Pro gradu -tutkielmassani selvitän Pakilan ja Torman välisen ystävyysseurakuntatoiminnan historiaa ja toimintamuotojen muutosta vuosina 1989-2013. Kiinnitän huomiota seurakuntien välisen yhteyden muodost...

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Seksuaalinen vastavallankumous: syntyvyyden sääntely Johannes Paavali II:n Ruumiin teologiassa

Hannola, Terhi / 27.02.2015

Seksuaalinen vastavallankumous: syntyvyyden sääntely Johannes Paavali II:n Ruumiin teologiassa Hannola, Terhi Tutkielmassa käsitellään Johannes Paavali II:n Ruumiin teologian (1979–1984) näkemystä syntyvyyden sääntelystä. Katolisen kirkon ainoaa sallimaa syntyvyyden sääntelyn menetelmää, luonnollista perhesuunnittelua, suhteutetaan 1960-luvun seksuaaliseen vallankumoukseen ja sen olennai...

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