Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sofie - day 1

Day 1 in Sofie's life. We are still at Hvidovre Hospital were they are taking VERY good care of us. Sofie is now sleeping a lot better than the first 24 hours which is probably due to the fact that she is drinking a lot more milk now. Great as this allows the parents to sleep more as well :-)

Below a few pictures of the day:

The wrinkled hand.

Grandpa's hand.

Sleeping after a nice meal.

Sofie in full size = 51 cm.

Well, its about time that this website return to its focus on climbing :-) Future updates will thus be posted on my wife's blog which is dedicated to Sofie! Take a look at the pre-birth ultrasound scans and more....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Baby Sofie Frederikke Bräuner has been born!

At 00:27 on August 20, 2008 my baby girl Sofie Frederikke Bräuner was born. Both mom and baby are perfectly well and sleeping as I write this blog. It took less than 30 minutes from our arrival to the hospital until the baby was born, so that was almost an Olympic record!

Sofie is 51 cm long. weighs 3244 grams, is very beautiful and looks like she will become a strong climber!

Elvira and Sofie just after the birth. What a chock to get out into the real world!

Sofie shortly after birth and still wet.

Sofie on the scale reading 3244 grams.

Sofie finally sleeping after a restless first night.

Sofie with open blue eyes.

The lucky father and Sofie.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cerro San Lorenzo - free lecture on September 4

I will give a lecture [in Danish] on my trip to Cerro San Lorenzo, Patagonia, Argentina on Thursday September 4 at 8 PM.

Danish Alpine Club
Løvstræde 8a, 3rd floor (entrance in the courtyard)

Free entrance - all are welcome!

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Elvira in New York City

Last weekend was Thanksgiving weekend and while I was in Denmark working for the Danish Medical Research Council, Elvira went on sightseeing in New York City.

Elvira got to see the famous Macy's Thanksgiving parade, Central Park, Empire State build, Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty. Well, have a look at a picture slide show from her trip here.

In central park she also saw an amazing trio of street dancers. Have a look at a movie of the dancers here [Quicktime or iTunes required].

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Moved to Boston

Elvira and I just moved to Boston, USA where we are going to do research projects for three months at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women's Hospital, respectively.
Today the weather was fantastic and we thus walked the famous 2.5 mile Freedom Trail which took us along a series of historic monuments from the revolution against the Brits. Boston has some of the oldest buildings in the USA, which date back to the 16th century. Not old by European standards - but certainly very interesting to see. I have made a slide show of picture from our walk, which you can see here.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My climbing partner Carsten P. Jensen in TV

It seems like all my friends are in TV these days. Yesterday it was my climbing partner Carsten P. Jensen's turn! The reason for his appearance in TV was a new NASA grant to build a new front-line research satellite, NuStar, to study black holes in the universe.

I don't know how many nights I have been confined in a tent alone with Carsten while he has talked about black holes, hard X-rays and the NuStar satellite proposal! I certainly know a lot more about the universe than I ever thought I would! I was thus very happy for him and his boss, Finn Christensen, when they finally got the green light from NASA to build the satellite. Now I am sure that Carsten will have many more stories about the building phase and the research results when the satellite is launched into space in 2011!

You might wonder what is so exciting about black holes (I certainly do :-). Interestingly, their technology might also be used to reduce radiation in mammographies. Pretty cool that Carsten's X-ray mirrors might both be used to study black holes and breasts!

You can see the TV broadcast from DR2 Deadline by clicking here (QuickTime or iTunes required).

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My wife in TV - again!

Yesterday my wife Elvira was on TV - again! This time she and professor Steffen Loft were interviewed for 10 minutes in the program Brunch on the regional TV channel TV2 Lorry. The topic was the same as last week, her recently published study showing that air pollution from traffic increase the risk of cancer, but this time they had much more time to explain the study and the results in detail. You can see the interview by clicking here (QuickTime or iTunes required).
Quite an exciting ending isn't it: new and even more interesting results are to be published soon. Stay tuned!

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Monday, September 10, 2007

My wife in TV: traffic air pollution increases cancer risk!

My wife Elvira Vaclavik Bräuner is a scientist studying the effects of air pollution on human health. I was actually a volunteer on one of her projects where I was locked in a chamber for four days so she could draw my blood, measure my lung function etc. while I was forced to bicycle for hours. Sounds like a perfect relationship right ;-)

Well, she just got the first part of her studies published in the reputed scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives which led to a press release from the Danish Cancer Society stating the main finding of her studies: air pollution from traffic increase the risk of cancer. This led to a media storm in Denmark today where she was live on the Danish CNN (a.k.a. TV2News) and then in a recorded interview in TV2 Lorry. The latter, which also included an interview with the Copenhagen Mayor of Technology and Enviroment Claus Bondam who now wants to reduce the traffic in the city, can be seen by clicking here (QuickTime or iTunes required).

Science can impact our world - let's bike to work tomorrow and reduce the air pollution!

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

I am getting married!

Well, like everyone else I had to get my own blog. I thus thought that it should kick off with a spectacular piece of news: I am getting married to Elvira Vaclavik Bräuner on June 6!
None of us craved for a traditional church wedding and we decided to do it in a completely different way. The wedding will thus take place in Ilulissat, Greenland with the spectacular view over the Ilulissat Icefjord. Afterwards we will be trekking in the Bay of Disko area, so stay tuned for a travel report and lots of pictures upon our return June 23.