FocuStat in the Media

FocuStat projects and participants occasionally attract the attention of the media.

Nils Lid Hjort explaining a delicate point to the press.



  • September 2020: Various news stories, in various channels, about Nils Lid Hjort and Håvard Mokleiv Nygård's project Stability and Change, which they will lead at Centre of Advanced Studies at the Academy of Science and Letters, August 2022 to June 2023. Here from Titan, here from PRIO, here from Department of Mathematics, UiO, here in Uniforum, here in Khrono, here the news item from CAS itself.
  • September 2020: Cover story + two pages in VG, about the Astrocytic Ca2+ signaling and its secrets for your sleep, based on the Nature Communications paper by Laura Bojarskaite + eleven other coauthors, including Céline Cunen and Gudmund Hermansen.
  • July 2020: "Omstridt beregningsmetode satte ned elevers karakterer: En slags Kafka-prosess". Hjort contributes to the debate on the IB School's handling of the mark setting for thousands of students, spring 2020, in NRK Beta.
  • June 2020: "En av dem var matematikkprofessor Nils Lid Hjort, som var nærmest litt høy etter å ha sunget salme nr. 309 i F-dur med mange punkteringer." KIrken i Oslo, page 22-23, with Dag Solstad discussing God and death and literature.
  • May 2020: Emil Aas Stoltenberg is angry young man, protesting the ahistoric font change that has vederfaret Oslos befolkning.
  • April 2020: Nils Lid Hjort is interviewed in Titan about the basic statistical things going on with the korona: Koronakrisen: Plutselig ble statistikk allemannseie. These couple of skjermdumps prove that this little thing, with the statistikk though not necessarily Hjort becoming allemannseie, for a few days was placed at the very top of the front page, so to speak, at the webpages of (a) Titan and (b) selveste UiO.
  • February 2020: Nils Lid Hjort is on Abels Tårn (again; a previous 2018 programme was being re-sent).
  • February 2020: Nils Lid Hjort and his work on the 2 x 1000 m is mentioned during Viasat 4's three-day televised live coverage from the Calgary World Cup.


  • December 2019: Blir verden egentlig fredeligere? Full one-page story in Aftenposten Viten, by Céline Cunen, Nils Lid Hjort, and Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, December 19, referring also to their upcoming Journal of Peace Research article about Statistical Sightings of Better Angels.
  • November 2019: Nils Lid Hjort is interviewed, briefly and unsatisfactorily and forgettably, by NRK Radio, as he's in the long queue waiting to have words and things signed by renowned Disney artist Don Rosa, in "Outland", Kirkegata, Oslo.
  • June 2019: Emil Aas Stoltenberg is on a panel discussion in Arendalsuka.





  • October 2015: Matematikere på Blindern har regnet ut sannsynligheten for sammentreffet mellom Borghild og Khuu. "Hvis man sjekker en billion kvinner, vil man finne fem slike par", explains Martin Jullum and David Ruiz Banos, to Aftenposten-TV.
  • October 2015: Aftenposten's A-Magasinet has a special edition about "Two Lives", with the fascinating life stories of two women, born on the same day, who died on the same day, in Lillestrøm, 101 years later. They asked for help regarding the simple-but-complicated question "how unlikely is this". Martin Jullum, David Ruiz Banos and Nils Lid Hjort are credited in the special edition for assessing and presenting different aspects of that question. This also led to the FocuStat Blog Post To liv: kvinnene i Lillestrøm som ble født på samme dag og døde på samme dag.
  • June 2015: Martin Jullum wins the bronze in the Pre-Orienteering World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • April 2015: Denne 27-åringens regnestykker skal gi bedre kreftbehandling, claims Budstikka, about Kristoffer Hellton.


  • December 2014: General release occasion, with a bit of media attention, of the Ad Fontes Festskrift for Terje Kvam, where Nils Lid Hjort has contributed his Deilig er Jorden essay.
  • August 2014: Our World Champion Martin Jullum is Athlete of the Month of the International Orienteering Federation.
  • July 2014: Our PhD student Martin Jullum is World Champion in Pre-Orienteering in Trentino, Italy.
  • April 1962: Niåring går tusen kilometer på ski! Forsidesak i Dagbladet, med langt og delvis fingert intervju med den senere statistikkprofessor et sted inne i avisen.
By Nils Lid Hjort
Published Jan. 31, 2018 11:14 AM - Last modified Mar. 14, 2022 11:48 AM