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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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Otago-developed medical science breakthrough given FDA approval for US

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 3:22pm

An innovative wound-healing gel developed by NZ medical science company Chitogel and involving University of Otago scientists will soon be used to treat sinus patients in the United States following regulatory clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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New spectrometer puts Otago ahead

Monday, 6 November 2017 9:11pm

A new spectrometer, recently purchased by the University’s Department of Chemistry, is allowing Otago researchers to work at the cutting edge of their field.

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Seven-year-old donates savings to Otago cancer research

Friday, 27 October 2017 2:07pm

A seven-year-old girl from the United States has generously donated some of the money she made running a summer cat sitting business to an Otago cancer research group.

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Otago researchers recognised at Research Honours Dinner

Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:15am

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner last week.

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Otago researchers’ achievements recognised at 2017 NZ Research Honours Dinner

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 12:31pm

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner earlier this week. The trio were among New Zealand researchers to be presented with 21 medals in total at the Royal Society Te Apārangi-hosted event in Auckland.

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US video shines light on Otago research into the mystery of how glowworms glow

Monday, 25 September 2017 5:40pm

Otago Department of Biochemistry glowworm bioluminescence research was recently showcased internationally on a US public radio website.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Science I takes shape

Thursday, 7 September 2017 4:19pm

Work is progressing on the final phase of the $56m refurbishment of the University of Otago’s Science I building – the most visible sign is a new pop-out extension from the first and second floors to house offices.

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:06pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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Early Career Award springboard for international collaboration

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:17pm

Dr Ting Wang of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes her Early Career Award will help her build new international collaboration and strengthen the bridge between statistics and geoscience.

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University recognises its outstanding early-career researchers

Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:02am

The impressive contributions of seven up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours surprise Otago staff

Thursday, 8 June 2017 10:33am

Three Otago professors honoured on Queens’s Birthday describe a moment of puzzlement upon receiving a curious looking letter in a gold embossed envelope from New Zealand’s Government House.

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Two Division of Sciences staff members recipients of 2017 Queen's Birthday honours

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:37pm

Professors Richie Poulton (Psychology) and Sally Brooker (Chemistry) have been named as recipients of the 2017 Queen's Birthday honours list.