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Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am

Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.

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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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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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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Better understanding South Dunedin’s rising waters

Monday, 3 April 2017 1:10pm

Our response to sea-level rise affecting South Dunedin should not wait until the science is settled, the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability says.

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Award ceremony celebrates teaching excellence

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:58pm

The four recipients of University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017 were formally congratulated at a ceremony at the Clocktower building yesterday afternoon.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Teaching awards honour four Otago staff

Monday, 20 February 2017 9:00pm

Dedication and passion has paid off for four University of Otago staff, who have each received Teaching Excellence Awards from the University.

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Winter not outdoor child’s play for Aucklanders

Friday, 7 October 2016 12:24pm

Promoting year-round healthy levels of outdoor activity by New Zealand children will require changing social norms about playing outside in winter, new research suggests.

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Beach work benefits community

Monday, 22 August 2016 12:57pm

Experimental work to improve the resilience of vulnerable sand dunes at South Dunedin’s St Kilda Beach fulfils Otago Geography Master’s student Tom Simons-Smith’s desire for his research to directly benefit people.

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How does one retire after four decades of university study?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:02pm

Two University of Otago retired Geographers Blair Fitzharris and Peter Holland discuss life after retirement.

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Atmospheric scientist to do glacier-focused research at German university

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:27pm

Geography’s Dr Nicolas Cullen has been awarded two grants to do a research project in Germany aimed at teasing out the key atmospheric processes controlling both glacier advance and retreat in the Southern Alps.

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Think-tank will offer new insights on waterfront

Monday, 7 March 2016 9:46am

Visiting academic Senior Lecturer Dr Jan Lorenz Wilhelm hopes think-tank will provide clarity on issues around the future use of Dunedin’s waterfront.

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More work needed to get kids connecting with nature

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:12pm

Interdisciplinary research involving University of Otago geographers and zoologists has highlighted the great biodiversity of New Zealand neighbourhoods and the opportunities they provide city-dwelling children, but it has also pinpointed hindrances they face in connecting with nature in their neighbourhood.

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Interconnecting distant NZ windfarms could be boon for grid

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 8:29am

Variable winds—even in New Zealand’s most blustery locations—make it difficult for windfarms to contribute more fully to the national grid, but now University of Otago research points the way to achieving a highly reliable supply of wind power.

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Prestigious scholarships for emerging Otago researchers

Thursday, 6 November 2014 4:31pm

Three University of Otago staff members and a two postgraduate students have gained prestigious scholarships in the 2014 Rutherford Foundation Trust Awards.

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Planning for a double future

Friday, 7 March 2014 10:46am

Twins Hannah and Nyssa Payne-Harker are working towards a double Master of Planning at the University of Otago.

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From Dunedin to Sweden, via Gigatown

Friday, 7 March 2014 12:15pm

Sarah Tapp studied Dunedin's Gigatown win for her Master of Planning degree.

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Otago-led study revises height of Aoraki/Mt Cook

Thursday, 16 January 2014 4:37pm

The official height of New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook, is set to fall by 30 metres, following new measurements by University of Otago researchers.

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Otago student gains Woolf Fisher Scholarship to Cambridge

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 3:25pm

A University of Otago student has gained a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship for University of Cambridge doctoral study into the impact that changes in water availability caused by climate change will have on people’s livelihoods.