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2018 Zonta Science Award

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

Challenging the mental health struggle

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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.

“Something wicked (smelling)” this way comes – the science of fabrics and odours

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New research from the University of Otago has a slight whiff to it – researchers have used advanced technology to find out why three common fibre types differ in how they take in and release body odour.

Postgraduate Student Day 2017

The Centre for Materials Science and Technology held their annual postgraduate student research day on the 18th August 2017.  The work of our postgraduate and postdoctoral students was presented to a wide ranging audience including students, University staff as well as companies and organisations external to the University.  It was also an opportunity to thank all those involved in the ongoing support of the Centre.

Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

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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.

And the winner is... and the winner is

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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.

Postgraduate Open Day 2017

The Centre for Materials Science and Technology participated in the University Postgraduate Open Day on 8 August 2017 in The Link.  The Centre's booth displayed the study options available to future postgraduate students and highlighted the diversity and skills of our current cohort. 

Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

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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.

Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

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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.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti students experience textile microscopy at the Centre for Materials Science and Technology (CMAST)

Seventeen tamariki from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti visited the Centre for Materials Science and Technology (CMAST) recently to experience how microscopy is used to investigate textile materials and objects. Following the visit, two of the tamariki interviewed CMAST staff member, Dr Bronwyn Lowe, on the Otago Access Radio program “Kā manu o Rēhua and Dr Anderson - A mix of Everyday Science and Te Reo Māori”.

'Smart' Textiles Delegation

A delegation on 'Smart' textiles sponsored by the UK High Commission met for a one-day workshop at the University of Otago, Centre for Materials Science and Technology on 24 August. 

Postgraduate Student Research Day

The annual postgraduate student research day was held on 25 August, with students presenting their research. This day was established several years ago to celebrate the work of postgraduates and to thank their various supporters, those from other Department across the University (e.g. Dentistry, Zoology, Botany, History) and those from companies and organisations external to the University. Financial and in-kind support from these groups is much appreciated.

International medal for Otago textile expert


Otago’s Professor Raechel Laing has been selected to receive the most prestigious medal given by the international organisation governing her field of interest, The Textile Institute.