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Opinion: How to have an argument with someone you just don’t get

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 8:44pm

The recent and seemingly sudden polarisation of politics and public debate is deeply concerning, says Associate Professor James Maclaurin of Philosophy. In this opinion piece, written for the Otago Bulletin Board, he offers eight tips for having successful arguments with someone whose opinions are radically different from your own.

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Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai honoured at Pacific Welcome

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:12pm

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai is simultaneously passionate and humble about the work she does as Manager of the University of Otago’s Pacific Islands Centre; indeed she believes so strongly that her work is a team effort that she felt uncomfortable being singled out for a special honour last month.

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Uppsala University honours Otago academic

Thursday, 9 March 2017 9:34pm

An Otago academic has become just the fourth South African to receive an honorary doctorate (FDhc filosofie hedersdoktor) from Sweden’s Uppsala University – joining an impressive trio which includes Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Otago Historian named Book Awards finalist

Thursday, 9 March 2017 9:55pm

Professor Barbara Brookes of the Department of History and Art History has made the finals of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards with a book that explores the role of women in founding and creating the New Zealand we know.

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Otago Fulbright recipients excited by opportunity

Thursday, 2 March 2017 12:41pm

Both Associate Professor Ruth Empson of Physiology and Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith of the Graduate Research School have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research in the United States.

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Glass and politics on radar for new OUSA president

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:36pm

As last year’s Editor of Critic, the new President of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) Hugh Baird is not unfamiliar with the issues affecting students. The Otago Bulletin Board caught up with him to learn about his aspirations for the year.

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Teaching awards honour four Otago staff

Monday, 20 February 2017 9:51pm

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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John Reynolds to Direct First Year Health Sciences

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 9:08pm

Professor John Reynolds of Anatomy has been appointed to a newly created role at the University of Otago aimed at overseeing the hugely popular Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme.

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Professorship tops off wonderful year for Otago academic

Thursday, 15 December 2016 1:03pm

Being promoted to full Professor is the icing on the cake of an incredible year for John Reynolds of Anatomy.

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Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:51am

A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.

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St Margaret’s College Master retires

Monday, 12 December 2016 8:28pm

There is a lot that retiring St Margaret’s College Master Reverend Dr Peter Norris will miss after 28 years in the job. He spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about the joy of his nearly three decades heading the College.

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National maths award won by Otago academic

Monday, 12 December 2016 9:30pm

Professor David Bryant of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently won the New Zealand Mathematics Society Research Award.

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Otago mushroom expert receives top Chinese honour

Thursday, 8 December 2016 12:27pm

National Poisons Centre Honorary Fellow Dr Ian Hall is thrilled to have been awarded The Friendship Award by the Chinese Government for his contribution towards China’s economic and social progress.  

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Pacific success: focusing on education and health links

Thursday, 8 December 2016 1:58pm

University of Otago Research Fellow Dr Jesse Kokaua has been awarded a prestigious Health Research Council (HRC) Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017. One of two awarded nationally, this fellowship is worth $330,000 over three years.

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Otago glaciologist to give prestigious lecture

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 2:34pm

The Dean of Otago’s School of Surveying, Professor Christina Hulbe, has been invited to give the prestigious Nye Lecture at the upcoming Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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Physicist humbled by Division of Sciences Award

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 8:36pm

Winning a Special Award for Distinguished Service from the Division of Sciences is very special and very humbling for Professor Rob Ballagh of Physics.

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Otago Business School Dean retires

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 2:26pm

Professor George Benwell retires from the role of Dean of the University of Otago Business School today having contributed a great deal to the local business community as well as to the University.

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Theatre Studies actors punch above their weight

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 9:31pm

An impressive number of nominations for the 2016 Dunedin Theatre Awards have come from the University of Otago Theatre Studies programme.

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2016 Supervisor of the Year a “mana wahine”

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 8:58pm

The postgraduate students lucky enough to study under Dr Anne-Marie Jackson say she is the “very definition of a mana wahine” – a strong Māori female academic who advocates tirelessly for their space at Otago.

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College Leaders Series: Have you met Dr Graham Redding of Knox College?

Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:13pm

In this instalment of the College Leaders Series we introduce you to The Very Rev Dr Graham Redding, Master of Knox College.

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New Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 8:29pm

Dr Mele Taumoepeau has been appointed as inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences.

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Otago academic honoured by NZ AIDS Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 8:24pm

An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.

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Otago Innovation appoints academic

Monday, 31 October 2016 8:32am

Dr Stephen Sowerby has seen first-hand how a patent born of science innovation can deliver significant global impact, and he’s keen to see how he can extend that for the University of Otago.

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Student initiative tackling human rights abuses

Monday, 17 October 2016 3:38pm

After witnessing first-hand the human rights abuses suffered by people with disabilities in countries of conflict, PhD candidate of the National Peace and Conflict Centre Robbie Francis established a social enterprise coffee business in Mexico specifically inclusive of people with disabilities.

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English internship’s fabulous start

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:37am


Otago’s first student of English to take the Division of Humanities new internship paper, Aleisha Pienaar, is discovering Dunedin’s literary riches, working on a significant project for the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

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A prostate cancer survival story

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 12:34pm

Last month was Blue September, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s national awareness campaign. This is a time when men of all ages are encouraged to think about their health needs and to get check-ups.

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Love of the game still strong for Dean of Law

Friday, 16 September 2016 5:24pm

More than 44 years after his first Varsity Club Games for the Golds, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law is still a regular on the rugby field, most recently playing for the University Law Vultures.

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Magnolia Day, August 21, 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 9:08am

Did you note Magnolia Day on campus this year?  University of Otago Department of Botany Teaching Fellow John Steel did, and he has the latest information on what is a very special University tree.

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College Leaders Series: Have you met Nick Bates of Cumberland College?

Thursday, 8 September 2016 12:30pm

Living in a residential college is an important part of the University experience for many students leaving home for the first time.

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Long-serving college warden retires, again

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 12:41pm

Last time Ashley Day retired he was lured back only months later to head his fourth college for students at Otago, but this time he is certain about his future because wife Lesley is retiring from the University as well.

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Action for gender equality in Antarctic science

Friday, 19 August 2016 8:23am

A global ‘Wikibomb’ that aims to blow up the perception Antarctic science is a boy’s club includes three Otago academics among its list of world-leading female scientists.

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University of Otago teacher wins Prime Minister’s prize

Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:15am

For the fifth year running, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has gone to a University of Otago academic.

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Geneticist and keen sportsman to lead big research department

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 7:30am

Genetics researcher Professor Martin Kennedy is the new head of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Department of Pathology.

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Plans for the Department of Medicine

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:27pm

The new Head of the Department of Medicine plans to set up a teaching committee, and help shape the future of Otago’s health services and main hospital, while also expanding international research exchanges.

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General Staff Award

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 10:51am

Two people have won this year’s University of Otago General Staff Award — Human Nutrition Laboratory Supervising Technician Kieran Columb and Anatomy Teaching Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman.

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Otago professor finds success in Samoa

Thursday, 4 August 2016 8:55am

The Samoa Observer says professors do not often compete in multi-sport events in Samoa and Otago’s Alison Heather ended up winning the women’s section of the Warrior Race.

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Giving back ethically

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 1:41pm

The latest in the Bulletin’s Otago volunteers series focuses on Sociology Associate Professor Martin Tolich, founder and convenor of the New Zealand Ethics Committee.

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Author Barbara Else stays in the south

Monday, 25 July 2016 10:35am

Author Barbara Else has enjoyed her arts fellowship in Dunedin so much she and husband Chris have bought a home in the city and are staying.

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Check out Carrington College and meet the Warden

Friday, 22 July 2016 4:15pm

Living in a residential college is an important part of the University experience for many students leaving home for the first time.

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 Otago Fellows quizzed at the Art Gallery

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 8:42am

The mysteries and quirks of the creative process were explored at the Meet the Fellows event featuring the 2016 University of Otago Arts Fellows.

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University announces next Dean of Otago Business School

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:14am

The University of Otago has appointed Professor Robin Gauld as the next Dean of the University’s Otago Business School.

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An award, a waka, an app and displays for Māori Language Week

Friday, 15 July 2016 4:48pm

An award, a waka, an app and displays for  Māori Language Week

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Otago performs well in Wellington Marathon

Friday, 15 July 2016 9:36am

A team from the University’s Wellington campus won first prize in the Corporate Teams’ half-marathon section of the Wellington marathon recently - it had the four fastest runners.

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Caucus formalised for Pacific academic staff

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 4:25pm

An Otago Pacific Academic Staff Caucus, formally launched last night, plans to support teaching and research excellence, while staying in tune with Pacific Island peoples’ worldviews and aspirations.

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Otago claims Emerging Teacher Educator Award

Monday, 11 July 2016 8:59am

The College of Education’s Dr David Berg has received the 2016 national Emerging Teacher Educator Award, from the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Otago researcher appointed MBIE Departmental Science Advisor

Thursday, 7 July 2016 12:27pm

A leading University of Otago Zoology researcher, Professor Hamish Spencer, has been appointed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as one of two Departmental Science Advisors.

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Pride of Workmanship Awards

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 9:31am

The winners of this year’s Pride of Workmanship Award at the University are Marine Science Scientific Officer and sediment core specialist Bob Dagg, and Executive Assistant to the Head of the Department of Anatomy Aven Drayson.

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Gargantuan book launched

Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:18am

Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer Barry Allan has launched a gargantuan book of almost 2000 pages which the publisher says is one of the largest pieces of academic writing a single author has ever produced for a first edition in New Zealand.

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Giving back: volunteer mission to beat bowel cancer

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 9:24am

As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine’s Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.

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The Band goes West

Friday, 24 June 2016 10:55am

Students and staff from across the University have bundled into a van and headed for the West Coast – not only to tour with St Kilda Brass, but to talk about life at the University as well.

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Switching hats comes naturally for new Proctor

Friday, 17 June 2016 12:58pm

After just a few weeks in the job, the Bulletin jumped the queue to talk to new University Proctor Dave Scott, whose shift to the role from the New Zealand Police is a direct result of a genuine desire to improve the safety of student-run events.

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Thoughts on the Queen's Birthday honours and the University

Friday, 17 June 2016 9:59am

Professor John Broughton, who received the South’s top honour at Queen’s Birthday weekend, says he is not only very proud to be an academic staff member but the University is also “the best employer in the world”.

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Community performance timely for Caroline Plummer Fellow

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:53am

When val smith started planning a community dance project based on the experiences that queer and transgender people have of public spaces, 50 people had not been killed in a gay nightclub in the United States.

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New Lectureship in Theology and Public Issues

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 10:08am

The University of Otago Department of Theology and Religion has announced a new three-year appointment in Theology and Public Issues, based at St. John’s in the City Presbyterian Church, Wellington.

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Professor Brendan Gray is retiring but not giving up on entrepreneurs

Thursday, 26 May 2016 9:20am

Helping up-and-coming entrepreneurs along their journey has been as rewarding for retiring Professor Brendan Gray as it has been helpful for the students who have turned their business ideas into commercial success.

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Emeritus Professor Anne Smith remembered

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:35am

Otago Professor Helen May pays tribute to a great friend, great scholar and great advocate for the rights of women and children, Anne B. Smith.

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Giving back: Sharing skills brings life-long reward

Monday, 9 May 2016 4:59pm

A University staff member’s volunteer work ranges from helping New Zealand children living with cancer to demonstrating science to Cambodian children with HIV, and teaching IT skills to Dunedin kids.

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Associate Professor has aims as Law Commissioner

Friday, 6 May 2016 12:49pm

Associate Professor Donna Buckingham wants to help more people get involved in debates about possible law changes, when she starts her new role as a Law Commissioner.

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Giving back: Turning truffles into toys

Thursday, 5 May 2016 8:51am

Knowing the joy a child feels playing with a new toy is a huge motivation for volunteering on the Mornington Toy and Games Library committee, Physiology Compliance Officer Rachael Holloway and Anatomy Postdoctoral and Teaching Fellow Natasha Flack say in the Bulletin’s latest story in its volunteer series.

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What Otago’s Tuari Potiki said to the United Nations in New York.

Sunday, 1 May 2016 10:01pm

When the University’s Tuari Potiki spoke about the war on drugs to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in New York, this is what the head of the Office of Māori Development and chairman of the New Zealand Drug Foundation said:

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Olympic recognition for College of Education academic

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:58am

The College of Education’s Associate Professor Ross Notman has been selected by the International Olympic Committee to include his research in a global publication on values in diverse contexts.

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A role that is going to be hard to leave behind

Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:09am

Sandra Gillam knew she would get a job in the Campus Shop because a psychic told her so - but she says with a laugh 31 years later, the psychic never told her when to leave.

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Otago alumnus appears at the Somme for Anzac Day

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:21am

Otago alumnus Kawiti Waetford will be appearing on Maori Television with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa on Anzac Day, as he traces the brutal reality of how his great-grandfather died in battle at the Somme.

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Academic celebrates teaching at Otago for 50 years

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 9:04am

Statistics Associate Professor John Harraway has been teaching at Otago for half a century and can easily calculate the number of sick days he has taken in that time – zero, because he enjoys lecturing so much.

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Australasia’s top health education award goes to Otago

Thursday, 7 April 2016 9:22am

The man driving innovation in training Otago medical students has won Australasia’s highest health education honour.

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Ecologist wins international award for research

Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:17am

Department of Zoology Research Fellow Dr Jay Piggott has won the International Society of Limnology’s inaugural “best paper” award for students or early career scientists.

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Otago professor becomes Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:24am

An Otago professor has become a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

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2016 Arts Fellows given warm reception at the Hocken

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 1:50pm

This place is charming, eclectic, even seductive, according to the Arts Fellows for 2016.

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National winner at Otago

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 5:07pm

A University Fellow has won the national Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.

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Time passed at the “speed of a shark” for Frances Hodgkins Fellow

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 1:24pm

Relief. Elation. Post-show blue. Mildly anxious.

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Professor “humbled” by Pacific recognition

Thursday, 25 February 2016 3:36pm

Singing and dancing filled the Hunter Centre on Tuesday night as Otago’s Pacific Island Health Science students were formally welcomed to the University with a cultural celebration which included special recognition of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) and Dean of the Otago Medical School Professor Peter Crampton for his ongoing commitment to the Pasifika community.

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Arthritis researcher receives top honour

Friday, 19 February 2016 1:56pm

A Christchurch rheumatologist awarded one of Arthritis New Zealand’s highest honours says her success would not be possible without the dedication of research participants, and clinical and research colleagues.

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2016 OUSA President excited for year ahead

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 9:27pm

The 2016 President of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA), Laura Harris, hopes to help the Dunedin community better engage with students this year. With students flooding back to Dunedin and orientation taking place next week, we here at Bulletin Board thought it was a good time to get to know her.

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Otago staff humble recipients of New Year Honours

Monday, 15 February 2016 8:53pm

Professor Charles Higham hopes Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will be at the New Year Honours investiture ceremony in April so that he can tell them how much he enjoyed watching last year’s Rugby World Cup final.

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Otago Professor named Editor of Royal Society journal

Monday, 15 February 2016 9:10pm

Otago’s Professor Ewan Fordyce says being appointed Senior Editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand provides him with the opportunity to make a wider contribution to New Zealand science.

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Role new COO’s “Holy Grail”

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 2:15pm

The University’s incoming Chief Operating Officer (COO), Stephen Willis, says the role is his “Holy Grail”. In an interview with the Bulletin Board, Mr Willis discusses his hopes for the role, the challenges facing the University, and the circumstances that brought him to Otago.

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Closer links with Wellington community aim of new Deputy Dean

Monday, 14 December 2015 12:05pm

Dr Diane Kenwright has recently been appointed to the role of Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Wellington campus.

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Leading woman scientist celebrated

Friday, 11 December 2015 1:55pm

Scientists from around the world this week celebrated the exceptional career of Professor Christine Winterbourn, whose research in the area of free radical science has spanned more than four decades.

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Beijing experience tops off “tremendous year”

Thursday, 10 December 2015 8:40pm

Anthropology and Archaeology’s Dr Anne Ford has had “a tremendous year”, capped off by three months living with her young family in Beijing, China, while working at Peking University.

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Promotion to Professor a “personal accolade”

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 1:54pm

The Head of Otago’s Department of Physics, Dr Pat Langhorne, says she feels a great sense of satisfaction and achievement being promoted to Professor.

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International medal for Otago textile expert

Monday, 7 December 2015 9:58am

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.

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Ballantyne wins premier history book award

Friday, 4 December 2015 2:06pm

History Professor Tony Ballantyne’s book Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the Question of Body, has won the premier annual prize for a book on New Zealand history. The win was announced in Christchurch at the New Zealand Historical Association’s AGM last night.

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Eminent musician new “Blair Professor”

Thursday, 3 December 2015 12:00pm

Although the history of the Blair Professorship in Music goes all the way back to the 1920s, the most recent recipient, Professor Terence Dennis, is only the fourth to hold the title.

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Research path altered by dog called Snuffie

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:39am

Fifteen years ago Associate Professor Neil Carr’s personal and academic life was altered forever when he purchased a black and white dog called Snuffie.

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Distinguished Researcher praises Otago’s postgraduate scholarships

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 8:23pm

Receiving Otago’s Distinguished Research Medal and delivering a lecture to an audience which included her peers, her parents and some of the University’s top officials was an intimidating task, even to someone as experienced as Professor Sally Brooker.

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Team synergies vital to new Division of External Engagement

Monday, 16 November 2015 8:23pm

Professor Helen Nicholson was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University’s newly created Division of External Engagement in June and moved into the Clocktower in late September. The Bulletin met with her to discuss her new role, the new Division and her hopes for the future.

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Otago academic honoured with Storylines award

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:22am

Otago’s Trish Brooking has received the 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service in the field of children’s literature, in recognition of the far-reaching influence she has had on children’s writing in New Zealand.

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Marine Scientist wins European award

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 9:29pm

Dr Federico Baltar of Otago’s Department of Marine Science has won a major international research award – the European Geosciences Union Award for Outstanding Young Scientist in Biogeosciences.

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Dance brings joy to Dunedin mums

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:35am

The Bulletin met 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and learned more about her maternal-baby dance project.

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Otago academic receives rare Japan Press Club invitation

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:06am

An Otago academic has received an invitation to speak at the Japan National Press Club – a very rare and prestigious honour.

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A career like no other

Thursday, 15 October 2015 1:08pm

Alison Finigan retires this month. She spoke to the Bulletin about her journey from part-time secretary in the Department of French to globe-trotting Alumni Relations Manager.

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Otago immunologist honoured for supporting women in science

Friday, 2 October 2015 8:24am

Otago’s Dr Roslyn Kemp has won a prestigious Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) Miriam Dell Award, for inspiring female immunologists across Australasia.

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Retiring journal editor reflects on three decades of change

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:49am

Thirty-three years ago, when Emeritus Professor Colin Townsend began co-editing the international journal Freshwater Biology, every aspect of publishing made use of paper, typewriters, coloured ink and the postman.

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Fellow's formulas made for breaking

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 1:29pm

Australian playwright, director and teacher Janis Balodis says signing up as the University of Otago’s William Evans Playwriting Fellow is all about grabbing opportunities and having a bit of an adventure.

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Retiring Proctor will miss students and staff

Monday, 28 September 2015 12:03pm

After 15 years as University of Otago Proctor, Simon Thompson officially retired last Friday. The Bulletin caught up with him as he finished up this mixed and demanding position.

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2015 top teacher connects with students

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:12am

Linguistics lecturer Dr Hunter Hatfield was named Otago’s top teacher at the 2015 Otago University Students’ Association teaching awards held on Wednesday night.

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University of Otago appoints new Proctor

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 9:35am

The University of Otago has appointed Ministry of Justice official Mr Dave Miller as its new Proctor.

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Helping make sense of genetic information

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 1:50pm

Geneticist Dr Logan Walker has won a prestigious research fellowship to develop better ways of identifying high-risk breast and ovarian cancer patients.

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ASEAN award for NZ-Myanmar health sector ties

Monday, 21 September 2015 11:30am

A University of Otago postdoctoral fellow has received a New Zealand-ASEAN Award for his work in bringing New Zealand and his home country closer together.

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“Be available” says 2015 top supervisor

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:00am

Otago’s 2015 Supervisor of the Year, Dr Will Rayment, says it is vital to be available when your students have questions or issues – to send them an email or see them promptly is key.

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2016 Arts Fellows named

Friday, 11 September 2015 11:13am

The 2016 recipients of prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships were announced this week.

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Simon Chu named Director, International

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:58am

The University has appointed Simon Chu as its Director, International. Mr Chu moves into the role from his current position as a Project Manager in the International Office.

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Obituary: Dr Elspeth Joan Gold

Monday, 7 September 2015 1:30pm

Dr Elspeth Gold, a highly respected and valued colleague, mentor and friend to many in the University of Otago and beyond, lost her courageous battle with cancer on the 21 August 2015.

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2015 Supervisor of the Year named

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 1:35pm

The University’s top supervisors for 2015 were named at an event at the Staff Club last night, with Marine Science’s Dr Will Rayment taking out this year’s title.

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Professor’s long career in Christchurch celebrated

Monday, 24 August 2015 7:53pm

Professor David Fergusson’s success in encouraging evidence-based social policy, and many other accomplishments over his long academic career, were acknowledged in a day of lectures last week.

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Otago surgeon wins prestigious award

Monday, 24 August 2015 11:30am

An orthopaedic surgeon who has taught medical students at Otago’s Christchurch campus for 50 consecutive years has been awarded New Zealand’s most prestigious surgical prize.

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Anatomy Administrator wins 2015 General Staff Award

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 7:45pm

Department of Anatomy Administrator Sally-Ann Howard has won this year’s University of Otago General Staff Award – the second award she has received this year recognising the competence, hard work and warmth she brings to her role.

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Suzanne Pitama wins NZ’s top teaching award

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 1:54pm

A beautiful muka korowai was passed from one Otago staff member to another last night, as Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama of the Christchurch campus won New Zealand’s highest teaching honour – the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.

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Incoming PVC of Humanities gives 2015 Hocken Lecture

Monday, 10 August 2015 11:30am

As Tony Ballantyne, Otago’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, prepares to depart as the Head of Department in History and Art History, he took the opportunity delivering the 2015 Hocken Lecture last week to reflect on the journey and philosophies that drive his own historical research.

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Award-winning Otago teacher first to wear korowai

Friday, 7 August 2015 8:26pm

Otago’s Dr Karyn Paringatai is the first caretaker of an exquisite muka korowai, created by Te Atiawa weaving expert Veranoa Hetet for the winner of the annual Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

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Imagination and senses stimulated at concert

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 2:03pm

An audience last night experienced the weird, wide and wonderful world of the University’s 2014 and 2015 Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall, with a performance of a range of his different works at Marama Hall.

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Burns Fellow launches literary journal for young writers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:53am

The University’s 2015 Burns Fellow Louise Wallace has this year been able to fulfil a long-held dream – to launch an online literary journal for writers under the age of 25.

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Distinguished Research winner dedicates award to her parents

Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:39pm

The winner of this year’s University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal, Professor Sally Brooker of Chemistry, has dedicated her award to her extremely supportive parents. The Bulletin asked her more about her background, the award, and the advice she has for other researchers.

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Otago PVC judges global ocean acidification sensor competition

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:13am

A leading Otago marine chemist will travel to New York later this month for the announcement of the winners of a $2 million global competition to develop breakthrough ocean pH sensor technologies.

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Ackerley “part of a very lucky generation”

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:57am

“I had a moment in my youth, slightly inebriated, sitting on some Christchurch student flat floor, when I thought, ‘oh dear, I’ve fallen in love with literature’,” recollects Otago English Professor Chris Ackerley, who retired this month.

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Seddon biography wins prestigious award

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 11:55am

Otago History Professor Tom Brooking has been announced as co-winner of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize for history, for his book "Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own: The Life and Times of New Zealand’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister".

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Book on Dr Hocken to be launched tonight

Thursday, 25 June 2015 9:14pm

A book exploring the life and collection of the man whose personal donation formed the basis of the University of Otago’s Hocken Library, Dr Thomas Morland Hocken, will be launched this evening.

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2015 Early Career Award winners named

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:50pm

The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Editorship role for Professor of General Practice

Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:45am

An Otago Professor of General Practice says New Zealand’s primary healthcare system will undergo huge changes over the next 20 years, which will require a strong underpinning of scientific research.

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Soldier’s story told by Children’s Writers in Residence

Monday, 25 May 2015 10:24am

The moving story of a Dunedin soldier and the violin that accompanied him in WW1 is being turned into a picture book by this year’s University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writers in Residence Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton.

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Two Administrators win Pride of Workmanship Awards

Thursday, 21 May 2015 9:50pm

Two “wonderful” departmental administrators from opposite ends of the campus were celebrated this week at the Dunedin North Rotary Club’s Pride of Workmanship Awards held at the University Staff Club.

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Otago anatomist contributes to “landmark” text

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 1:57pm

An Otago expert on clinical anatomy has contributed to the world’s first text book on the subject, entitled Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide.

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Fairness key to incoming and outgoing Provosts

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 2:12pm

Professor Ken Hodge has replaced Professor Bob Knight as University Provost. The pair have more than looks in common as the Bulletin discovered.

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Otago Professor elected to International Society of Nephrology

Thursday, 7 May 2015 1:49pm

Otago’s Professor Rob Walker hopes his new position on the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Council will give him the opportunity to support programmes in the Pacific Islands where up to half of the population of some countries have kidney disease.

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Otago academic pays tribute to NZ pioneers of facial surgery

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 8:40pm

New Zealand’s pioneers of facial reconstruction surgery were today remembered in a keynote lecture by an Otago academic delivered at a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons annual scientific congress in Perth.

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Otago scientist makes commercialisation awards finals

Monday, 4 May 2015 11:23am

Otago’s Applied Sciences Programme Director Dr Stephen Sowerby has been named as a finalist in the third annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

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Otago’s sociable new Social Media Adviser

Monday, 13 April 2015 1:55pm

The University’s new Social Media Adviser Susan Baxter is very positive about the power of social media to connect Otago to the rest of the world.

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New Professor brings passion for Theology and Public Issues

Friday, 10 April 2015 1:59pm

Otago’s new Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues, Professor David Tombs, is fascinated by the opportunities ahead of him in Dunedin. He spoke to the Bulletin about his background and his hopes for the role.

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Prestigious journal role for Otago academic

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 10:04am

Otago’s Dr Haxby Abbott has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of one of the world’s most prestigious physiotherapy journals, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

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Cricket, clamming and collaboration for Visiting Professor

Monday, 30 March 2015 8:55pm

It has taken until her fifth trip to Otago to achieve it, but Professor Emerita Diane Paul has finally become a cricket fan.

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New Dental Dean hopes to extend School’s influence

Monday, 23 March 2015 8:17pm

The new Dean of Otago’s Dental School, Professor Paul Brunton, spoke to the Bulletin Board about his hopes and plans for the School and for his own research.

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David Bilkey appointed to Marsden Fund Council

Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:05pm

Otago Psychology Professor David Bilkey is honoured to have been appointed to the prestigious Marsden Fund Council, tasked with making tough decisions about the allocation of research funding.

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"Humans of Otago" site a labour of love

Friday, 6 March 2015 4:20pm

A passion for photography sees Otago Library IT Administrator David Xie fight his nerves on a daily basis to approach strangers around the University and Dunedin for his “Humans of Otago” Facebook page.

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New CEO brings high hopes to OUSA

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 10:31pm

The new Chief Executive Officer of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) Debbie Downs plans to further enrich the close working relationship between the University and OUSA. She told the Bulletin Board more about herself and her goals for the OUSA.

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Draft Copy: 2014 Frances Hodgkins exhibition opens

Thursday, 12 February 2015 1:47pm

The Bulletin meets 2014 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Patrick Lundberg, whose exhibition Draft Copy opens at the Hocken this weekend.

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Midnight cycle in memory of Zoology Professor

Thursday, 5 February 2015 1:50pm

Business School Receptionist Anthony Legg will tomorrow night cycle the Otago Rail Trail from Middlemarch to Alexandra to raise funds for Otago Community Hospice. His ride is dedicated to Emeritus Professor Ian Jamieson of Zoology, who passed away on Monday evening.

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German research award for Otago Psychology researcher

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 1:17pm

Psychology's Professor Jeffrey Miller has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award that will allow him to enhance his collaborations with cognition researchers in Germany.

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Starting 2015 as Professor

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 8:47pm

Fifteen leading University of Otago academics have kicked off the new year with promotions to full professorships, while 39 others have been made Associate Professor.

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2014 Mozart Fellow’s taste in music

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:22pm

Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall will this weekend host a performance to stimulate all five of the senses. The Bulletin spoke with him about Flutter, the Fellowship and facial hair.

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University to remember former Proctor Ron Chambers

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:16pm

A memorial will be held at St Margaret’s College next Monday to celebrate the life of the University’s former Proctor, Ron Chambers, who passed away early last month aged 74.

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It’s all about the journey for Supervisor of the Year

Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:26am

The Bulletin meets Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald who was recently declared 2014 OUSA Supervisor of the Year.

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Strengthening links with the University of the South Pacific

Thursday, 4 September 2014 11:08am

Otago’s Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau of Te Tumu - School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies has been made an Adjunct Professor at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji.

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Clements named Peacemaker of the Year

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 8:56am

Otago’s Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, has been honoured with the New Zealand Peace Foundation’s 2014 Peacemaker Award – an award his own father helped create more than 40 years ago.

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“Lifetime Achievement” in Marine Science celebrated

Thursday, 28 August 2014 8:08am

Otago’s Associate Professor Keith Probert has won New Zealand’s top award for marine science in recognition of his “outstanding contribution” to the field.

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Professor Emerita Fleming retires from Science Communication

Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:08am

Despite retiring from the University of Otago and her role in Science Communication, Professor Emerita Jean Fleming remains as passionate about science as she has ever been during her four-decade-long career.

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Top honour for PE lecturer

Friday, 15 August 2014 8:08am

Otago’s Lisette Burrows has been awarded the highest honour from her peers – Physical Education New Zealand’s Sir Alexander Gillies Medal. She is the second woman and one of just 10 people to receive the award since its inception in 1967.

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Introducing Otago’s new Director of Student Services

Monday, 21 July 2014 8:08am

With an air of quiet efficiency and warmth, Otago’s new Director of Student Services Karyn Thomson is finding her feet in Dunedin and at the University. The Bulletin went to meet her.

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Australasian honour for Otago geneticist

Monday, 14 July 2014 8:08am

Genetics Otago Director Associate Professor Peter Dearden has won the Genetics Society of AustralAsia Ross Crozier Medal for outstanding contributions to genetics.

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Farewell David Richardson

Friday, 6 June 2014 8:07am

We speak to David Richardson as he retires after a “wonderful innings” of 14 years as Director of Student Services.

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Zoologist receives international award

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 8:07am

New Zealand's rivers are a taonga (treasured thing) and we need to work collaboratively to ensure that they are sustained and improved for the sake of future generations says Professor Colin Townsend, who has this month received the 2014 Award of Excellence of the Society for Freshwater Science.

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Papua New Guinean honour for archaeologist

Thursday, 22 May 2014 8:07am

Otago’s Professor Glenn Summerhayes has had his contributions to the archaeology of Papua New Guinea (PNG) formally recognised by that country’s Government.

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New CFO relishes challenges

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 8:07am

The University's new Chief Financial Officer Sharon van Turnhout is excited about her new role and the challenges posed by factors such as changing roll numbers and the University's massive capital programme.

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Otago to confer honorary doctorate on leading law graduate

Friday, 16 May 2014 8:07am

The University of Otago will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on one of its distinguished law graduates, Justice Christine French, at a graduation ceremony tomorrow.

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Honorary doctorate for botany leader

Friday, 2 May 2014 8:07am

The University will tomorrow confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on one of New Zealand’s leading plant ecologists and conservationists, Sir Alan Mark.

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Innovative Otago breast cancer research gains support

Monday, 31 March 2014 11:16am

A University of Otago study targeting the immune response to anti-oestrogen therapy is among three newly funded innovative research projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand. Dr Anita Dunbier of the Department of Biochemistry and her research team have gained $200,000 for their two-year project.

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Otago healthcare systems expert awarded UK visiting professorship

Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:16am

Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor. He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, from September to December, and will give his inaugural lecture in October.

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New Associate Dean – International for Business School

Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:16am

Professor Elizabeth Rose from the Department of Management has been appointed as the Business School’s Associate Dean – International.

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Pride of Workmanship

Monday, 17 March 2014 11:16am

Two University staff members were awarded Pride of Workmanship Awards by the Dunedin North Rotary Club earlier this month. The awards give public recognition to Otago staff who are doing an outstanding job.

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AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS: 1-14 March

Friday, 14 March 2014 11:16am

A collection of accolades, awards, acknowledgements and achievements from around the University in the past fortnight.

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Passion for the Deep South draws Utah Professor back

Friday, 7 March 2014 11:16am

An abiding love for the University of Otago, Dunedin and the South Island has drawn an American intelligence and security expert across the globe for more than 20 years.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr Frank Pega

Tuesday, 4 March 2014 11:16am

University of Otago Wellington’s Dr Frank Pega has been awarded a Health Sciences Career Development Programme Postdoctoral Fellowship. The award will support his work on a cost-utility study of housing interventions for health.

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Translating our research to extend the fight against TB

Monday, 3 March 2014 11:16am

Professor Greg Cook (Microbiology and Immunology) is the winner of the inaugural Division of Health Sciences Translational Research Grant to assist him to translate his ground-breaking research on TB into a product which will benefit society.

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Otago Innovation Ltd CE to move on

Monday, 3 March 2014 11:16am

The Chief Executive of Otago Innovation Ltd, Colin Dawson, is resigning after 11 years involvement in setting up and then leading the company.

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New Director for Distance Learning

Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:16am

A long-term interest in teaching at a distance brought Dr Sarah Stein to her new role as director fo Distance Learning at Otago.

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Letterpress course attracts keen novice printers

Friday, 7 February 2014 8:07am

Inaugural Letterpress course helps revitalise an art at risk of fading away.

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Fulbright awards mean US travel for Otago pair

Thursday, 23 January 2014 8:07am

Two of the six academics to receive Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards this year are Otago academics keen to make use of the travelling opportunity the award brings.

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Inching toward Otago’s 150th one post at a time

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 8:06am

Today, we bring you a re-post of The best prank? - the most popular post to date on Ali Clarke's blog 'Otago 150 years'.

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Remarkable conference input from Research Fellow

Friday, 10 January 2014 8:06am

Little dampens Centre for Society, Governance and Science Research Fellow Dr Jon Cornwall’s enthusiasm for opportunities created through active collaboration.

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A fine set of fellows

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 8:06am

Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology is now home to quite a number of Fellows. With Professor Greg Cook’s recent election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the number of Royal Society Fellows in the department rises to five.

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Financial Services Director will miss the “good team” at Otago

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 8:06am

As he leaves the University for a new position with the Dunedin City Council, Financial Services Director Grant McKenzie says he will miss the people the most. This week he leaves for an expanded role at the Council, as Group Chief Financial Officer, looking after finances for the Council and its companies.

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Sweet success for singer

Monday, 16 December 2013 8:06am

Linda Kerr thought she was joining a ‘little singing group’ when she answered an advertisement for choir members in a community newspaper. Little did she know the group was the Sweet Adelines and her involvement would take her to the international stage.

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Otago senior lecturer named 2013 NZ Law Foundation International Research Fellow

Friday, 6 December 2013 8:06am

University of Otago senior law lecturer Ceri Warnock has been named the 2013 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow.

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Fellow’s work literally entrancing

Monday, 25 November 2013 8:06am

People become plants in the hypnotising work of this year’s Frances Hodgkins Fellow.

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Otago welcomes first Director Pacific Development

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 8:06am

Pacific students' achievement at Otago is now supported by a Pacific Strategic Framework and a Director of Pacific Development, Dr Tasileta Teevale.

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Peer leader racks up a New Zealand first

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 8:06am

Hayley Horwood is the first Kiwi to be awarded an ‘Outstanding Peer Leader’ award at the annual Australasian PASS Forum for her commitment and contribution to Otago’s peer assisted study sessions (PASS) programme.

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Dancer receives lifetime achievement award

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 8:06am

After a lifetime spent working as a dancer and teacher of dance, the College of Education’s Suzanne Renner was honoured with the Kōwhiti Lifetime Achievement Award in Maori Contemporary Dance at the Kōwhiti Atarau Festival of Indigenous Contemporary Dance in Wellington earlier this month.

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Otago historian wins major prize in Japan

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 8:06am

An Otago lecturer in History has won Japan’s most prestigious prize for scholars in humanities with his book, written in Japanese, on the birth of European political thought in medieval times.

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Leading Otago scientist gains James Cook Research Fellowship

Monday, 11 November 2013 8:06am

A University of Otago microbiologist has gained a prestigious James Cook Research Fellowship to support his innovative studies into bacterial communities in the gut and their role in health and disease.

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Opportunity knocked for Otago music teacher

Monday, 11 November 2013 8:06am

Department of Music oboe and saxophone teacher Nick Cornish was teaching at a local high school when he got an unexpected call from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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Award an “unexpected bonus” for filmmaker

Thursday, 7 November 2013 8:06am

Internationally recognised scientist, author and filmmaker, Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis was recently awarded the 2013 Ronald B. Tobias Award for Achievement in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Education at a ceremony late last month at Montana State University.

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Otago opportunities underpin ‘International’ career move

Friday, 1 November 2013 8:06am

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Sarah Todd departed Otago at the end of October bound for Australia’s Griffith University, knowing the move rides on the back of a beloved Otago-based career.

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Ali Clarke: Documenting 150 years of Otago history

Monday, 14 October 2013 8:06am

Historian Dr Ali Clarke has been handed a monumental task a century and a half in the making and she couldn’t be more excited about it. Over the next five years, she is researching and writing a book about the history of the University over its first 150 years.

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Robert Burns Fellow's creativity “fecund”

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 8:06am

“It’s been the best writing year of my life; there is no qualification on that statement,” says 2013 Robert Burns Fellow, poet David Howard as he nears the bittersweet end of his tenure.

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Art Historian remembers the Smiling Boy stamps...on world smile day!

Friday, 4 October 2013 8:05am

In the spirit of World Smile Day today on October 4, the Bulletin profiles Mark Stocker's academic interest in the famous Smiling Boy stamps produced in New Zealand during the impoverished early 1930s.

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Mozart Fellow challenged by physics and et al.

Thursday, 5 September 2013 8:05am

The experimental and new music of 2013 Mozart Fellow Samuel Holloway isn’t inaccessible, it’s out there - being performed, and shown, by renowned New Zealand artists.

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New Associate Dean, Māori for Otago Business School

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 8:05am

The newly appointed Associate Dean, Māori Janine Kapa is looking forward to being able to create further opportunities for the Otago Business School.

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Farewell Professor Andrew Bradstock

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 8:05am

After four-and-a-half years holding the University’s Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and heading its associated Centre, Professor Andrew Bradstock is preparing to return home to the United Kingdom – and family – at the end of this month.

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International honour for Otago archaeologist

Thursday, 22 August 2013 8:05am

Otago archaeologist Professor Charles Higham’s decades of research into the origins of South-East Asia’s Angkorian civilisation will be honoured in China this weekend.

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Prolific six months for resident children’s writer

Friday, 12 July 2013 8:05am

Leonie Agnew has discovered you can’t “fly under the radar” when you are the University of Otago College of Education/Creative NZ Children’s writer in residence.

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Leading Wellington academics become HODs

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 8:05am

Dr Diane Kenwright has been appointed Head of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, while Professor Dawn Elder has been appointed to the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Abbey College head retires

Wednesday, 5 June 2013 8:04am

From chemical engineer to senior management to head of a residential college, Gretchen Kivell has come full circle in her life. Today, on her 65th birthday, she retires.

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Otago’s "Singing Lecturer" inspires

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 8:04am

Haematology is not usually an inspirational subject, but Christchurch campus Senior Lecturer Dr Sean MacPherson turns subjects such as anaemia into catchy medical songs.

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Otago lecturer best selling author in Mexico

Friday, 24 May 2013 8:04am

Dr Rogelio Guedea from the Department of Languages and Cultures is currently one of the top five selling authors in Mexico, with his book El Crimen de Los Tepames.

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International prize for Religion lecturer

Monday, 20 May 2013 8:04am

A passion for Sri Lanka and its compelling history which combines Buddhism and civil war led to an international prize for new Otago lecturer Dr Ben Schonthal.

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Publisher leaves Otago University Press in good heart

Thursday, 16 May 2013 8:04am

The publisher of Otago University Press Wendy Harrex retired this month after 20 years in the role, leaving the Press in good heart to face the challenges of publishing in the digital age.

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Long-standing College Warden retires

Thursday, 2 May 2013 8:04am

After 18 “extraordinary” years as Warden of various University Colleges, Ashley Day yesterday finished his time heading up University-owned student accommodation.

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Nutrition researcher awarded international prize

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 8:04am

A leading Otago nutritionist, Professor Rosalind Gibson, has been awarded the 2013 Kellogg International Prize in Nutrition.

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Wellington summer studentships end on high note

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 8:04am

Summer studentship entries presented a quality challenge in oral competition