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New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Peoples

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:57am

Latest research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) suggests that graduating from university may not only change the individual lives of Māori and Pacific Peoples, but also positively impact on their families, communities and society in general.

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New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Island graduates

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 11:22am

Latest research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) suggests that graduating from university may not only change the individual lives of Māori and Pacific Island graduates, but also positively impact on their families, communities and society in general.

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Early childhood education linked with better outcomes at age 35 years

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 11:31am

Attendance at early childhood education is associated with benefits for later cognitive and academic outcomes over the life course.

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Special lecture by Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, leader of the Dunedin Study

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 3:08pm

"Staying ahead of the curve: best practices in the Dunedin Study". A special free public lecture by Professor Richie Poulton CNZM on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 6pm at the Dunedin town hall.

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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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HRC funding success for NCLR partners

Friday, 16 June 2017 2:21pm

Health Research Council (HRC) funding success for NCLR partners - the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study and COMPASS

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A well-matched name and face could win you votes: Otago research

Friday, 9 June 2017 9:27am

If you have a name that matches your face, you are more likely to win votes if you are a politician, and gain approval in general, says new University of Otago research.

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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.

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Queen's birthday honours for Professor Richie Poulton, CNZM

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 1:13pm

NCLR Co-Director Professor Richie Poulton has become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).

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Chlamydia more common in New Zealand than thought

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:46am

One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study.

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Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain Health Research Council funding

Monday, 22 May 2017 12:05pm

Two University of Otago staff have received emerging researcher first grants in the Health Research Council’s 2017 funding round announced today.

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University-made toys the envy of many

Thursday, 18 May 2017 2:40pm

Toys made by technicians in Otago’s Department of Psychology are being sent around the world to support research into infant and children’s early learning and memory skills, a deal which is win-win for the University.

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Celebrating postgraduate success for Māori in Psychology

Monday, 15 May 2017 10:23am

This week, three Māori Master of Psychology students; Jacob Ashdown, Paris Pidduck and Penny Tipu graduated. All three students were supervised by NCLR investigator Dr Gareth Treharne, and supported by Dr Tia Neha.

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Otago: Providing a holistic life experience for graduates

Saturday, 13 May 2017 2:36pm

Max Major and Sarah Morton met as undergraduate students studying Psychology at Otago. Sarah graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Psychology in 2015, and Max will graduate with the same qualifications this afternoon. Both now work in Auckland as Clinical Psychologists, Max at Adult Rehabilitation and Health of Older Persons and Sarah with the Regional Youth Forensic Service. They are currently planning their wedding.

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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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Celebrating postgradute success of Māori in Psychology

Friday, 12 May 2017 2:39pm

Three Māori Master of Psychology students; Jacob Ashdown, Paris Pidduck and Penny Tipu will be graduating tomorrow. All three students were supervised by Dr Gareth Treharne, and supported by Dr Tia Neha. Dr Neha is herself a recent PhD graduate of the Department of Psychology and was the Kaiāwhina Māori in the department before taking up a lecturing position at Victoria University Wellington last year.

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New diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders proposed

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 2:27pm

University of Otago researcher Associate Professor Martin Sellbom is part of a group of 50 leading international psychologists and psychiatrists who have put forward a new, evidence-based, system for classifying mental health disorders.

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Dunedin children’s exposure to lead linked to lower IQ

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 9:15am

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today’s adults.

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Chldren's exposure to lead linked to lower IQ

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 2:17pm

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today’s adults.

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New study describes what helps and hinders Māori university success

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 1:25pm

Māori university graduates describe whānau (family) support as the top factor that helped them to complete their qualifications, while family responsibilities and commitments made completion of their studies more difficult, according to research from the University of Otago’s National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR).

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New study describes what helps and hinders Māori university success

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 2:18pm

New research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research's - Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand - focuses on what Māori graduates describe as helping or hindering their success

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Dunedin Study wins top science prize as new assessment phase begins

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:16am

Picking up New Zealand’s most valuable science prize is a “watershed moment” for the researchers of a 45-year-old University of Otago-led study which has changed and saved lives around the world.

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NCLR partner, the Dunedin Study, wins New Zealand's top science prize

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:12pm

National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) partner, the Dunedin Study, wins New Zealand's top science prize.

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National Centre for Lifecourse Research named as one of Otago's flagship research centres

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:50pm

The National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) has been reconfirmed as a University of Otago flagship research centre.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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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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Well-being can improve quickly by eating more fruit and vegetables, study finds

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 1:21pm

Lifting your intake of fruit and vegetables can make a difference to the way you feel in just a couple of weeks, a University of Otago study has found.

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Brand new premises for world-famous Dunedin longitudinal study

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 7:36am

A purpose-built home for the University’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which has closely followed the progress of more than 1000 people born in Dunedin in 1972 and 1973, will be officially opened today by Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith.