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Division of Sciences News

Rugby players’ uneven neck strength may affect head impacts

Monday, 27 March 2017 11:30am

Rugby players with weaker necks or uneven neck strength appear more vulnerable to severe impacts that may cause concussion.

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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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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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New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 9:40am

The Otago Museum is hosting the 2017 New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference in associated with the Polar Environments Research Theme. The conference will focus on how to detect, pre-empt and attribute changes, to quantify and predict the rate and magnitude of changes to the ocean, cryosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. For more information visit:

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Major science event presents latest research on our “Diabesity” epidemic

Friday, 17 March 2017 9:32am

Getting teenagers more active and how our gut hormones impact on obesity are just two of a wide range of topics being discussed at a major gathering of top national and international researchers at Auckland City Hospital today.

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Otago Chemistry Professor wins 2017 Burrows Award

Friday, 17 March 2017 2:06pm

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Inorganic Chemistry Division has announced Professor Sally Brooker as the winner of the 28th Burrows Award from an outstanding field of applicants.

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Otago researchers gain control over single atoms

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 2:37pm

University of Otago physicists have found a way to control individual atoms, making them appear wherever they want them to.

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New PVC of Sciences given official Pacific Island Welcome

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 3:13pm

Professor Richard Barker was welcomed to his new role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) during the Sciences Pacific Island Welcome Ceremony yesterday.

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2016 Division of Sciences awards for Dr. Mick Strack and BSURV Honours student, Callum Johns

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:24am

School of Surveying staff member Dr Mick Strack and 2016 Honours student Callum Johns win Division of Sciences Awards.

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A happy marriage between physical and biological sciences

Saturday, 4 March 2017 9:27am

Professor Indrawati Oey explains an excellent example of collaboration amongst a broad range of sciences and engaging the community through Enterprise Dunedin.

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Recipient of 2017 Oceania Dairy Scholarship enrolled in new BASc degree at Otago

Friday, 3 March 2017 3:49pm

Recipient of 2017 Oceania Dairy Scholarship enrolled in new BASc degree at Otago

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Trail by Fire (exciting Otago alumni science)

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:44am

Trial By Fire is a team of young volcanologists, that includes Ian Schipper (Otago Geology PhD graduate), planning to measure the entire flux of gases emitted by volcanoes along the Nazca subduction zone. They are currently working on active volcanoes of Ecuador (Trial By Fire 1.5: Ecuador).

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Marine Science unveil aquavan

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:42am

The Marine Science Aquavan was unveiled yesterday, aptly, on the first day of both ‘Seaweek’ and the Marine Science annual postgraduate orientation week.

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11th Australia & New Zealand Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:03am

The Symposium was held in Queenstown, NZ between 20th - 22nd February, 2017. The event was hosted by the University of Otago and sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Food Science Technologies (NZIFST),  Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (M.B.I.E ) and  the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT).  51 partipants in the

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Action needed now to halt decline of southern lakes

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:28pm

New Zealand risks losing its unique alpine lakes unless it stops making the same mistakes as North America and Europe, University of Otago expert Dr Marc Schallenberg says.

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University joins nationwide food-innovation collaboration

Thursday, 23 February 2017 2:25pm

New foods produced by novel techniques using electric fields and ultra-high pressures are likely spinoffs from a collaboration involving the University of Otago.

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Otago gains funding to engage young minds with science

Friday, 17 February 2017 2:58pm

Four University of Otago initiatives are among the latest projects to be successfully awarded a total of $2m in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round. The fund particularly focuses on projects that engage young New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to be involved with science and technology.

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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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Another successful camp for OUASSA

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 12:41pm

Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA) hosted 60 potentially high achieving Science students from 46 rural/low decile schools nationwide for their first residential camp of the year from 22-28 January.

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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.

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Donald Trump, climate denial and other obstacles to 'science diplomacy'

Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:23am

The most urgent challenges facing the planet will be solved only if governments recognise that knowledge must come before self-interest in policymaking.

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Severe inbreeding threatens Long Island’s little spotted kiwi

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 2:02pm

A population of rare little spotted kiwi (LSK) that was thought to be thriving in a Marlborough island sanctuary is actually seriously threatened by the silent effects of inbreeding, new research led by a University of Otago scientist suggests.

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Women exercisers face health risk if not keeping up energy intake

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:22am

Many New Zealand women who exercise recreationally could be risking their health by not eating enough to match the energy they expend, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Tuatara numbers boosted at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:10pm

Modest tuatara numbers will be boosted at Orokonui Ecosanctuary with the release of 17 juvenile tuatara this Thursday, 15 December.

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Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:22am

A small segment of the population accounts for a disproportionate share of costly service use across a society’s health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems – and paediatric tests of brain health can identify these adults as young as age three, new findings out of the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggest.

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Otago physicists’ prediction of gas “droplets” confirmed

Thursday, 10 November 2016 3:35pm

Ground-breaking theoretical work by University of Otago physics researchers showing that under certain conditions gases can form into stable droplets – as liquids do – has now been confirmed experimentally by scientists in Germany.

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New Marsden funding to probe the science of how genes awaken

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:27am

University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers are collaborating to gain new insights into the very beginnings of life, following the recent awarding of a major Marsden Fund grant.

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New Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 12:02pm

National Centre for Lifecourse Research Investigator, Dr Mele Taumoepeau has been appointed as inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences, University of Otago

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Otago introduces Bachelor of Arts and Science degree

Monday, 10 October 2016 10:56am

Wondering what to study at University?
Enjoy both Arts and Science?
You can do both!

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Recent earthquake science work in the USA

Thursday, 6 October 2016 3:37pm

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University announces next Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Friday, 30 September 2016 3:08pm

The University of Otago has selected Professor Richard Barker as the next Pro-Vice-Chancellor of its Division of Sciences. Professor Barker holds the Chair in Statistics in the Division’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He will take up the role for an 18-month period after Professor Keith Hunter retires at the end of this year.