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.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 1:45pm
Understanding what Antarctica’s environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate change.
Three Otago University postgraduate students and a Victoria University postgraduate student were last night awarded postgraduate scholarships by Antarctic New Zealand for their work to better understand the changes occurring on the frozen continent. All three Otago students are associated with the Polar Environments Research Theme.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 9:37am
Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, University of Otago researchers have found in a first-of-its-kind study.
Monday, 26 June 2017 1:54pm
Over 150 leading scientists from New Zealand and around the world are coming together over the next three days to showcase the latest research on how climate change is affecting Antarctica.Organised by the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and Antarctica New Zealand, the New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference brings together the latest science being undertaken by the New Zealand Antarctic Programme and its international partners. Free events at Otago Museum have also been organised throughout the week so the public can learn about the impact of Antarctica on our lives.
Friday, 23 June 2017 9:14am
Dunedin breakfast cereal manufacturer Harraway & Sons Ltd has formalised its donation of $100,000 to the University of Otago's Department of Food Science to establish the Harraways 1867 Visiting Professorship at a signing ceremony today.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:54pm
Alumnus Dr Dicken Yung inducted into School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Sciences' wall of fame.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:17pm
Otago student and Maori Hill resident Charlotte Steel has won a $5000 scholarship in the recent annual Credit Union South (NZCU South) Young Achiever Awards.
Thursday, 18 May 2017 8:27am
A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area.
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.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 9:47am
In a newly published study in the international journal PeerJ, scientists have modelled factors driving mainland Yellow-eyed penguin population decline and are calling for action to reduce regional threats.
Monday, 15 May 2017 2:33pm
During this delightful Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Professor Langhorne told us about how natural ice around the globe responds to climate change at different rates, depending on the location and the type of ice. She also described her efforts to reconcile her observations with models of sea ice close to an ice shelf in the framework of what is happening in the Southern Ocean; and in doing so, took us on a journey across and below the ice.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 9:16am
Professor Nigel Perry (Chemistry) gave his Inaugural Professorial Lecture titled “New Molecules from New Zealand: Natural products chemistry of trees, sponges and bees”,
illustrating discoveries in New Zealand natural products chemistry from three different stages of his career covering:
. The strange, stressed molecule laurenene from rimu trees, explaining the significance of the molecule on the refreshed Science I building
. The antiviral mycalamide from a sponge in Otago Harbour
. The neurotoxin tutin, hidden in one of our favourite foods
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 11:01am
The resurrection of vanished species - through cutting-edge technologies such as gene-editing - should be targeted towards recently extinct species rather than ancient ones, according to a leading University of Otago conservation biologist.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 12:35pm
Venomous Australian redback spiders are increasingly “sinking their fangs” into New Zealand’s Central Otago region and their invasion is being aided by the activities of another introduced pest – European rabbits – new University of Otago research has shown.
Thursday, 27 April 2017 2:15pm
One of the closest active geological faults to Dunedin is not giving up its secrets easily.
Thursday, 20 April 2017 9:24am
A University of Otago-led study has discovered that the “Little Ice Age” is linked to dramatic shifts in Southern Hemisphere wildlife.
Thursday, 13 April 2017 8:44am
A highly complex University of Otago project to preserve the unique Kiwi character of World War I tunnels in France has reached a milestone.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 2:39pm
An up-and-coming University of Otago scientist has been funded by the Otago Southland Diabetes Research Trust to undertake cutting-edge research into how the processing of whole grains affects blood-sugar levels of people with diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 3 March 2017 3:49pm
Recipient of 2017 Oceania Dairy Scholarship enrolled in new BASc degree at Otago
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.