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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 10:50am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

2017 heralds Otago as the most successful university in terms of the number of awards and total funding awarded at just short of $24m, the highest amount ever secured by Otago.

The funding secured by Principal Investigators in Sciences includes eight standard projects and four ‘Fast-Start’ projects designed to support outstanding researchers early in their careers.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barker says that he is “delighted at the success of researchers in the Division in gaining funding from the extremely competitive Marsden Fund. The strength of fundamental research in the Sciences at Otago combined with highly innovative approaches to solving complex problems underpins our success. The breadth of Departments represented in this funding is an aspect of this success that is also highly pleasing”.

2017 heralds Otago as the most successful university in terms of the number of awards and total funding awarded at just short of $24m, the highest amount ever secured by Otago.

The funding secured by Principal Investigators in Sciences includes eight standard projects and four ‘Fast-Start’ projects designed to support outstanding researchers early in their careers.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barker says that he is “delighted at the success of researchers in the Division in gaining funding from the extremely competitive Marsden Fund. The strength of fundamental research in the Sciences at Otago combined with highly innovative approaches to solving complex problems underpins our success. The breadth of Departments represented in this funding is an aspect of this success that is also highly pleasing”.

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NZ-led international team begin epic journey to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Friday, 17 November 2017 2:29pm

After years of planning, a University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic research expedition to the Antarctic to better understand how the earth’s largest expanse of floating glacial ice will respond to global warming.

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School of Surveying student is named in the Barbarians and All Black Squad - October 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017 4:31pm

Dillon Hunt, a BSurv student has been selected to play for both the Barbarians and the All Blacks - November 2017

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 5th and final blog 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:34am

This is the final blog for Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal in 2017

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Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - 4th blog.

Monday, 2 October 2017 12:48pm

This is the 4th blog re Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal as a geodetic consultant, undertaking work caused by the last large earthquake.

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All good things are cheap; all bad are very dear. Low-cost GNSS precise positioning research highlighted in the GPS World magazine

Monday, 2 October 2017 10:04am

The low-cost GNSS receiver precise (millimeter-level) positioning research, conducted by Dr. Robert Odolinski (School of Surveying) and Prof Peter J. G. Teunissen (Curtin University, Australia), has been recognized in the Innovation column of the GPS World magazine.

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 3rd Blog.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:55am

Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 3rd Blog.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

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

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - Blog 2 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:52am

This is Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - Blog 2 2017, dated 8th September.

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - Blog 1 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 11:32am

Chris Pearson is visiting Nepal for the 3rd time to provide geodetic data advice.  This is blog 1 for this visit.

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Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am

Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:06pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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Student Support Services

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 1:04pm

Support Services available to Students

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Sciences top communicators in Research Poster Competition

Thursday, 3 August 2017 11:27am

Sciences were the big winners of the 2017 Research Poster Competition

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Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated

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.

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Challenging science in a challenging environment

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.

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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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Annual Hydrographic Seminar to be held at Surveying 6 July 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 4:17pm

Details of Australasian Hydrographic Society Annual Seminar 2017 and AGM

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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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Master of Applied Science in GIS Otago graduate wins award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney

Monday, 24 April 2017 4:14pm

Master of Applied Science in GIS Otago graduate wins award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney

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Massive survey of World War I tunnels handed over

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.

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School of Surveying students and staff win in three 2016 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards categories

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:22am

School of Surveying staff and students win three categories of the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

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

Monday, 6 March 2017 4:20pm

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

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First GIS Masters in Applied Science graduations.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 10:25am

School of Surveying produces its first MAppSci (GIS) graduates.

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First GIS Masters in AppSc graduations

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 12:00am

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NZARI Type A grant awarded to a team led by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 5:29pm

A team led by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard has been awarded a New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute grant to study the winter formation of sea ice in Antarctica.

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Dean of School of Surveying to give a prestigious Nye lecture

Thursday, 8 December 2016 2:16pm

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.