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Thursday 18 March 2021 12:04pm

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Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

2020 Distinguished Research Medal - Professor David Murdoch

Professor David Murdoch is the 2020 recipient of the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal.

Professor Murdoch is an internationally esteemed infectious diseases expert with an outstanding publication record. His research accomplishments have, moreover, been attained against a backdrop of outstanding leadership and collegiality within the University.

Rhiannon Cooper sings with the stars

Young Dunedin-based soprano Rhiannon Cooper appeared with two top international opera stars at the Dunedin Town Hall on Saturday 20 February.

2020 Research Group Award - CHI 2010s

The Christchurch Heart Institute is the 2020 recipient of the University of Otago Research Group Award.

From its formation in the 1980s, the Christchurch Heart Institute has been internationally recognised for its work on the humoral regulation of human circulation in health and cardiovascular disease, with particular recognition given to its work in the biology of cardiac natriuretic peptides.

Hocken, health and history: Archival and digital traces (Hocken 2020 Lecture)

Emeritus Professor Barbara Brookes presents Hocken, health and history: Archival and digital traces.

Changes in the way historians can access physical records and online resources has opened new opportunities for research. This lecture explores what we can learn about the history of medicine by exploring Hocken sources with three case studies relating to childbirth in the 1870s, surgery in the 1930s and the changing attitudes to tohunga in health.

In this lecture, recently retired from University of Otago Emeritus Professor Barbara Brookes reflects on the themes that have interested her during her career and the physical and online resources that enable an historian to explore new lines of research in new ways.

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Why we Otago - Dental Class of 1980 reunion
The Dental Class of 1980 celebrated their COVID-delayed 40th reunion in February.

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Otago images - Otago Dental School
Images from the Otago Dental School through the years.

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Alumni in the news
An overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

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Pearl Matahiki leaving the helm of the Māori Centre
Pearl Matahiki on leaving her role as Tumuaki (Manager) of Te Huka Mātauraka (Māori Centre) after 20 years at the centre.

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Nurturing the next generation of citizens
The Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne extends a farewell to all alumni, and speaks of the challenges of the past year and her pride in Otago's staff and students.

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Creative disrupters keeping it real
Otago alumni are the creative force behind the government's online safety campaign, deftly using humour as a courier for a serious message.

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Your Story - Happy to be home and planning a concert tour
Jonathan Lemalu and his family have been busy settling into life in Dunedin, while also planning a national concert tour.

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Networks and Events
Galleries from a variety of events that have taken place during 2021

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Making a difference - Remembering Sophia
The first Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship was awarded in March this year and fundraising for a second is well advanced.

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Supporting Otago - Dr Elman Poole
A generous gift of NZ$3 million will support southern students to pursue their studies at the University of Otago and University of Canterbury (UC).

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