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Lecture hot picks – @Otago Issue 19

Wednesday 3 July 2019 4:23pm

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Next time you’re out running, on the bus or stranded by fog at the airport - or how about right now? – check out these podcasts and learn something new about Otago and the different ways it touches people’s lives.

Infectious diseases, Nepal and the University of Otago: An interview with Professor David Murdoch

Professor David Murdoch is Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch. This interview with David discusses his research in infectious diseases, his time spent living in remote Nepal for two years as well as the role of antibiotics and breakthroughs he is searching for.

Preventable blindness and the work of the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ: An interview with Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell is the Executive Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ which he has led since 2010. In this interview he reveals his background and childhood in South Africa, as a child of apartheid, studying anthropology and sociology, and what that was like with a growing sense of the injustice of apartheid. We also discuss his role now with efforts to prevent blindness through the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. As Executive Director, Andrew’s role is to champion the vision of Professor Fred Hollows of a world where no one is needlessly blind.

From haggis to hāngi: Are we what we eat?

Professor Krebs, an endocrinologist with a particular interest in diabetes and obesity discusses “From haggis to hāngi: Are we what we eat?” Professor Krebs research interests mainly concentrate on the nutritional approaches to addressing obesity and the close link with type 2 diabetes.

Daring to be Wise interview series

The 150th anniversary radio series Daring to be Wise is a series of entertaining, insightful interviews by University personalities.

25 interviews dig into the whole life of the University, uncovering a huge range of knowledge and interests.
You can listen to interviews about:

  • Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne’s personal journey to the University 27 years ago, what she found when she got here, and the hopes she has for the future of the University.
  • The establishment of the University
  • the 150th Dare to be Wise exhibition which opened at the Otago Museum
  • the relationship with the City of Dunedin
  • college life
  • OUSA
  • rugby
  • football
  • connections with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
  • music and performing arts
  • student volunteering
  • early women students

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