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Otago graduate helps separate conjoined twins

Friday, 16 November 2018 8:54pm

A mix of relief, pride and protectiveness is how paediatric surgeon and Otago graduate Dr Michael Nightingale feels after being part of the team to successfully separate conjoined twins in Melbourne last week.

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MOU signals new era for Te Roopu Māori

Friday, 16 November 2018 8:27pm

A small signing ceremony on Monday marked a new era for the University of Otago’s Māori student association.

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Otago scientists’ contributions recognised nationally

Friday, 16 November 2018 9:35am

Three University of Otago scientists have been recognised for their significant contributions to New Zealand’s science community with awards from the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

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Marsden Medal carries special significance for Tate

Thursday, 15 November 2018 9:44pm

Receiving the Marsden Medal at this year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards is especially poignant for Professor Warren Tate.

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Emergency Exercise to be held next week

Thursday, 15 November 2018 9:18pm

The University will next week put its emergency procedures and responses to the test with a full scale Emergency Exercise being held at the southern end of the Dunedin campus.

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Distance travelled for World Diabetes Day

Thursday, 15 November 2018 7:38pm

People attending community diabetes exercise classes in Dunedin and Invercargill set out this week to walk, bike and row their way between the two cities – and got further than they intended.

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Keeping staff and students safe everywhere

Thursday, 15 November 2018 7:29pm

The University wants to make sure staff and students in remote areas nationally and internationally stay safe and can get help in emergencies – with a two-pronged approach.

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Otago surgeon helps separate conjoined twins

Thursday, 15 November 2018 3:35pm

Otago graduate Dr Michael Nightingale was part of the team that successfully separated conjoined twins in Melbourne, November 2018

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Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 7:58am

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health.

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Science Communication’s Sir Peter Blake Ambassador

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:34pm

Currently on the high seas east of New Zealand for research, Master of Science Communication student Lana Young is one of eight Otago students selected as a 2018 Sir Peter Blake Trust Ambassador.

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Otago Career Development Centre voted NZ’s best

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:37pm

The University of Otago Career Development Centre has been voted the best among New Zealand’s eight universities for 2018 by the New Zealand Association for Graduate Employers (NZAGE).

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College Leaders Series: Have you met Rosemary Tarbotton of Te Rangi Hiroa College?

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:33am

In this instalment of the College Leaders Series, we introduce you to Rosemary Tarbotton, Head of Te Rangi Hiroa College (TRH).

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Otago research highlights need for spirituality to be integrated into the health system

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 4:11pm

Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.

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UK Fleming Prize to Otago microbiologist

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 4:43pm

A University of Otago molecular microbiologist, Associate Professor Peter Fineran, has been awarded the United Kingdom Microbiology Society’s 2019 Fleming Prize.

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Christchurch PhD student named in Black Sticks

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 9:08pm

University of Otago, Christchurch postgraduate student Leah Butt has been selected for New Zealand’s national hockey team, the Black Sticks. 

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University remembers fallen soldiers on Armistice Day

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 9:11pm

University of Otago Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC and Faculty of Dentistry Associate Dean (Māori) Professor John Broughton placed a wreath on the Queen’s Gardens Cenotaph in honour of the Otago students and staff who lost their lives in World War One, during the weekend’s Armistice Day commemorations.

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Q&A with Otago alumna Nicky Shore, beauty business entrepreneur

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 9:50am

Otago alumna Nicky Shore has experienced every aspect of the beauty business in her journey to establish her successful Off & On beauty bars

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Examination Supervisors among those celebrated in Appreciation Awards

Monday, 12 November 2018 2:27pm

Two examination supervisors were among 18 people to be recognised in this year’s Disability Information and Support Appreciation awards held at the Staff Club on Friday evening.

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Boost in training health professionals rurally under ‘virtual’ school proposal

Friday, 9 November 2018 4:14pm

The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling body” that would lever off the expertise of the existing tertiary institutions to undertake more teaching and research in rural communities, working in partnership with local health services.

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Bringing Antarctica to the South Pacific

Thursday, 8 November 2018 8:07pm

Antarctica and the South Pacific islands seem worlds apart but a recent exhibition taken to Niue and Rarotonga taught local schools this connection is closer than expected.

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Otago sets new record with Marsden ‘blue-sky’ funding

Thursday, 8 November 2018 8:14pm

The University of Otago has secured not only the most funding from this year’s Marsden Fund grants, but the highest number of grants awarded to any research organisation since the fund began in 1994.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 2:14pm

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Otago study calls for end to Government’s “soft” approach to sugary drink regulation

Thursday, 8 November 2018 9:51am

People who drink sugary beverages are more likely to eat fast food and confectionery and less likely to make healthy dietary choices, Otago research has found.

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One university’s old microscopes are another university’s treasure

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 4:42pm

The University of Otago has shipped 21 microscopes to Myanmar’s University of Yangon to help address a shortage of scientific equipment.

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Otago wins prestigious sustainability award

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 2:33pm

The University of Otago has won a prestigious Australasian sustainability award for an initiative that aims to shrink the University’s carbon footprint by a third by 2020 and propel the campus more than halfway towards being zero carbon.