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Young New Zealand film-maker bringing international attention to plight of bees

Friday, 21 September 2018 3:44pm

A new approach in the fight against American foulbrood – a disease effecting beehives across the world – is the topic of a New Zealand-made film shortlisted in the International Jackson Hole Science Media Awards being held in Boston, USA, this week (26-28 September NZT).

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New book investigates why some humans want to kill themselves

Friday, 21 September 2018 3:36pm

University of Otago research psychologist Jesse Bering has explored the dark experiences of being suicidal, in his new book: A very human ending, how suicide haunts our species.

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Kiwi teenagers less fit than a generation ago, Otago research reveals

Friday, 21 September 2018 10:30am

New Zealand teenagers are less fit and weigh more than their parents were at the same age, new University of Otago research reveals.

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New Communications Advisory Service established

Thursday, 20 September 2018 9:28pm

A team of nine Communications Advisers took their place around the University this month as the new Communications Advisory Service was rolled out.

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Camellia planted on campus for Suffrage 125

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:58pm

The University yesterday joined the rest of New Zealand in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, with the planting of another white camellia in the Marama Hall garden among others planted in 1993 to recognise the suffrage centenary.

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Sustained levels of moderate warming could melt the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:48am

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet melted during extended warm periods in the past when temperatures were similar to those predicted for the coming century, a new study published in Nature has shown.

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20 September 2018, Sustained levels of moderate warming could melt the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:05am

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University Hanami festival better than ever before

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 9:31pm

The University’s annual Japanese cherry blossom viewing festival of Hanami became an international event last Friday, with a huge turn-out of people from many nationalities.

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Nutrition textbook receives major award

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:15am

A textbook co-authored by Otago Professor of Human Nutrition Jim Mann, has been named one of the best in the world by the British Medical Association (BMA).

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Kakī for Bird of the Year, urges Otago postgraduate

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 2:40pm

An Otago PhD student is putting her weight behind a campaign to make the one of the rarest birds in the world, the Kakī, or Black Stilt, New Zealand’s 2018 Bird of the Year.

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College art show showcases student talent

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 9:12am

A pencil sketch titled Turtle Island has taken the people’s choice award at Caroline Freeman College’s Annual Art Show held last week in the College’s Attic lounge.

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Otago staff attend “Olympics of Microscopy”

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 1:25pm

A group of Otago imaging experts travelled to Sydney last week to attend the largest Microscopy meeting on the planet.

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No increased risk of lung infections among infants using popular anti-reflux medicines

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:16am

New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies.

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New life for new director

Monday, 17 September 2018 10:09pm

Otago’s new Director of the Property Services Division, Dean Macaulay, has multi-national experience in facilities management, strategic procurement and maintenance planning.

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Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

Monday, 17 September 2018 12:20pm

Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

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Otago academic scoops top teaching award

Friday, 14 September 2018 1:32pm

The Otago academic who was last night crowned the top tertiary teacher in New Zealand says she is extremely humbled to receive the award.

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University of Otago academic scoops top teaching award

Friday, 14 September 2018 9:56am

For the sixth time in seven years, the University of Otago has the top tertiary teacher in New Zealand.

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University of Otago to construct new $150 million building in Christchurch

Friday, 14 September 2018 9:03am

The University of Otago has announced plans to construct a new state-of-the-art building to expand its Christchurch campus, making an important contribution to the Health Precinct as part of the city’s rebuild.

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New building for Christchurch campus

Friday, 14 September 2018 9:00am

The University of Otago has announced it will construct a new state-of-the-art building to expand its Christchurch health campus.

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Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori: Amazing race, amazing experience

Friday, 14 September 2018 9:36pm

They were the last team to finish, but a pair of international students who participated in a Te Reo Māori event say it was an incredible experience.

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Influential teachers celebrated at Dunedin School of Medicine

Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:30pm

Award-winning teachers from Dunedin and Invercargill were reminded that their influence extends well beyond the classroom, during the 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM) teaching awards held yesterday afternoon.

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Otago scientists awarded major funding for innovative research

Thursday, 13 September 2018 2:48pm

University of Otago research leader Professor Richard Blaikie has received almost $1 million in Government funding to develop a cost-effective solution for large-scale production of hydrogen gas, a potential source of energy as an alternative to fossil fuel.

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GREEN Grid project releases unique household electricity demand dataset for public use

Thursday, 13 September 2018 2:26pm

“How much electricity do heat pumps really use? When is hot water heated and are the lights kept on all day in winter?” These and other questions can now be answered thanks to the release of anonymised electricity power demand data from a sample of 45 New Zealand households.

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Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori: Bringing Te Reo to eateries earns award

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:24pm

There could be more Te Reo Māori on the menu across the University of Otago’s cafes and colleges if Martin Jones gets his way.

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Te Takarangi showcases Māori research

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:26pm

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2017, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru of Law, NPM Research Fellow Jeanette Wikaira and Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla of History and Art History have showcased 150 non-fiction books by Māori authors each weekday on Te Apārangi’s Facebook page and Twitter.