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1869 Conference and Heritage Festival to celebrate a range of ‘firsts’

Thursday, 19 September 2019 2:58pm

The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago are set to be explored and celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which starts in Dunedin on 25 September.

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Opinion: The value of the Arts

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 9:45am

In an opinion piece, written for the Otago Daily Times and reprinted with permission, Associate Professor Tim Cooper, the Head of the School of Arts in the Division of Humanities debunks some myths around the Bachelor of Arts, and discusses the “human skills” a BA instils in graduates.

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New exhibition delves into 1869

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 9:55am

A new exhibition opening at the University this week explores what was happening in the world the year the University of Otago was established.

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Otago wins Battle of the Universities Barista Competition

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 9:53am

There was spilt coffee, milk spluttering and a lot of nervous pacing but in the end an Otago barista came out on top at the Battle of the Universities Barista Competition today.

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Time for law review on GM crops – leading academics argue

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:40am

A group of New Zealand’s leading plant scientists are calling for a law change, allowing them to use modern plant breeding technologies, which could be highly beneficial to New Zealand and the world.

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Communicating the Loch Ness study

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 9:00pm

Earlier this month Otago’s Professor Neil Gemmell travelled to Scotland to reveal the findings of his environmental DNA study of Loch Ness. Anticipating an avalanche of global media attention, Senior Communications Adviser Mark Hathaway accompanied him. He writes about the experience for the Otago Bulletin Board.

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Sweet success of Endeavour Fund

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 9:02pm

University of Otago scientists have received their largest ever haul of funding from the Government’s Endeavour Fund with almost $38.5 million this year.

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Awards recognise integral role of Dunedin School of Medicine’s teachers

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:43pm

Some of the country’s best medical teaching and teachers were celebrated this week at the University's Dunedin School of Medicine 2019 Teaching Awards.

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Otago scientists awarded NZ$38.5 million in largest national research grants

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 2:09pm

University of Otago scientists have been awarded almost NZ$38.5 million from the Government’s Endeavour Fund to tackle major issues from climate change to antimicrobial resistance.

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School of Physiotherapy encourages people to ‘Stay Fan Fit’

Monday, 16 September 2019 9:03pm

A series of four videos have been produced to promote the University of Otago’s School of Physiotherapy and coincide with the Rugby World Cup, providing key messages about keeping well and injury free, with just a touch of humour in the mix.

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Remove nicotine from cigarettes, smokers say

Monday, 16 September 2019 10:35am

New Zealand smokers overwhelmingly support removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, a national survey has found.

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Director of The Dunedin Study recognised with Distinguished Research Medal

Friday, 13 September 2019 12:23pm

Having a clear goal to make people’s lives better has helped earn Professor Richie Poulton Otago's prestigious Distinguished Research Medal for 2019.

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Director of The Dunedin Study recognised with Distinguished Research Medal

Friday, 13 September 2019 1:36pm

Having a clear goal to make people’s lives better has helped earn Professor Richie Poulton the prestigious Otago 2019 Distinguished Research Medal Award.

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Nathan Berg selected as DCC Chair of Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:18pm

Associate Professor Nathan Berg, of the Department of Economics, has been appointed the new Dunedin City Council Chair of Entrepreneurship.

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China and University of Otago collaborations celebrated and enhanced

Thursday, 12 September 2019 9:56pm

Growing collaborations in brain research and the modernisation of traditional medicine were in the spotlight at an international forum in Queenstown last month.

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Students volunteer to help Fox Glacier clean up

Thursday, 12 September 2019 4:27pm

A volunteer trip to help clear rubbish from Fox Glacier gave Otago students a “confronting” look at the damage plastic consumption can have on the environment.

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Behavioural economist appointed as DCC Chair of Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 12 September 2019 9:56am

The University of Otago has appointed behavioural economist Associate Professor Nathan Berg as its Dunedin City Council Chair of Entrepreneurship.

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Otago announces 2020 Arts Fellowship recipients

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:27pm

Otago’s 2020 Arts Fellows look set to continue a strong tradition of contributing to New Zealand’s cultural canon, with next year’s recipients including award-winning writers, musicians, dancers and artists.

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Aitken sees appointment as a chance to help

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 9:54pm

The University of Otago’s Associate Professor Rob Aitken has been appointed to the Board of Consumer NZ.

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Message of peace from Al Noor Mosque Imam

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:30pm

The Imam who was a beacon of peace following the Christchurch terror attacks has called for an end to discrimination while speaking in Dunedin.

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Three awards for Health Sciences PVC

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 9:35pm

Three fellowships from three major international dentistry organisations have been awarded to the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) Professor Paul Brunton in the past year.

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University of Otago announces 2020 Arts Fellowship recipients

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:31am

The University of Otago’s 2020 Arts Fellows look set to continue a strong tradition of contributing to New Zealand’s cultural canon, with next year’s recipients including award-winning writers, musicians, dancers and artists.

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Otago students volunteer in Malaysia

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:46am

Otago student Meredith Walker spent her mid-year break in Malaysia volunteering in a programme for underprivileged children.

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Samoa able to expand dental services, thanks to University’s goodwill

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:50pm

The University of Otago is gifting dental chairs from its Faculty of Dentistry to the Samoan Ministry of Health to assist with dental care in the Pacific nation.

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Otago recognises leaders of tomorrow at Class Act Awards

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 2:13pm

The University of Otago is celebrating the achievements of Otago secondary school pupils once again with its involvement in this year’s Otago Daily Times Class Act Awards.