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A road map to ending diesel vehicle pollution

Friday, 17 September 2021 8:48am

Researchers have developed a road map to accelerate the removal of light diesel vehicles, including cars, utes and vans, from New Zealand roads in a quest to clear the air.

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Student-led te reo Māori classes popular with peers

Friday, 17 September 2021 11:19am

An eight-week te reo Māori class for medical students, set up by fellow students, was so popular it will be repeated in future years. The organisers explain how Te Reo Kia Ora sessions at the Hunter Centre began, the philosophy behind the classes and their hopes for the future.

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Future entrepreneurs showcase their skills

Friday, 17 September 2021 9:00am

The latest Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) class recently handed in their final project to complete their programme studies. MEntr Course Director Associate Professor Conor O’Kane says he’s thrilled with the highly innovative projects that the students have completed.

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Double trouble: insecticide and climate warming impact stream insect communities

Thursday, 16 September 2021 9:51am

New research highlights the impact of one of the world's most widely used insecticides on stream macroinvertebrate communities in the context of climate change.

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Members of Microbiology: Meet Cecilia Wang 

Thursday, 16 September 2021 9:03am

While completing her final year in the Department of Microbiology, PhD candidate Cecilia Wang took the time to share her research on agricultural microbiomes and what brought her to the University of Otago.

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Recent PhD graduate discusses how diabetes drug could aid lung cancer sufferers

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 7:57am

Dr Abigail Bland can be found in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, looking at how the diabetes drug metformin can be repurposed for a subtype of lung cancer. 

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Book prize highlights Pacific student achievement

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 11:26am

Since 2017, the family of Dr Claire Matthewson have presented the prize to the highest-achieving Pacific woman studying 200-level Division of Humanities papers.

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Keeping KiwiRail’s energy efficiency goals on track

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 9:18am

Helping KiwiRail work towards its sustainability goals is the key focus of recent Otago graduate Malia Vehikite. Born in Christchurch to Tongan parents, Malia looked to follow her father’s footsteps into a career in engineering. However, after a year at the University of Canterbury she decided that her interests lay elsewhere.

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Associate Professor Diane Ruwhiu awarded the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 9:17am

Associate Professor Diane Ruwhiu has been recognised with a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in the Kaupapa Māori category.

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Fiordland endeavours result in significant funding

Monday, 13 September 2021 9:44am

Ten University of Otago researchers have been named winners of the 2021 Endeavour Fund.

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Changing consumer habits silver lining from pandemic

Friday, 10 September 2021 3:14pm

One silver lining to come from the pandemic may be how much more mindful we are about money, a new University of Otago report reveals.

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Remembering (and forgetting) the 1981 Springbok tour

Friday, 10 September 2021 1:20pm

The narrative of the 1981 Springbok tour continues to reflect New Zealand's anti-apartheid views, but in fact protestors treated it more as a critique of New Zealand Society, research shows.  

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Sea ice history sheds light on future climate change impact on Antarctic plankton

Friday, 10 September 2021 9:38am

A 170m-long record of marine sediment core from Antarctica is yielding new insights into the complex relationship between sea ice, the productivity of marine plankton, and climate change.

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Remembering (and forgetting) the 1981 Springbok tour

Friday, 10 September 2021 10:05am

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the history-defining Eden Park Springboks rugby match.

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More innovative measures needed to achieve smokefree goal - study

Thursday, 9 September 2021 9:51am

New Zealand needs more innovative stop-smoking measures if it is to achieve its 2025 smoke-free goal, a University of Otago study says.

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After 10,000 years of inbreeding, kākāpō are in surprisingly good genetic health

Thursday, 9 September 2021 10:31am

Before humans made their way to New Zealand, the critically endangered flightless parrot known as the kākāpō likely numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

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Tourism Professor Hazel Tucker receives acclaimed AKO Tertiary Teaching Award

Thursday, 9 September 2021 9:47am

Tourism Professor Hazel Tucker recently received the AKO Tertiary Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence.

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Otago researchers secure significant Endeavour funding

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 7:59am

Understanding the future of fjords and their ability to soak up carbon is one of nine University of Otago scientific research projects receiving more than $16 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

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The secret to teaching is fun

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 10:15am

In a laboratory full of human cadavers, Anatomy Lecturer Dr Latika Samalia will sense when it’s time to tell one of her stories.

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An enterprising mind

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 3:04pm

Advice at a high school international business competition helped Young Enterprise Contributor of the Year winner Anna Campbell towards a career in business. The award recognises the significant contribution Anna has given to business leadership over the last decade.

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Top teaching award for School of Arts Head

Tuesday, 7 September 2021 10:23am

School of Arts Head Professor Tim Cooper's desire to see students fall in love with history has led to a prestigious Ako Aotearoa Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.

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Physiotherapy’s vital role in treating long COVID

Monday, 6 September 2021 2:22pm

As more about the effects of long COVID is learnt, it is apparent that cardio-respiratory physiotherapists have an essential role in helping people recover from the virus, a University of Otago physiotherapy specialist says.

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Avatars may help elicit embarrassing information

Monday, 6 September 2021 10:06am

People would rather give information to other people, although an anonymous avatar might be preferred if the information being shared is embarrassing, University of Otago research has found.

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Staff and students help in fight against COVID-19

Monday, 6 September 2021 10:03am

The University of Otago’s staff and students continue to serve on the front lines of New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.