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University’s 150th year kicks off with Hands-On Otago’s 30th Anniversary

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 1:39pm

Most teenagers would prefer to spend their summer holidays on the beach, but nearly 400 Year 12 and 13 students are dedicating a week of their break to travel to Dunedin for a taste of student life.

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Fellowship for ‘outstanding contribution’ to accountancy

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 1:31pm

Associate Professor Ros Whiting has had her “outstanding contribution and achievement to the profession of accountancy” awarded with an internationally-recognised Fellowship.

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Christchurch Professor given medical profession’s highest accolade

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 1:27pm

Bowel cancer surgeon and University of Otago, Christchurch researcher Professor Frank Frizelle has been award the New Zealand medical profession’s highest accolade.

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The Rainbow Tick of approval

Monday, 17 December 2018 10:51pm

The University of Otago formally became a Rainbow-Tick certified employer last week, an important step in an ongoing process initiated by University employees.

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A Beatles-style goodbye to Dunedin’s Albany Street studio

Monday, 17 December 2018 10:44pm

In a Beatles-like tribute to the University’s Albany Street recording studio, a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the studio from Friday to Sunday to record an album of 22 songs over the three days.

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New partnership already bearing fruit

Monday, 17 December 2018 1:51pm

A new scholarship in honour of a leading Māori Otago alumnus has been confirmed as part of a new partnership between the University of Otago and a Māori health provider.

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Humanities moves aim to bring staff together

Monday, 17 December 2018 12:38pm

A host of moves in the Division of Humanities aim to bring people together, encourage collaboration, improve the use of space, cater for a new structure, share resources, eliminate duplication and reduce reliance on leased premises.

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The University fosters Tongan connections

Monday, 17 December 2018 9:22pm

Raised in a Tongan speaking family in Auckland, the first time Mary Jane Kivalu visited Tonga was as a teenager with her mother.  Recently she made her second trip to the Kingdom to help launch the Otago Tongan Alumni Network.

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Probiotic gives long-standing protection against childhood eczema, study finds

Monday, 17 December 2018 1:05pm

Giving a probiotic supplement to pregnant mothers and their infants significantly reduces the chances of a child developing eczema for the first 11 years of their life, researchers have shown.

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Otago scientists invent easier, cheaper way to measure gravity

Monday, 17 December 2018 1:07pm

The world has one official kilogram against which all other country’s kilograms are measured and scales calibrated.

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A Beatles goodbye to Dunedin's Albany Street studio

Monday, 17 December 2018 9:03am

In a Beatles-like tribute a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the Albany Street recording studio to record an album of 22 songs over three days.

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Diverse initiatives for this year's Annual Appeal

Monday, 17 December 2018 5:03pm

Initiatives in medical research, marine studies and cancer rehabilitation join student scholarships and a new home for Music, Theatre and Performing Arts as the focus of this year's annual fundraising appeal.

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Otago retains maximum 5-star plus QS rating for 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018 4:00pm

The University of Otago is proud to announce it has retained its 5-star rating in the latest release of QS Intelligence Unit’s world university performance statistics.

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Call for pandemic research fund as “living memorial” to 1918 flu victims

Friday, 14 December 2018 9:11am

Professors from the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington are calling on the government to set up a research fund to help prevent pandemics and increase New Zealand’s preparedness to deal with such disasters.

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Doctorate graduate explores what gender can engender

Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:58pm

Marea Colombo, the eldest daughter of Otago Vice-Chancellor and Psychology Professor Harlene Hayne and Head of the Department of Psychology Professor Mike Colombo, will graduate on Saturday with her PhD in … Psychology. She spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about her studies and her future plans.

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Two winning teams from TRG competition

Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:14pm

Two winning teams have emerged from this year’s University of Otago Translational Research Grant (TRG) competition – one in Dunedin and one in Christchurch.

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University spreads some Christmas cheer

Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:27pm

Campus Watch has delivered some Christmas cheer to students who are not going home for Christmas.

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Otago graduate influential in Africa

Thursday, 13 December 2018 9:05am

The first PhD student to graduate from the University of Otago’s Centre for International Health (CIH) has been named the most influential woman in the education and training sector of business and government in part of Africa.

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Barnes Dance crossings planned as cycle-way project nears completion

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:02pm

Crossing the north-bound and south-bound one-way systems and Albany Street outside the University’s Dunedin campus is set to become safer from early next year – with the installation of Barnes Dance crossings at both of these busy intersections.

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Otago graduate influential in Africa

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 9:26pm

The first PhD student to graduate from the University of Otago’s Centre for International Health (CIH)  has been named the most influential woman in the education and training sector of business and government in part of Africa.

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Learning te reo Māori hook for new professor

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 9:29pm

Learning te reo Māori got one of Otago’s newest professors hooked on the world of academia. Associate Professor Lachy Paterson of Te Tumu is one of 17 leading academics from the University to be promoted to Professor this year.

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Be on the alert for meningococcal disease

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:37pm

Student Health Services is encouraging students to be immunised against meningococcal disease over the summer break – and also offering a friendly reminder for staff to be vigilant.

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Rewi honoured at powerful Pounamu ceremony

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:26pm

An emotional acknowledgment of a graduating senior academic was the highlight of the University of Otago’s second Māori pre-graduation ceremony of the December season, held yesterday.

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Student Health Services encourages immunisation against meningococcal disease

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:32pm

The University of Otago’s Student Health Services is encouraging students to be immunised against meningococcal disease over the summer break.

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First nationwide study of listeria in mothers and babies

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:56am

The first study of the burden of listeria in pregnant New Zealanders and their babies has found reassuringly low rates of the infection – indicating food safety warnings are working to prevent unnecessary cases of miscarriage, still birth, and meningitis in babies infected in the womb.