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On campus Anzac commemorations next week

Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:53pm

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) will host a bi-cultural Anzac Day Service on campus next week.

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Otago Bulletin Board takes a break

Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:31pm

The Otago Bulletin Board is taking a short break. News and notices will resume on Monday 29 April.

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Winning photos on display in Staff Club

Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:13pm

The 2019 Bulletin Board Photo Competition Exhibition opened at the Staff Club yesterday afternoon – with the 12 winning and highly commended photos from this year’s photo competition now on display.

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Breakthrough research to revolutionise internet communication

Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:21am

A team of University of Otago / Dodd-Walls Centre scientists have created a novel device that could enable the next generation of faster more energy efficient internet. Their breakthrough results have been published in the world’s premiere scientific journal Nature this morning.

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Busting barriers to dental care – Pasifika adolescents hold the answers

Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:09am

Sitting at the forefront of inequalities in oral health care, Pasifika youth are well placed to provide solutions to the problem, a unique University of Otago study has found.

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Samoa alumni event 2019

Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:44am

140 alumni, friends and distinguished guests gathered at Apia's Aggie Greys for a dinner to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

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Brisbane alumni event 2019

Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:22am

Around 30 alumni from Brisbane and the surrounding area joined for a casual get together with Shelagh Murray, Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the Hilton Brisbane on 11 April 2019.

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Opinion: This is us, but it does not have to be

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 9:44pm

Six days after the terror attack in Christchurch that killed 50 people, the University of Otago launched its participation in the national Give Nothing to Racism campaign. The Director of Otago’s Office of Māori Development Tuari Potiki spoke at the launch offering a message of hope. The Otago Bulletin Board has republished his speech.

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What’s your commuting future?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:12pm

How do you get to and from work in Dunedin? How do you want to make those trips in five or ten years? Change is coming and it’s worth thinking about what’s best for the city, the campus and you.

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Otago global health researchers to tackle tuberculosis in Indonesia

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 2:33pm

Researchers from the Otago Global Health Institute have secured funding from the e-Asia Joint Research Programme and the Health Research Council of New Zealand to help improve the management of tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia.

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Fiji alumni event 2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 3:55pm

To celebrate the University's 150th anniversary alumni and friends gathered at the New Zealand High Commission Residence in early April. This was the Vice-Chancellor's Professor Harlene Hayne's first visit to Fiji and she was welcomed to the event with a cultural performance by Kabu ni Vanua.

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Two international MOUs signed by Otago

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:33pm

Bilateral agreements have recently been signed with two international partners, which will result in new students studying at the University of Otago.

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Australian getting under surface to determine Otago’s quake history

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:29pm

Earthquakes weren’t part of Jonathan Griffin’s upbringing in Australia, but when he visited Pakistan at the end of his undergraduate geology degree in 2005, it coincided with the devastating Kashmir earthquake. That changed his future path.

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Sparking a love for science in kura kaupapa Māori students

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:06am

From dissecting a sheep’s heart and lungs to examining the microbial properties of manuka honey, a ground breaking initiative at the University of Otago, Wellington, has a no holds barred attitude to hosting students from kura kaupapa Māori (Māori language immersion schools).

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Wood is good, research on 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake shows

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:52am

New research has found that only three per cent of deaths in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake occurred in people’s homes, almost all of which were at that time constructed from wood.

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Discovery of oral cancer biomarkers could save thousands of lives

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:33am

Oral cancer is known for its high mortality rate in developing countries, but an international team of scientists hope its latest discovery will change that.

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Tackling all the BS – Otago alumna faces down Bombardment Stress

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 3:43pm

With her brave new book Smart Mothering, Otago alumna Dr Natalie Flynn has directly taken up the challenge set down by the University's own motto – Dare to be Wise.

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Rising to the challenge - first Pacific graduate paves the way

Monday, 15 April 2019 9:50pm

Working across cultures and around the globe, Papali’i Dr Viopapa Annandale-Atherton has quietly forged a distinguished career in public health and as an advocate for women’s rights, helping pave the way for generations of Pacific Island medical students.

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Proof of Concept contest open for 2019

Monday, 15 April 2019 9:57pm

Otago Innovation Ltd’s annual Proof of Concept Grant competition opened for applications last week – searching for commercially prospective ideas that could be transformed into a marketable product or service.

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New name and challenge for University Volunteer Centre

Monday, 15 April 2019 9:58pm

The University Volunteer Centre has been renamed and re-launched – becoming the Social Impact Studio.

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Maoritanga and Christianity woven into new course

Monday, 15 April 2019 3:48pm

At 11 years old, Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa spent time helping his family create tukutuku panels for his Tūhoe marae, Ohope. In July, he will return to the marae helping to teach an historic week-long block course on Maori religion with the University of Otago.

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Call for lawyers to test New Zealand’s potential online courts

Monday, 15 April 2019 2:49pm

The arrival of online courts in New Zealand may see a significant rise in claimants appearing without a lawyer by their side, which would raise big issues about access to justice, University of Otago researchers say.

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Study highlights concerning financial situation for retirees who don’t own a home

Monday, 15 April 2019 12:03pm

University of Otago research investigating the impact housing plays on the financial situation of New Zealand retirees shows that non-homeowners are in a worse position financially, and action is recommended before the problem grows.

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Public health experts call for use of “tie-down” practice to be abolished in NZ prisons

Friday, 12 April 2019 11:31am

A University of Otago public health physician and researcher and her Australian colleague welcome news that the use of “tie-down” practice will be abolished in New Zealand prisons.

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Otago records enrolment gains

Thursday, 11 April 2019 9:29pm

Otago is welcoming enrolment gains across the University – with growth in both undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments this year.