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Ron Lister Public Lecture

Associate Professor Rajrani Kalra

Ron Lister Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Otago

High technology and regional development in a globalising world: The case of India

Time: 6.00 – 7.00pm, Monday 10 September 2018
Location: BURNS2 Lecture Theatre

Following the lecture, refreshments will be served at the University of Otago Staff Club



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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Research shows carbon dioxide levels influenced by earthquakes

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 2:44pm

New research shows that large earthquakes may have influenced the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere over millions of years.

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More Māori voices needed in city planning – Otago graduate

Thursday, 23 August 2018 9:40am

There are calls from a University of Otago planning graduate for greater recognition and involvement of iwi and hapū surrounding the development of city spaces.

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Otago professor honoured by top geography award

Thursday, 2 August 2018 4:29pm

The head of the University of Otago’s Department of Geography who secured the New Zealand Geographical Society’s supreme award says it is a victory for a dynamic approach to research.

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Otago Geographers recognised with national awards

Thursday, 19 July 2018 9:30pm

An Otago Geographer has received the New Zealand Geographical Society’s (NZGS) highest honour, in recognition of her work in Māori and Indigenous geography, iwi resource management and development and planning.

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Environmental impacts of meat consumption low priority for Kiwis

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:12am

Many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the environmental impacts of their meat consumption and this may be influencing our high meat intake, according to a study by the University of Otago.

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Start teaching children early to save energy suggests Otago study

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:38am

New research from the University of Otago has uncovered the secrets to help children become better energy savers – and it is calling on parents and schools to take note.

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Otago and Volunteer Service Abroad sign MOU

Monday, 28 May 2018 12:28pm

An initiative that has enabled more than 100 students, many from Otago, to carry out voluntary work abroad since 2006 has been given a new lease on life, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) CEO Stephen Goodman in Wellington last week.

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University signs MOU to continue successful volunteer scheme

Friday, 25 May 2018 1:46pm

An initiative that has enabled more than 100 mostly geography students from Otago University to carry out voluntary work abroad since 2006 has been given a new lease on life, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne in Wellington this week.

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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival scifest.org.nz website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Make postgrads a priority say award-winning departments

Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:51pm

The three Otago departments which this week won awards for fostering postgraduate research culture share a common approach: they make their postgraduate students a priority.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Early Career Award springboard for international collaboration

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:17pm

Dr Ting Wang of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes her Early Career Award will help her build new international collaboration and strengthen the bridge between statistics and geoscience.

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Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Better understanding South Dunedin’s rising waters

Monday, 3 April 2017 1:10pm

Our response to sea-level rise affecting South Dunedin should not wait until the science is settled, the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability says.

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Award ceremony celebrates teaching excellence

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:58pm

The four recipients of University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017 were formally congratulated at a ceremony at the Clocktower building yesterday afternoon.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Teaching awards honour four Otago staff

Monday, 20 February 2017 9:00pm

Dedication and passion has paid off for four University of Otago staff, who have each received Teaching Excellence Awards from the University.