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Division of Humanities News and Events Archive for 2014

MFCO December Graduation Morning Tea

Thursday, 18 December 2014 2:19pm

MFCO December Graduation Morning Tea

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Otago report raises concerns over NZ’s trend towards ‘Preventive Justice’

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 11:12am

A new report by University of Otago researchers on the role of preventive detention in New Zealand raises serious concerns about a new law permitting ongoing and indefinite detention of certain offenders after they have completed their sentence.

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Humanities academics from Matariki universities gather

Monday, 8 December 2014 1:38pm

Researchers and Librarians from Otago’s six international Matariki partnership institutions are gathering at the Dunedin campus this week to share insights and best practises in the inaugural Matariki Humanities Colloquium.

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Better and Better and Better? A Legal and Ethical Analysis of Preventive Detention in New Zealand

Monday, 8 December 2014 4:13pm

The passing of the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill has coincided with the publication of a report from Otago University academics into the role of preventive detention in New Zealand.

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Three leading Otago researchers awarded prestigious national medals

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:45am

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2014 Research Honours Dinner.

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Otago students to complete in International Humanitarian Law Moot

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 3:55pm

Otago Law students Amber Hosking and Alicia Rosevear are set to compete in the 2014 National Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot in Wellington this weekend.

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2014 Mozart Fellow’s taste in music

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:22pm

Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall will this weekend host a performance to stimulate all five of the senses. The Bulletin spoke with him about Flutter, the Fellowship and facial hair.

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Belfast researcher to become Otago Professor of Theology and Public Issues

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:46pm

Dr David Tombs, a leading public theology and reconciliation researcher working in Northern Ireland, will take up the University of Otago’s Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues in January.

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Hocken moves to more robust search tool

Monday, 17 November 2014 11:11am

The Hocken has completed a major upgrade to its online search tool Hākena. The upgraded search tool represents a new collection management system for the Hocken's unpublished collections: archives, photographs and artworks.

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Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters: A Multidisciplinary Conference

Monday, 17 November 2014 2:54pm

Historical and contemporary global migration involves a range of cross-cultural encounters, but how are these interactions discussed, debated, and defined? This three-day multidisciplinary conference seeks to examine past and present migrant encounters with other peoples in a diverse range of locations. We welcome papers from all disciplinary angles from both academics and independent researchers concerned with this issue.

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Multiculturalism Colloquium

Monday, 17 November 2014 2:16pm

A colloquium is being held on ‘Multiculturalism in New Zealand’.

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Otago develops new Māori language App

Thursday, 13 November 2014 9:33am

A University of Otago research project to find out how Dunedin families pass on Māori to their children has led to the development of an innovative new Māori Language App, called Aki.

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Essay Competition Awards

Thursday, 13 November 2014 9:01am

Winners of this year's Essay Competition

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Screenwriting Research Network International Conference 2017

Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:31am

The Department of Media, Film and Communication is bidding to host the annual international conference on screenwriting research in 2017 at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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New Zealand’s moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population

Monday, 10 November 2014 2:16pm

A new study suggests that the flightless birds named moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand’s human population had grown to two and half thousand people at most.

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Politics academic appointed as Chair of review team

Monday, 10 November 2014 9:30am

Associate Prof Janine Hayward has been named chairwoman of an independent review team appointed to carry out the council's representation review.

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Emotional opening to Hocken exhibition

Friday, 7 November 2014 4:34pm

About 50 guests yesterday attended an emotional mihi whakatau and blessing for a carved taonga (treasure) that was flown from Auckland to Dunedin to take its place among the exhibits in an exhibition showcasing missionary Samuel Marsden’s legacy at the Hocken Library.

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Coconut study one of 22 to receive Marsden funding

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 9:43pm

A study looking at the history of coconuts as a commodity in the Pacific Islands is one of 22 world-class Otago research projects to receive grants in the latest Royal Society of New Zealand-administered Marsden funding round announced today.

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It’s all about the journey for Supervisor of the Year

Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:26am

The Bulletin meets Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald who was recently declared 2014 OUSA Supervisor of the Year.

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Carrying on a legacy of peace

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 2:18pm

The Bulletin meets Kelli Te Maihāroa, a College of Education Professional Practice Fellow, who is upholding the peace legacy of her whānau through her PhD research and her new roles as the Australasian representative on the Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) and International Peace Research Council (IPRA).

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Kensington Swan Teamwork Competition

Friday, 17 October 2014 10:02am

Second year law students compete in the 2014 Kensington Swan Teamwork Competition.

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Staff Publication: Edward Said: Intellectual Cultural Critic, Activist

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:53am

Edward Said: Intellectual Cultural Critic, Activist

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Staff Publication: States of Violence: Geopolitics, Law, Technology

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:54am

States of Violence: Geopolitics, Law, Technology

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Doing their part to preserve a legacy

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 2:16pm

Two fourth-year design students are applying what they’ve learned in class to preserve, promote and celebrate the legacy of noted poet Hone Tuwhare.

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Taking a look at ‘What’s happening to universities?’

Friday, 10 October 2014 9:27am

With its topic of great interest to both current and past staff and students, as well as a wide public audience, a full house is expected for this year’s Margaret Dalziel Lecture being held on Monday.

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Top supervisors celebrated at awards

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 9:05am

Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald, of Social Anthropology, was last night named the OUSA Supervisor of the Year for 2014.

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Otago student crowned Miss Samoa

Monday, 29 September 2014 3:03pm

Multi-talented Otago Law and Music student Latafale Auva’a was this month crowned Miss Samoa, after competing in that country’s pageant as the New Zealand Samoan community’s representative.

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Debating Dirty Politics: Media, Politics and Law

Monday, 29 September 2014 2:54pm

On September 12, the Faculty of Law joined with the Departments of Politics and Film, Media and Communication to host a special "webinar" on the theme of Dirty Politics: Media, Politics and Law.

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ALSA and NZLSA Mooting Competition Success

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:54pm

Students from the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago achieved great success at the recent Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) and NZ Law Students Association (NZLSA) Conferences.

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The United Nations Inquiry Into Human Rights in North Korea - An Address by The Hon. Michael D. Kirby AC CMG

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:28am

On the 5th of August, The Hon. Michael D. Kirby AC CMG delivered a guest lecture at the Faculty of Law on the topic: The United Nations Inquiry Into Human Rights in North Korea.

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New online archive at Hocken will revolutionise research

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 4:44pm

Historians are eagerly anticipating the fruits of a ground-breaking University of Otago Library project to place thousands of New Zealand's earliest missionary archives online so they can be mined for new clues to European and Māori contact up to 200 years ago.

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Celebrating 100 years of Allen Hall

Thursday, 11 September 2014 8:34pm

A sizeable group of New Zealand’s theatrical talent – directors, actors and comedians – as well as those who have forged their careers along different paths, will descend on Dunedin this weekend for the University’s celebrations of 100 years of Allen Hall.

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2015 Arts Fellows announced

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 9:21pm

The University today announced the six talented individuals who will take up its prestigious arts fellowships and residencies in 2015.

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University of Otago Arts Fellowships for 2015 announced

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 3:20pm

The names of six talented individuals who will take up prestigious arts fellowships and residencies with the University in 2015 were announced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne today.

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Summer School 2015 Posters

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 12:54pm

Posters advertising our 2015 Summer School Papers are now available

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Strengthening links with the University of the South Pacific

Thursday, 4 September 2014 11:08am

Otago’s Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau of Te Tumu - School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies has been made an Adjunct Professor at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji.

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A look at Chinese soft power and culture

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 8:06am

On Wednesday, Otago is playing host to a public workshop titled Chinese soft power and culture: between complicity and independence.

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Clements named Peacemaker of the Year

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 8:56am

Otago’s Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, has been honoured with the New Zealand Peace Foundation’s 2014 Peacemaker Award – an award his own father helped create more than 40 years ago.

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Māori and Pacific Bridging Scholarships Available for 2017

Friday, 29 August 2014 11:00am

The Division of Humanities is offering a number of Bridging Scholarships for Māori and Pacific students in 2017.

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Postgraduate Research Poster Competition

Friday, 29 August 2014 4:26pm

This competition is open to postgraduate research PhD and thesis Master's students, and the closing date for Division of Humanities students is Wednesday 29 July 2015.

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Te Roopu Whai Pūtake turns 21

Friday, 22 August 2014 8:08am

Te Roopu Whai Pūtake, Otago’s Māori Law Students’ Association, has officially grown up. This weekend the Association, which was created to support and help Māori Law students and give them a presence and voice in the Faculty of Law, turns 21.

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Publish Don’t Perish Thanks To New iPhone App

Friday, 8 August 2014 4:21pm

A new app developed at the University of Otago is already helping researchers in over 20 countries connect more effectively with journals that could publish their research.

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Photos embrace #50kupumoments

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 8:08am

A photo inspired by the word “āpōpō” (tomorrow) has won Volunteer Centre Coordinator Sze-En Lau the staff award in the University’s #50kupumoments photo competition as Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) kicks off on campus.

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Otago study finds “systemic” problems and under-resourcing in NZ coronial system

Friday, 18 July 2014 2:01pm

A ground-breaking University of Otago study of more than 600 findings by coroners in New Zealand has identified serious failings that constrain the ability of coroners to act preventively and stop further loss of life.

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Otago academic’s book wins Australasia’s most prestigious history award

Friday, 11 July 2014 4:09pm

A ground-breaking study of interracial relationships in New Zealand has won University of Otago history senior lecturer Dr Angela Wanhalla the 2014 Ernest Scott Prize for history.

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Otago academic awarded New Zealand’s top prize for tertiary teaching excellence

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 4:44pm

Tonight (Tuesday, July 1) the Prime Minister presented his 2014 Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence to Dr Karyn Paringatai (Ngāti Porou), lecturer at Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago.

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The King Salmon Soiree

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 3:51pm

In June 2014, a group of environmental lawyers met to consider the ramifications of the Supreme Court decision in EDS v King Salmon.

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New Faculty of Law TV Commercial

Thursday, 19 June 2014 8:26am

The Faculty of Law is excited to present the new University of Otago commercial promoting law, using teaching that all our students consider at first year, starring law students.

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New way of thinking about learning to read

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 8:07am

Latest research from the College of Education could lead to a new way of thinking about how children learn to read.

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Latest Staff Publications - Holly Randell-Moon

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:51pm

The latest issue of Critical Race and Whiteness Studies is out

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Otago to confer honorary doctorate on leading law graduate

Friday, 16 May 2014 8:07am

The University of Otago will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on one of its distinguished law graduates, Justice Christine French, at a graduation ceremony tomorrow.

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New Postgraduate - Brenda McKinney

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 4:51pm

The Law Faculty recently welcomed Brenda McKinney, a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Fulbright Scholar.

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Otago film airs on Anzac Day

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 8:07am

On Anzac Day, April 25, "Born of Conflict – Children of the Pacific War" will screen on Māori TV on Freeview channel 5 and Sky TV channel 19 at 9am as part of the station’s Anzac morning coverage. The film, about children of WW2 servicemen, is based on the research of Professor Judy Bennett.

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Inaugural University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellow announced

Friday, 4 April 2014 12:00am

The Division of Humanities and the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago are delighted to announce that the inaugural University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellow will be the acclaimed Scottish novelist Janice Galloway.

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Secretary’s visit a ‘rare privilege’

Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:16am

The Secretary for Education in the Scottish Government, Michael Russell, visited Dunedin earlier this week. After a full slate of engagements throughout the city, Mr Russell’s visit culminated in a trio of events organised by Otago’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (CISS).

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Otago involved in Dunedin’s City of Literature bid

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:16am

It’s been nearly four years since the idea first came to light, but last week Mayor Dave Cull officially submitted Dunedin’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Otago’s Dr Noel Waite and two Design & Applied Sciences students were heavily involved in bid preparations and now anxiously await the results of their efforts.

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Bounteous response to Performing Arts degree

Friday, 21 March 2014 11:16am

Dancing, acting, directing, music – the new performing arts degree is tailor-made for producing blended performers.

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NZ political advertising – are we different?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:16am

While examining emotional appeals in election advertising, an Otago PhD student has found NZers may not react as expected.

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University of Otago 2014 Arts Fellows welcomed

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:16am

The arrival of the University of Otago’s five 2014 Arts Fellows was celebrated at a ceremony in the Hocken Library yesterday (17 March).

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Jon Cornwall's Article on Body Donation

Monday, 17 March 2014 2:02pm

Dr Jon Cornwall, Senior research fellow in the Faculty of Law's research centre SoGoS (Centre for Society, Governance and Science), recently published an article on body donation that that has received attention in the Sunday Star Times newspaper and on the Stuff news website

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Religions in NZ schools study reveals divisions

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:16am

Why isn’t New Zealand following the western world trend of teaching general religious studies in schools?

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From Otago to Harvard

Friday, 7 March 2014 1:57pm

Sophie Gilmore has been accepted into Harvard on a full scholarship.

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“Explosive” whale watching realities communicated

Friday, 7 March 2014 12:50pm

“Courageous, innovative research environment with inspirational people and ‘visionaries’”; ask Tourism PhD candidate Wiebke Finkler her opinion of Otago, and that’s her unrestrained reply.

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Honours students score high-ranking publication

Friday, 7 March 2014 10:48am

It’s unusual to see Honours students co-authoring papers published in high-ranking academic journals, but five taking an Otago Sociology Honours level ethics class achieved just that.

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Lucy Leg ‘disruption’ wins Wings of Excellence

Friday, 7 March 2014 4:34pm

Roberta (Robbie) Francis’s “exceptional” essay about the disruption of disability won the Otago PhD candidate a place at the prestigious 47th St Gallen Symposium, Switzerland, last May and a ‘Wings of Excellence’ award.

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Future academics offered teaching skills

Friday, 7 March 2014 11:46am

Otago’s Division of Humanities is running an innovative programme to help doctoral candidates hone the teaching skills they will need if they pursue an academic career.

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Bioethics/Law double essay prize win

Friday, 7 March 2014 11:59am

Dr Brent Hyslop has delighted Otago’s Bioethics Centre and the Faculty of Law by winning two highly regarded essay prizes while studying for his Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law.

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A practical postgraduate degree

Friday, 7 March 2014 10:05am

Ula Atatagi will look at conflict in Timor Leste for her Master of Peace and Conflict Studies degree.

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Finding clues to the past in leftovers

Friday, 7 March 2014 3:36pm

Julia Lewis, Masters student at Otago University, is seeking answers to the tool-making capability of the first New Zealanders in a rubbish pile.

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Planning for a double future

Friday, 7 March 2014 10:46am

Twins Hannah and Nyssa Payne-Harker are working towards a double Master of Planning at the University of Otago.

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Transformation through postgraduate study

Friday, 7 March 2014 9:24am

Postgraduate study has transformative power, says Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ballantyne.

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Managing ageing in a foreign land

Friday, 7 March 2014 11:07am

Research into how Korean immigrant women in New Zealand experience and manage ageing

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“Radio Doctor” a fine public health messenger

Friday, 7 March 2014 2:44pm

Otago’s History department’s “wonderful culture” provides an inspiring backdrop to PhD student Claire Macindoe’s investigation into “The Radio Doctor” one of New Zealand’s longest running health promotion services.

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Supervisor key to success for American PhD

Friday, 7 March 2014 10:39am

The benefits of being a PhD student at the University of Otago are enormous, says PhD candidate Jon Keyzer.

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Teaching policy motivates Kiwi EdD in Chile

Friday, 7 March 2014 3:39pm

When seeking a person to profile about distance learning, Otago Post got this tip: “Janine Campbell would be great. She’s doing her Doctor of Education (EdD.) with Otago, is based in Chile, and completed her Masters’ at Harvard…”

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Multiplying Māori scholars and decision makers

Friday, 7 March 2014 3:41pm

Today there are some 800 Māori with PhDs. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence’s goal is to raise number to an interconnected whanau of 1500 scholars and decision makers, with Otago as a major partner.

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From Dunedin to Sweden, via Gigatown

Friday, 7 March 2014 12:15pm

Sarah Tapp studied Dunedin's Gigatown win for her Master of Planning degree.

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A career in education

Friday, 7 March 2014 2:40pm

Mike Wright’s love of study blends in well with his current position – as a chaplain for students and staff at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.

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New Appointment - Jennifer Moore

Friday, 28 February 2014 3:57pm

The Faculty is pleased to welcome Dr Jennifer Moore as Acting Director of the Legal Issues Centre, Faculty of Law University of Otago.

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Faculty of Law University of Otago – New Appointments

Thursday, 27 February 2014 3:02pm

2014 will be notable for the many initiatives at the Faculty of Law. Not least is the appointment of three new staff members to the Faculty.

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Otago archaeologists excavate first school and mission

Monday, 10 February 2014 2:44pm

The site of New Zealand’s first mission station and its first classroom has been revealed during two years of fieldwork and research led by University of Otago archaeologists, uncovering plentiful details about the daily lives of our first permanent European settlers.

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Central African Republic atrocities predicted

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 8:07am

Researchers at the Universities of Otago and Sydney predicted the current atrocities in the Central African Republic, based on their own forecasting model.

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Surveillance, Copyright, Privacy: the End of the Open Internet - 30 January-1 February 2014

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 12:05pm

The Inaugural conference of the Digital Humanities Otago Research Group "Surveillance, Copyright, Privacy: the end of the open internet" was hosted by the MFCO department 30 January-1 February 2014.

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Researchers’ model predicted Central African Republic atrocities

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 3:25pm

Researchers at the University of Otago and the University of Sydney predicted the current atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR), based on their own forecasting model.

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Fulbright awards mean US travel for Otago pair

Thursday, 23 January 2014 8:07am

Two of the six academics to receive Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards this year are Otago academics keen to make use of the travelling opportunity the award brings.

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Inching toward Otago’s 150th one post at a time

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 8:06am

Today, we bring you a re-post of The best prank? - the most popular post to date on Ali Clarke's blog 'Otago 150 years'.

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Making music work for her

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 8:06am

Irene Hundleby is putting her honours degree in music to immediate and practical use – in her own music store.

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Hands on Science – Law Snack

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 4:39pm

The Faculty of Law hosted 22 high school students at the annual University of Otago Hands on Science Law ‘Snack’ .

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Remarkable conference input from Research Fellow

Friday, 10 January 2014 8:06am

Little dampens Centre for Society, Governance and Science Research Fellow Dr Jon Cornwall’s enthusiasm for opportunities created through active collaboration.

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Otago Academics Give Evidence to Parliament on Post-sentence Detention Orders

Monday, 6 January 2014 9:41am

An Otago-led group of academics and practitioners has given evidence to Parliament about proposed post-sentence detention orders.