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Opinion: Inspiring Māori students with Chemistry

Friday, 25 May 2018 12:33pm

Department of Chemistry Assistant Research Fellow Marina Roxburgh reflects on her experiences at the University's Science Wānanga.

Director of Student Health steps aside

Monday, 14 May 2018 10:20am

The well-being of students has always been a focus for Dr Kim Ma'ia'i who steps down as the University of Otago's Director of Student Health Services next month, after 14 years in the role.

Out of the lab and onto the stage for Otago student

Thursday, 3 May 2018 9:14pm

Plant biology and musical theatre don't appear to have a lot in common, but it turns out Dunedin has provided University of Otago student Jacob Irby with the opportunity to combine his passion for both.

New Deputy Proctor sees role as challenging and rewarding

Thursday, 3 May 2018 8:55am

Otago's new Deputy Proctor was greeted with a Highlanders flag on the wall of his office on his first day this week, a situation he quickly remedied by hanging a Crusaders flag beside it.

Retiring Graphic Designer will miss Otago's people

Friday, 27 April 2018 8:37am

University Graphic Designer Peter Scott retires today, ending a 45-year career at the University. He spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about his journey from Medical Illustrator to cutting-edge Graphic Designer.

New Māori chaplain grateful for divine opportunity

Thursday, 19 April 2018 1:01pm

Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa, who is of Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau, Ngāi Tuhoe and Ngāti Awa descent, is the University's first specialised Māori Chaplain.

Christchurch campus recognises academic excellence and key values

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:37am

Christchurch campus staff who personify important values such as leadership and integrity were recognised at this year's Academic Welcome.

Getting to know Otago's new Chancellor

Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:34am

In an opinion piece written for the Otago Bulletin Board, the University's new Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC introduces himself to staff and postgraduates.

Christchurch Medical Student President a global volunteer

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:15pm

The new Christchurch Medical Student Association President took a year out from her studies to volunteer in a refugee camp and shelter for victims of human trafficking.

Hair gone in fundraising event

Monday, 26 March 2018 12:37pm

Otago's Jenny Weeks is feeling lighter, if a little chilly, after her impressive long locks hit the deck in the Union Common Room on Friday afternoon in the name of cancer fundraising.

Warm welcome for Otago's 2018 Arts Fellows

Thursday, 8 March 2018 9:49am

Otago's 2018 Arts Fellows were officially welcomed to the University yesterday, at a function at the Hocken Collections.

'Ubiquity' of cancer highlighted by Cancer Research Unit's new Co-Directors

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 9:41pm

The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.

Japanese honour for Otago teacher

Monday, 5 March 2018 12:12pm

Receiving a Commendation from New Zealand's Japanese Ambassador fulfils a long held dream for Otago Languages and Cultures Teaching Fellow Haruko Stuart – who aims to bridge the gap between Japan and English-speaking countries.

Introducing Otago's new strategic architect

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 2:03pm

Gordon Roy feels like he is trying to solve an enormous Rubik's Cube – and as the University's new strategic architect, he likes that.

New Emergency role for Andrew Ferguson

Friday, 23 February 2018 10:24am

Andrew Ferguson is the University's new Emergency and Business Continuity Coordinator – after 12 years as Deputy Proctor.

2018 OUSA president aims to increase student engagement

Monday, 19 February 2018 10:23pm

The 2018 President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) hopes to increase student engagement with her organisation by heading out of her office and onto campus.

Christchurch researcher wins top Medicines NZ award

Friday, 16 February 2018 3:12pm

A Christchurch campus researcher has won New Zealand's top prize for using medicines to dramatically improve patients' lives.

Repetition of everyday life inspires exhibition

Friday, 16 February 2018 1:10pm

Known for his artistic diversity, Campbell Patterson's latest exhibition, at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, is a brilliant showcase of his talent.

National awards for Otago Geologists

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:24pm

Five geoscientists from Otago's Department of Geology received awards at the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference held at the University of Auckland recently.

Embracing technology brings success for winning teacher

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 1:37pm

Stressful, difficult and time-consuming. Three words you wouldn't expect to hear from the winner of this year's Division of Sciences Early Career Teacher of the Year when asked to describe teaching.

Māori research leader among Otago's new professors

Monday, 18 December 2017 2:36pm

Associate Professor Merata Kawharu is one of 23 academics promoted to the position of Professor across Otago's Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses, taking effect from 1 February 2018; a further 41 academics are being promoted to Associate Professor level.

Meet Otago's 2017 Rhodes Scholar, Jean Balchin

Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:39pm

The best way to end a year of career highlights is to win one of the most prestigious scholarships in the academic world, and 2017 Oxford Rhodes Scholar Jean Balchin says she can't wait to get started.

Chancellor steps down without regrets

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 9:24pm

John Ward, the University of Otago's 18th Chancellor, will stand down on 31 December. He recently spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about the honour and privilege of heading the governing body of New Zealand's first university.

Otago appoints next Director of Development and Alumni Relations Office

Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:31am

The University of Otago has appointed Shelagh Murray, a highly experienced facilitator of non-profit fundraising, as its next Director of its Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Marsden Medal recipient reflects on her career

Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:40am

The Otago recipient of the 2017 Marsden Medal Emeritus Professor Carolyn Burns says passion is required to sustain a career in science. She spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about freshwater ecology, the medal, and what it takes to forge a successful scientific career.

Chris Button new Dean of School of Physical Education

Monday, 4 December 2017 9:52pm

Associate Professor Chris Button says his "healthy obsession" with physical activity will be a driving force in his new role as Dean of Otago's School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Major French honour for Otago teacher

Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:48pm

Many years of service to Dunedin's French community to French culture in the city have earned Otago's Dr Christiane Leurquin the French National Order of Merit.

Health Sciences PVC to step down

Thursday, 23 November 2017 8:50am

Professor Peter Crampton has this week announced he will step down from his roles as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School, taking effect during the middle part of next year.

Seize opportunities urges Distinguished Research Medal recipient

Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:31am

Professor Parry Guilford was yesterday presented with the University's 2017 Distinguished Research Medal, during a public lecture held to celebrate the honour.

Otago academic talks sustainability in India

Thursday, 2 November 2017 9:31pm

Associate Professor Robert Aitken believes that halting the rise in human consumption is the defining business challenge of our times.

Opinion: Election 2017 – Coming first is not the same as winning

Thursday, 26 October 2017 1:38pm

The 2017 general election is likely to be remembered for two things: the extraordinary rise of Jacinda Ardern from deputy Labour Party leader to Prime Minister, and as the first MMP election when the largest party did not form the government, writes the Head of Otago's Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.

Te Poutama Māori appoints new co-chair

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 9:08pm

Te Poutama Māori – the University of Otago's Māori Academic Staff Caucus – has appointed a new co-chair. Dr Diane Ruwhiu from the Otago Business School is joining co-chair Professor Jacinta Ruru (Law).

Otago researchers recognised at Research Honours Dinner

Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:15am

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner last week.

Otago VC profiled in CEO Magazine

Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:46pm

Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has discussed the change in perspective required in moving from being a psychology researcher and lecturer, to head of a university, in the global business publication The CEO Magazine.

Mental Health Series: Making mental health a workplace priority

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:28am

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the final installment of this three-part series we hear from Anatomy Manager Rachel Kinnaird, who makes the mental health of her team a priority.

Mental Health Series: Psychology researcher shares story of hope

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:29pm

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the second of a three-part series we hear from Psychology's Damian Scarf.

Mental Health Series: A journey into anxiety

Monday, 9 October 2017 9:29am

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the first of a three-part series we hear from Philosophy's Sally Holloway.

Opinion: Should we be worried about progress in AI?

Thursday, 5 October 2017 10:29pm

In an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence, fears that machines will one day be more intelligent than the humans who created them are also escalating. In the second of a pair of opinion pieces by experts from two Otago departments, Computer Science's Associate Professor Alistair Knott says it is important to consider the impact AI could have on our everyday lives.

Christchurch student develops App prototype

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 2:43pm

A student from Otago's Christchurch campus has taken part in a 48-hour competition to develop a medical education learning application at the world's biggest and best medical education conference.

Opinion: Who believes in superintelligence?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:30pm

In an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence, fears that machines will one day be more intelligent than the humans who created them are also escalating. In the first of a pair of opinion pieces by experts from two Otago departments, Information Science's Professor Michael Winikoff argues against such concerns.

Opinion: The myths and maybes of government formation

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 4:51pm

This election campaign, like most others, has been rife with speculation about possible governing arrangements after 23 September. In this Opinion Piece written for the Otago Bulletin Board, the Head of Otago's Department of Politics and expert in MMP Janine Hayward offers her views.

Up-and-coming Otago researchers' excellence recognised through awards

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:41pm

University of Otago researchers Dr Simon Jackson and Dr Anna Pilbrow were recently honoured with awards bestowed by the organising bodies of the prestigious Queenstown Research Week.

Opinion: New Zealand's fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 8:53pm

Otago researchers Liz Slooten, Bruce Robertson and Steve Dawson are among experts arguing in the influential web publication The Conversation that New Zealand's fisheries management needs a comprehensive review. We reproduce their Opinion Piece here on the Otago Bulletin Board.

Loitering with intent: The life of Chaplain Mike Wright remembered

Friday, 25 August 2017 1:17pm

Tributes and tears flowed in equal measure at last week's memorial service for University and Polytechnic Chaplain Mike Wright, who died suddenly in July.

Honorary Doctorate for Physiotherapist

Thursday, 24 August 2017 10:02pm

Staff at Otago's School of Physiotherapy say they are extremely proud of Dr Stanley Paris – who became the first physiotherapist to be recognised by the University with an honorary doctorate degree during the August graduation ceremony last weekend.

Otago Professor fulfils triathlon dream

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:17am

Physiology's Professor Alison Heather has travelled to Canada to represent Australia, yes Australia, in the International Triathlon Union's Long Course Triathlon in Penticton, Canada this Sunday.

Otago's research environment “exceptional” says award winner

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:08am

The University's 2017 Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award winner, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian of Philosophy, credits the exceptional research environment provided by Otago for the rapid progress he has made on his work.

There and back again – Richard Blaikie's IPL this evening

Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:13am

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Blaikie will give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture (IPL) at Archway 4 Lecture Theatre this evening – taking his audience with him on his journey chasing atoms, electrons and optics around the globe.

Top supervisors go above and beyond

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 2:05pm

Don't underestimate the small things, and always give timely feedback. Two valuable pieces of advice for those supervising postgraduate students, from this year's OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award winners.

Otago teachers thrilled with national awards

Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:44am

Three Otago teachers who received national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards at an event at Parliament this week say they are humbled and honoured to be recognised in this way.

Productive time for Children's Writer in Residence

Thursday, 10 August 2017 9:42pm

Academic, writer and illustrator Mere Whaanga has spent six fruitful months at Otago, completing the first novel in a trilogy for young adults. The Otago Bulletin Board spoke with her about the residency, her Treaty work and the Māori world view she shares through her books.

Opinion: Jacinda Ardern and the upcoming election

Monday, 7 August 2017 1:02pm

Last week's selection of Jacinda Ardern for leader of the Labour party has major implications for both the upcoming election campaign and for democracy in New Zealand writes the Head of Otago's Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.

Aquinas Deputy Head shares story in Cancer Society video

Friday, 7 July 2017 3:16pm

Steve Downey has been a quiet cancer survivor for the past eight years, but decided to share his story in the Cancer Society's “We Can” fundraising video which came out this week.

Jamie Gilbertson new top warden

Monday, 3 July 2017 8:47am

The new role of Senior Warden for all of Otago's residential colleges has been filled by Jamie Gilbertson – already the “go-to” for other college heads,

Long career adds up for Maths and Stats Manager

Monday, 3 July 2017 9:16pm

In an interesting twist, Lenette Grant's first day at the University of Otago 47 years ago and her retirement function last month were both held in the same building.

Cabaret adventure for HR receptionist and Music graduate

Thursday, 22 June 2017 9:08pm

Human Resources Receptionist Jason Henderson is about to take up a life-changing opportunity, heading to the United States to attend America's largest cabaret training programme and then relocating to New York.

Opinion: Fox News afraid of Shakespeare?

Monday, 19 June 2017 12:53pm

Sponsors of a Donald Trump-themed interpretation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar pulled their funding following a heated media debate recently. However Professor Lyn Tribble argues that the value of Shakespeare's work is that it can be transposed into modern settings.

Opinion: Behind the Support Services Review

Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:14pm

Since September 2015, Otago has been undergoing a Support Services Review. In an opinion piece which also appeared in today's Otago Daily Times, the University's Human Resources Director Kevin Seales explains the reasoning behind it.

Great year for Otago aurora chaser

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 3:21pm

ITS Information Security Officer Taichi Nakamura took a job at Otago and relocated to Dunedin five years ago to be on the spot when an aurora was predicted. As he told the Otago Bulletin Board, it was a good move.

Obituary: Murray Goldfinch

Friday, 9 June 2017 2:25pm

University Strategic Architect Murray Goldfinch, who died unexpectedly last month, has left not only a built legacy at the University but memories of a humble, loyal, principled, caring and generous man.

Queen's Birthday Honours surprise Otago staff

Thursday, 8 June 2017 2:50pm

Three Otago professors honoured on Queens's Birthday describe a moment of puzzlement upon receiving a curious looking letter in a gold embossed envelope from New Zealand's Government House.

Opinion: New Zealand should be firm but friendly with the Trump administration

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 11:21am

In an opinion piece published on and reproduced here on the Otago Bulletin Board University of Otago Professor of International Relations Robert Patman argues that it is possible for Wellington to maintain friendly ties with Washington while frankly acknowledging the policy differences between the two sides.

Retiring staff share a century of experience

Thursday, 1 June 2017 2:29pm

Five staff retiring from Information Technology Services Teaching and Learning Facilities have more than 100 years' experience working at Otago – and two even started and finished their working lives on the same days.

Graduation day wedding proposal “memorable”

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:48am

Despite being filled with nerves, Zin Khant Aung dropped to one knee in the University's Quad and proposed his girlfriend Rosemary Duffy on her graduation day this month – making the important day twice as special for the Bachelor of Applied Science graduate.

Medical student off to mountain running world champs

Monday, 29 May 2017 2:51pm

Christchurch-based medical student Sabrina Grogan is New Zealand's Senior Women's Mountain Running Champion – and training to compete in the World Championships title in July.

University scoops Otago Sports Awards

Friday, 26 May 2017 4:44pm

The University of Otago smashed it out of the park at the ASB Otago Sports Awards last Friday with the South Island Brain Injury Research Group (SIBIRG) initiative and cricketing alumna Suzie Bates receiving top awards.

Otago staff grace Mary Poppins stage

Friday, 26 May 2017 1:46pm

Playing Mary Poppins is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, says Nadya Shaw Bennett. The Otago Theatre Studies graduate and Executive Assistant to Richard Blaikie is one of three Otago staff members in the popular musical, currently on at Dunedin's Regent Theatre.

Brookes delighted at recognition for women's history

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 2:10pm

It is “so good” to see recognition for women's history, says Professor Barbara Brookes, reacting to her major literary win for her book A History of New Zealand Women.

Diverse 47-year career “a privilege”

Thursday, 11 May 2017 9:48pm

Murray McKenzie may have worked at the University of Otago for 47 years, but no two days have ever been the same for the Zoology technician who is retiring this month.

Campus Watch team member turns children's author

Monday, 8 May 2017 3:25pm

Stephen Crosland is living a double life: between his shifts on Campus Watch's Delta Team, providing pastoral care to students, he has also launched a new career as a children's author.

Opinion: Lessons from United – How to make an apology

Thursday, 4 May 2017 2:05pm

In an Opinion Piece, first published in the NBR and re-produced here on the Otago Bulletin Board, Professor Steven Grover argues it is how a mistake is corrected that matters.

National maths competition a family affair

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 8:18pm

Despite suffering a devastating brain-stem stroke nine years ago which has restricted him to an electronic wheelchair, Otago Mathematics and Statistics Teaching Fellow Warren Palmer continues to organise a national maths competition with the help of his son, Department of Mathematics and Statistics IT Specialist Chris Palmer.

30-year Student Health career draws to close

Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:49am

"I like the students, I like the staff, I like the building – it's been a fabulous place to work," is how Jan Prestidge sums up her 30 enjoyable years working in Student Health at the University of Otago.

Christchurch Campus hosts awards for research excellence and values

Monday, 10 April 2017 12:50pm

A gastroenterologist, rheumatologist and longitudinal researcher were awarded the Christchurch campus's top research honour at a ceremony to welcome new staff and students held last month.

New Director of Campus Development begins today

Monday, 10 April 2017 12:38pm

The University's new Director of the Campus Development Division David Perry says his role will be as exciting as it is challenging, and such opportunities are rare.

Respected Physics researcher and teacher retires

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 9:01pm

Professor Rob Ballagh, who has been a member of the University for 37 years, is to retire at the end of this week, but intends to keep contributing to the Department of Physics and the wider institution.

Opinion: How to have an argument with someone you just don't get

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 8:44pm

The recent and seemingly sudden polarisation of politics and public debate is deeply concerning, says Associate Professor James Maclaurin of Philosophy. In this opinion piece, written for the Otago Bulletin Board, he offers eight tips for having successful arguments with someone whose opinions are radically different from your own.

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai honoured at Pacific Welcome

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:12pm

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai is simultaneously passionate and humble about the work she does as Manager of the University of Otago's Pacific Islands Centre; indeed she believes so strongly that her work is a team effort that she felt uncomfortable being singled out for a special honour last month.

Uppsala University honours Otago academic

Thursday, 9 March 2017 9:34pm

An Otago academic has become just the fourth South African to receive an honorary doctorate (FDhc filosofie hedersdoktor) from Sweden's Uppsala University – joining an impressive trio which includes Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Otago Historian named Book Awards finalist

Thursday, 9 March 2017 9:55pm

Professor Barbara Brookes of the Department of History and Art History has made the finals of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards with a book that explores the role of women in founding and creating the New Zealand we know.

Otago Fulbright recipients excited by opportunity

Thursday, 2 March 2017 12:41pm

Both Associate Professor Ruth Empson of Physiology and Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith of the Graduate Research School have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research in the United States.

Glass and politics on radar for new OUSA president

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:36pm

As last year's Editor of Critic, the new President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) Hugh Baird is not unfamiliar with the issues affecting students. The Otago Bulletin Board caught up with him to learn about his aspirations for the year.

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.

John Reynolds to Direct First Year Health Sciences

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 9:08pm

Professor John Reynolds of Anatomy has been appointed to a newly created role at the University of Otago aimed at overseeing the hugely popular Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme.

Professorship tops off wonderful year for Otago academic

Thursday, 15 December 2016 2:28pm

Being promoted to full Professor is the icing on the cake of an incredible year for John Reynolds of Anatomy.

Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:51am

A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University's School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.

St Margaret's College Master retires

Monday, 12 December 2016 8:28pm

There is a lot that retiring St Margaret's College Master Reverend Dr Peter Norris will miss after 28 years in the job. He spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about the joy of his nearly three decades heading the College.

National maths award won by Otago academic

Monday, 12 December 2016 9:30pm

Professor David Bryant of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently won the New Zealand Mathematics Society Research Award.

Otago mushroom expert receives top Chinese honour

Thursday, 8 December 2016 12:27pm

National Poisons Centre Honorary Fellow Dr Ian Hall is thrilled to have been awarded The Friendship Award by the Chinese Government for his contribution towards China's economic and social progress.

Pacific success: focusing on education and health links

Thursday, 8 December 2016 1:58pm

University of Otago Research Fellow Dr Jesse Kokaua has been awarded a prestigious Health Research Council (HRC) Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017. One of two awarded nationally, this fellowship is worth $330,000 over three years.

Otago glaciologist to give prestigious lecture

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 2:34pm

The Dean of Otago's School of Surveying, Professor Christina Hulbe, has been invited to give the prestigious Nye Lecture at the upcoming Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Physicist humbled by Division of Sciences Award

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 8:36pm

Winning a Special Award for Distinguished Service from the Division of Sciences is very special and very humbling for Professor Rob Ballagh of Physics.

Otago Business School Dean retires

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 2:26pm

Professor George Benwell retires from the role of Dean of the University of Otago Business School today having contributed a great deal to the local business community as well as to the University.

Theatre Studies actors punch above their weight

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 9:31pm

An impressive number of nominations for the 2016 Dunedin Theatre Awards have come from the University of Otago Theatre Studies programme.

2016 Supervisor of the Year a “mana wahine”

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 8:58pm

The postgraduate students lucky enough to study under Dr Anne-Marie Jackson say she is the “very definition of a mana wahine” – a strong Māori female academic who advocates tirelessly for their space at Otago.

College Leaders Series: Have you met Dr Graham Redding of Knox College?

Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:13pm

In this instalment of the College Leaders Series we introduce you to The Very Rev Dr Graham Redding, Master of Knox College.

New Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 8:29pm

Dr Mele Taumoepeau has been appointed as inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences.

Otago academic honoured by NZ AIDS Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 4:10pm

An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.

Otago Innovation appoints academic

Monday, 31 October 2016 8:32am

Dr Stephen Sowerby has seen first-hand how a patent born of science innovation can deliver significant global impact, and he's keen to see how he can extend that for the University of Otago.

English internship's fabulous start

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:37am

Otago's first student of English to take the Division of Humanities new internship paper, Aleisha Pienaar, is discovering Dunedin's literary riches, working on a significant project for the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

Student initiative tackling human rights abuses

Monday, 17 October 2016 12:13pm

After witnessing first-hand the human rights abuses suffered by people with disabilities in countries of conflict, PhD candidate of the National Peace and Conflict Centre Robbie Francis established a social enterprise coffee business in Mexico specifically inclusive of people with disabilities.

A prostate cancer survival story

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 12:34pm

Last month was Blue September, the Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. This is a time when men of all ages are encouraged to think about their health needs and to get check-ups.

Love of the game still strong for Dean of Law

Friday, 16 September 2016 5:24pm

More than 44 years after his first Varsity Club Games for the Golds, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law is still a regular on the rugby field, most recently playing for the University Law Vultures.

Magnolia Day, August 21, 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 9:08am

Did you note Magnolia Day on campus this year? University of Otago Department of Botany Teaching Fellow John Steel did, and he has the latest information on what is a very special University tree.

College Leaders Series: Have you met Nick Bates of Cumberland College?

Thursday, 8 September 2016 12:30pm

Living in a residential college is an important part of the University experience for many students leaving home for the first time.

Long-serving college warden retires, again

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 12:41pm

Last time Ashley Day retired he was lured back only months later to head his fourth college for students at Otago, but this time he is certain about his future because wife Lesley is retiring from the University as well.

Action for gender equality in Antarctic science

Friday, 19 August 2016 8:23am

A global 'Wikibomb' that aims to blow up the perception Antarctic science is a boy's club includes three Otago academics among its list of world-leading female scientists.

University of Otago teacher wins Prime Minister's prize

Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:15am

For the fifth year running, the Prime Minister's Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has gone to a University of Otago academic.

Geneticist and keen sportsman to lead big research department

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 7:30am

Genetics researcher Professor Martin Kennedy is the new head of the University of Otago, Christchurch's Department of Pathology.

Plans for the Department of Medicine

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:27pm

The new Head of the Department of Medicine plans to set up a teaching committee, and help shape the future of Otago's health services and main hospital, while also expanding international research exchanges.

General Staff Award

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 10:51am

Two people have won this year's University of Otago General Staff Award — Human Nutrition Laboratory Supervising Technician Kieran Columb and Anatomy Teaching Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman.

Otago professor finds success in Samoa

Thursday, 4 August 2016 8:55am

The Samoa Observer says professors do not often compete in multi-sport events in Samoa and Otago's Alison Heather ended up winning the women's section of the Warrior Race.

Giving back ethically

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 1:41pm

The latest in the Bulletin's Otago volunteers series focuses on Sociology Associate Professor Martin Tolich, founder and convenor of the New Zealand Ethics Committee.

Author Barbara Else stays in the south

Monday, 25 July 2016 10:35am

Author Barbara Else has enjoyed her arts fellowship in Dunedin so much she and husband Chris have bought a home in the city and are staying.

Check out Carrington College and meet the Warden

Friday, 22 July 2016 4:15pm

Living in a residential college is an important part of the University experience for many students leaving home for the first time.

Otago Fellows quizzed at the Art Gallery

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 8:42am

The mysteries and quirks of the creative process were explored at the Meet the Fellows event featuring the 2016 University of Otago Arts Fellows.

University announces next Dean of Otago Business School

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:14am

The University of Otago has appointed Professor Robin Gauld as the next Dean of the University's Otago Business School.

An award, a waka, an app and displays for Māori Language Week

Friday, 15 July 2016 4:48pm

An award, a waka, an app and displays for Māori Language Week

Otago performs well in Wellington Marathon

Friday, 15 July 2016 9:36am

A team from the University's Wellington campus won first prize in the Corporate Teams' half-marathon section of the Wellington marathon recently - it had the four fastest runners.

Caucus formalised for Pacific academic staff

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 4:25pm

An Otago Pacific Academic Staff Caucus, formally launched last night, plans to support teaching and research excellence, while staying in tune with Pacific Island peoples' worldviews and aspirations.

Otago claims Emerging Teacher Educator Award

Monday, 11 July 2016 8:59am

The College of Education's Dr David Berg has received the 2016 national Emerging Teacher Educator Award, from the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Otago researcher appointed MBIE Departmental Science Advisor

Thursday, 7 July 2016 12:27pm

A leading University of Otago Zoology researcher, Professor Hamish Spencer, has been appointed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as one of two Departmental Science Advisors.

Pride of Workmanship Awards

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 9:31am

The winners of this year's Pride of Workmanship Award at the University are Marine Science Scientific Officer and sediment core specialist Bob Dagg, and Executive Assistant to the Head of the Department of Anatomy Aven Drayson.

Gargantuan book launched

Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:18am

Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer Barry Allan has launched a gargantuan book of almost 2000 pages which the publisher says is one of the largest pieces of academic writing a single author has ever produced for a first edition in New Zealand.

Giving back: volunteer mission to beat bowel cancer

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 4:16pm

As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine's Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.

The Band goes West

Friday, 24 June 2016 10:55am

Students and staff from across the University have bundled into a van and headed for the West Coast – not only to tour with St Kilda Brass, but to talk about life at the University as well.

Switching hats comes naturally for new Proctor

Friday, 17 June 2016 12:58pm

After just a few weeks in the job, the Bulletin jumped the queue to talk to new University Proctor Dave Scott, whose shift to the role from the New Zealand Police is a direct result of a genuine desire to improve the safety of student-run events.

Thoughts on the Queen's Birthday honours and the University

Friday, 17 June 2016 9:59am

Professor John Broughton, who received the South's top honour at Queen's Birthday weekend, says he is not only very proud to be an academic staff member but the University is also “the best employer in the world”.

Community performance timely for Caroline Plummer Fellow

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:53am

When val smith started planning a community dance project based on the experiences that queer and transgender people have of public spaces, 50 people had not been killed in a gay nightclub in the United States.

New Lectureship in Theology and Public Issues

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 12:53pm

The University of Otago Department of Theology and Religion has announced a new three-year appointment in Theology and Public Issues, based at St. John's in the City Presbyterian Church, Wellington.

Professor Brendan Gray is retiring but not giving up on entrepreneurs

Thursday, 26 May 2016 9:20am

Helping up-and-coming entrepreneurs along their journey has been as rewarding for retiring Professor Brendan Gray as it has been helpful for the students who have turned their business ideas into commercial success.

Emeritus Professor Anne Smith remembered

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:35am

Otago Professor Helen May pays tribute to a great friend, great scholar and great advocate for the rights of women and children, Anne B. Smith.

Giving back: Sharing skills brings life-long reward

Monday, 9 May 2016 4:59pm

A University staff member's volunteer work ranges from helping New Zealand children living with cancer to demonstrating science to Cambodian children with HIV, and teaching IT skills to Dunedin kids.

Associate Professor has aims as Law Commissioner

Friday, 6 May 2016 12:49pm

Associate Professor Donna Buckingham wants to help more people get involved in debates about possible law changes, when she starts her new role as a Law Commissioner.

Giving back: Turning truffles into toys

Thursday, 5 May 2016 8:51am

Knowing the joy a child feels playing with a new toy is a huge motivation for volunteering on the Mornington Toy and Games Library committee, Physiology Compliance Officer Rachael Holloway and Anatomy Postdoctoral and Teaching Fellow Natasha Flack say in the Bulletin's latest story in its volunteer series.

What Otago's Tuari Potiki said to the United Nations in New York.

Sunday, 1 May 2016 10:01pm

When the University's Tuari Potiki spoke about the war on drugs to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in New York, this is what the head of the Office of Māori Development and chairman of the New Zealand Drug Foundation said:

Olympic recognition for College of Education academic

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:58am

The College of Education's Associate Professor Ross Notman has been selected by the International Olympic Committee to include his research in a global publication on values in diverse contexts.

A role that is going to be hard to leave behind

Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:09am

Sandra Gillam knew she would get a job in the Campus Shop because a psychic told her so - but she says with a laugh 31 years later, the psychic never told her when to leave.

Otago alumnus appears at the Somme for Anzac Day

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:21am

Otago alumnus Kawiti Waetford will be appearing on Maori Television with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa on Anzac Day, as he traces the brutal reality of how his great-grandfather died in battle at the Somme.

Academic celebrates teaching at Otago for 50 years

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 9:04am

Statistics Associate Professor John Harraway has been teaching at Otago for half a century and can easily calculate the number of sick days he has taken in that time – zero, because he enjoys lecturing so much.

Australasia's top health education award goes to Otago

Thursday, 7 April 2016 9:22am

The man driving innovation in training Otago medical students has won Australasia's highest health education honour.

Ecologist wins international award for research

Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:17am

Department of Zoology Research Fellow Dr Jay Piggott has won the International Society of Limnology's inaugural “best paper” award for students or early career scientists.

Otago professor becomes Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:24am

An Otago professor has become a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

2016 Arts Fellows given warm reception at the Hocken

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 1:50pm

This place is charming, eclectic, even seductive, according to the Arts Fellows for 2016.

National winner at Otago

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 5:07pm

A University Fellow has won the national Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.

Time passed at the “speed of a shark” for Frances Hodgkins Fellow

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 1:24pm

Relief. Elation. Post-show blue. Mildly anxious.

Professor “humbled” by Pacific recognition

Thursday, 25 February 2016 3:36pm

Singing and dancing filled the Hunter Centre on Tuesday night as Otago's Pacific Island Health Science students were formally welcomed to the University with a cultural celebration which included special recognition of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) and Dean of the Otago Medical School Professor Peter Crampton for his ongoing commitment to the Pasifika community.

Arthritis researcher receives top honour

Friday, 19 February 2016 8:52am

A Christchurch rheumatologist awarded one of Arthritis New Zealand's highest honours says her success would not be possible without the dedication of research participants, and clinical and research colleagues.

2016 OUSA President excited for year ahead

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 9:27pm

The 2016 President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA), Laura Harris, hopes to help the Dunedin community better engage with students this year. With students flooding back to Dunedin and orientation taking place next week, we here at Bulletin Board thought it was a good time to get to know her.

Otago staff humble recipients of New Year Honours

Monday, 15 February 2016 8:53pm

Professor Charles Higham hopes Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will be at the New Year Honours investiture ceremony in April so that he can tell them how much he enjoyed watching last year's Rugby World Cup final.

Otago Professor named Editor of Royal Society journal

Monday, 15 February 2016 9:10pm

Otago's Professor Ewan Fordyce says being appointed Senior Editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand provides him with the opportunity to make a wider contribution to New Zealand science.

Role new COO's “Holy Grail”

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 2:15pm

The University's incoming Chief Operating Officer (COO), Stephen Willis, says the role is his “Holy Grail”. In an interview with the Bulletin Board, Mr Willis discusses his hopes for the role, the challenges facing the University, and the circumstances that brought him to Otago.

Closer links with Wellington community aim of new Deputy Dean

Monday, 14 December 2015 12:05pm

Dr Diane Kenwright has recently been appointed to the role of Deputy Dean of the University of Otago's Wellington campus.

Leading woman scientist celebrated

Friday, 11 December 2015 1:55pm

Scientists from around the world this week celebrated the exceptional career of Professor Christine Winterbourn, whose research in the area of free radical science has spanned more than four decades.

Beijing experience tops off “tremendous year”

Thursday, 10 December 2015 8:40pm

Anthropology and Archaeology's Dr Anne Ford has had “a tremendous year”, capped off by three months living with her young family in Beijing, China, while working at Peking University.

Promotion to Professor a “personal accolade”

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 1:54pm

The Head of Otago's Department of Physics, Dr Pat Langhorne, says she feels a great sense of satisfaction and achievement being promoted to Professor.

International medal for Otago textile expert

Monday, 7 December 2015 9:58am

Otago's Professor Raechel Laing has been selected to receive the most prestigious medal given by the international organisation governing her field of interest, The Textile Institute.

Ballantyne wins premier history book award

Friday, 4 December 2015 2:06pm

History Professor Tony Ballantyne's book Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the Question of Body, has won the premier annual prize for a book on New Zealand history. The win was announced in Christchurch at the New Zealand Historical Association's AGM last night.

Eminent musician new “Blair Professor”

Thursday, 3 December 2015 12:00pm

Although the history of the Blair Professorship in Music goes all the way back to the 1920s, the most recent recipient, Professor Terence Dennis, is only the fourth to hold the title.

Research path altered by dog called Snuffie

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:39am

Fifteen years ago Associate Professor Neil Carr's personal and academic life was altered forever when he purchased a black and white dog called Snuffie.

Distinguished Researcher praises Otago's postgraduate scholarships

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 9:43am

Receiving Otago's Distinguished Research Medal and delivering a lecture to an audience which included her peers, her parents and some of the University's top officials was an intimidating task, even to someone as experienced as Professor Sally Brooker.

Team synergies vital to new Division of External Engagement

Monday, 16 November 2015 8:23pm

Professor Helen Nicholson was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University's newly created Division of External Engagement in June and moved into the Clocktower in late September. The Bulletin met with her to discuss her new role, the new Division and her hopes for the future.

Otago academic honoured with Storylines award

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:22am

Otago's Trish Brooking has received the 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service in the field of children's literature, in recognition of the far-reaching influence she has had on children's writing in New Zealand.

Dance brings joy to Dunedin mums

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:35am

The Bulletin met 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and learned more about her maternal-baby dance project.

Otago academic receives rare Japan Press Club invitation

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:06am

An Otago academic has received an invitation to speak at the Japan National Press Club – a very rare and prestigious honour.

A career like no other

Thursday, 15 October 2015 1:08pm

Alison Finigan retires this month. She spoke to the Bulletin about her journey from part-time secretary in the Department of French to globe-trotting Alumni Relations Manager.

Otago immunologist honoured for supporting women in science

Friday, 2 October 2015 8:24am

Otago's Dr Roslyn Kemp has won a prestigious Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) Miriam Dell Award, for inspiring female immunologists across Australasia.

Retiring journal editor reflects on three decades of change

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:49am

Thirty-three years ago, when Emeritus Professor Colin Townsend began co-editing the international journal Freshwater Biology, every aspect of publishing made use of paper, typewriters, coloured ink and the postman.

Fellow's formulas made for breaking

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 1:29pm

Australian playwright, director and teacher Janis Balodis says signing up as the University of Otago's William Evans Playwriting Fellow is all about grabbing opportunities and having a bit of an adventure.

Retiring Proctor will miss students and staff

Monday, 28 September 2015 12:03pm

After 15 years as University of Otago Proctor, Simon Thompson officially retired last Friday. The Bulletin caught up with him as he finished up this mixed and demanding position.

2015 top teacher connects with students

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:12am

Linguistics lecturer Dr Hunter Hatfield was named Otago's top teacher at the 2015 Otago University Students' Association teaching awards held on Wednesday night.

University of Otago appoints new Proctor

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 9:35am

The University of Otago has appointed Ministry of Justice official Mr Dave Miller as its new Proctor.

Helping make sense of genetic information

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 1:50pm

Geneticist Dr Logan Walker has won a prestigious research fellowship to develop better ways of identifying high-risk breast and ovarian cancer patients.

ASEAN award for NZ-Myanmar health sector ties

Monday, 21 September 2015 11:30am

A University of Otago postdoctoral fellow has received a New Zealand-ASEAN Award for his work in bringing New Zealand and his home country closer together.

“Be available” says 2015 top supervisor

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:00am

Otago's 2015 Supervisor of the Year, Dr Will Rayment, says it is vital to be available when your students have questions or issues – to send them an email or see them promptly is key.

2016 Arts Fellows named

Friday, 11 September 2015 11:13am

The 2016 recipients of prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships were announced this week.

Simon Chu named Director, International

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:58am

The University has appointed Simon Chu as its Director, International. Mr Chu moves into the role from his current position as a Project Manager in the International Office.

Obituary: Dr Elspeth Joan Gold

Monday, 7 September 2015 1:30pm

Dr Elspeth Gold, a highly respected and valued colleague, mentor and friend to many in the University of Otago and beyond, lost her courageous battle with cancer on the 21 August 2015.

2015 Supervisor of the Year named

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 1:35pm

The University's top supervisors for 2015 were named at an event at the Staff Club last night, with Marine Science's Dr Will Rayment taking out this year's title.

Professor's long career in Christchurch celebrated

Monday, 24 August 2015 7:53pm

Professor David Fergusson's success in encouraging evidence-based social policy, and many other accomplishments over his long academic career, were acknowledged in a day of lectures last week.

Otago surgeon wins prestigious award

Monday, 24 August 2015 11:30am

An orthopaedic surgeon who has taught medical students at Otago's Christchurch campus for 50 consecutive years has been awarded New Zealand's most prestigious surgical prize.

Anatomy Administrator wins 2015 General Staff Award

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 7:45pm

Department of Anatomy Administrator Sally-Ann Howard has won this year's University of Otago General Staff Award – the second award she has received this year recognising the competence, hard work and warmth she brings to her role.

Suzanne Pitama wins NZ's top teaching award

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 4:00pm

A beautiful muka korowai was passed from one Otago staff member to another last night, as Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama of the Christchurch campus won New Zealand's highest teaching honour – the Prime Minister's Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.

Incoming PVC of Humanities gives 2015 Hocken Lecture

Monday, 10 August 2015 11:30am

As Tony Ballantyne, Otago's new Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, prepares to depart as the Head of Department in History and Art History, he took the opportunity delivering the 2015 Hocken Lecture last week to reflect on the journey and philosophies that drive his own historical research.

Award-winning Otago teacher first to wear korowai

Friday, 7 August 2015 8:26pm

Otago's Dr Karyn Paringatai is the first caretaker of an exquisite muka korowai, created by Te Atiawa weaving expert Veranoa Hetet for the winner of the annual Prime Minister's Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Imagination and senses stimulated at concert

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 2:03pm

An audience last night experienced the weird, wide and wonderful world of the University's 2014 and 2015 Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall, with a performance of a range of his different works at Marama Hall.

Burns Fellow launches literary journal for young writers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:53am

The University's 2015 Burns Fellow Louise Wallace has this year been able to fulfil a long-held dream – to launch an online literary journal for writers under the age of 25.

Distinguished Research winner dedicates award to her parents

Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:39pm

The winner of this year's University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal, Professor Sally Brooker of Chemistry, has dedicated her award to her extremely supportive parents. The Bulletin asked her more about her background, the award, and the advice she has for other researchers.

Otago PVC judges global ocean acidification sensor competition

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:13am

A leading Otago marine chemist will travel to New York later this month for the announcement of the winners of a $2 million global competition to develop breakthrough ocean pH sensor technologies.

Ackerley “part of a very lucky generation”

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:57am

“I had a moment in my youth, slightly inebriated, sitting on some Christchurch student flat floor, when I thought, 'oh dear, I've fallen in love with literature',” recollects Otago English Professor Chris Ackerley, who retired this month.

Seddon biography wins prestigious award

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 11:55am

Otago History Professor Tom Brooking has been announced as co-winner of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize for history, for his book "Richard Seddon, King of God's Own: The Life and Times of New Zealand's Longest-Serving Prime Minister".

Book on Dr Hocken to be launched tonight

Thursday, 25 June 2015 9:14pm

A book exploring the life and collection of the man whose personal donation formed the basis of the University of Otago's Hocken Library, Dr Thomas Morland Hocken, will be launched this evening.

2015 Early Career Award winners named

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:50pm

The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

Editorship role for Professor of General Practice

Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:45am

An Otago Professor of General Practice says New Zealand's primary healthcare system will undergo huge changes over the next 20 years, which will require a strong underpinning of scientific research.

Soldier's story told by Children's Writers in Residence

Monday, 25 May 2015 10:24am

The moving story of a Dunedin soldier and the violin that accompanied him in WW1 is being turned into a picture book by this year's University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writers in Residence Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton.

Two Administrators win Pride of Workmanship Awards

Thursday, 21 May 2015 9:50pm

Two “wonderful” departmental administrators from opposite ends of the campus were celebrated this week at the Dunedin North Rotary Club's Pride of Workmanship Awards held at the University Staff Club.

Otago anatomist contributes to “landmark” text

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 1:57pm

An Otago expert on clinical anatomy has contributed to the world's first text book on the subject, entitled Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide.

Fairness key to incoming and outgoing Provosts

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 2:12pm

Professor Ken Hodge has replaced Professor Bob Knight as University Provost. The pair have more than looks in common as the Bulletin discovered.

Otago Professor elected to International Society of Nephrology

Thursday, 7 May 2015 1:49pm

Otago's Professor Rob Walker hopes his new position on the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Council will give him the opportunity to support programmes in the Pacific Islands where up to half of the population of some countries have kidney disease.

Otago academic pays tribute to NZ pioneers of facial surgery

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 8:40pm

New Zealand's pioneers of facial reconstruction surgery were today remembered in a keynote lecture by an Otago academic delivered at a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons annual scientific congress in Perth.

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