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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 23 February 2018 10:24am
Andrew Ferguson is the University’s new Emergency and Business Continuity Coordinator – after 12 years as Deputy Proctor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:39pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 11:21am
In an opinion piece published on stuff.co.nz 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 8:29pm
Dr Mele Taumoepeau has been appointed as inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 7 April 2016 9:22am
The man driving innovation in training Otago medical students has won Australasia’s highest health education honour.
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.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:24am
An Otago professor has become a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 1:50pm
This place is charming, eclectic, even seductive, according to the Arts Fellows for 2016.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 1:24pm
Relief. Elation. Post-show blue. Mildly anxious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 8:23pm
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015 9:29pm
Dr Federico Baltar of Otago’s Department of Marine Science has won a major international research award – the European Geosciences Union Award for Outstanding Young Scientist in Biogeosciences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 9:35am
The University of Otago has appointed Ministry of Justice official Mr Dave Miller as its new Proctor.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 11 September 2015 11:13am
The 2016 recipients of prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships were announced this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 4 May 2015 11:23am
Otago’s Applied Sciences Programme Director Dr Stephen Sowerby has been named as a finalist in the third annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
Monday, 13 April 2015 1:55pm
The University’s new Social Media Adviser Susan Baxter is very positive about the power of social media to connect Otago to the rest of the world.
Friday, 10 April 2015 1:59pm
Otago’s new Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues, Professor David Tombs, is fascinated by the opportunities ahead of him in Dunedin. He spoke to the Bulletin about his background and his hopes for the role.
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 10:04am
Otago’s Dr Haxby Abbott has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of one of the world’s most prestigious physiotherapy journals, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.
Monday, 30 March 2015 8:55pm
It has taken until her fifth trip to Otago to achieve it, but Professor Emerita Diane Paul has finally become a cricket fan.
Monday, 23 March 2015 8:17pm
The new Dean of Otago’s Dental School, Professor Paul Brunton, spoke to the Bulletin Board about his hopes and plans for the School and for his own research.
Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:05pm
Otago Psychology Professor David Bilkey is honoured to have been appointed to the prestigious Marsden Fund Council, tasked with making tough decisions about the allocation of research funding.
Friday, 6 March 2015 4:20pm
A passion for photography sees Otago Library IT Administrator David Xie fight his nerves on a daily basis to approach strangers around the University and Dunedin for his “Humans of Otago” Facebook page.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 10:31pm
The new Chief Executive Officer of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) Debbie Downs plans to further enrich the close working relationship between the University and OUSA. She told the Bulletin Board more about herself and her goals for the OUSA.
Thursday, 26 February 2015 8:58pm
Thursday, 12 February 2015 1:47pm
The Bulletin meets 2014 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Patrick Lundberg, whose exhibition Draft Copy opens at the Hocken this weekend.
Thursday, 5 February 2015 1:50pm
Business School Receptionist Anthony Legg will tomorrow night cycle the Otago Rail Trail from Middlemarch to Alexandra to raise funds for Otago Community Hospice. His ride is dedicated to Emeritus Professor Ian Jamieson of Zoology, who passed away on Monday evening.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 1:17pm
Psychology's Professor Jeffrey Miller has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award that will allow him to enhance his collaborations with cognition researchers in Germany.
Tuesday, 3 February 2015 8:47pm
Fifteen leading University of Otago academics have kicked off the new year with promotions to full professorships, while 39 others have been made Associate Professor.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 1:18pm
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.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:16pm
A memorial will be held at St Margaret’s College next Monday to celebrate the life of the University’s former Proctor, Ron Chambers, who passed away early last month aged 74.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:26am
The Bulletin meets Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald who was recently declared 2014 OUSA Supervisor of the Year.
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.
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 8:08am
Otago’s Associate Professor Keith Probert has won New Zealand’s top award for marine science in recognition of his “outstanding contribution” to the field.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:08am
Despite retiring from the University of Otago and her role in Science Communication, Professor Emerita Jean Fleming remains as passionate about science as she has ever been during her four-decade-long career.
Friday, 15 August 2014 8:08am
Otago’s Lisette Burrows has been awarded the highest honour from her peers – Physical Education New Zealand’s Sir Alexander Gillies Medal. She is the second woman and one of just 10 people to receive the award since its inception in 1967.
Monday, 21 July 2014 8:08am
With an air of quiet efficiency and warmth, Otago’s new Director of Student Services Karyn Thomson is finding her feet in Dunedin and at the University. The Bulletin went to meet her.
Monday, 14 July 2014 8:08am
Genetics Otago Director Associate Professor Peter Dearden has won the Genetics Society of AustralAsia Ross Crozier Medal for outstanding contributions to genetics.
Friday, 6 June 2014 8:07am
We speak to David Richardson as he retires after a “wonderful innings” of 14 years as Director of Student Services.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 8:07am
New Zealand's rivers are a taonga (treasured thing) and we need to work collaboratively to ensure that they are sustained and improved for the sake of future generations says Professor Colin Townsend, who has this month received the 2014 Award of Excellence of the Society for Freshwater Science.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 8:07am
Otago’s Professor Glenn Summerhayes has had his contributions to the archaeology of Papua New Guinea (PNG) formally recognised by that country’s Government.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 8:07am
The University's new Chief Financial Officer Sharon van Turnhout is excited about her new role and the challenges posed by factors such as changing roll numbers and the University's massive capital programme.
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.