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University of Otago Magazine issue 53

University of Otago
Magazine: issue 53

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Building for the people

Otago researchers are leading the world’s most ambitious public housing research project, aiming to map the effectiveness of different types of housing in achieving key wellbeing and health goals.


Michael Baker

Behind NZ’s COVID response

Professor Michael Baker’s calm, considered, research-backed opinions have helped to guide Aotearoa’s response to the global pandemic. As the strategic choices become increasingly complex and contested he shares his insights.

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High energy

Professor Keith Gordon’s youthful interest in solar energy has helped power his prolific and influential research career.

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At the cornerstone of crisis

Otago law alumna Gabrielle Emery understands the importance of legal frameworks to help in times of natural and humanitarian disasters, climate change, and now, global pandemics.

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Hollywood to Queenstown

Music graduate Joshua Romero is forging a successful career in the Hollywood film industry – and pays tribute to the influence of his Otago teachers.

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Milestone anniversaries celebrated

2021 is a milestone year for several Otago subjects. The Archaeology and Social Anthropology programmes celebrate 100 years, while Geography celebrates 75.

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Magazine Editor retires

Karen Hogg has been the editor of this publication, the University of Otago Magazine, for nearly two decades, bringing the stories of others into the spotlight. As she prepared to retire she shared her own story.

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The co-directors of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 research centre outline the measures they believe are crucial for New Zealand to meet its Smokefree 2025 goal.

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Hocken Legacy

The University of Otago has further benefited from the generosity of Dr Roger Collins, a self-described “enthusiastic Francophile”.

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Graduate Women Otago, the organisation that has been dressing Otago graduands since the 1930s, is celebrating 100 years of empowering female graduates.

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