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University of Otago Magazine: issue 55

Cover artwork of Otago Magazine issue 55 - Jacinta Ruru wearing a traditional korowai - a traditional feathered cloak

Issue 55 is in eBook format. The links below will take you to the relevant sections in the eBook.

In this issue: November 2022

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The Dunedin Study turns 50

The Dunedin Study, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, has been running for 50 years.

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Jacinta Ruru standing outside wearing a traditional korowai - a traditional feathered cloak_

Cementing the place of te ao Māori in Law

Influential Māori legal scholar Professor Jacinta Ruru has been awarded the University of Otago's top research honour for 2022 – its Distinguished Research Medal.

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Assessing the knocks

How Otago researchers are helping World Rugby discover more about the nature and frequency of head impacts.

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Christchurch Cathedral post earthquake

Fading quake brain

'Quake brain' – cognitive impairment triggered by earthquake-related stress – fades over time.

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Demolishing stereotypes

Evolutionary virologist Dr Jemma Geoghegan is just the second woman to win the Prime Minister's MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

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Small wins create lasting change

UNICEF's new Chief of Health for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Asha Pun on making positive change, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

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150 years of Law at Otago

Reflecting on the legacy and future of Otago's Faculty of Law ahead of its 150th anniversary celebrations in early 2023.

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Taking on tobacco

The winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award Janet Hoek shares her motivation.

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David Murdoch in red chair

Vice-Chancellor's comment

Professor David Murdoch on moving forward after nearly three yea of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tony Ballantyne standing beside shelves of books


Otago historian and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Professor Tony Ballantyne reflects on Aotearoa's shared past with the Pacific and looks to the future.

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Academic and research highlights.

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Grant Robertson wearing a traditional pacific neck garland


University news, appointments, achievements.

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Hocken legacy

History never repeats, according to the popular Split Enz song, but a Hocken Collections intern has been helping to ensure that the iconic Kiwi band's own history is suitably acknowledged.

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Recent publications by Otago University Press and Otago alumni.

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Alumni news

Events and development initiatives.

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Dramatic water in the Leith in front of the Clocktower


The taming of the Leith – the two sides of our beautiful Water of Leith (Ōwheo).

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