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Otago researchers want us to go nuts about nuts

Monday, 15 October 2018 11:14am

They improve health, reduce the risk of heart disease, and can potentially make us leaner, but too many New Zealanders are shying away from nuts. University of Otago researchers are keen to crack this conundrum.

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Fishy role ends with retirement

Thursday, 11 October 2018 7:43pm

The Manager of the University of Otago’s New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) Tessa Mills will tomorrow hang up her “trusty blue polar fleece” for the last time when she retires after 13 years at the helm.

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Otago scientists investigate monkey malaria threat as potential therapy

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 8:58am

A breakthrough in monkey malaria research by University of Otago scientists encouraged the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a special meeting in Dunedin recently.

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Swedish Ambassador visits Otago’s Department of Botany

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 9:19pm

Forging new connections based around botanical ties was central to a recent visit to Otago by Sweden’s Ambassador to New Zealand.

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Using new tools to explore old landscapes

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 10:58am

As Te Koronga – the University’s indigenous science research theme – turns five, the Otago Bulletin Board takes a look at the novel work of one of its PhD candidates, Chelsea Cunningham.

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University supports predator free Dunedin

Friday, 5 October 2018 11:03am

University of Otago Zoologists are excited by this week’s launch of Predator Free Dunedin, a project bringing 20 agencies, environmental trusts, research institutions and mana whenua groups together to remove predators from over 31,000 hectares around Dunedin.

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Department of Microbiology Seminar

Thursday, 4 October 2018 11:57am

Studying emerging diseases through genomics and stem cells: antibiotic resistant typhoid as an exemplar

Professor Gordon Dougan
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

12:00 Noon, Monday, 15th October
Room 208, 2nd floor
Microbiology Building
720 Cumberland St

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Otago postgraduate takes just four minutes to win gold

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 11:49am

If Katherine Lockton needed to justify taking time off from her research to compete in the Taekwan-do World Cup, then coming home with a gold medal was the perfect way.

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Rare video captured of ‘white’ southern right whales as researchers examine the resurgent species

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 9:03am

A University of Otago research team led by Professor Steve Dawson and Dr Will Rayment, have recently returned from a month-long expedition to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands where they have been collecting data on a recovering population of southern right whales.

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Māori, Pacific tauira get science scholarship boost

Monday, 1 October 2018 7:57pm

A new scholarship for aspiring Māori and Pacific scientists is being labelled a game changer in the bid to retain students with an interest in science.

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Polar Symposium highlights University as leader

Friday, 28 September 2018 1:45pm

The University’s recent Polar Symposium showcased the breadth of Otago’s polar research community which organisers say is the most diverse in any New Zealand university.

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Young New Zealand film-maker bringing international attention to plight of bees

Friday, 21 September 2018 3:44pm

A new approach in the fight against American foulbrood – a disease effecting beehives across the world – is the topic of a New Zealand-made film shortlisted in the International Jackson Hole Science Media Awards being held in Boston, USA, this week (26-28 September NZT).

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New book investigates why some humans want to kill themselves

Friday, 21 September 2018 3:36pm

University of Otago research psychologist Jesse Bering has explored the dark experiences of being suicidal, in his new book: A very human ending, how suicide haunts our species.

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Participants Needed for Research Study

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:21am

Researchers in the Department of Medicine in Dunedin are conducting a trial on whole grains and health for people with type 2 diabetes.

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Sustained levels of moderate warming could melt the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:48am

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet melted during extended warm periods in the past when temperatures were similar to those predicted for the coming century, a new study published in Nature has shown.

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Nutrition textbook receives major award

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:15am

A textbook co-authored by Otago Professor of Human Nutrition Jim Mann, has been named one of the best in the world by the British Medical Association (BMA).

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Otago academic scoops top teaching award

Friday, 14 September 2018 1:32pm

The Otago academic who was last night crowned the top tertiary teacher in New Zealand says she is extremely humbled to receive the award.

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GREEN Grid project releases unique household electricity demand dataset for public use

Thursday, 13 September 2018 2:26pm

“How much electricity do heat pumps really use? When is hot water heated and are the lights kept on all day in winter?” These and other questions can now be answered thanks to the release of anonymised electricity power demand data from a sample of 45 New Zealand households.

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Project builds resilience in communities preparing for Alpine Fault quake

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 3:12pm

The scientists, emergency planners and numerous agencies involved in preparing for a future Alpine Fault earthquake have modelled the impacts of a major earthquake on the Alpine Fault and highlighted the need for emergency agencies to work across boundaries during a future disaster, University of Otago research reveals.

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Otago researchers bring a world-first in ancient earthquake identification

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:04pm

The first natural example of a fossilised earthquake in serpentinite (type of rock) is providing new knowledge about the extreme forces and chemical reactions that occur during seismic ruptures.

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Otago-led research set to make smartphones even smarter

Friday, 31 August 2018 11:15am

The accuracy of the global positioning system (GPS) in smartphones has been significantly improved thanks to research conducted at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in collaboration with Curtin University, Australia.

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Travelling thousands of kilometres to feed – penguins’ “crazy” journeys studied by Otago scientists

Thursday, 30 August 2018 8:22am

Imagine making a 7,000km journey just for dinner. That, University of Otago scientists have found, is the life of the elusive Fiordland penguin.

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Missing ‘Saildrone’ recovered by University of Otago team

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:09am

While in the Auckland Islands studying the recovering population of southern right whales, a University of Otago team led by Professor Steve Dawson and Dr Will Rayment was given an unusual task by the Department of Conservation (DOC) – to recover a drone that had become stranded on Sandy Bay, on Enderby Island.

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More Māori voices needed in city planning – Otago graduate

Thursday, 23 August 2018 9:40am

There are calls from a University of Otago planning graduate for greater recognition and involvement of iwi and hapū surrounding the development of city spaces.

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Study confirms positive youth development in Māori and New Zealand European teens through adventure education

Monday, 20 August 2018 2:38pm

University of Otago researchers have identified adventure education as a potential tool to help tackle the mental health challenges facing Māori and New Zealand European adolescents in New Zealand. The findings of the study have recently been published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences.

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Otago researchers call for more transparency around health funding formula

Friday, 17 August 2018 11:32am

University of Otago researchers are calling for more transparency and dialogue around the formula used to distribute funding between the country’s 20 district health boards, integral to the functioning of the New Zealand health system.

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Virtual Reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool

Friday, 17 August 2018 9:39am

Virtual reality is moving beyond purely entertainment to become a potential tool in improving literacy, and the University of Otago is behind one ground-breaking approach.

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PM’s new Science Advisor to lead Otago forum

Thursday, 16 August 2018 9:54pm

The Prime Minister’s news Chief Science Advisor Juliet Gerrard will visit Otago next Tuesday to hear from University staff and other Dunedin scientists about how to shape her new role.

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Bottle caps turned into artwork

Thursday, 9 August 2018 2:27pm

One thousand plastic bottle caps donated by staff and students from across the University’s Dunedin campus have been turned into a beautiful piece of art aimed at educating people about the impact of plastics on the creatures that live in the ocean.

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Otago appoints crime novelist Val McDermid to visiting professorship

Monday, 6 August 2018 10:07am

The University of Otago is delighted to announce the appointment of Scottish novelist Val McDermid as a Visiting Professor in the Division of Humanities.

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Book Launch: Geographies of Development

Monday, 6 August 2018 11:45am

Book Launch - Geographies of Development

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In our backyard – Otago argues for reintroducing native creatures to urban areas

Friday, 3 August 2018 9:59am

Imagine if those scuffling sounds you hear in your garden at night were kiwi poking around looking for bugs. According to two University of Otago academics, the idea is not so far-fetched.

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Otago professor honoured by top geography award

Thursday, 2 August 2018 4:29pm

The head of the University of Otago’s Department of Geography who secured the New Zealand Geographical Society’s supreme award says it is a victory for a dynamic approach to research.

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Otago augmented reality journal cover world’s first

Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:34pm

Augmented reality has been used on the cover of a scientific journal for the very first time thanks to a collaboration between Otago scientists and a Dunedin company.

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Art-science interactions push the boundaries

Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:55am

Two of the Otago scientists involved in the new Art + Oceans exhibition currently on display at Otago Museum’s HD Skinner Annex rolled up their sleeves and took a more hands-on role in the creative process.

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Simple supplement aids powerful rugby performance – Otago study finds

Monday, 23 July 2018 11:13am

Sore muscles and peak athletic performance do not mix. Otago researchers have found a common health supplement may solve the issue.

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Potential for Antarctica to become plastics dumping ground and home for new species

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 1:24pm

Antarctica is not as isolated from the rest of the world as scientists have thought, new research reveals, with potential for drifting plastics to create problems in the continent in future and new species to colonise there as the climate warms.

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Scholarships provide Antarctic opportunities

Thursday, 12 July 2018 9:05pm

Antarctic glaciers and microscopic algae will soon be the focus of two University of Otago students who have just been awarded two of three Antarctica New Zealand Scholarships for 2018.

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Science Festival: Gut Heroes experience proves popular

Thursday, 12 July 2018 8:52pm

A captivating augmented reality (AR) experience, aimed at enthusing eight- to 12-year-olds about gut microbiomes, was one of many successful exhibits at the University of Otago Science Expo, held last weekend as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival.

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Science Festival: Otago staff and students recognised with awards

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 7:56pm

A University of Otago frog expert who has dedicated more than 30 years at the forefront of amphibian conservation, was last week recognised for his lifelong commitment to science at an awards ceremony to launch the 11th biennial New Zealand International Science Festival.