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2019 Harraways Visiting Professor named

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:12am

Vancouver-based Professor Rickey Yada has been named as the second Harraways 1867 Visiting Professor as a guest of Otago in June–July.

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Science Division announces academic promotions

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 3:29pm

The Science Division is pleased to announce the promotion of five academics to the position of professor, and a further five to the position of associate professor. 

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Otago report investigates ‘shifting the peaks’ of electricity consumption via three residential appliances

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 9:54am

A University of Otago study has examined the potential for New Zealand residential electricity consumption to be shifted to reduce costs for consumers, demand on infrastructure and avoid future carbon emissions.

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University’s 150th year kicks off with Hands-On Otago’s 30th Anniversary

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 1:39pm

Most teenagers would prefer to spend their summer holidays on the beach, but nearly 400 Year 12 and 13 students are dedicating a week of their break to travel to Dunedin for a taste of student life.

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The University fosters Tongan connections

Monday, 17 December 2018 10:41am

Raised in a Tongan speaking family in Auckland, the first time Mary Jane Kivalu visited Tonga was as a teenager with her mother.  Recently she made her second trip to the Kingdom to help launch the Otago Tongan Alumni Network.

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Otago scientists invent easier, cheaper way to measure gravity

Monday, 17 December 2018 1:07pm

The world has one official kilogram against which all other country’s kilograms are measured and scales calibrated.

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Doctorate graduate explores what gender can engender

Thursday, 13 December 2018 3:35pm

Marea Colombo, the eldest daughter of Otago Vice-Chancellor and Psychology Professor Harlene Hayne and Head of the Department of Psychology Professor Mike Colombo, will graduate on Saturday with her PhD in … Psychology. She spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about her studies and her future plans.

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Otago Global Health Institute Seed Grants:  2019 applications now open

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:48am

Applications are now open for the Otago Global Health Institute 2019 Seed Grants round.
Closing date: 31 January 2019


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Division of Sciences presents 2018 awards

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:39pm

The Division of Sciences recently celebrated its annual awards recognising the breadth of work undertaken across many areas of University life including research, teaching, community engagement, technical and administrative support.

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Seminar by Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste: recording available

Monday, 10 December 2018 10:51am

Seminar by the Timor-Leste Ministry Of Health

Dr Merita Monteiro (Head, Communicable Diseases) and Dr Sheena Dias Viegas (Deputy Head, Communicable Diseases) presenteed an overview of their work in the Department of Communicable Diseases in the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health.

Date/time: Thursday 29 November, 10.00 - 11.00 am
Venue: AVC 1, Disability Information & Support, Student Learning Centre Offices (Central Library/Information Services Building), Albany Street, Dunedin

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Distinguished Research Medal winner making an applied impact

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 10:46pm

This year’s University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal winner has been described as a research powerhouse.

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Food Science Alliance signed with Chinese University

Thursday, 29 November 2018 8:42pm

The University of Otago has signed an agreement with Jiangnan University in China establishing the ‘Belt & Road’ University Alliance for Food Science and Education (BRUA-FSE).

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Memorial to be held for Emeritus Professor Keith Hunter

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 12:31pm

A memorial service will be held next week for Keith Hunter, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Sciences, who died at his home late last month.

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New study finds link between smell and obesity

Monday, 19 November 2018 1:00pm

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground by identifying a link between smell and obesity. The findings will be published today in the international Obesity Reviews journal.

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Proposal for National School of Rural Health remains firmly on the table

Friday, 16 November 2018 12:57pm

The University of Otago remains committed to the collaborative proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health.

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Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 7:58am

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health.

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Science Communication’s Sir Peter Blake Ambassador

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:34pm

Currently on the high seas east of New Zealand for research, Master of Science Communication student Lana Young is one of eight Otago students selected as a 2018 Sir Peter Blake Trust Ambassador.

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Division of Sciences Marsden Fund success

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 2:04pm

University of Otago researchers are celebrating the most successful Marsden Fund round to date, securing $28.5 million for 41 world-class research projects. Of this, $11 million across 14 projects has been granted to researchers in the Science Division, the highest number ever.

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Bringing Antarctica to the South Pacific

Thursday, 8 November 2018 8:07pm

Antarctica and the South Pacific islands seem worlds apart but a recent exhibition taken to Niue and Rarotonga taught local schools this connection is closer than expected.

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One university’s old microscopes are another university’s treasure

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 4:42pm

The University of Otago has shipped 21 microscopes to Myanmar’s University of Yangon to help address a shortage of scientific equipment.

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Otago Global Health Institute launch: 28 November 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018 1:41pm

You are invited to join us for the official launch of the Otago Global Health Institute:
Wednesday 28 November at 6.30pm (directly after the 2018 McKinlay Oration), at Te Wao Nui, Otago Business School

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Otago researcher to explore new Antarctic frontiers

Monday, 5 November 2018 3:41pm

Otago Geophysicist Professor Gary Wilson will join a team of New Zealand scientists in exploring new frontiers in Antarctica this season when they travel across the Ross Ice Shelf to collect information that helps identify the conditions that lead to the retreat of glaciers and sea level rise.

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Computer scientist wins Fellowship to further develop augmented reality technology

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:46am

University of Otago computer scientist Stefanie Zollman has won the L’Orėal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, which recognises outstanding female scientists globally.

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TVNZ embraces the enthusiasm of Physics’ HOD

Monday, 29 October 2018 2:27pm

TVNZ has fallen for the enthusiasm of Otago Physics Professor Craig Rodger asking him to front an item on Seven Sharp touring New Zealand’s new rocket factory.

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Call for attention to "Māori positive ageing" as numbers set to climb

Monday, 29 October 2018 2:16pm

There is a call for attention to focus on "Māori positive ageing" as the number of older Māori is set to double over a short period with higher rates of disability and dependence than the general population.

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Two University of Otago filmmakers win big award

Monday, 29 October 2018 12:49pm

The Guardian of Kinabalu, a film co-produced by Dr Wiebke Finkler of the University of Otago’s Department of Tourism and Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis of the Centre for Science Communication, has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 11th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival. The award was announced at a formal ceremony in the Malaysian capital on 26 October, with the documentary having its world premiere the next night.

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Curtain falls on PE’s final dance performance 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 3:35pm

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences held the final performance for its last dance and gymnastics paper at the beginning of this month. The Division of Sciences’ Communications Adviser Guy Frederick was caught the action for the Otago Bulletin Board.

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Speeding up research

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 3:33pm

Otago researchers now have some of the fastest links with the world that New Zealand has ever seen, following the launch of the new Hawaiki Cable capability by Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ) at the University on Friday.

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New Otago research of quiet but potentially hazardous seismic faults

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 2:25pm

Otago is a region of ‘quiet’ but important faults and will be the first researched in a project led by Professor Mark Stirling of the Department of Geology.

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Free Public Lecture: Hidden Dangers

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:38am

Hidden Dangers: Protecting our Health by Making Food Safe
The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre invites you to a free public talk by Dr Robert Tauxe, Director for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Food safety takes constant vigilance.The changing landscape of food production and changes in the microbes themselves offer regular challenges. Finding unsuspected disease outbreaks and fixing problems that led to them is an important part of public health. Now, advanced DNA sequencing is helping public health officials find and solve more outbreaks, and target control measures to stop them from happening again. Working with partners from farm to fork, we can make food safer for everyone.

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Free public talk: Hidden Dangers

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:57am

Food safety takes constant vigilance. The changing landscape of food production and changes in the microbes themselves offer regular challenges. Finding unsuspected disease outbreaks and fixing problems that led to them is an important part of public health. Now, advanced DNA sequencing is helping public health officials find and solve more outbreaks, and target control measures to stop them from happening again. Working with partners from farm to fork, we can make food safer for everyone.

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US Ambassador keen to foster connections with Otago

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 7:45pm

The United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Scott Brown, visited the University last week to learn about Otago’s internationally significant research and foster future collaborative ties.

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Otago-led research resolves longstanding biodiversity evolution question

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 2:37pm

Have you ever wondered why so many species live in tropical rainforests? Or why some groups of organisms have thousands of species, and other groups only a few?

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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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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.