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Health and wellbeing in parks and nature in 1800s Aotearoa New Zealand

Friday, 3 April 2020 5:04pm

A recent blog from our colleague Dr James Beattie, University of Victoria.

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Consumers should cut down food waste: Otago study

Monday, 30 March 2020 10:32am

More than three quarters of New Zealand’s retail food waste is being saved from landfill, in stark contrast to Kiwi households, Otago researchers say.

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Otago scientist joins international COVID-19 consortium to investigate sensory systems

Friday, 27 March 2020 3:32pm

The fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic has seen the international scientific community rallying to detect, understand and combat this global threat.

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Changes at the Consumer and Applied Science Building

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 2:27pm

Staff and students are being relocated from the Consumer and Applied Science Building so it can be earthquake strengthened.

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Brain Awareness Week begins

Friday, 6 March 2020 12:24pm

Brain Awareness Week starts this weekend. Otago’s very own Brain Health Research Centre brings research together from across departments, and during Brain Awareness Week there are many opportunities to get involved and learn more.

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University of Otago grows Pacific science connections

Friday, 28 February 2020 9:08am

Building and connecting the University of Otago’s work in science with the Pacific, in order to contribute to development and help address the region’s challenges, is the priority of Dr Losa Moata’ane.

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Botany Department leading One Billion Trees project

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:54pm

Aotearoa’s One Billion Trees programme is working with the University of Otago’s Department of Botany to deliver a project looking to establish large tracts of native forest directly from seeds.

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Study reveals links between bee brains and human brains

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 3:07pm

In a discovery which could open new avenues for understanding of the brain, researchers have found similarities between the brain activity of honey bees and humans.

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Science Communication launches Aotearoa Stories in Sound project

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:28pm

If there was a soundtrack to represent the stories of Aotearoa, what would it sound like?

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BEATS symposium celebrates achievements and shares results

Monday, 24 February 2020 10:48pm

The Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Research Programme had two great reasons to get together for its annual symposium last week.

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Otago physicists grab individual atoms in ground-breaking experiment

Thursday, 20 February 2020 12:58pm

In a first for quantum physics, University of Otago researchers have “held” individual atoms in place and observed previously unseen complex atomic interactions.

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Earthquakes disrupt sperm whales’ ability to find food

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:10am

Otago scientists studying sperm whales off the coast of Kaikōura have discovered earthquakes affect their ability to find food for at least a year.

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Three new professors for Department of Nutrition

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 1:21pm

Today’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Department of Human Nutrition’s three new Professors.

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Testing seawater of the future? A study at Whakaari/White Island

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 1:30pm

University of Otago scientists are leading research into the possibility that the shallow submarine vents off New Zealand’s volcanic Whakaari/White Island could provide a natural laboratory to study the impacts of future climate change on our oceans.

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Scientists again highlight need for fault avoidance zone at Franz Josef town

Tuesday, 4 February 2020 2:12pm

New research has reinforced that the way the town of Franz Josef Glacier is situated and occupied could mean a very real and significant loss of life and property when the Alpine Fault next ruptures.

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Study promotes NZ open water environments for water safety teaching

Friday, 31 January 2020 8:59am

With summer water safety a key priority for the start of another school year, new research shows teaching water safety in a range of natural open water environments, in contrast to learning in a swimming pool, may be more beneficial for learning.

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2020 Harraways Visiting Professor named

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:43am

A world-class food engineering educator and researcher has been named this year’s Harraways 1867 Visiting Professor as a guest of the University of Otago.

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Aged care residents at risk of malnutrition, Otago study shows

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 3:41pm

More than half of aged care residents are not eating enough and are missing out on essential vitamins and other nutrients despite being offered a variety of food, Otago research shows.

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Scientists seek urgent action on impacts of climate change on reptiles and amphibians

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:01pm

World leaders in reptile and amphibian research say there is an urgent international need to acknowledge the evidence for global climate change and take immediate action to help save these vulnerable animals.

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Two awards for Ewan Fordyce

Friday, 20 December 2019 1:12pm

Geology’s Professor Ewan Fordyce has received two significant awards, honouring his contributions to his field.

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‘Shark Spy’ needs your help this summer

Thursday, 19 December 2019 3:24pm

The old catchphrase “the only good shark, is a dead shark” is something that Rob Lewis and the University’s NZ Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) are aiming to squash this summer.

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Penguin study reveals Southern Ocean’s Ice Age history

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:14am

A new scientific study headed by the University of Otago has revealed important clues as to how Southern Ocean ecosystems responded to past global climate change events.

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Chemistry teacher’s excellence celebrated

Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:31pm

Chemistry may be a tough subject but Dr David McMorran’s teaching makes it accessible for his students.

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The Dunedin Study Director presents the 2019 Distinguished Research Medal lecture

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 5:09pm

Professor Richie Poulton, as Otago’s 2019 Distinguished Research Medal Award recipient and Director of The Dunedin Study, presented his public talk to a packed theatre last week.

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Otago research reveals past rapid Antarctic ice loss due to ocean warming

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:00am

New research from the University of Otago has found the sensitive West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed during a warming period just over a million years ago when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were lower than today.

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Finding flow in adventure recreation

Monday, 2 December 2019 10:55am

New Zealand is widely regarded as one big adventure playground, and a new study by the University of Otago has shed new light on the importance of engaging with the adventure recreation opportunities.

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Otago academics new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows

Thursday, 28 November 2019 9:25am

Two outstanding Otago academics are among 19 new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows to be elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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Otago researchers lead multi-million dollar Antarctic research projects

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 9:30am

A world-leading Antarctic project investigating how ecosystems in the Ross Sea region might respond to climate change is to be led by Otago’s Associate Professor Miles Lamare.

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Scholarship to continue psychology research

Thursday, 21 November 2019 9:27am

An Otago undergraduate student has received a prestigious scholarship to continue the work of researchers from the Psychology Department.

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Botany’s Team Motany celebrates a double Marsden success

Thursday, 14 November 2019 9:48pm

Head of Botany Associate Professor David Orlovich still has a smile on his face after receiving the good news of his team’s recent Marsden Fund grant success.

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Zoologists demand better action for 2019 “Bird of the Year”

Monday, 11 November 2019 9:47am

University of Otago Zoologists reactions to Hoiho, New Zealand’s endemic and yellow-eyed penguin winning Bird of the Year are bittersweet, and call for better management from agencies tasked with their conservation.

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Taking science communication to school

Thursday, 7 November 2019 10:06am

Science engagement at school continues to decline despite global issues being increasingly informed by scientific research and a growing need for more science-related careers.

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PhD Scholarships

Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:42am

We are providing three PhD scholarships and fees to students who are interested in looking at solutions to climate change problems for Māori communities. Students would join in a multi-disciplinary team of academics, private sector and Crown Research Institute individuals, along with recent Māori social science graduates from Otago University.

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Otago scientists’ discovery leads to greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 10:00am

Otago scientists have made an important discovery in understanding the role a particular protein plays to impair memory in Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to more effective treatment in future.

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World-class Clean Lab opens at Otago

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 9:04am

A world-class research facility producing filtered air 100,000 times cleaner than outside air, is the newest addition to the University of Otago’s Mellor Laboratory.

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Otago scientists win national outstanding research awards

Friday, 18 October 2019 9:37am

Two University of Otago scientists have received prestigious awards at the New Zealand Research Honours gala this evening.

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Otago wins at Zoomtopia Innovation Awards

Thursday, 17 October 2019 1:20pm

Otago has won a competition with its videoconference provider, Zoom, for its innovative use of videoconferencing.

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Otago researchers awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 2:55pm

Two University of Otago researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships and will receive NZD$800,000 each over five years.

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BEATS Research Team receives 2019 Otago Research Group Award

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:08am

A research group that is actively encouraging active transport to school by adolescents and making a contribution towards New Zealand’s growing issue of insufficient physical activity, has received the University of Otago 2019 Research Group Award.

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Chemistry teacher receives National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 9:02am

The exemplary teaching skills of Dr David McMorran have been recognised with a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award by Ako Aotearoa.