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Response to the Climate Change Commission

Thursday, 8 April 2021 4:43pm

The Centre for Sustainability recently submitted a response to the Climate Change Commission’s Consultation document, the combined submission is a research-informed perspective on the CCC’s draft Advice.

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Tuatara eggs hatch for Easter at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Thursday, 1 April 2021 4:35pm

A rare sighting of five new hatchling tuatara emerging at Orokonui Ecosantuary has been caught on camera by University of Otago researchers who were undertaking a routine inspection of the nest at the time.

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World Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake ground-breaking community rugby head impact study

Thursday, 1 April 2021 4:43pm

Underscoring the continued commitment to furthering head injury prevention in rugby, World Rugby is partnering with New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake a ground-breaking study to understand the nature and frequency of head impacts in men’s and women’s community and age-grade rugby.

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Mathematics and Statistics welcomes new Head of Department 

Monday, 15 March 2021 8:59am

Associate Professor Sarah Wakes describes moving into her new role as Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics as coming full circle.

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Top of cliff approach to suicide prevention

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 10:20am

By looking at suicide prevention from a different perspective, University of Otago researchers hope to improve identification and support for people in suicidal crisis.

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Psychology welcomes two new Māori academic staff

Thursday, 4 March 2021 7:25am

Two new Māori academics have been warmly welcomed to the Department of Psychology.

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Tongan student realises dream to enter Clinical Psychology programme

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:43am

Tongan postgraduate student Jordan Quensell is celebrating reaching his ambitious goal of entry into the competitive postgraduate Clinical Psychology programme.

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Power restructure needed to enhance Indigenous engagement in planning, research shows

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 11:16am

Impact assessments have a patchy history of effectively engaging Indigenous communities and providing positive outcomes for their aspirations – University of Otago research is providing a starting point to improve the situation.

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Worker bees smell trouble in the colonies

Monday, 22 February 2021 10:19am

University of Otago research reveals bees’ sense of smell gives them a fighting chance against the deadly parasitic mite, Varroa destructor.

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Dunedin Study data provides evidence that youth mental health issues impact adult physical health

Thursday, 18 February 2021 9:11am

A new study by researchers from Otago and Duke Universities makes the case that mental health struggles in early life can lead to poorer physical health and advanced aging in adulthood.

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Division of Sciences grows Pacific connections

Thursday, 18 February 2021 8:37am

The Division of Sciences recently signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with local provider Pacific Trust Otago (PTO).

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Germany-New Zealand Green Hydrogen Alliance Passes First Hurdle

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 10:04am

A University of Otago researcher is co-leading a new international alliance with Germany to explore green hydrogen technologies in New Zealand.

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Otago study examines attitudes toward climate change risk

Thursday, 4 February 2021 11:39am

A University of Otago study explored factors which influence Americans’ levels of concern over climate change, providing discussion on how those factors could impact mitigation efforts.

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Dodd-Walls Centre gets green light for another eight years

Thursday, 4 February 2021 4:28pm

The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies (DWC), Te Whai Ao, will receive a further $36.7m to continue operations.

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Staff member celebrates 45 years at Otago

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 5:02pm

Client Services Administrator Lyn Tyrrell started at the University of Otago in 1976.

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Remembering Professor Phil Bishop

Monday, 1 February 2021 2:39pm

Professor Phil Bishop was “quite protective” of his frogs during the shoot, recalls the photographer of this portrait taken for his 2014 Inaugural Professorial Lecture.

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Study examines keys to success for contact tracing

Friday, 22 January 2021 10:41am

Research examining the effectiveness of contact tracing systems in the hospitality sector has identified factors that influence buy-in from the public.

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Penned release of green geckos has potential to help preserve threatened native species

Thursday, 14 January 2021 11:13am

University of Otago researchers have added another piece to the puzzle about how best to translocate New Zealand lizards for conservation purposes – confine them.

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School of Surveying contributes to Everest’s new height

Thursday, 14 January 2021 9:55am

A School of Surveying Te Kura Kairūri academic has been instrumental in supporting Nepalese surveyors to measure Mount Everest for the first time. 

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South African PhD graduate examines Springboks tour

Friday, 18 December 2020 10:06am

It was a box of documents on the 1981 Springboks tour stored in a farm shed in South Africa which would be the source of years of postgraduate research for Sebastien Potgieter.

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South African PhD graduate examines Springboks tour

Friday, 18 December 2020 11:13am

It was a box of documents on the 1981 Springboks tour stored in a farm shed in South Africa which would be the source of years of postgraduate research for Sebastien Potgieter.

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No regrets about decision to study at Otago

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 11:00am

Christian Chukwuka has no regrets about his decision to study at Otago, after moving here all on his own from Nigeria to complete his PhD studies.

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Connecting the boundary-less Climate Change Challenge 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 9:00am

A shared common concern for climate change brought small groups of dedicated researchers together to form the recently renamed He Kaupapa Hononga: Otago’s Climate Change Research Network. 

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Family central to Surveying graduate’s success 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:02pm

After three years in Dunedin, Peter Latu is the sole 2020 graduate of the School of Surveying’s BSurv(Hons) programme.

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Otago’s School of Surveying reaches the top of the world

Wednesday, 9 December 2020 9:51am

A new accurate height of Mount Everest has been announced to the world and a University of Otago academic has been instrumental in supporting the Nepalese surveyors achieve that ambition.

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‘Our people.Our place.’ embraced in recent Division of Science Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 10:38am

The Division of Sciences recently held its biennial Excellence Awards. The range of awards acknowledge the great work across different areas of university life including research, teaching, community engagement, and professional staff support.

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Food Science student wins international award for thesis

Monday, 7 December 2020 10:28am

Food Science PhD student Victoria Purdy recently celebrated her success as the Winner of the Peoples Choice award in the recent 2020 Matariki Network of Universities Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT®) competition.

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Food Science student wins international award for thesis

Monday, 7 December 2020 9:12am

Food Science PhD student Victoria Purdy last week celebrated her success as the Winner of the Peoples Choice award in the recent 2020 Matariki Network of Universities Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT®) competition.

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2020 Christmas Market Day

Monday, 7 December 2020 11:37am

The University Christmas Market was in full force with plenty of arts, crafts, and home-made gifts on offer from staff and postgraduate students last week.

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Saving money key motivator to reducing food waste – Otago study

Monday, 30 November 2020 10:22am

Uneaten food on consumers’ plates makes up 34 per cent of food waste in the hospitality sector – an extravagance the industry could do without in the face of COVID-19, a University of Otago study argues.

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Big names Zooming in for Otago Energy Research Centre symposium

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:47am

The 14th annual Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium is being held on 19 and 20 November.

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New CoRE connects coastal communities of the Pacific

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 9:39am

New Otago-led Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) Coastal People: Southern Skies (CPSS) recently received $32 million in funding.

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Ability to counter negative body image messages provides lessons for all – Otago study shows

Monday, 16 November 2020 11:24am

Viewing media with an engaged and sceptical eye allows young women to protect their body image, a University of Otago study has found.

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A small fish helping to solve a big problem

Thursday, 12 November 2020 9:29am

An inter-disciplinary group of Otago researchers is embarking on a collaborative study into the use of biodegradable, edible food coatings to combat plastic pollution.

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Dunedin energy study shows worrying trends

Monday, 9 November 2020 4:37pm

More diesel use; less renewable energy; less energy efficiency; more carbon emissions – a new report from the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability identifies many worrying energy use trends in Dunedin.

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Rutherford Discovery award to research resilience in kuku

Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:45am

Dr Nathan Kenny (Ngāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa) is “over the moon” to be coming home to take up a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship at Otago.

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Quantum radio secures US patent

Friday, 30 October 2020 10:05am

Securing a US patent is no easy task, but a pair of University of Otago physicists have done just that with their world-first quantum radio technology.

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Doctorate research explores Science’s human stories

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 9:37am

While studying orangutans in Spain Alba Suarez Garcia realised that for her it's the stories behind the science that hold the most meaning and wonder.

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Eye on Ecology

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 11:09am

Delving into why ecology is "absolutely fundamental" to encourage in today's world.

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Otago researchers help complete world first wasp genome project

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 4:01pm

In a world first, New Zealand researchers have sequenced the genome of three wasps, two of which are invasive wasps in New Zealand, paving the way for new methods of control for these significant pests.