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Otago student People’s Choice winner at national 3MT finals

Friday, 23 August 2019 1:28pm

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) master’s student Livvy Mitchell is this year’s 3MT NZ Inter-University Master’s champion, but Otago’s Jonah Belk was the audience’s favourite.

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Driver behaviour not altered by roadside memorials - Otago study

Friday, 23 August 2019 10:34am

Roadside memorials may be controversial, but a University of Otago study has found they have very little impact on driver behaviour or perception of road safety.

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PhD Scholarship available in the area of tourism, emergency management and rural disaster resilience.

Thursday, 22 August 2019 2:41pm

Inviting applications for a three year PhD Scholarship at the Centre for Sustainability.We seek an applied, interdisciplinary research candidate with exceptional communication skills, and prior research knowledge and practical experience of the tourism sector to join our dynamic research team in New Zealand.

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Otago hosting 10th International Penguin Conference

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 9:47pm

Just over three decades have passed since the first International Penguin Conference was hosted in Dunedin.  This weekend the 10th iteration will begin at the University.

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Otago hosting 10th International Penguin Conference

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 4:50pm

The biology, ecology, heath and behaviour of penguins will be discussed by the world’s leading researchers at a conference hosted by the University of Otago this month.

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Otago research shows ski passes still worthwhile

Monday, 19 August 2019 2:16pm

The recent arrival of snow across the country brought relief to ski fields, but as we enter the latter half of the ski season, is this lack of snow a sign of things to come? Should Kiwis continue buying annual ski passes?

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Scarfie twins health and wellness social media influencers

Thursday, 15 August 2019 2:53pm

Emily and Sophie Martin are Scarfies with a dedication to balance.

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Cultural journey complements Fulbright opportunity

Thursday, 8 August 2019 7:00pm

A tauira Māori from the University of Otago who has complemented her academic journey by reconnecting with her culture is hoping her Fulbright Scholarship will inspire others to pursue international excellence.

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Otago student awarded prestigious Energy scholarship

Thursday, 8 August 2019 4:38pm

Energy Management student Emily Jiang has been awarded a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship from Energy Education Trust NZ.

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New Otago programme offers fresh look at agriculture

Thursday, 25 July 2019 12:51pm

Developing future leaders in agriculture who drive the industry forward is the kaupapa of a new major available within Applied Sciences at the University of Otago.

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Films by five female film-makers premiering this weekend

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 10:27pm

The next generation of wildlife and science film-makers are making their debut in Dunedin this weekend.

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Connection to country impacts mental health – Otago study shows

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:31am

Whether you feel a strong attachment to New Zealand’s Māori culture, majestic landscapes, or the All Blacks, an Otago study has found a sense of belonging to the country is positively related to mental health.

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Coastal erosion challenges councils and communities

Thursday, 11 July 2019 9:55am

New research shows a “business as usual” approach will not work for New Zealand’s regional councils, and over a quarter of our local councils, who are facing extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels.

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Reducing power costs for farmers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:02am

Electricity costs are a significant burden for many farms, especially those that run extensive irrigation and dairying operations.

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Otago study calls for moral as well as social values to be considered in rugby selection process

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 11:35am

According to Sir Graham Henry “better people make better All Blacks”, but against what standards are the characters of New Zealand rugby players being judged?

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Scientists discover processes to lower methane emissions from animals

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 11:04am

University of Otago scientists are part of an international research collaboration which has made an important discovery in the quest to lower global agricultural methane emissions.

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Otago–Queensland researchers observe 70-year-old prediction, with wide-reaching effects

Friday, 28 June 2019 9:31am

As you stir milk into a cup of coffee, you will see fluid turbulence in action – rapid mixing that has defied deep scientific understanding.

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Board celebrates alumni Alexander Aitken

Thursday, 27 June 2019 9:51pm

An official information board, celebrating the life of noted mathematician and author Alexander Aitken has been unveiled at Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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Science Division’s Health Research Council Grants success

Thursday, 27 June 2019 8:43am

Being given the opportunity to seek answers to questions that are “relevant to mums, dads and whanau,” is a great advantage of a receiving a Health Research Council (HRC) Grant, says Human Nutrition’s Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath.

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Owha the Leopard seal seals the deal

Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:58pm

Leopard seals are generally associated with Antarctica and rank as one of the icy continents top predators. But they have one Otago postgraduate hooked.

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New Māori water safety resource launched

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 9:50am

A new resource highlighting a holistic, Māori-centred approach to water safety has been unveiled at a symposium focusing on Indigenous science research excellence in Dunedin.

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Spotting Otago skinks goes global

Monday, 17 June 2019 9:15am

A University of Otago student is taking science into people’s homes to help increase understanding of the endangered Otago skink.

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Otago scientist wins $50k animal research ethics award

Monday, 17 June 2019 12:34pm

University of Otago scientist Dr Damian Scarf has won a $50,000 grant for his novel research project which will see pigeons tested for cognitive abilities in a free-range environment, rather than in a laboratory.

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Harraways Visiting Professor arrives at Otago

Thursday, 13 June 2019 10:12pm

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" is a quote from noted food writer Michael Pollan and is offered by visiting Harraways Professor Rickey Yada to position his upcoming public lectures on the current movement towards plant-based diets.

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New insect species discovered on Dunedin’s doorstep

Friday, 7 June 2019 9:50am

A team of zoologists from the University Otago has discovered a new species of insect – the Maungatua stonefly – from the slopes of the Maungatua Range, on the doorstep of Dunedin.

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Kelp DNA records destructive power of ancient earthquake

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 2:14pm

One of the most memorable and astonishing aspects of the recent Kaikoura earthquake was the sudden uplift of the sea floor, which left populations of coastal species like kelp and shellfish literally high and dry.

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Māori Research PhD scholarships

Monday, 3 June 2019 2:43pm

The Centre is seeking expressions of interest in two PhD Scholarship opportunities in Māori research.

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University training and research vessel gets a major boost

Friday, 31 May 2019 9:26am

Plans to build a more capable and cost-effective research vessel to replace the University’s ageing Polaris II have received a major boost with a NZ$250,000 donation. The donation comes from Trammell S. Crow, a Dallas, Texas-based philanthropist and founder of EarthX, the world’s largest environmental sustainability expo.

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

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:16pm

Dr Chris Pearson of Otago’s School of Surveying is a special guest in Nepal this week to celebrate International Everest (Sagarmatha) Day.

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Dunedin stadium study highlights legacy of shady local government structures

Monday, 27 May 2019 9:26am

There was a lack of financial clarity, and potentially dangerous downstream consequences of the significant debt created, as the city built its new covered sports stadium, new Otago research has found.

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Dietetics offers free Nutrition Warrant of Fitness checks

Thursday, 23 May 2019 11:50pm

We are what we eat, but what to eat can be a constant dilemma as we stand in supermarket aisles deciding which product to pop in our baskets.

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Poignant ceremonies start graduation season in style

Thursday, 23 May 2019 11:43pm

Emotions ran high at the University of Otago’s first Māori pre-graduation ceremonies of the year at Union Hall earlier this month.

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Series highlights internationalisation of University

Thursday, 23 May 2019 10:15pm

Otago’s International Office is highlighting the importance of internationalisation, through a series of monthly seminars kicking off today.

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Otago research links civic engagement to resilience

Thursday, 16 May 2019 2:45pm

Flowers, home-cooked meals and time were among the items donated in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks. A new University of Otago study has found these simple acts of kindness not only benefited victims, but strengthened the well-being and resilience of those giving them.

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Quantum physicists shining new light on cave art

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:28am

Leslie Van Gelder, a well-known American-born archeologist has been working with Dr Harald Schwefel, and other physicists at Otago University to develop a lamp that mimics the flickering torch light that paleolithic cave artists worked by many thousands of years ago. The lamps will help Leslie and other archeologists reveal intimate details of these ancient people.

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Professor Craig Rodger named the Beverly Chair in Physics

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 2:31pm

Did you know the there’s a clock in the Department of Physics that’s believed to be one of the longest running science experiments in the world?

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Milestone PhD graduation for Te Koronga in Otago’s 150th year

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 11:36am

In 2013 Chanel Phillips (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Hine) was one of the first students of Te Koronga, the Māori postgraduate research excellence group created within the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. This week she will be the first PhD candidate to graduate.

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Human Nutrition graduate becomes Sciences Kaiāwhina

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 9:55pm

Supporting Māori students during their time at Otago in a communally spirited environment is the driver for Sarahmarie Kuroko in her new role as Kaiāwhina for Sciences.

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Division of Sciences congratulates two Otago Teaching Excellence Award recipients

Thursday, 2 May 2019 3:24pm

The Division of Sciences congratulates Dr Anne-Marie Jackson and Dr David McMorran as this year’s recipients of Otago’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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Professor Vernon Squire retires after 32 years at Otago

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 10:32pm

When Professor Vernon Squire arrived at Otago in 1987 to take up the position of Professor of Applied Mathematics, he brought with him an open mind.