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3D scanner to assist in understanding of unusual creatures

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 4:05pm

A new piece of technology is enabling post-doctoral fellow Amber Coste to closely examine new species.

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Matariki heralds launch of new Centre of Indigenous Science

Thursday, 23 June 2022 8:51am

The rise of Matariki brings with it the launch of a new Centre of Indigenous Science at the University of Otago.

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Matariki heralds launch of new Centre of Indigenous Science

Thursday, 23 June 2022 3:57pm

The rise of Matariki brings with it the launch of a new Centre of Indigenous Science at the University of Otago.

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Researching sweat rates and hydration needs during menstruation

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 2:11pm

Nutrition student Michaela Rogan is contributing to a little-researched area of science - variation in sweat rates and hydration needs during the menstrual cycle.

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Wild kitten that joined field trip brings joy to family in difficult times

Friday, 17 June 2022 2:50pm

A tiny kitten that crept out of the bush has connected an Otago student with a Dunedin family in need of some “pure, uncomplicated love”.

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Centre for Sustainability Director Caroline Orchiston featured in North & South

Thursday, 16 June 2022 4:34pm

Associate Professor Caroline Orchiston recently featured in North & South magazine, discussing New Zealand's preparedness for a major earthquake on the South Island's Alpine Fault.

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Shalini Paul on researching diabetes in the midst of COVID-19

Thursday, 16 June 2022 4:14pm

Having family members with diabetes makes Shalini Paul's search for treatment to heal wounds quicker in diabetics personal.

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Biomedical Sciences student Julia Imo wins thrice

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 1:53pm

The bioengineering postgrad student won three awards at the Startup Dunedin's Audacious event recently.

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Ones to Watch: Georgia Mayor

Monday, 13 June 2022 10:21am

Dance and healthy body image have not always been the greatest of friends - a relationship one Otago student plans to improve.

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Hoiho research on Stewart Island identifies critical marine habitats

Friday, 10 June 2022 9:52am

New research tracking yellow‐eyed penguin foraging behaviour in Stewart Island has built a detailed picture of their marine distribution that could inform measures to reduce the risk of local extinction.

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Kelp connecting Southern coasts – genomics reveals

Thursday, 9 June 2022 11:20am

The DNA of kelp has enabled scientists to show just how interconnected coastal communities of the Southern Ocean are.

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Members of Microbiology: Meet Callum August

Thursday, 9 June 2022 10:41am

PhD candidate Callum August hopes his research into tuberculosis will minimise Aotearoa New Zealand's health inequalities.

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Three Otago University medical researchers allocated portion of $100,000 in funding

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 9:23am

Funding will got towards research on endometrial cancer and heart attacks, as well as travel to present research in France.

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Flat cooking horror stories inspire student food bags

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 11:01am

A dinner party with friends and parents was the catalyst for Human Nutrition research assistant Kimberly Ti’s idea of Feed My Flat food bags for students.

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Marine Science graduate on a journey to protect our underwater world

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 4:16pm

Having just completed her master’s, Millie Mannering has also accumulated an impressive list of awards and experiences for her CV.

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Diving into a rewarding career

Monday, 23 May 2022 2:32pm

Learning about study options in the mid-nineties after a chat at Dunedin’s Captain Cook Tavern helped kickstart the future career of Otago alumnus – marine biologist Dr Richard (Rick) Hamilton.

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Master's 'challenging and rewarding'

Friday, 20 May 2022 12:36pm

Graduating in absentia can be hard for any student wanting to celebrate but for Madeline McIntyre, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Snacking impacted by smells and tastes – Otago study

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 9:21am

What we smell and taste can trigger substantial changes to food choices later in the day, a University of Otago study has found.

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Bad behaviour set in stone

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 9:45am

Anyone waiting for a sociopath to grow up or calm down should give up; they will not change, a new study has revealed.

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Trees and tamariki benefit from Botany graduate

Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:43am

Taylor Davies-Colley has become a familiar face for many tamariki through his roles in conservation and environmental education.

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Prestigious honour for ground-breaking honey bee researcher

Thursday, 12 May 2022 3:55pm

University of Otago Emerita Professor Alison Mercer ONZM is “still in a state of shock” after learning she has been elected an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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Ajay Kumar, a graduate with a strong sense of community

Thursday, 12 May 2022 8:25am

A recently graduated pharmacist has plans to branch out beyond the 'traditional path'.

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DNA provides unique look at moa and climate change

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 9:30am

Ancient moa DNA has provided insights into how species react to climate change, a University of Otago study has found.

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Scientist and DJ graduates with PhD 

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 2:02pm

Passionate muso and dedicated scientist Katie Peppercorn shares her PhD journey and why it is important to be more than a ‘one-trick pony’. 

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Graduate an 'exceptional achiever'

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 2:33pm

Hamish Aitken-Buck graduates this month with a PhD in Physiology as well as many other accolades that give testimony to his successes at the School of Biomedical Sciences. 

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School of Biomedical Sciences students Uaita Poutu and Lisa Biiri receive Toloa Tertiary School Scholarships

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 11:18am

The two students were elated to have each received a Toloa Tertiary School Scholarship from the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.

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Local influencers enlisted to promote Stop Wasting Food Day 2022

Friday, 6 May 2022 11:35am

A few local foodies will be using their Instagram influence to promote an anti-food waste message.

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Members of Microbiology: Meet Bennett Henzeler

Friday, 6 May 2022 11:42am

The tragic passing of a friend at a young age inspired PhD candidate Bennett Henzeler to pursue a career investigating infectious diseases.

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Extreme race had nutrition student 'thinking outside the box'

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 2:48pm

Alice Young wasn't competing - but assisting four athletes with their diet ahead of a demanding race took her out of her comfort zone.

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Celebrating multilingualism on Chinese Language Day

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 4:14pm

Growth is a natural part of the learning experience at the University of Otago but add in the challenge of speaking an entirely different language and that experience is magnified.

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Celebrating distinguished botanist Ann Wylie’s centenary  

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 3:18pm

Tribute from Otago Botany colleague, Sir Alan Mark KNZM; FRSNZ; HonDSc, University of Otago; Emeritus Professor Department of Botany, University of Otago.

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Members of Microbiology: Meet Sharon Iose

Monday, 11 April 2022 11:24am

Postgraduate student Sharon Iose shares why she is pursuing Microbiology as a career and why other Polynesian people should as well.

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Dunedin Study sheds light on New Zealand’s successful vaccination rates

Friday, 8 April 2022 9:38am

Vaccine resistance often reflects a lifetime of mistrust, suggests new research using 50 years of data collected by the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study.

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Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie new Chair of Rauika Māngai

Thursday, 7 April 2022 9:38am

Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie (Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Arawa) is the new Chair of Rauika Māngai, a Māori organisation that advances Mātauranga Māori, accelerates research and positively influences science policy.

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Three Otago master's students excited to win annual DOC scholarships

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 8:33am

Three of the 10 annual Department of Conservation scholarship recipients are Otago master's students - Katie Fenton, Cailie Ward and Johanna Kann.

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Podcast to make psychology research more accessible

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 2:16pm

Psych Made Me is a podcast hosted by two PhD candidates who would like to make psychology research more accessible to a wider audience.

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New non‑destructive DNA method opens opportunities

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 9:17am

A new method of obtaining ancient genomic data without damaging source material has been developed by University of Otago researchers, creating new opportunities for museum and archaeological collections worldwide.

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Rutherford Discovery Fellow 'true product of Otago'

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 2:28pm

Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Htin Lin Aung shares his academic journey and passion for research with impact.

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The Dunedin Study celebrates 50 years of global research impact

Friday, 1 April 2022 9:27am

The internationally-renowned Dunedin Study celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, marking five decades of research impact around the world.

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Dunedin Study celebrates 50 years of global research impact

Friday, 1 April 2022 1:10pm

The internationally-renowned Dunedin Study celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, marking five decades of research impact around the world.