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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.

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New Research Theme launches to tackle the wicked issue of waste

Friday, 16 October 2020 9:11am

This week Otago’s new Food Waste Innovation Research Theme formally launched.

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Otago successful in $69 million of CoRE funding

Friday, 9 October 2020 3:07pm

The University of Otago is proud to announce success in two applications for Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding in the latest Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding round.

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Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark, a lifelong devotion

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 2:17pm

Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark have donated $150,000 to the University of Otago’s Ecology Fund and $100,000 to Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

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Otago’s largest MBIE funded project to weather the solar storm 

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 9:49am

Professor Craig Rodger has recently received just over NZ$15 million for a five-year research project to develop space-weather prediction and risk mitigation measures for New Zealand's energy infrastructure. 

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Penguin poo helps solve puzzles

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 11:32am

Blue cod has been identified as making up a large proportion of the yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) diet using a novel approach published by University of Otago researchers.

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School of Surveying involved in rākau momori digital project

Monday, 21 September 2020 9:17am

Recently Richard Hemi was asked by Hokotehi Moriori Trust to be involved with a collaborative digital recording and conservation project.

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Science PhD candidates receive Antarctica NZ scholarships

Monday, 7 September 2020 9:04am

Two science PhD candidates are celebrating their recent $20,000 Doctoral scholarships announced recently by Antarctica NZ. 

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Associate Professor Anne-Marie Jackson - winner's profile

Friday, 4 September 2020 9:20am

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Jackson has been named joint winner of the 2020 University of Otago Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal.

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Call for scholarship applications

Friday, 4 September 2020 12:12pm

The Centre for Sustainability has a three-year PhD Scholarship available to investigate the uptake and implementation of public policies related to seismic resilience in lower seismic hazard zones in southern New Zealand.

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Centre for Sustainability summer scholarships available

Thursday, 3 September 2020 8:41am

The Centre for Sustainability has several Summer Scholarships available for the summer break.

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Policymakers should pre-plan for earthquake cordon use, Otago research

Thursday, 3 September 2020 10:03am

Otago researchers examining the impacts of post-earthquake cordons on residents and businesses say policy makers should pre-plan for cordon use to minimise negative outcomes.

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Genetics student named Fulbright scholar  

Thursday, 27 August 2020 1:34pm

Genetics Masters student  Anežka Hoskin has been named a  Fulbright New Zealand  scholar and will start her PhD in genetics at Stanford University in September next year.  

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Otago expert’s guidance on non-medical, reusable fabric masks

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 10:37am

The University of Otago’s leading expert on fibre and textile sciences has produced guidance on factors to consider when choosing or creating a non-medical, reusable fabric mask.

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Pumped storage and the intricate dance of supply and demand

Monday, 24 August 2020 10:21am

The government is allocating $30 million to develop a detailed business case for pumped hydro to address New Zealand’s dry-year storage problem.

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Foulden Maar research points to a future global greening

Thursday, 20 August 2020 10:23am

Research using fossils from Otago’s controversial Foulden Maar site shows future environmental conditions may be more favourable to plant growth and forest expansion resulting in a global greening effect. 

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Love of creepy-crawlies informs career path

Thursday, 20 August 2020 10:12am

As a child Dr Samuel Macaulay was always on the lookout for creepy-crawlies, now he’s making a career out of it.

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Rock stars, rocks and lasting friendships

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 10:18am

Good things take time, but in addition to completing his long-awaited Masters of Science in Geology Ross Nicolls has also gained a new and lasting life-long friendship.

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Human Nutrition’s inaugural MAppSc graduate

Monday, 17 August 2020 4:44pm

As the inaugural graduate of the Master of Applied Science in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Tira Phillipson-Puna is already putting his qualification to great use for high performance sports.

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Geology in the genes for Gorman family

Friday, 14 August 2020 11:45am

Clare Gorman is following in her family’s footsteps and was going to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Geology this weekend prior to this week’s cancellation.

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University of Otago associate professor wins national Tertiary Teaching Excellence award

Thursday, 13 August 2020 3:42pm

Sustained excellence in tertiary teaching has earned Associate Professor Anne-Marie Jackson a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence award.

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Opinion: Our political parties need a plan for a ‘post-growth’ world

Saturday, 8 August 2020 2:31pm

In's Election Series, Centre for Sustainability Director, Janet Stephenson and School of Geography’s Etienne Nel argue our political parties need a plan for a ‘post-growth’ world.

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NZ wants to build a 100% renewable electricity grid

Friday, 31 July 2020 4:23pm

New Zealand wants to build a 100% renewable electricity grid, but massive infrastructure is not the best option.

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Wildlife Management celebrates 20th annual fieldtrip

Thursday, 30 July 2020 9:35am

The University's Wildlife Management programme can finally celebrate its 20th annual fieldtrip to Twizel following its initial postponement due to the lockdown. 

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Zoologists call for beach closures to reduce impact on wildlife

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:38am

University of Otago zoologists are calling for seasonal beach closures to be considered at sites where increasing numbers of visitors are likely to have detrimental impacts on wildlife.

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Warmer winters will mess with marine communities

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 10:04am

Winter warming is often overlooked when considering the impacts of climate change and researchers have turned to social media-inspired models to address this gap in scientific knowledge.

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Robotic total stations donated to School of Surveying

Monday, 13 July 2020 9:24am

International surveying technology company Trimble has generously donated five robotic total stations to the University of Otago School of Surveying Te Kura Kairūri.

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Move More @ Work study seeking participants

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 3:58pm

Ever reach the end of a working day and wish you had moved your body just a bit more than you managed to achieve? Well here’s the perfect opportunity to break those sedentary habits, get a little bit of activity during work time, and benefit both yourself and some Otago research in the process.

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How you tread water could save your life - participants sought for study

Monday, 6 July 2020 8:41pm

Since coming to New Zealand, Tina van Duijn has realised how passionate she is about water safety.

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Division of Sciences launches ‘Our people. Our place.’

Thursday, 2 July 2020 7:57pm

‘Our people. Our place.’ has been launched as the new brand identity for the Division of Sciences to capture the essence of its competitive attributes.

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EQC grant unites earth and social sciences

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 11:27pm

The Southland region could be New Zealand’s largest area of incomplete fault information, but University of Otago researchers can now fill in the gaps after receiving a new EQC grant.

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New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:37pm

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica.

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School of Surveying welcomes first Māori academic to staff

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 11:49pm

James Berghan (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri), is Otago’s first Māori academic staff member in the School of Surveying. He chatted with Sciences Communications Adviser Guy Frederick about his journey and his goals.

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Awakening the taniwha: Unleashing community potential from the rubble of Covid-19

Monday, 15 June 2020 4:04pm

Covid-19 has reset our understanding of the world. From this crisis comes opportunity, and Professor Merata Kawharu (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi), from the Centre for Sustainability, believes it’s a chance to apply traditional principles to our new normal.

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COVID-19: Implications for NZ’s energy future

Friday, 12 June 2020 9:08am

Janet Stephenson discusses the impacts of Covid-19 and its aftermath on energy systems in New Zealand and globally, and the implications for a low-carbon future.

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The science and art of modelling

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 2:28pm

Otago's Dr Matthew Parry tells us more about being an Associate Investigator for Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence that has provided modelling to support COVID-19 decisions.

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Scholarship for Marine Science postgraduate

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 4:37pm

Otago Marine Science Master’s student Millie Mannering has been selected as the 2020 Our World Underwater Scholarship Society Australasian Rolex Scholar.

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The psychology of COVID-19 conspiracies

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 1:14am

Psychology PhD candidate Ana Stojanov tells us more about her research into conspiracy theories, their implications for news on COVID-19, and how she ended up at Otago.

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PE School holds virtual graduation party

Thursday, 14 May 2020 12:14am

The School of Physical Education Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Otago didn’t let lockdown prevent them from celebrating their graduating students over the weekend – replacing a physical morning tea with a virtual party.

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Otago’s Marine Science growing Antarctic research links

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 3:14pm

Department of Marine Science’s Associate Professor Ceridwen Fraser has been invited to represent New Zealand in a new and significant Australian Antarctic programme, adding to the Department’s growing recognition for contribution to Antarctic research.