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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 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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Family central to Surveying graduate’s success 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 4:59pm

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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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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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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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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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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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 10:01am

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.

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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.