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News & Events from the School of Surveying

Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival scifest.org.nz website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Mapping land lands prestigious award for Surveying student

Monday, 30 April 2018 3:14pm

Craig MacDonell is only 22 years old, but his work has already been internationally recognised by spatial surveying industry peers.

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The first "Global Surveyors' Day" celebrated in Dunedin - 21 March 2018

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 3:03pm

The National School of Surveying and the Coastal Otago Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) celebrated by inviting members of the public to come along to meet us, see some of our data and have a go at using some of our gear in the Octagon, Dunedin this week.
Global Surveyors’ Day recognises the work of surveying and geospatial professionals. This is a worldwide event initiated by the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE), the National Society of Professional Surveyors in the USA and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) based in Denmark. The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) and its members are supporting the day’s celebrations throughout New Zealand.

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Scientists will leave sensors in the Ross Ice Shelf (Antarctica) bore holes to better understand the long-term changes in the ice.  An article written by Douglas Fox in February 2018 (National Geographic Magazine).


Friday, 23 February 2018 3:05pm

New Zealand scientists will leave sensors in the bore hole in the Ross Ice Shelf to better understand the long-term changes in the ice, which may have big implications for global sea level. 

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High School Students attend Hands-on at Otago Snack with the National School of Surveying.

Friday, 19 January 2018 10:05am

High School Students attend a four hour Hands-on at Otago Snack with the National School Of Surveying.  It allowed students to have a small taste of a variety of research activities, both in the School and on the Otago harbour, during an afternoon programme - especially utilising hydrographic surveying equipment.

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Chris Pearson is awarded a NZ Center Fellowship

Friday, 12 January 2018 12:49pm

Chris Pearson has been awarded a prestigious NZ Center (NCE) fellowship to Peking University for a period of seven weeks.

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Graduating into retirement… drumroll please

Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:26am

It should be special enough that Brian Coutts is retiring from working at the School of Surveying, after over 25 years’ service, at the end of December. But that’s not the half of it. Today he graduates with a PhD in Surveying – 48 years since starting here as a fledgling 1st year student – and as acting Senior Drum Major of the City of Dunedin, will lead the graduands parade.

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The first female President and two further females are appointed to NZIS Board.

Thursday, 7 December 2017 4:17pm

More surveying and spatial breadth with the latest Female NZIS appointments.  The NZ Institute of Surveyors is pleased to announce a new President, Rebecca Strang and two new board members, Michelle Bain and Dr Jordan Alexander.

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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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NZ-led international team begin epic journey to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Friday, 17 November 2017 2:29pm

After years of planning, a University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic research expedition to the Antarctic to better understand how the earth’s largest expanse of floating glacial ice will respond to global warming.

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School of Surveying student is named in the Barbarians and All Black Squad - October 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017 4:31pm

Dillon Hunt, a BSurv student has been selected to play for both the Barbarians and the All Blacks - November 2017

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 5th and final blog 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:34am

This is the final blog for Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal in 2017

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All good things are cheap; all bad are very dear. Low-cost GNSS precise positioning research highlighted in the GPS World magazine

Monday, 2 October 2017 10:04am

The low-cost GNSS receiver precise (millimeter-level) positioning research, conducted by Dr. Robert Odolinski (School of Surveying) and Prof Peter J. G. Teunissen (Curtin University, Australia), has been recognized in the Innovation column of the GPS World magazine.

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Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - 4th blog.

Monday, 2 October 2017 12:48pm

This is the 4th blog re Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal as a geodetic consultant, undertaking work caused by the last large earthquake.

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 3rd Blog.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:55am

Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 3rd Blog.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - Blog 2 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:52am

This is Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - Blog 2 2017, dated 8th September.

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - Blog 1 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 11:32am

Chris Pearson is visiting Nepal for the 3rd time to provide geodetic data advice.  This is blog 1 for this visit.

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Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am

Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:44pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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Student Support Services

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 1:04pm

Support Services available to Students

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Sciences top communicators in Research Poster Competition

Thursday, 3 August 2017 11:27am

Sciences were the big winners of the 2017 Research Poster Competition

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Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 1:45pm

Understanding what Antarctica’s environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate change.

Three Otago University postgraduate students and a Victoria University postgraduate student were last night awarded postgraduate scholarships by Antarctic New Zealand for their work to better understand the changes occurring on the frozen continent. All three Otago students are associated with the Polar Environments Research Theme.

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Challenging science in a challenging environment

Monday, 26 June 2017 1:54pm

Over 150 leading scientists from New Zealand and around the world are coming together over the next three days to showcase the latest research on how climate change is affecting Antarctica.Organised by the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and Antarctica New Zealand, the New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference brings together the latest science being undertaken by the New Zealand Antarctic Programme and its international partners. Free events at Otago Museum have also been organised throughout the week so the public can learn about the impact of Antarctica on our lives.

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Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

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Annual Hydrographic Seminar to be held at Surveying 6 July 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 4:17pm

Details of Australasian Hydrographic Society Annual Seminar 2017 and AGM