Otago University News

'Huge relief' as Otago students post first win

A quarter of a century since the last time they last took part in a televised University Challenge quiz event, University of Otago students are back in action, and are still winning.

Researcher takes up Paterson chair

Researcher takes up Paterson chair

Dr David Tombs, a public theology researcher working in Northern Ireland, will take up the University of Otago's Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues early next year.

Quantum leap for university research

Quantum leap for university research

Otago is a province with a rich history of establishing firsts. We have led the way in many fields and that tradition continues. Researchers at the University of Otago are attracting international attention, with some granted millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects. So what are they up to? Reporter John Gibb, in a fortnightly series, does his own research on the researchers.

The eyes have it: research tracks how we shop

The eyes have it: research tracks how we shop

A University of Otago study could help answer why people enter supermarkets intent on making healthy choices only to leave with junk food.

Otago researchers find new whale genus

Otago researchers find new whale genus

Painstaking detective work by University of Otago paleontologists has led to the discovery of a previously unknown genus of ancient baleen whales, now named Tohoraata, or ''Dawn Whale''.

Credit score heart sign

Credit score heart sign

New Zealand should remain alert to avoid any misuse of credit information, after University of Otago research highlighted links between personal credit scores and heart health.

Iwi pulls out of project

Iwi pulls out of project

Ngai Tahu has withdrawn from a project worth tens of millions to build two student hostels in Dunedin, but says it remains keen on investing elsewhere in the city.

Warning over 'memorialisation'

War memorials and much of the associated ''memorialisation'' response, particularly from some senior decision-makers, tended to make future wars more likely, Prof Richard Jackson warned yesterday.

So you're learning te reo? There's an app for that

A new Maori language app has been created following a University of Otago research project on how Dunedin families pass te reo to their children.

Wonder fertility protein behind newborns' brain sex

Wonder fertility protein behind newborns' brain sex

Kisspeptin -- the wonder protein recently revealed as a master controller in reproduction -- has now been found by New Zealand researchers to play a key role in moulding the male brain just hours after birth.

Inspired by butterfly 'magic'

Inspired by butterfly 'magic'

University of Otago Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall's latest composition, Flutter, was inspired by a close encounter with the ''magic'' of brightly coloured butterflies at the Otago Museum's Tropical Forest.

Police slate Hyde St party organisers

Police slate Hyde St party organisers

Police say they are disappointed a party in Hyde St, Dunedin, on Saturday night was not better organised.

Otago successful in scholarships

Otago successful in scholarships

University of Otago academics and senior students have gained five of the seven nationally-allocated scholarships in the latest Rutherford Foundation Trust Awards.

Academic heads poll review panel

A University of Otago academic who warned of a ''vicious circle'' from low voter turnout in Dunedin City Council elections has been appointed to help revamp the system.

Natural immunity: solving a Tb mystery

Natural immunity: solving a Tb mystery

Otago is a province with a rich history of establishing firsts. We have led the way in many fields, and that tradition continues. Researchers at the University of Otago are attracting international attention, with some granted millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects. So what are they up to? Reporter John Gibb, in a fortnightly series, does his own research on the researchers.

Student president leaves job early

The president of the Otago University Students' Association has resigned, the latest in a string of departures from its executive this year.

Funds for look into lost world

Funds for look into lost world

An $810,000 Marsden Fund grant will help University of Otago geologist Associate Prof Daphne Lee gain revolutionary new insights into a lost world of ancient insects, preserved in kauri amber.

Grants give multimillion-dollar research boost

Grants give multimillion-dollar research boost

University of Otago research in many fields has been boosted by funding totalling more than $13.9 million in the latest Marsden Fund grants, announced today.

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