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Meet Otago University's oldest living graduate

Meet Otago University's oldest living graduate

Ian Chirnside is one of New Zealand's oldest men and thought to be both the oldest surviving University of Otago graduate and earliest surviving staff member. Tertiary education reporter Vaughan Elder takes a look at some of changes Mr Chirnside has seen.

Tb mycobacteria finding hailed

Tb  mycobacteria finding hailed

University of Otago microbiologists have made an ''amazing discovery'' that offers new hope for developing revolutionary new antibiotics to attack tuberculosis.

Film about kakapo makes finals

Film about kakapo makes finals

A University of Otago student documentary telling the ''rags to riches'' story of Sirocco the kakapo has made the finals at an international film festival.

Students of dentistry aggrieved

Dental students are angry at being left in the dark over the University of Otago's plans to move its medical library to make way for animal testing facilities.

Lost species: raising the dead

Lost species: raising the dead

University of Otago zoologist Phil Seddon is a specialist in reintroduction biology, re-establishing endangered species in protected areas. He also heads a UN-linked international team developing policy on ''de-extinction'', exploring the possibility of bringing extinct species back to life.

Shake-up needed in UN, Patman says

The ''appalling'' shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet with the loss of about 298 lives highlights the need to rejuvenate the United Nations and its conflict-resolving machinery, Prof Robert Patman says.

Footing issues, rain hinder progress

Footing issues, rain hinder progress

Wet weather and underground surprises have slowed work on the multimillion-dollar makeover of the stretch of the Water of Leith in front of the University of Otago's registry building.

'Do more with less' staff told

'Do more with less' staff told

University of Otago staff are being asked to find ways to do ''more with less'' as the institution expects tight times to continue.

University science centre expanding

University science centre expanding

Academic staffing has doubled at the University of Otago's Centre for Science Communication, with a professor appointed and ambitious plans unveiled to further develop the centre.

British academic takes up Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice

British academic takes up Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice

A leading British academic general practitioner, Prof Tim Stokes, has taken up a professorship at the University of Otago's Dunedin School of Medicine.

Students applaud bus fare deal

Students applaud bus fare deal

University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic students have heralded a recent decision to continue a bus discount initiative they say is a small saving that makes a big difference.

Group says animals suffering

Animals will have suffered as a result of a parasitic worm outbreak in a University of Otago testing facility, Save Animals From Exploitation (Safe) says.

'Worst flat' rapt with $5000 of free insulation

'Worst flat' rapt with $5000 of free insulation

Life is about to get a bit cosier for the ''winners'' of this year's worst flat award.

Australian history prize delights Dunedin academic

Australian history prize delights Dunedin academic

University of Otago history academic Angela Wanhalla was ''just overwhelmed'' when she recently learned she had won Australia's leading prize for history writing, the Ernest Scott Prize.

'Tragedy waiting to happen'

'Tragedy waiting to happen'

Lives were put at risk from couch fires lit too close to houses in Dunedin's student quarter, Dunedin police and the Fire Service have warned.

Study of new alcohol laws

Study of new alcohol laws

New Zealand's new alcohol legislation will be put under close scrutiny in a four-year research project by University of Otago researchers.

Abstruse language implies improbity

Abstruse language implies improbity

The secret to telling a believable lie is simple.

Medical library may make way for lab

Medical library may make way for lab

The University of Otago is planning to relocate its animal testing labs, after the spread of parasitic worms.

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