John Gibb

Uni's building project cost-controls queried

Uni's building project cost-controls queried

As a major University of Otago building boom draws near, questions are being asked about the robustness of university management systems, after cost overruns or pressures involving several smaller projects.

Deadly Tb in the cross hairs

Deadly Tb in the cross hairs

Otago has a rich history of establishing firsts, leading the way in many fields. University of Otago researchers are attracting international attention, with some granted millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects. So what are they up to? Reporter John Gibb does his own research on the researchers.

Lions purring along after pause

Lions purring along after pause

Recently-retired Mosgiel postie Rob Urquhart is delighted the future of the Mosgiel and District Lions Club is looking much brighter these days, as it roars back into life.

Award for marine scientist

Award for marine scientist

Asociate Prof Keith Probert, a former head of the University of Otago marine science department, has won a national award, recognising his ''outstanding contribution'' to marine science.

Neanderthals not rapidly replaced: study

Neanderthals not rapidly replaced: study

Oxford University research, led by Prof Tom Higham, has shed new light on when the last Neanderthals died out, and strongly suggests they were not rapidly replaced by modern humans.

Prof Higham is the deputy director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, at Oxford University, England, and is a University of Otago graduate in archaeology.

Single drink binge can damage

Single drink binge can damage

A single drinking binge in late pregnancy could harm child development, research on rats from the University of Otago suggests.

ACC woes to be aired at UN hearing

ACC claimant support group Acclaim Otago plans to raise its growing concerns about access to justice issues at a United Nations committee hearing in Switzerland next month.

Home energy myths debunked

Home energy myths debunked

Many myths about energy use in Dunedin households, and elsewhere were exploded in a lively discussion at the University of Otago yesterday.

Plug for learning a foreign language

Plug for learning a foreign language

Understanding foreign languages and cultures is ultimately ''vital'' for New Zealand trade and commerce, Pat Duffy, of the University of Otago, says.

NZ's high graduation rate poser

NZ's high graduation rate poser

University of Otago senior academic Prof Richie Poulton has urged Otago graduates to make their own luck and become ''expert'' listeners, learning from the ''wise people'' around them.