The Kiwi Graduate

UC launches QuakeStudies 2.0

20 February 2018

The University of Canterbury (UC), which first launched its world-leading digital archive documenting the Canterbury earthquakes in 2012, has released its new, improved UC QuakeStudies research repository.

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PM opens new Ernest Rutherford building at University of Canterbury

16 February 2018

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened the new Ernest Rutherford building at the University of Canterbury (UC).

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UC mathematician first New Zealander to be elected to international bioinformatics society

15 February 2018

Distinguished Professor Mike Steel has been elected as a distinguished Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

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Eminent social anthropologist named 2018 Stout Research Centre JD Stout Fellow

13 February 2018

Eminent social anthropologist Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie has been appointed as the Victoria University of Wellington Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies JD Stout Fellow for 2018.

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UC physicist creates computer chip that mimics the brain

12 February 2018

University of Canterbury (UC) Physics Professor Simon Brown is developing a neuromorphic computer chip that may solve one of the biggest problems in the computer industry – power consumption – and create a New Zealand semiconductor industry.

A neuromorphic computer chip is basically computer hardware that works like the brain, Professor Brown, of the University of Canterbury’s School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, says.

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Canterbury Professor named the new Chief Science Adviser for Ministry of Transport

2 February 2018

University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Simon Kingham has been named the first Chief Science Adviser for the Ministry of Transport | Te Manatū Waka.

UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Te Tumu Tuarua Professor Ian Wright has congratulated Professor Kingham on the new role which will see him splitting his time between UC and the ministry.

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UC leads carbon crusade, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 34%

26 January 2018

Amid a $1.2 billion, 86-hectare campus rejuvenation, the University of Canterbury has managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by a third.

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UC engineers develop in-situ damage detection for building steel

25 January 2018

An award-winning, pioneering technique for assessing earthquake damage to steel in buildings or bridges will allow engineers to give faster, more reliable information to engineers, with tangible flow-on results for insurers and building owners.

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New NZ research shows first jet from massive young star detected outside our galaxy

25 January 2018

In a significant astronomical discovery, a University of Canterbury (UC) scientist has made the very first detection of a jet from a very young, massive star in a galaxy that is not our own.

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UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable coating to protect crops

15 January 2018

A novel system for protecting plants from pests, infection and adverse weather has been awarded one of the top prizes in the University of Canterbury’s (UC) Tech Jumpstart competition.

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UC researchers save health sector millions with innovative stroke rehab

10 January 2018

The innovative University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research, which has saved the New Zealand health sector millions with its stroke recovery protocols, is hosting the 2nd International Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go Tech Conference at the Christchurch Art Gallery, next month.

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New NZ research proves LEGO is more complex

6 January 2018

If you have been struggling to complete a new LEGO set these holidays you are not alone, and there’s a reason why. New research from the University of Canterbury (UC), data-mining 10,953 LEGO sets, has shown that the world-famous range of plastic brick toys have increased in complexity and size over the years.

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Importing tech talent will become a financial drain

19 December 2017

New Zealand’s education system for providing trained tech graduates is insufficient and the country is over reliant on importing advanced digital skills, a leading Kiwi tech expert says.

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UC professor wins prestigious statistics award

13 December 2017

University of Canterbury Professor Jennifer Brown, Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, has won the 2017 Campbell Award of the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA).

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New NZ law book shows how to judge like a feminist

7 December 2017

A new book, co-edited by two University of Canterbury law academics, gives a new perspective on New Zealand law and challenges the concept of judicial neutrality by offering feminist and mana wahine judgments on key cases.

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UC student develops revolutionary polarised contact lenses

6 December 2017

A young Kiwi inventor has done it again. University of Canterbury student Logan Williams has invented 3D-printed polarised contact lenses providing sufferers of photosensitive epilepsy – where flashing light can cause epileptic seizure – with a tool to overcome the threat of the condition.

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New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the art of museum diplomacy

4 December 2017

Colourful eyewitness accounts in a new book from Canterbury University Press bring to life the fascinating story of how Canterbury Museum came to acquire the largest collection of Chinese art in New Zealand after a group of prominent New Zealanders visited the People’s Republic of China in 1956.

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UC CAREX team wins freshwater conservation award

1 December 2017

The Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX), of the University of Canterbury’s School of Biological Sciences, has been recognised for “improving freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem health in agricultural waterways” with a prestigious award.

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UC QuakeCentre awarded $12 million to engineer a more resilient future

30 November 2017

A University of Canterbury infrastructure engineering programme, which aims to transform the New Zealand construction industry into a world-leader, is set to benefit in this year’s MBIE Partnerships Scheme investment funding round to the tune of $12 million.

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Buried Treasure: Archaeology and the discovery of lost civilisations - new exhibition

28 November 2017

This summer, visitors to the University of Canterbury’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities can explore history through archaeology in the new exhibition, Buried Treasure.

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UC alumni are changing the world, one face at a time

24 November 2017

A group of University of Canterbury (UC) alumni aiming to launch a game-changing cosmetics brand to benefit charity has blitzed its Kickstarter fundraising target.

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New research finds plants release up to 30 per cent more CO2 than previously thought

21 November 2017

New research co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist and academics from around the world, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning.

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Silent porpoise: Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep with half a brain

10 November 2017

Ever wondered how and where whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep? New work by University of Canterbury researcher Andrew Wright at the released this week reveals for the first time that harbour porpoises sleep during diving.

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UC Antarctic researcher wins Winston Churchill Fellowship

24 October 2017

A University of Canterbury Antarctic researcher has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to help her study other countries’ Antarctic histories.

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First past the post: New research reveals competitive males can adjust sperm speed

24 October 2017

It’s a fish tale of a sexual nature that may impact our understanding of male fertility. A University of Canterbury doctoral researcher has discovered that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce.

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‘All Blacks of engineering’ - UC students win Australasian mechanical engineering contest

20 October 2017

A team of three University of Canterbury mechanical engineering students has won the prestigious international Warman Design & Build Competition held in Sydney last week, competing against thousands of students.

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UC students to boost physics in industry in new initiative

20 October 2017

In what may be a New Zealand first, University of Canterbury physics students will get the chance to work in a wide range of industries on real-world business projects, while local industry has the opportunity to gain from students’ up-to-date expertise on subjects as diverse as climate change, cosmology and nanotechnology.

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Bright young graduate chooses adventure over architecture

17 October 2017

What started as a gap year turned into a career when Jamie Marr gave up the office life for the great outdoors.

Time spent working in a rock climbing gym opened up new possibilities and instead of enrolling in architecture at university, Jamie signed up instead for Outdoor Education at the Ara Timaru campus.

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UC researcher awarded prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

5 October 2017

A University of Canterbury meteorology academic is delighted to be named among the next generation of research leaders in the 2017 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, announced today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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New trial proves micronutrients effective for childhood ADHD

3 October 2017

New Zealand researchers have shown that vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in the first published results from a new trial.

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Young researchers head to UK to examine global sustainability issues

12 September 2017

A group of young University of Canterbury postgraduate researchers working on global sustainability issues are heading to London this week to take part in international initiatives on sustainable prosperity.

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UC Master of Disaster student explores Chatham Islands tsunami risk

18 August 2017

Low-lying, isolated communities on the Chatham Islands are extremely exposed to tsunami, according to a University of Canterbury student’s original research. The Chathams will be the first place in New Zealand to be struck by tsunami events generated from earthquakes on the South American subduction zone – one of the most frequent sources of tsunami for New Zealand.

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New Zealand team reaches global green solutions contest finals in Paris

17 August 2017

Two University of Canterbury MBA students are heading to Paris as the only New Zealand team to compete in the finals of the Schneider Electric global competition Go Green in the City 2017.

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Two students thinking globally receive scholarships to Latin America

1 August 2017

Two University of Canterbury students have received Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America in the latest round of scholarships announced yesterday by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

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UC and IBM in brainy neuroscience study agreement

28 July 2017

The University of Canterbury (UC) and IBM Research are bringing together their collaborative brain power to develop better computer modelling for the human brain in a new joint study agreement.

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