A team of cancer researchers from the University’s Christchurch campus has raised almost $20,000 for the Cancer Society over the past five years by dressing up as superheroes and competing in the charity’s Relay for Life event. [ Bit.ly Link ]
It sounds like science fiction, but gene editing is now common in many labs and hospitals, thanks to CRISPR technology. How does it work? Associate Professor Peter Fineran and Adrian Patterson from Otago describe how bacteria protect themselves against viruses by guiding proteins to destroy the DNA of an invading virus. [ Ab.co Link ]
We wish a happy retirement to Jan Prestidge, whose last day at Student Health was on Saturday. Jan started as a nurse in 1987, when there were only 8500 students at the University - today there are almost 20,000 students. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Do you take fish oil for health? Scientists at Otago and Plant and Food Research are investigating how to test fatty acids in soft gel capsules - such as fish-oil supplements - to check they haven't become rancid. [ Bit.ly Link ]
What is your OnlyOtago story? Student Amelia Ferrier takes her studies extremely seriously but still finds time to make delightful cakes and pastries, sometimes in her residential college. Check out her blog here for her creations: [ Bit.ly Link ] [ Bit.ly Link ]
A University of Otago-led study has discovered a “Little Ice Age” is linked to dramatic shifts in Southern Hemisphere wildlife. The "Little Ice Age" is thought to have hit the Southern Hemisphere some 50 to 100 years later than the Northern Hemishere.
FYI: New location for University Anzac celebrations.
The University of Otago will once again host an Anzac Day service on campus – this year in the newly developed area outside the Staff Club. [ Bit.ly Link ]
How many times have you told your story over and over again to health professionals? The University of Otago, Wellington is turning this around through an interprofessional education (IPE) programme introduced in recent years for students across the disciplines – dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy, and radiation therapy. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A fine mist, a wee dram of whisky and the unmistakable sound of the bagpipes belting "oot" rousing traditional tunes – the pride many alumni have in their Scottish heritage was obvious at the Dunedin campus on 7 April. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Who doesn't like to dress up for a good cause? The University community is invited to don a lab coat or a creative science costume and join the global March for Science on Saturday 22 April. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A stunning exhibition showcasing the winning photos and notable entries from the 2017 Otago Bulletin Board Photo Competition plus the four previous year’s winning photos opened at the Staff Club on Thursday. [ Bit.ly Link ]
The University of Otago has just unveiled its new Aquavan – a purpose-built vehicle for transporting marine animal and plant collections for teaching and research out into the community. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A virtual desktop is so popular with Otago students and staff, they log on 1.4 million times a year, with about 80 per cent of students using it to access applications and storage provided by the University. [ Bit.ly Link ]
An up-and-coming University of Otago scientist has been funded by the Otago Southland Diabetes Research Trust to undertake cutting-edge research into how the processing of whole grains affects blood-sugar levels of people with diabetes. [ Bit.ly Link ]