Professor Richie Poulton was among three Otago staff who were acknowledged in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. In recognition of his incredible achievements, the leader of the internationally recognised Dunedin Study will give a free lecture showcasing his fascinating research journey and future plans.
'Playing God' in an attempt to save native species is not something DOC workers are keen on, according to research by Otago's Helen Taylor. The study surveyed 148 DOC staff over the use of both gene-editing to save endangered animal species and “de-extinction” to resurrect those already lost.
When Bailey Kennedy saw her father battle and overcome cancer, it sparked the motivation for a challenge of her own. The now Christchurch-based PhD student and cancer researcher, inspired by the experience, entered into a half-marathon, raising almost $3,000 for Bowel Cancer NZ. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Otago Physicist Dr Harald Schwefel has scored $30,000 worth of laser equipment in the inaugural Bright Ideas Competition in California. He beat entrants from 23 different countries and credits his students and the Otago hosted Dodd-Walls centre for his success. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Staff member Taichi Nakamura is an aurora chaser. The multi-talented Information Security Officer moved from Auckland to Dunedin so he can have his camera ready whenever an aurora is predicted. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A casual stairwell conversation turned into a $60,000 idea for Microbiology and Immunology’s Associate Professor Alex McLellan and Dr Yoshio Nakatani. The pair were named University of Otago's Proof of Concept winners this week with their proposal for a new technique to make modern cancer treatments safer. [ Bit.ly Link ]