What is your #OnlyOtago story? Dr Blennerhassett met his wife Jill while doing his medical degree at Otago. The two created the Olive Grove, Wanaka where former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Vantage Black Sticks hockey player Gemma Flynn were recently married. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Otago’s new Office of Sustainability is aiming for the University to become a national and international centre of excellence for sustainability practice and research - with enthusiastic backing from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A study appearing in the British Medical Journal that involved a University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher has found vitamin D supplementation is safe and reduces the risk of acute respiratory infection overall. People very deficient in vitamin D experienced the greatest benefit. [ Otago.ac.nz Link ]
Otago Zoology alumnus Simon Lucas is one of four Kiwi explorers selected to go on the Antarctic Heritage Trust's second Inspiring Explorers' Expedition to make a film of the guided ascent of Mount Scott. [ Bit.ly Link ]
3,500 litres of tomato sauce get used across the 1.4 million meals eaten each year in Otago’s residential colleges. But the real question is: what is the best way to store your tomato ketchup? Otago food microbiologist Professor Phil Bremer tells us how to look after the sauce for optimal taste.
Otago scientists will lead two new research projects in recently announced New Zealand Antarctic Research institute funding - one on how climate change affects the food webs that southern right whales rely on, and another on developing a new system for measuring sea ice in the winter: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Having hookworms might sound like bad news, but for some who suffer the effects of coeliac disease, a controlled dose might just be the outcome they desire! Christchurch-based Otago researchers are investigating whether hookworms can alleviate the effects of gluten intolerance, and are currently looking for participants: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Yesterday the Pacific Island Centre welcomed students at the Growing Pacific Scholars Orientation programme. The number of Pacific Island students at Otago has grown rapidly in recent years and is expected to grow about 20 per cent this year: [ Bit.ly Link ]