Tagged: Dunedin

Audrey Eagle’s Botanical Drawings - A History of NZ Science in 25 Objects

Jean Balchin Mar 28, 2018

When I was a child, my father and I would sit at the kitchen table after tea, armed with a set of Reeve’s watercolour paints, a grubby cup of water, sheets of cartridge paper and various picture books depicting the flora and fauna of Great Britain. My Dad was quite the artist, and he patiently taught me how … Read More

A century of health inequalities in NZ – new data - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 26, 2018

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Matt Boyd, Dr Andrea Teng, Prof Tony Blakely Everyone knows that socio-economic inequalities in health exist – in recent times. But one thing we do not know is whether they have always been there. We have just published a study that looks at two historical datasets – with one of these suggesting life span differences by … Read More

Vaxxed at University of Otago: venues should be able to decline - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 07, 2017

The University of Otago has allowed an anti-vaccine lobby group[1] to screen former-doctor Andrew Wakefield’s advocacy piece, ‘Vaxxed’ on campus. (Wakefield was struck off for research misconduct.) Vaxxed has attracted a number of comments in the media, such as Alison Mau’s If you watch Vaxxed, know you’re buying into the manipulation of a disgraced fraud. I was surprised to learn the university … Read More

Scifest – heading south for a dose of science - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 22, 2016

We are less than a month out from the New Zealand International Science Festival, the biennial showcase of events, lectures, art and people that sees Dunedin become science-central for a full week. The festival runs July 8- 16. This year’s line-up looks particularly good. I’ll be heading down myself and am particularly looking forward to hosting a panel discussion on … Read More

Dunedin Study gets funding security - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 15, 2016

The Health Research Council funding round results are out, revealing the projects receiving a share of $60 million.  One health research-related question was answered alongside today’s announcement. The Dunedin longitudinal study, currently the subject of a fascinating TV series, received around $6 million in HRC grants. As the Otago Daily Times reports: Richie Poulton, director of the university’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health … Read More

Science Communication seminars at Dunedin - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 14, 2014

If you’re interested in science communication and are in the Dunedin area, mark these in your diary for Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of this month: The Science Writer’s Muse: The (Empirically) Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living. Dr Jesse Bering, 12pm Monday 24 February 2014. Science Communication – Why do people engage, what are the impacts and how can … Read More

Reader mailbag: Dunedin plastic mountains edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 04, 2013

In the inbox, from our Professor of Finance: Oh the irony - the 'sustainability' of recyclingRatepayers are going to be charged more to keep producing a 'good' that nobody apparently wants or needs! Now that's certainly a 'sustainable' policy… The ODT article forwarded me by the good Professor Glenn Boyle notes: As a stockpile of the city's plastic waste … Read More