2013 News Archive

  • Two new professors
  • 21/12/2012
  • Professors Parry Guilford and Julian Eaton-Rye are among the 24 newly promoted professors the University announced yesterday. Read more >>
  • Paper showcased by FEBS Journal
  • 24/01/2013
  • The paper "Structure and activity of exo-1,3/1,4-?-glucanase from marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas sp. BB1 showing a novel C-terminal domain" by Yoshio Nakatani, Susan M. Cutfield, Nathan P. Cowieson and John F. Cutfield, has been selected by editor Alexander Wlodawer to be included in the latest virtual issue of FEBS Journal. This issue showcases the best contributions published by the journal in the field of structural biology.  Read more >>
  • 2012 Prizewinners
  • 07/02/2013
  • The 2012 University prizes in Biochemistry went to the following students: Mervyn Smith Prize in Biochemistry - Abigail Burgess Edson Prize in Biochemistry (300-level) - Demi Poynter Edson Prize in Biochemistry (400-level) - Abdul Bin Aiderus George Petersen Prize in Biochemistry - Ben Peters Read more >>
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 08/02/2013
  • Last night, at the Otago School of Medical Sciences awards ceremony, Associate Professor John Cutfield received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more >>
  • Tina Edgar wins Award
  • 08/02/2013
  • Tina Edgar, who has been Warren Tate's technician for many years, last night won the Otago School of Medical Sciences Research Support Award for 2012. Read more >>
  • Psa Controversy
  • 28/02/2013
  • Poulter
    A research group led by Assoc Prof Russell Poulter has today published a paper showing that the kiwifruit vine disease Psa entered this country from China. Read more >>
  • Summer Student Prizes
  • 20/05/2013
  • Two students in this department, Jessica Craig and Abdul Aziz Bin Aiderus, have been awarded prizes from the Dean's Advisory Committee for their Summer Studentship project reports. Read more >>
  • 2013 Three Minute Thesis
  • 24/05/2013
  • On Tuesday the Department held its third annual Three Minute Thesis competition. PhD and Masters thesis students had three minutes and one slide in which to describe their research. Read more >>
  • Rheumatology Prize
  • 24/05/2013
  • Merriman2
    At their 54th Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth on Tuesday,  the Australian Rheumatology Association gave Associate Professor Tony Merriman their award for the presentation of Best Basic (non-clinical) Science Paper for 2013.  Read more >>
  • Roger Slack Award 2013
  • 19/06/2013
  • Macknight
    The recipient of the 2013 Roger Slack Award is Dr Richard Macknight. The Roger Slack Award is the major award of the New Zealand Society for Plant Biologists. Read more >>
  • Last Lecture from John Cutfield
  • 02/08/2013
  • After 38 years in the Department of Biochemistry, Associate Professor John Cutfield gave his last lecture yesterday. Having been the first coordinator of BIOC 111 (as the first year paper was originally known) it was fitting that his last lecture was to the current first year class, BIOC 192.  Read more >>
  • Disability Award
  • 12/08/2013
  • Disability and Information Support feature Tony Zaharic in their 2013 newsletter, out this week.  Read more >>
  • Funding for Biochemists
  • 29/08/2013
  • Two innovative University of Otago research projects focused on enabling bio-manufacturing of key industrial chemicals and developing new bee-friendly insecticides have been funded in the government’s latest science investment round. Read more >>
  • Assoc Prof Dearden in ODT
  • 03/09/2013
  • The news media have shown some interest in the research for which Assoc Prof Peter Dearden received his recent Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment funding. Read more >>
  • Open Day
  • 10/10/2013
  • The fourth annual Open Day for current 100-level and 200-level students was held today. Read more >>
  • Radio NZ National appearances
  • 18/10/2013
  • Last night Radio NZ National's "Our Changing World" featured Assoc Prof Peter Dearden from our department, and also Dr Stephen Sowerby, who is a graduate of our department and is based in our building, although not technically on our staff. Read more >>
  • Anna Gosling in ODT
  • 22/10/2013
  • Anna Gosling, a PhD student in the lab of Assoc Prof Tony Merriman, was in the ODT today talking about her recent publication in the journal Rheumatology. Read more >>
  • ARC Grant for Assoc Prof Peter Dearden
  • 11/11/2013
  • Associate Professor Peter Dearden is part of a team who have received funding from the Australian Research Council for their project "The evolution of Membrane Attack Complex / Perforin-like Proteins in development and immunity". The other leaders of the team, Associate Professor Coral Warr and Professor James Whisstock, are based at Monash University in Australia. Read more >>
  • Prof Krause on TV One
  • 20/11/2013
  • Head of Department Professor Kurt Krause appeared on TV One's Breakfast programme this morning talking about antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Read more >>
  • A/P Poulter on TV3
  • 20/11/2013
  • Associate Professor Russell Poulter was on TV3 news this morning being interviewed about the Psa outbreak in Kumeu, and the chances of it spreading to other orchards. Read more >>
  • Prof Guilford IPL
  • 01/12/2013
  • Professor Parry Guilford gave his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the 29th October. The lecture was called "Cancer: the problem and the promise", and is now available for download on iTunesU. Read more >>
  • Ten Top Science Stories of 2013
  • 12/12/2013
  • Associate Professor Russell Poulter, Professor Ian Lamont, Dr Margi Butler, Dr Peter Stockwell, Dr Mik Black, and Dr Rob Day made it to the New Zealand Herald's list of ten biggest science stories for 2013 with their PlosOne paper on the source of New Zealand's Psa outbreak in kiwifruit. The stories were chosen by the NZ Science Media Centre, and included earthquakes, fluoridation, and the Fonterra food scare amongst others. Read more >>
  • Biochemistry PhD graduand in ODT
  • 14/12/2013
  • Today's Otago Daily Times contains and article about Andrea Donaldson. Andrea graduates with a PhD today, and her research is quite fascinating - on determination of time of death by blood biomarkers. Read more >>