Erskine Programme News
2012 Visiting Fellows to the University of Canterbury under the Erskine Programme(Excel 57kb)
The social side of human economic behaviour
Experimental economics can shed light on the “social side” of human economic behaviour, according to Professor Simon Gächter, who shared his views in a “What if Wednesday” lecture at the University of Canterbury on 8 August 2012.
“Artificial intelligence could be a huge help to teachers in the classroom. I don’t see a future where we have replaced teachers with computers but I think there are times when a teacher is trying to divide attention between a lot of kids and specially designed computer programmes can help fill that gap,” he says.
It took Erskine Fellow Professor Paulo Ribeiro 24 years to make it to the University of Canterbury but he says it has well and truly lived up to his expectations.
Professor Jonathan Fannin
Erskine visits a catalyst for collaborative research between the University
of British Columbia and the Department of Civil and Natural Resources
Research carried out by Visiting Erskine Fellow Dr Jonathan Pitchford and Department of Mathematics and Statistics members Dr Alex James and Dr Michael Plank during the Fellowship September-December 2011 has recently been published in Nature.
Dr Pitchford says "This was a new research area for all of us, and I am certain that this work would not have happened without the time and support given to me by UC, and by the Erskine programme in particular. Thank you once more for making it such an enjoyable and productive experience."
Erskine Earthquake Fellowships for 2012 have been awarded to Professor Ian Buckle of the University of Nevada and Professor Russell Green of Virginia Tech, USA. They will be visiting the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering in 2012. More information about the work of Professors Buckle and Green can be found here.
Successful Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange applicants 2011 for 2012
The following applicants have been accepted for Fellowships under the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme for 2012:
Professor Peter Roberts, School of Educational Studies and Human
Development, visiting University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
Professor Mark Francis, School of Social and Political Sciences, Visiting University of Cambridge, Faculty of History
Professor Peter Markowich, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, visiting University of Canterbury Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
I am also delighted to announce the awarding of the first Rutherford Visiting Scholarships by the University of Cambridge, in conjunction with the Cambridge/Canterbury Fellowships, to Professor Peter Roberts and Professor Mark Francis.
Professor Ian Town