Dr Matt Hobbs

01 July 2020

Research from the University of Canterbury (UC) GeoHealth Laboratory shows that children in our most deprived areas benefit from better dental health if water is fluoridated.


Brain

30 June 2020

University of Canterbury-led research that could help Parkinson’s disease patients learn more about their risk of dementia has received a million-dollar funding boost.


Kea

30 June 2020

Can animals experience joy? Thanks to a US$600,000 (almost NZ$1m) funding grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation an international team of researchers, including University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor Ximena Nelson, hope to find out.


Climate explained

24 June 2020

UC Environmental Physics lecturer Laura Revell contributes to new article series Climate Explained on The Conversation. Revell answers two similar questions; if humans had not contributed to greenhouses gases in any way at all, what would the global temperature be today, compared to the 1800s before industrialisation? and, what happens when all the greenhouse gases are eliminated? What keeps the planet from cooling past a point that is good?


Flax

24 June 2020

Human impacts on the environment are changing many biological responses, with effects on rare species and human health, but predicting such responses is complicated, according to a new paper by a University of Canterbury ecologist.


Whale

23 June 2020

A new international study led by a University of Canterbury scientist has discovered paikea humpback whales stick to old migration routes despite ocean changes associated with climate change.


Ancient forest discovery

18 June 2020

Christchurch City Council contractors have uncovered standing kahikatea stumps, which will be subject to radiocarbon dating to establish their age. UC students – led by fossil plant specialist Dr Matiu Prebble – plan to explore the site to understand what has caused the demise of the buried forest.


Trees

17 June 2020

UC Postdoctoral fellow Warwick Allen co-authors article on The Conversation discussing his research relating to the ongoing debate about whether to prioritise native or non-native plants to fight climate change.


James Titterington

11 June 2020

Campylobacter jejuni is a common cause of food poisoning in New Zealand. Yet the biomolecular interactions at play when this bacterial infection strikes are poorly understood. With the support of a Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Dr Timothy Allison is taking a closer look at this human pathogen in order to expose the complex interactions of its membrane-bound machinery.


Lardelli art

04 June 2020

Two pioneering University of Canterbury academics, a new Dame who champions Māori women, a new Knight who champions Māori art, a Pasifika poet, a former All Blacks captain, and many other alumni and friends of the University have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020.


Sally Gaw

18 May 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) has launched a new science podcast series to meet public demand for answers to the big issues facing our world.


Bannister

15 May 2020

Internationally renowned University of Canterbury astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister will take us on a journey to explore interstellar worlds in her upcoming free UC Connect public talk at the University of Canterbury.


Julia Rucklidge

14 May 2020

According to government reporting, increasing numbers of New Zealand adolescents struggle with mental health issues. In response, a new University of Canterbury study will test whether better nutrition can help ease the burden of mental illness for youth aged 12 to 18.


Conan Fee

14 May 2020

When New Zealand went into COVID-19 lockdown, University of Canterbury staff had to quickly find new ways to teach and support students remotely. This was a particular challenge for lab based courses. However, unique solutions have enabled students to carry on learning in lockdown.


Daniel Foley

13 May 2020

Discoveries made by a University of Canterbury (UC) organic chemist could be a springboard to new treatments for cancers and antibiotic resistant infections.


Dr Antonio Herrera Martin

11 May 2020

Astronomers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have found an incredibly rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy. The planet is one of only a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of Earth.


FutureU

11 May 2020

People facing redundancy, suspension or significant reductions in work hours as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19 can now upskill or change careers with the help of a University of Canterbury Study Grant. Called FutureU, the UC initiative will provide grants of up to $7500 per person to subsidise tuition fees.


Professor Peter Holland

07 May 2020

The late Emeritus Professor Peter Holland, who was a leading expert in biogeography and environmental change, has left a significant bequest that will benefit science research at the University of Canterbury for generations to come. Starting next year, the bequest will fund scholarship support for two full-time Māori or Pasifika postgraduate students in Ecology or Environmental Science at UC.


Dr Amy Osbourne

06 May 2020

Heavy cannabis use has an impact on human DNA but the effect is stronger in people who smoke tobacco as well, according to new University of Canterbury (UC) research.


Steven Gieseg

04 May 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) research team has found that measuring antioxidant chemicals generated by white blood cells is important for monitoring inflammation and free radical damage during diseases such as heart disease or SARS.


Vxt

30 April 2020

The Christchurch company, Vxt, founded by University of Canterbury students Luke Campbell and Lucy Turner, in November 2018, is continuing its success, attracting a high-powered advisory board.


Whakaari

29 April 2020

Cracked rocks on Whakaari (White Island) act like valves allowing gas to escape and releasing the build-up of pressure that triggers volcanic eruptions, new University of Canterbury research has found.


Great Nebula of Carina

23 April 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) astronomers are part of an international team that has revealed how explosions on the surface of a white dwarf star can increase its brightness by thousands or millions of times making it look like a new star.


Malcolm Campbell

07 April 2020

Contact tracing technology has entered the discussion about COVID-19 – a health and medical geography expert at the University of Canterbury looks at the possibilities and why contact tracing is vital for combating the virus.


Rucklidge

03 April 2020

We asked University of Canterbury psychology academics Associate Professor Gini McIntosh and Professor Julia Rucklidge, who specialises in mental health and nutrition and is giving a livestreamed talk today, for some advice about staying on track during a time of uncertainty and stress.


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