Ngāi Tahu Research Centre – October seminar

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The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre invites you to attend its October seminar with Tara McAllister presenting: Formidable Phormidium: Toxic algae in Canterbury Rivers.

When: Thursday 13 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Where: Room 208, Level 2, Te Ao Marama Building, University of Canterbury

Toxic algal blooms, in both lakes and rivers, are a major concern in many countries due to their increasing extent and severity. The particular species Tara studied is called Phormidium and proliferates in many of our Canterbury rivers. Phormidium can produce powerful toxins, posing a significant health risk, Phormidium inadvertently affects the ecology and health of rivers.

Tara sampled eight different Canterbury rivers in order to elucidate the effect of different environmental factors, like river flow and water temperature, on growth. Tara manipulated nutrient and flow conditions in experimental river channels to see how these changes would affect growth.

These experiments will help us begin to think about how Phormidium is likely to respond with increasing agricultural intensification. The results of these two studies will be presented and discussed.

RSVP for this event by contacting: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz

Children’s literature at the University Library

Yes, there is a picture book collection in the University Library! You can also borrow readers, Junior fiction and Young Adult fiction from the Education library on Dovedale campus.

IMG_1843We aim to purchase most New Zealand children’s books, and also award winners from overseas. We buy good books that we think you will enjoy reading and using.

If you know the title or author of the book you want, search for it on the library catalogue. You can also do a keyword search in the library catalogue and use “Limit by:  Picture Books” in the drop-down menu to the right of the screen.

“But I’m a serious physicist and we don’t bother with fiction!” Did you know Stephen Hawking wrote children’s books?  George’s secret key to the universe, by Lucy & Stephen Hawking, found in the Junior Fiction section.

“I need something to read to my children at night so they go to sleep & I can study.”  Try searching in the catalogue for Bedtime – juvenile fiction.

“That assignment was horrible, now it’s done, and I just want something to unwind with.” There are 643 humorous stories listed.

“I want to read the book that movie was based on.” Here is a list of some movies based on books that we have in the library.  We also have the DVD for many of them.

Wallow in nostalgia and re-read your favourite childhood books, like that one that was about an elephant who lives in a castle, and he wears a dressing gown, but you can’t remember the title… Talk to the librarians, we can help!

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Health, welfare and support services on campus

Student support – good support is available here at UC. If  you need to talk to someone, or find that your studies are being affected, here is a list of the dedicated support teams here on campus: