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Kate Sheppard House, a resource for the future

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Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and UC are delighted with the Government purchase of the Kate Sheppard House in Christchurch, as announced by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods today.

It was a poignant announcement on the anniversary of 126 years since women in New Zealand were given the vote. From this house Kate Sheppard and suffragist supporters worked to put together the 270m petition that was presented to Parliament.

At an event held at the house on Thursday morning, UC Chancellor Sue McCormack hoped the resource will serve to inspire and remind us that our actions today have far reaching opportunities for the future.

“Christchurch is a place filled with agitators and activists striving for social change,” she said.

The Kate Sheppard House borders the Ilam campus and will become a heritage venue and educational centre, which UC and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga will benefit from.

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Three UC engineers have been awarded research funding totalling $11.8 million for the next 3-5 years in the latest round of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Endeavour Funding, announced by Hon Dr Megan Woods today. 

Professors Conan Fee, Shusheng Pang and Mathieu Sellier received funding for research they are leading in the areas of renewable energy and advanced manufacturing. 

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Professor Conan Fee, School of Product Design, UC Engineering – 3D printed porous media for process engineering ($9,812,550 funded over five years)

This research project will revolutionise manufacturing processes that have only changed incrementally over the last two centuries. Using advances in 3D print technologies, the research programme will develop ways to create structures of complex solid and fluid channel geometric design to deliver heat and mass exchange more efficiently. Work to date shows that 3D-printed triply periodic minimal surfaces (3D-TPMS) offer significant advantages over existing heat exchanger and porous bed designs, but the knowledge gap between engineering science and computational tools required for the design of 3D-printed structures is preventing implementation in real-world applications, which the research programme will address.

Professor Shusheng Pang, Chemical and Process Engineering – Integrated chemical looping and oxygen uncoupling with advanced biomass gasification, for renewable hydrogen production and carbon dioxide capture ($999,999 funded over three years)

This research will develop a new system that combines advanced technology of biomass steam gasification with the capability of Hot Lime Labs for developing new carbon dioxide sorbents and oxygen carrier materials. This research will develop a new process and materials to produce bio-hydrogen and capture carbon dioxide by using New Zealand wood biomass resources from log harvesting and wood processing. The bio-hydrogen produced could be used as transport fuel, a chemical feedstock for methanol, ammonia and oil refineries. At present 95 per cent of hydrogen used in these industries is produced from fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide captured from this process could be used in plant greenhouses, fertiliser manufacturing and methanol or ethanol production.   

Professor Mathieu Sellier, Mechanical Engineering – Development of a multi-axis spin-coating system to coat curved surfaces ($1,000,000 funded over three years)

By developing a system with the capability to spin-coat curved surfaces product developers will have more flexibility in the shapes they can produce. Traditionally, spin coating is achieved by depositing a liquid on the surface and then spinning it off to leave a thin film that will solidify. Non-uniformity of liquid distribution is the biggest challenge to spin-coating curved surfaces. For the first time, Professor Sellier’s Smart Idea will develop optimal flow control algorithms using the theory of Partial Differential Equation and a multi-axis system to achieve uniform distribution of liquid onto a curved surface which will revolutionise the possibilities of product development.

Be in to WIN with Octopus wrestling and short fictions

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions traverses exciting new  terrain between prose poetry and short fiction, delivering stories that are darkly comic, dynamic and surreal.

The eagerly awaited fourth book from award-winning writer Frankie McMillan, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions is steeped in human vulnerability and eccentricity. 

Dubbed New Zealand’s ‘maestro of flash fiction’ by renowned short story writer Owen Marshall for her previous collection My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, McMillan is recognised internationally for her mastery of the increasingly popular flash fiction genre.

“Every story is like a sky rocket we haven’t seen before – flaring and sparkling in unexpected ways,” award-winning author Lloyd Jones says of the latest collection

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • What inspired the title story for the book? [hint here]

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 18 September.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Insider’s Guide newsletter on Sunday 29 September.