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Dr Matt Hobbs named 2019 HRSC Emerging Researcher

UC researcher Dr Matt Hobbs received the Health Research Society of Canterbury (HRSC)’s Emerging Researcher Award in a ceremony last week.

Dr Hobbs was recognised for a presentation outlining his research from within UC’s GeoHealth Laboratory, which focuses on the complexity of associations between adverse environments and childhood health.

“I have to thank family, colleagues, and friends who have helped support me to achieve this award over the past few years. A special thanks to the team at the GeoHealth Laboratory and to Professor Jim McKenna and Dr. Claire Griffiths of Leeds Beckett University,” Dr Hobbs says.

In his presentation, Dr Hobbs discussed his investigation into preventable hospitalisations, which account for approximately 30 percent of all acute and arranged medical and surgical discharges in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He is investigating how deprivation and water fluoridation are linked to preventable dental-related hospitalisations.

He explained that the persistent nature of oral health inequities have presented a significant challenge to policy makers.

Dr Hobbs’ article on this subject is currently under review.

UC Director of Wellness Services recognised at 2019 Recreation Conference

Recreation Aotearoa recognised a number of the country’s top recreational providers and advocates at an awards dinner held during their 2019 conference in Hamilton recently.

Steve Gibling, UC’s Director of Wellness Services,  was among those recognised for their efforts, receiving the Mark Mitchell Memorial Trophy for commitment to the wider recreation industry.

In awarding Steve the trophy, Recreation Aotearoa highlighted his dedication to and immense knowledge of the recreation industry.

Please join us in congratulating Steve on this accomplishment.

For more on the 2019 Recreation Aotearoa Awards, click here>

Mapping Irish Communities study

Calling all Irish people, Irish community groups, people of Irish heritage or affinity with Ireland living in New Zealand.

The Embassy of Ireland in Aotearoa, New Zealand, has partnered with the University of Otago’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies who have designed two short surveys that we hope will assist in showcasing the rich Irish history we have in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as the opportunities for future collaboration and connection.

You can access the surveys and more information here> 

If have any questions about these surveys please email us here> info@friendsofireland.co.nz

UC Professor named Outstanding Contribution to Spatial winner

The New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) have named Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects Professor Wendy Lawson as winner of their Outstanding Contribution to Spatial Award for 2019.

The Outstanding Contribution to Spatial Award recognises an individual who has contributed significantly to the spatial sector throughout their career, including furthering the reach of the sector, driving capabilities needed to support and grow the sector overall and providing leadership in key areas.

Professor Lawson was nominated by the NZSEA Steering Committee, which is made up of representatives from the foundation partners including, Land Information New Zealand, Survey and Spatial New Zealand and Spatial Industries Business Association.

Choosing to select a winner from an academic background this year, the committee found Professor Lawson’s background and experience to be unparalleled, calling her a true leader in her field.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Lawson on this prestigious award.

For more on the 2019 NZSEA Awards, click here>