Category Archives: Announcements

Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) outage

The Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) dashboard, which first-year 100 level students and teaching staff/course administrators can access through LEARN, is currently unavailable.

UC’s IT team has been advised of a problem with the system and have taken it down while they investigate.

Further information will be provided early next week to those who have been affected. We apologise for any inconvenience.

ERSKINE NEW ARRIVALS – FEBRUARY

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine and Oxford Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Jonathan Stewart from University of California Los Angeles, USA, arrived 9 January and is teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
  • Professor Thomas O’Rourke from Cornell University, USA, arrived 22 January and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Patrick Heffernan from Royal Military College of Canada arrived 27 January and is teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
  • Associate Professor William Amidon from Middlebury College, USA, arrived 1 February and is teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Associate Professor Paul Martin from Queens University, Canada, arrived 8 February and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences.
  • Assistant Professor Sarah Karalunas from Oregon Health and Science University, USA, arrived 18 February and is teaching in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing.
  • Professor Clive Sabel from Aarhus University, Denmark, arrived 8 February and is teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Professor Torsten Berger from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, arrived 8 February and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Jon Shaw from University of Plymouth, UK, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Professor Joseph Silk from John Hopkins University, USA, arrived 9 February and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison from University of Oxford, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.
  • Professor Jeanie Forray from Western New England University, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
  • Professor Martin Castell from Oxford University, UK, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Daniel Schunk from Johannes Guttenberg University Mainz, Germany, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Emeritus Professor Ilsa Schwarz from University of Tennessee Health Science Centre, USA, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell from Open University, UK, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Philosophy.
  • Professor Katherine St John from City University of New York, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Professor Stefan Frisch from Appalachian State University, USA, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Linguistics.
  • Dr Wey Yang Teoh  from University of New South Wales, Australia, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Professor Emeritus Charles Gooding from Clemson University USA, arrived 11 February and is teaching in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Professor Gary Shiflet from University of Virginia, USA, arrived 12 February and is teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Emeritus Professor Jaime Olavarria from University of Washington, USA, arrived 12 February and is teaching in the School of Psychology, Speech, and Hearing.

We wish all our visitors and their families a wonderful stay at UC!

Food Trucks back on Campus for 2020

The Food Trucks will be operating from the usual area between  Puaka James Hight and Arts Lecture Theatres. This year we have the usual favourites on different days over the week.

An interesting addition this year on Wednesday for a trial period over the 1st Term is Laughing Pukeko Farm, a fresh fruit and vege stall.

The current schedule is:

Nanny’s Food Truck: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Lil Orbits Donuts: Wednesday and Friday

Food For Life: Monday and Thursday

Chippy: Thursday

Feed the need: Thursday and Friday

Souvlaki: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Laughing Pukeko Farm: Wednesday

Earthquake Anniversary

This Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the February 22 Christchurch Earthquakes.  There will be a special Intercom on Friday to acknowledge the anniversary.

Ko whakamahurutia kā nekeneke a Rūaumoko, heoi, e kārueruea tou a Manawa.

Although the movements of Rūaumoko, the atua or guardian of earthquakes, have pacified, the heart still trembles.

New Director Appointed at the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management

Professor James Brasington has been appointed as the new Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a partnership between Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury.  James joins Waterways from the University of Waikato, where he held the inaugural Waikato Regional Council Chair of River Science and brings a wealth of experience from previous positions at Queen Mary, University of London, and the Universities of Cambridge and Wales. 

James is a geomorphologist with research interests in dynamics of alpine and piedmont rivers, in particular understanding the form and function of braided rivers.  His research focuses on novel remote sensing methods, in particular high resolution lidar and photogrammetry along with numerical and geospatial simulation modelling, which is used to investigate how rivers respond to environmental pressures.  This work has taken him across the world, from the Himalaya, to the Pyrenees, the European Alps and the Pacific Northwest.  For the last 15 years, he has worked extensively in the South Island of New Zealand, in what he calls his “natural laboratory” typically involving large teams, working closely with engineers, ecologists, computer scientists and practitioners.  While James is interested in the fundamental processes that drive the behaviour of rivers, his work is increasingly focused on the development of tools and knowledge to inform strategies to manage our rivers sustainably as we confront the growing challenges of climate change and increasing demand for water. 

James is excited to take up the opportunity to lead Waterways; “…innovative thinking and alternative perspectives on how we confront the challenges facing our freshwater resources has never been needed more urgently.  Waterways is uniquely positioned in this regard, bringing together a transdisciplinary whānau of outstanding researchers and students from across the Universities of Canterbury and Lincoln. By working together and in concert with our key stakeholders from iwi, regional government and industry, we have the potential to ‘think radically’ and develop holistic solutions that link the social, natural and cultural dimensions of freshwater.”  For more information about James, visit: Research Gate Profile, LinkedIn Profile, Google Scholar