Tag Archives: Academic Staff

Science on thin ice

As climate change accelerates, the warming earth means our world-famous glaciers, like Fox and Franz Josef, are receding and thinning. We need to study them while we still can.

UC Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment glaciologist and award-winning teacher Dr Heather Purdie, talks about her research on endangered glaciers, passion for the environment, and why virtual teaching will never replace real-life experiences with nature: on Ep10 of our science podcast UC Science Radio.

Check out the episode here: bit.ly/ucscienceradio-ep10

We’re also on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Wellbeing at work

If you’ve ever walked in the door and complained about your work, you’re not alone. What if, instead of being a source of stress – our work (and workplaces) were good for us?

In Episode 9 of Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science’s weekly podcast, UC Science Radio, Professor of Psychology Katharina Naswall talks about the world of work in uncertain times, how to reduce stress and increase health and wellbeing in the workplace, and how to make sure it’s good for us.

Check out the episode here or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts.

Words and worlds collide

What’s the difference between a poet and an astronomer? Nothing, if you’re UC astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister.

Dr Bannister is an expert in the discovery and characterisation of minor planets in the solar system. She’s been involved in the discovery of more than 800 minor planets and even had an asteroid named after her! She’s also an avid creative writer. The poet, planetary astronomer, hunter of new and strange worlds, and self-described ‘connoisseur of fuzzy dots of light’ is our latest guest on UC Science Radio.

Check out Michele’s interview here, or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Professorial Lecture Series

Celebrating Fresh Thinking:

Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Mukundan Ramakrishnan and Professor Andreas Willig in the first presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.

Date:               Thursday, 2 July, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

 “Digital Pathology Research in the NZ Context” – Presented by Professor Mukundan Ramakrishnan, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering.

In the rapidly growing field of digital pathology, several new image analysis and machine learning algorithms are currently being developed for automated extraction and quantification of tissue biomarkers used in pathological evaluations. The application of digital technology in pathology has the potential to transform care of breast cancer patients through improved pathology workflow, early and accurate disease diagnosis and enhanced disease management.  However, despite numerous benefits digital pathology offers for routine diagnosis, its uptake in clinical practice in New Zealand has been slow.  Our research group (Computer Graphics and Medical Image Analysis group, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering) has established strong research collaborations with anatomical pathologists specialising in breast cancer, and is at the forefront of research and development in this field in New Zealand. This lecture gives an overview of the projects undertaken by the group in the past few years, some of the key accomplishments, and the current state of research.  This lecture also looks at the challenges in the adoption of digital pathology implementation in clinical practice, and discusses how some of the emerging technologies could be used in future for the transition of digital pathology from 2D to 3D tissue specimen analysis.

“Past and Upcoming Research in Wireless Networking” – Presented by Professor Andreas Willig, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering.

 In the first part of this talk I will focus on wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs), a technology in which a group of sensors is attached to the human body to collect vital signals. These sensors communicate wirelessly amongst each other, using standardized technologies like the IEEE 802.15.4 personal area network. It is of critical importance that this communication is reliable, but unfortunately WBSNs can easily experience interference from other technologies (like WiFi) or from other WBNs using the same technology. We will discuss results on the impact of interference and some ways to manage it.

The second part of this talk is more futuristic. In recent years, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have found numerous applications, e.g. in delivery of goods, aerial photography, asset inspection and other fields. So far, most of these applications have relied on single drones. There is now growing interest in going beyond this and to consider applications of collaborating swarms or formations of drones. We look into some of the communications / networking and coordination challenges that need to be solved to support networks of hundreds / thousands / ten-thousands .. of drones.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

Appointment of General Counsel and Registrar

I am very pleased to advise that we have successfully appointed Adela Kardos to the position of General Counsel and Registrar. Adela comes to us with a wealth of experience and is currently the General Counsel/Head of Legal Services at Christchurch City Council (CCC).  With her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from UC, Adela has been a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand since 2007. She currently manages a team of 16, including 12 lawyers and plays a critical role as a Member of the Council’s Executive Team providing strategic and legal advice on both governance and operational matters.

Adela has been with the CCC for the past 9 years and is looking forward to taking on a new challenge, she has a passion for the Education sector and will be joining us from Monday, 3 August 2020.