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Big wins at Forestry awards

Congratulations to our UC students who won New Zealand Institute of Forestry awards last week.

The awards encourage and support forestry-related education, training and research through the provision of grants, scholarships and prizes; promoting the acquisition, development and dissemination of forestry-related knowledge and information and other activities.

A Future Forest Scholarship of $10,000 was awarded to Fei Guo, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury looking at the use of spectroscopy of cellulose and wood to predict growth-stress levels in standing trees and logs. This is a new award for the Foundation, made possible by a donation of $70,000 from the forest investment company New Forests.

The Otago/Southland Award of $1,500 went to Luke Holmes, a Bachelor of Forest Engineering Honours student at University of Canterbury whose research topic is the productivity of fully mechanised cable logging operations. He is studying a cable logging operation in Southland using an innovative method of cable logging.

Michael Pay, a second year Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury received the Frank Hutchinson Scholarship of $1,000 for a postgraduate student. Michael’s project is estate modelling of a multi species, multi-objective forest.

A University undergraduate scholarship of $1,000 was received by Morgan Scragg, a first year Bachelor of Forestry Science student at the University of Canterbury.

UC winners of the student poster competition held at the NZIF Conference were:

Okey Francis Obi, a PhD student at University of Canterbury, for a poster on the efficiency of logging crews (second prize of $500)

Michael Pay, a Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury for a poster on outcomes from management of a marginal hill country forest property (third prize of $200).

VC General Staff and Health & Safety Award Recipients

A great time was had by all last Friday 25 August celebrating the recipients of the VC General Staff and Health & Safety Awards! A massive congratulations to everyone who won and thanks to everyone who came to support their efforts.

Find more information on what the awards were for here.

Recipients of the VC General Staff Award

  • Ashalyna Noa
  • Damian Cairns
  • Leonie Partridge
  • Nigel Harris
  • Pauline Luafutu-Simpson
  • Stuart Broughton

Recipients of the Health and Safety Awards

  • Catherine Sellin
  • Julian Farmer
  • Kirsten Carey
  • Student Services and Communications Engagement Group
  • Will Shannon

Well done to everyone!

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KiwiNet Award for Dr Geoff Rodgers

Congratulations to Dr Geoff Rodgers of Mechanical Engineering on winning the Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award at the KiwiNet Awards last night.

UC has won an award every year since 2014.

170519_geoff_Rodgers_KiwinetDr Rodgers was the only finalist from the South Island. He has a strong track record of working closely with industry to develop research outcomes with significant benefit to society. His research has applications in fields from seismic protection system for structures through to medical devices.

Dr Rodgers completed his PhD in seismic energy dissipation at UC in 2009, and then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in medical device development at the University of Otago.  In 2012 he returned to take up an academic role, and is now an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He was named the UC Emerging Researcher in 2016, recognising his contribution to research.

170601_GeoffRodgers UC 17-0215-01Mechanical seismic dampers he developed to dissipate kinetic energy of seismic waves penetrating a building structure are in use in a low-damage Hospital complex in Christchurch.  He is also working on other devices and deployment opportunities locally and internationally.

Dr Rodgers is also developing a new method for early detection of wear and tear of hip joint implants that monitors the sound vibrations transmitted from a patient’s hip replacement implants. The acoustic emission monitoring system is a non-invasive sensing technique that records low-level vibrations emitted from the implant during patient motion that make it through tissue to the skin’s surface.

By listening to the ultrasonic vibrations of the implant, it is possible to relate them to the condition of the implant, to help Orthopaedic surgeons predict impending failures and manage revision surgery. Early detection of wear and tear may provide opportunities for proactive intervention, reducing the severity of surgery and providing improved patient outcomes

Dr Rodger’s approach to technical development, across a range of industry fields, is always pragmatic and realistic, with uptake by industry being a major goal.

See more details about the awards on the KiwiNet Awards page>


The 2017 round of the University of Canterbury Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award is now closed.

Applications are also now closed for the 2017 round of the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards. Visit the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards webpage for full details and the application form.

Applications for both awards closed on Friday 28 July 2017.

For further information, please contact: learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

Apply now for Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes opened this week and the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes secretariat (the Royal Society | Te Apārangi) is encouraging scientists and science communicators to apply from Universities, CRIs and independent research organisations.

There are five prizes totaling $1,000,000.

Applications close on 20 September 2017.

Visit: www.pmscienceprizes.org.nz  for more information.

UC’s Professor Brendon Bradley was awarded the 2016 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

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