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Presentation of the Crafoord Prize

The University of Canterbury’s only New Zealand Canterbury Distinguished Professor, Roy Kerr has been presented the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Sweden by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Emeritus Professor Kerr retired as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Canterbury in 1993 after 22 years, including a decade as the head of UC’s Mathematics department. At its December 2015 graduation ceremonies, the University conferred a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) on Professor Kerr.

Roy Kerr (centre) and Roger Blandford receiving the Crafoord Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (right) in Stockholm yesterday.

Roy Kerr (centre) and Roger Blandford receiving the Crafoord Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (right) in Stockholm.

.  Roy Kerr and Roger Blandford attend the Symposium in their honour.

 Roy Kerr and Roger Blandford attend the Symposium in their honour.

Photos by Laura Pishief.

Reflecting on Clifford Wallace Collins Memorial Trust Award

Each year the Clifford Wallace Collins Memorial Trust Award is given to a UC Alumni currently studying one of the post graduate Librarianship programmes at Victoria University. Library Assistant Rosumund Feeny was  excited to be the recipient of this year’s award, which will go towards the completion of her Master in Information Studies.

Here she reflects on a receiving the award and on the UC legacy of Clifford Wallace Collins.

The award is particularly significant to me as Collins was a librarian to Canterbury College from 1934 – 1971 and I have recently taken up a position in the James Hight Library. UC  was also where I completed my Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Art History which I could not have achieved without the help of the library – and of course its amazing staff!

So much has changed since Collins was at the University. The library is no longer just a place to find books, but is more of a space where students can study in peace, get help with tricky referencing, or just relax with friends. Although they can study from home, the library is always buzzing with activity which we love to see. Masters has shown me that the importance of a library will never change, and I definitely observe on a daily basis.

I am delighted to receive this award and acknowledge the role of UC in my life.Rosamund Feeny2

Fulbright – call for applications

Fulbright New Zealand is calling for applications for New Zealand academics to undertake exchanges to the United States of America.

Take a look at the opportunities below and see if you, your department, or a student of yours would be interested in applying. 

Applications close 1 April 2016.

Fulbright Specialist Awards

Applications are open for Fulbright Specialist Awards for New Zealand academic institutions to host US academics, artists or professionals for lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences or symposiums. Up to six awards valued at up to US$11,700 are granted each year, towards two to six week programmes of activities.

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any field. Approximately eight awards valued at up to US$33,000 are granted each year, towards one year of study or research in the US. .

Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards

Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields related to science and innovation. Approximately 14 awards valued at up to US$33,000 are granted each year, towards one year of study or research in the US.

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award

The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award is for a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development. One award valued at up to US$33,000 is granted each year, towards one year of study or research in the US.

Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research

The Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research is for a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US university in the area of natural disaster research. One award valued at up to US$33,000 is granted each year, towards one year of study or research in the US.

Fulbright Specialist Awards

This is the second applications round for Fulbright Specialist Awards for New Zealand academic institutions to host US academics, artists or professionals for lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences or symposiums. Up to six awards valued at up to US$11,700 are granted each year, towards two to six week programmes of activities.

Graduate Engineer of the Year from UC

Congratulations to Alumnus Alex Jellie, now in Australia at Northrop Consulting, who was named CIBSE ANZ Graduate Engineer of the Year recently!

Alex has worked on the design of the biggest private hospital and health precinct in New South Wales, where he was one of the primary mechanical designers.

He has also worked on multi-disciplinary projects within the transport and commercial sectors.

Alex Jellie
Alumnus Alex Jellie, CIBSE ANZ Graduate Engineer of the Year.

Tuatara makes NZ Book Award list

TuataraBiology and conservation of a venerable survivor , published by Canterbury University Press, is on the inaugural long list for the 2016 Ockham NZ Book Awards in the illustrated non-fiction category.

The book is the culmination of almost 30 years of research on tuatara and their conservation management by author and biologist Dr Alison Cree. It is the first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout. The evolution, natural history and conservation of tuatara are covered in comprehensive detail, providing a resource for the specialist yet in a style accessible to a wide readership.

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand. There are 10 longlisted books in each of the four categories.

The judges will reveal their shortlist on March 8, 2016, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 10, 2016 at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Click here to buy Tuatara.