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International recruitment counsellors visit UC

On Thursday 1 March the IRO hosted 11 counsellors from international recruitment agencies in Auckland. 

This gave us a chance to showcase the campus and for the Counsellors to meet with key members of the teams that  they work with. 

Admissions, Conversion Management, EDP, the College of Business and Law and College of Science were all in attendance at the informal meetings in the morning. 

Ian MacDonald joined us for lunch in the Shilling Club, and Elizabeth Zou our on campus Team China rep and Lydia Liu of UCIC took them on a campus tour, that included a walk around the Ernest Rutherford Building. 

The campus was much admired and the day was rounded off with a city tour. where we took the opportunity to show just how far Christchurch has come. 

Mindfulness for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 7-10 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 28th February for 7 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury and requires both child and parent/ caregiver to attend and learn together. The cost of the program is $120.
  • If you would like more information, call 3693777 or email ann.huggett@canterbury.ac.nz.

UC involved in top Science stories of 2016

UC academics have been involved in many of the top Science stories of 2016, from the Kaikoura quakes to the Ross Sea protected area, climate change, driverless cars, and gravitational waves (and UC’s amazing Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr), Rocket Lab and sugar labelling.

Here’s the media’s full list of the top 2016 Science stories – nationally and internationally: www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11766044

Remembering Henry Connor

We note with sadness that Henry Connor died on Tuesday 26 July at Rannerdale Veterans Home in Christchurch.

Henry made a huge contribution to botany in New Zealand. He was Director of the Botany Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (forerunner of Landcare Research) until his retirement in 1982. After that he took up an honorary position at UC in Geography and continued working actively.

Among the notable achievements of this later period are his comprehensive revision of speces in the genus Chionochloa (snow tussocks) in the New Zealand Journal of Botany in 1991, and co-authorship with Elizabeth Edagar in 2000 of Volume 5 of the Flora of New Zealand, covering all native and exotic grasses.

He was also the New Zealand expert on poisonous plants, publishing “Poisonous Plants in New Zealand” in 1951, revised in 1977, and in 2009 co-authoring “Plants that Poison: a New Zealand Guide” with John Fountain from the Otago National Poisons Centre. This work helped forge medical response policies: http://www.mwpress.co.nz/plants/plants-that-poison-a-new-zealand-guide

In 2002, he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to botany.

Professor David Kelly

School of Biological Sciences