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ERSKINE PROGRAMME VISITOR PROFILE – TIM ATKINS

Tim Atkins visited us from TriVector Services in the USA.

Tim Atkins with his host and students

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I work at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.  I develop avionics requirements, testing, and analyses for key components of NASA’s Artemis Program; and communicate NASA’s vision of space exploration to students in the US and NZ.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
My wife and I regularly visit our daughter, who lives in Christchurch with her husband and young daughter.  When I visited in early 2018, I contacted UC and offered to present information about NASA; Margaret Agnew enlisted me to present at the UC Connect forum then; afterwards, Dr. Chris Hann recommended me for an Erskine Fellowship to support the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering senior-level rocket design course.

What have you been doing at UC?
I lectured 3 hours weekly to an excellent group of young engineering students on rocket design parameters and trade-offs; NASA Systems Engineering approaches; and publicly-available Space Launch System technical information.  I also provided input to the UC Rocketry safety protocols for their launches, and participated in a test launch that served to train students on processes and safety checkpoints for a future Milly launch.  I also investigated future collaborations with some of my US colleagues and others here at UC.  Apart from UC, I communicated NASA’s vision to several primary, intermediate and secondary schools in Christchurch and Dunedin; I expect many of those students will pursue studies in Math and Science, that many of those will end up at UC, and – who knows? – perhaps some will work at NASA one day.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Time with family.
Beautiful New Zealand Spring weather.
Rugby – the local Canterbury team and the World Cup on TV.
Working with Dr. Hann, his brilliant students, and amazing support staff in the CoE, the UC Communications Office, and Erskine Office.

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2020 CANTERBURY, CAMBRIDGE, AND OXFORD EXCHANGE SCHEMES

The Erskine Programme is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Canterbury, Cambridge, and Oxford Visiting Fellowships and Grants.

Fellowships to come to UC have been awarded to the following people:

Canterbury Fellowships

  • Professor Catriona Pennell from the University of Exeter, UK, who will be visiting the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, and the School of Languages, Social, and Political Sciences.
  • Professor Pamela Jane Schwikkard from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, who will be visiting the School of Law.

Cambridge Fellowships

  • Dr Edwin Dalmaijer will be visiting the School of Psychology.
  • Professor Ben Gripaios will be visiting the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Sinead Moylett will be visiting the School of Health Sciences.

Oxford Fellowships

  • Professor Katharine Burn  will be visiting the School of Teacher Education.
  • Professor Martin Castell will be visiting the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison will be visiting the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.

Māori and Indigenous Studies Fellowship

  • Dr Elizabeth Kerekere from the Tīwhanawhana Trust will be visiting Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

UC academics who have been awarded grants and will be travelling overseas are:

Oxford Grant

  • Professor Gail Gillon  from the Child and Wellbeing Institute.
  • Dr Shea Elizabeth from the School of Law.
  • Associate Professor Patrick O’Sullivan from the Department of Classics.

Cambridge Grant

  • Dr Toni Collins from the School of Law.

We would like to congratulate all the recipients.

Please contact the Erskine Programme office at erskine@canterbury.ac.nz for further information.

ERSKINE PROGRAMME VISITOR PROFILE- TIM WEIL

 Dr Tim Weil joins us from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Tim and Laura enjoying the sights on the road to Milford Sound

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I’m a member of the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. There I predominately teach cell and developmental biology to all year groups. My training in genetics, biochemistry, and microscopy enables me to highlight how cells are regulated, patterned, and organised during the construction of an organism. I grew up outside of Chicago (IL), then completing my undergraduate degree in St. Louis (MO) and PhD in Princeton (NJ). As a postdoc in Oxford (UK), I was fortunate to also spend time living in Edinburgh (UK) and Utrecht (NL), before starting my group in 2013 in Cambridge (UK).

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
It was the opportunity to experience a different culture, meet new people, and learn how the academic courses are delivered. UC came highly recommended by my Cambridge colleagues, and I viewed the visit as a great chance to make connections with the students and staff here.

What have you been doing at UC?
At UC I have been lecturing is the SBS, attending practicals, delivering seminars, and meeting with different group leaders. The rest of the time I café-hop around campus and work on manuscripts, talks, grants, and lectures. My wife and I have also become regular visitors to the Rec Centre, where we enjoy the friendly group fitness classes and pick-up basketball games.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Everything! But if I were forced to list a few I have to start with the curiosity of the students and their willingness to engage in both scientific and general discussions. The members of the department have been extremely friendly and keen to interact with me. I have had a superb academic host, Ashley Garrill, who has been an inspiration to watch teach and introduced me to many people at UC. The teaching spaces, with the open atriums, cafes, study areas and social spaces, have also made teaching and working on campus very enjoyable.

My wife and I have found the campus atmosphere vibrant and welcoming. The relaxed ethos, highlighted in the number of skateboards and barefoot pedestrians around, coupled with a sense of harmony with the environment, has been refreshing. 

It goes without saying that the spectacular landscape and outdoor life have also been a highlight. As is the ease of travel, especially the Christchurch Airport, and welcoming of visitors has made the adventures all the more pleasurable.

ERSKINE NEW ARRIVALS – SEPTEMBER

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

  • Professor Roberto Langella from University of Campania, Italy, arrived 29 August and is teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professors David Hill & Kendra Sharp from Baylor University, USA, arrived 30 August and are teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Assistant Professor Rosanna Veneziano from University of Campania, Italy, arrived 1 September and is teaching in the School of Product Design
  • Associate professor Michel Lavrauw from Sabanci University, Turkey, arrived 5 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Associate Professor Regina Burachik from University of South Australia arrived 6 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Professor John Hinde from University of Galway, Ireland, arrived 7 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mr Timothy Atkins from TriVector Services arrived 8 September and is teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr Bradford Wilson from Princeton University, USA, arrived 8 September and is teaching in the School of Humanities & Creative Arts (History)
  • Dr Timothy Weil from University of Cambridge, UK, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Robert Hackett from Simon Fraser University, Canada, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the Department of Media & Communication
  • Emeritus Professor Tom Laue from University of New Hampshire, USA, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Markus Puschenreiter from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Sir Colin Humphreys from Queen Mary University of London, UK, arrives 13 September and will be teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr David Baska from Terracon, USA, arrives 15 September and will be teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

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

ERSKINE NEW ARRIVALS

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

  • Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele from Griffith University, Australia, arrived 23 July and will be teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship
  • Professor Mat Simpson from Queensland University of Technology, arrived 31 July and will be teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Please help us make our two new Erskines and their families feel welcome at UC.