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Professorial Lecture Series

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academia made by Professor Mark Jermy and Professor Jane Maidment as part of the Professorial Lecture Series in 2018.

From jet fuel to blood: mechanical engineering helping forensic scientists


Fostering research literacy through community engagement

(further descriptions below)

Date:               Thursday, 7 June 2018, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.  

Location:        F3 Forestry Lecture Theatre

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.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua



From jet fuel to blood: mechanical engineering helping forensic scientists

Presented by:   Professor Mark Jermy, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Fluid mechanics, the behaviour of liquids and gases, is my speciality, and covers a multitude of sins. Working on fuel injectors before I came to UC taught me a lot about the mechanics of droplets, and how to measure their properties while they are in flight. This led in an unexpected direction after I came to UC, when a forensic scientist from ESR asked me if I could measure the properties of blood droplets.  Many fascinating projects on the fluid mechanics of bloodstain pattern analysis followed, as well as a course taught to forensic scientists around the world. Other work has included haemodynamics (the science of blood while it’s where it is supposed to be, inside the body), breathing therapies, cycling aerodynamics and geothermal power. PGR (moderate violence and graphic content).

Fostering research literacy through community engagement

Presented by:   Professor Jane Maidment, School of Language, Social and Political Science

Social work has a long history dating back to the early 1900’s of practicum education, now more commonly referred to as working integrated learning (WIL) or internship.

Early proponents of social work such as Mary Richmond and Jane Addams established the dual roles of social work as providing direct client intervention while promoting a social justice agenda. Since those early days the practicum component of social work education has traditionally provided students with opportunity for ‘hands on’ work with service users.

More recently the need to demonstrate evidence based intervention effectiveness has placed greater emphasis on the need for practitioner research literacy. Studies both here in New Zealand and internationally report low levels of social work graduate confidence in conducting research.

This presentation reports on two initiatives used to foster social work student research literacy while strengthening community engagement through authentic workplace learning. The nature of the teaching-research nexus is examined providing examples of resources developed to scaffold learning for both students and social work practitioners.



May GRI Seminar – Advances in remote sensing for terrestrial hydrology

Director of Research at the Centre for Space Science Technology Delwyn Moller presents:

Advances in remote sensing for terrestrial hydrology

Friday 25 May, 12.30pm – 2.00pm (Register by 12pm Wednesday 23 May)  Coffee, tea, a light snack and networking will be served from 12.30 and the seminar will start at 1pm. 

Remote sensing can enhance our understanding and knowledge of terrestrial hydrology and hydrologic fluxes at the land-air interface, and terrestrial water stores. In the area of active remote sensing, some recent advances may hold promise for enhanced observational capabilities in understanding and characterizing terrestrial freshwater resources and fluxes.

As this will be a popular presentation, it is essential that you register your attendance by 12pm, Wednesday 23rd May, or email Wayne Tyson (wayne.tyson@canterbury.ac.nz) if you plan to attend so that we can ensure we have a seat and some refreshments for you.

Dr. Delwyn K. Moller received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst after completing the M.E degree (Distinction) and the B.E. degree (Honors) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she worked on radar technology, primarily with a focus toward Earth science. Both at JPL and in her position at RSS, she has developed innovative state-of-the-art remote sensing systems for measuring critical aspects of the Earth’s surface to support science research and applied sciences.

Please circulate and share this information with others who you think may be interested: all are welcome.

Withdrawn Library Books to Giveaway

Head to the Central Library on Thursday 24 May, from 1.15 – 3.30 pm, Room 210, Level 2,  Puaka-James Hight.

Books are withdrawn if they are no longer relevant for teaching and research or they are damaged in some way. This is a much smaller giveaway but there is a variety of items:

  • young adult fiction
  • science topics published 1920-1940s
  • CDs

Donations not required for the collection, journal boxes, book ends. Please bring a bag or box with you.

IUTAM developments – from climate change to unmanned aircraft vehicles

Exciting developments – ranging from climate change to unmanned aircraft vehicles – have emerged from the highly successful International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics (IUTAM) symposium.

Symposium chairs Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt and Associate Professor Mathieu Sellier, of UC’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, are delighted at how well the symposium– which UC hosted earlier this year– served as a vehicle for sharing new ideas and expanding the reach of UC by showcasing its expertise in engineering and applied mathematics.

Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt is pictured here with Prof Pankaj Wahi from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur – India.

One of many exciting outcomes is a new collaboration between UC and Florida State University that could help unlock new perspectives on ice melt and climate change.

Following the symposium, Dr James Hewett, symposium secretary, and  Associate Professor Sellier have initiated a collaboration with Professor Nick Moore, a mathematician at Florida State University, to better understand pattern formation during the melting of ice.

“This is particularly important as a way to better quantify ice mass balance in polar regions and to inform climate change models,” says Associate Professor Sellier.

Other fascinating topics covered at the symposium, the first international meeting hosted in UC’s new Engineering Core, included:

  • using ocean waves to predict and identify passing ships
  • how the flapping of birds’ wings generates forward motion
  • using numerical simulations to better understand insect flight for biomimetic unmanned aircraft vehicles.

The symposium was supported by the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UC and Comsol Multiphysics.

ANZAC Service

On behalf of University of Canterbury Students’ Association, I would like to invite you to our ANZAC Service on Wednesday the 25th of April at 10.00am.

The sense of unity that is widely felt on ANZAC Day is important to acknowledge, and together we can commemorate a day of such special significance to New Zealand, within our community.

All are welcome to attend; for us, this is an important occasion for students, staff and the wider community to come together.

The Service will take place on the Quad between Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Building followed by light refreshments at the Okeover Lawn.

Kind Regards
Josh Proctor
UCSA President