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Words and worlds collide

What’s the difference between a poet and an astronomer? Nothing, if you’re UC astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister.

Dr Bannister is an expert in the discovery and characterisation of minor planets in the solar system. She’s been involved in the discovery of more than 800 minor planets and even had an asteroid named after her! She’s also an avid creative writer. The poet, planetary astronomer, hunter of new and strange worlds, and self-described ‘connoisseur of fuzzy dots of light’ is our latest guest on UC Science Radio.

Check out Michele’s interview here, or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

UC Science Radio Episode 5: Ending our love affair with plastics

Lightweight, strong, waterproof – plastic is a wonder material, but it’s not so wonderful for nature ???

Learn about what everyday plastic is doing to our environment, where it’s ending up, and how we can fix the problem, with UC environmental chemist Dr Sally Gaw, in Episode 5 of our weekly science podcast UC Science Radio ♻️?

Check out the episode here or listen on SpotifyStitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

UC alumna Brianne West and Ethique win Exporter of the Year award

Kiwi brand Ethique has won  Exporter of the Year to the USA (medium business) at the recent 2019 AmCham-DHL Success & Innovation Awards.

Ethique, founded by UC Science alumna Brianne West, is an award-winning international beauty brand. They create environment-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars and have been saving millions of plastic bottles from heading to landfill.

The awards are run by the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and celebrate success and innovation for companies doing business with the USA.

Ethique is also a finalist at the upcoming 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards. 

Brianne West, founder of Ethique

UC Science and Engineering Precincts Public Open Day

As you may know, UC Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao and UC Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha are hosting a UC Science and Engineering Precincts Public Open Day – Monday 16 April, 3-6pm. 

This is a community event, for the general public.  It is family-friendly, so kids are very welcome!  We will have hands on activities and demos, and it’s a chance to see our new state-of-the-art facilities and tour our labs.  We will have our Nuts and Bolts Café open and we will be putting on a free sausage sizzle.

For more information, check out our website.