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ERSKINE NEW ARRIVALS – FEBRUARY

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

  • Professor Jonathan Stewart from University of California Los Angeles, USA, arrived 9 January and is teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
  • Professor Thomas O’Rourke from Cornell University, USA, arrived 22 January and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Patrick Heffernan from Royal Military College of Canada arrived 27 January and is teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
  • Associate Professor William Amidon from Middlebury College, USA, arrived 1 February and is teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Associate Professor Paul Martin from Queens University, Canada, arrived 8 February and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences.
  • Assistant Professor Sarah Karalunas from Oregon Health and Science University, USA, arrived 18 February and is teaching in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing.
  • Professor Clive Sabel from Aarhus University, Denmark, arrived 8 February and is teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Professor Torsten Berger from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, arrived 8 February and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Jon Shaw from University of Plymouth, UK, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Professor Joseph Silk from John Hopkins University, USA, arrived 9 February and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison from University of Oxford, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.
  • Professor Jeanie Forray from Western New England University, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
  • Professor Martin Castell from Oxford University, UK, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Daniel Schunk from Johannes Guttenberg University Mainz, Germany, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Emeritus Professor Ilsa Schwarz from University of Tennessee Health Science Centre, USA, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell from Open University, UK, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Philosophy.
  • Professor Katherine St John from City University of New York, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Professor Stefan Frisch from Appalachian State University, USA, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Linguistics.
  • Dr Wey Yang Teoh  from University of New South Wales, Australia, arrived 10 February and is teaching in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Professor Emeritus Charles Gooding from Clemson University USA, arrived 11 February and is teaching in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Professor Gary Shiflet from University of Virginia, USA, arrived 12 February and is teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Emeritus Professor Jaime Olavarria from University of Washington, USA, arrived 12 February and is teaching in the School of Psychology, Speech, and Hearing.

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

Visiting Japanese search and rescue drone experts on campus

Research Report, Wireless Research Centre, drone group photographed on the Ilam Fields, 31.1.17 All permissions given. Prof Ryuji Kohno, Natsuki Kinggasa, Takumi Kobayashi, Kouhei Harada, Kelvin Barnsdale, Zane Barker, Adam Mir, Jamie van de Laar, Andreas Willig, Graeme Woodward. Client, Fiona Clayton, Communications, SSAC.

Senior Research Engineer from UC’s Spatial Engineering Research Centre (SERC) Kelvin Barnsdale (rear left), controls the flight of a UC drone while Professor Ryuji Kohno (back row, second from right) and colleagues from Yokohama National University and WRC staff and students look on.

The Wireless Research Centre (WRC) is hosting Professor Ryuji Kohno and colleagues from Yokohama National University this week and next. The visitors are here to work collaboratively on use of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs) for search and rescue in large scale emergencies such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

Dr Graeme Woodward says researchers from UC’s new DroneLab and their Japanese collaborators are developing technology to empower swarms of drones to locate, and potentially to triage, casualties by flying formations over major disaster areas in the wake of earthquakes and tsunamis. The forthcoming 2016 Research Report will cover the collaboration in more depth in March.

Listen to Kelvin Barnsdale talk to Newstalk ZB about drones as first responders>

Read NZ Herald article on drones in disasters and see video over volcanoes>

Erskine Programme welcomes first visitors of 2017

The Erskine Programme is delighted to welcome the first Visiting Fellows to UC for 2017.

Our first two visitors are:

  • Professor Monica Axelsson from Stockholm University, Sweden who is visiting the School of Teacher Education between 3 January and 21 February 2017.  Professor Axelsson is a Canterbury Visiting Fellow.
  • Sir Michael Leigh from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, USA, who is visiting the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) between 7 January and 15 February 2017.  Sir Michael is an Erskine Visiting Fellow.

We have one further arrival this week, Associate Professor Andy Puckett from the University of Tennessee, USA who will be visiting the Department of Economics & Finance between 16 January and 8 July 2017.  Professor Puckett is an Erskine Visiting Fellow.

Semester 1 2017 will be the busiest semester on record for the Erskine Programme as we have 51 Visiting Fellows and their families coming to UC.  We look forward to welcoming them all.

Academic Visitors to UC in early 2016

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the first of its 2016 visitors to the University of Canterbury.

The following visitors are already here:

  • Professor Selwyn Piramuthu from the University of Florida USA, visiting the Department of Accounting and Information Systems (Erskine Visiting Fellow);
  • Mr Austin Mitchell from the UK visiting the Department of Political Science (Canterbury Visiting Fellow);
  • Professor Sigrid Beck from the Universitat Tubingern, Germany visiting the Department of Linguistics (Erskine Visiting Fellow); and
  • Professor Julian Dowdeswell from The University of Cambridge visiting Gateway Antarctica (Cambridge Visiting Fellow).

Arriving this week are:

  • Professor Jeanie Foray from Western New England University USA, visiting the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship (Erskine Visiting Fellow);
  • Professor Paul Fitzgerald and Professor Suzanne Baldwin from Syracuse University visiting the Department of Geological Sciences (Joint Erskine Fellowship).

To all our new visitors, we hope you and your families have a wonderful experience at UC.