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Celebrating Fresh Thinking – Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Mathieu Sellier and Professor Greg O’Beirne in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date :    Thursday, 5 September, from 4.30 – 6.30pm

Venue: E14 – Engineering Core

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.

‘Moving the boundaries of fluid mechanics’  – Presented by Professor Mathieu Sellier

Abstract: Many flows encountered in our daily lives involve a moving boundary. The shape of a raindrop, for example, evolves as it falls through the air. Likewise, the free surface of a river deforms as it encounters obstacles. While the mathematical ingredients required to describe such flows have been known since the late 19th century and are encapsulated in the infamous Navier-Stokes equations, solving complex flows with a moving boundary or interface still poses significant challenges and provides stimulating cross-disciplinary research opportunities. The question at the centre of the research I will present is “if information about the evolution of a moving interface is available, can we indirectly infer unknown properties of the flow?” Such a question falls in the realm of inverse problems for which one knows the effect but is looking for the cause. Specifically, I will talk about how it is possible to estimate the fluid properties of lava just by looking at how it flows or what is the best way to rotate a pan to cook the perfect crêpe.

‘Speech, noise, and the Matrix’ – Presented by Professor Greg A. O’Beirne

People with hearing impairment or auditory processing problems find it harder than most to understand speech in background noise, or when parts of the speech signal are missing or distorted. Despite this, most hearing tests still present either pure tones or single words in quiet, and usually use expensive equipment to do it. 

To overcome these shortcomings and better assess the ability to communicate in challenging acoustic environments, my lab has produced a number of innovative adaptive tests of speech intelligibility and auditory processing. These include i) the UCAST-FW – a filtered word test for the diagnosis of auditory processing disorder; ii) internet-based Digit Triplet Tests to screen for sensorineural hearing loss in New Zealand English, Te Reo Māori, and Malay; and iii) the University of Canterbury Auditory-Visual Matrix Sentence Test – a speech-in-noise test in New Zealand English and Malay that allows rapid testing of adults and school-age children, including their ability to use visual cues to supplement the auditory signal.

I’ll discuss how permanent hearing impairment reduces speech clarity even when sounds are audible, and how the testing platform we’ve developed provides an integrated set of tools for improving hearing screening and speech testing in New Zealand, Australia, and south-east Asia.

 

Are You Ready For The Challenge

The Australasian University Health Challenge is about to kick off on 19 August – today! If you haven’t signed up yet then head on over to website to get your step by step instructions on how to be involved. Join the other 113 other University of Canterbury participants who have said yes to the challenge.

If you still need some more motivation on joining then have a look at our Facebook below. You can have a chance to win a brand new Fitbit Charge 2 worth $269.99.

The challenge is not only just for steps either. You can record other forms of activities such as biking, swimming, or even volleyball. As long as you are physical active you can add it to your daily step count through the online physical activity to steps converter.

Remember keeping consistent and motivated is always better with a friend. Find someone who will keep you accountable and this challenge may change your life.

Australasian University Health Challenge (10,000 Steps)

AUHC

Yesterday (1 August) marked the first official day for signups on the Australasian University Health Challenge. If you haven’t heard much about it then visit our website for a bit more information.

In short there are 12 universities from Australia and New Zealand, challenging each other to see who can get the most steps from August 19 to September 29. So we invite you, your friends, colleagues, students, and anyone with two legs to join us in feeling healthier whilst beating the Aussies.

Why are we doing this challenge you may ask? Well less than 20% of Australian adults reach the recommended level of 10,000 steps per day on average. What is more shocking is nearly half (49%) of all New Zealand adults do not achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 days or more per week according to the Ministry of Health annual update 2013/14. That there is a shocking number! Multiple studies have shown that physical activity and exercise can help lower cholesterol, improve cognitive function, improve blood pressure, and bring happiness. With all these benefits this challenge is literally a walk in the park.

Join up by visiting our website or heading to the 10,000 steps page

Welcome to Anna Morgan Massage Therapist

Hello,
My name is Anna Morgan and last year I completed my Bachelor of Health Studies specialising in Neuromuscular Therapy. Within this I achieved Diplomas in Clinical and Sports and Therapeutic Massage, and am also a Registered Therapist with Massage New Zealand.
 
My philosophy includes an emphasis on acknowledging and treating the physical, emotional and biochemical aspects and stresses associated to each client, by using numerous techniques learnt at the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland.
My particular passion within massage therapy involves assisting with chronic pain, and associated conditions including headaches/migraines. Another passion includes treating sport related conditions, a reason why I entered into massage therapy as a career.

If you would like to book a session with me at the University of Canterbury Recreation Centre, follow this link:
Or you can book on the tablet HUB at the Rec Centre
 
Hours: Wednesday/Thursday 2-9pm, Friday 9-5pm.
 
Thank you
Anna
 
– Neuromuscular Therapy
– Sports Massage (pre and post event)
– Trigger Point Therapy
– Myofascial Release
– Deep Tissue
– Relaxation Massage
– Postural Analysis
– Pregnancy Massage
– TMJ Therapy
– Cranial Sacral Therapy

Inhale…Exhale…Repeat with UC Staff Only Yoga!

Interested in yoga, but want a private space with other UC Staff?  Join our experienced instructor June Tobin each week to stretch, relax and unwind. Register now and find breathing space again!

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience all of the benefits that Yoga can offer, with the convenience of staying on campus!

The Specifics:

  • Dates: Thurs 18 July – Thurs 5 Sept (8 weeks)
  • Time: 5:10pm – 6pm
  • Location: Jack Erskine 111
  • Great value at just $60, and your family/friends/support person are welcome to join for $90.
  • Individualised attention provided due to the small class size. If you have injuries or limitations, June will be able to modify the class to suit.
  • Practice and connect with the same group each week.

So, what are you waiting for?  Sign up at the RecCentre reception today, or give us a call on 369 2433.

For more information contact Danielle Mather or see our website (where you’ll find some other great health and fitness courses).