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UC researchers elected Royal Society Fellows (3 November 2011)
Two University of Canterbury researchers have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand at its annual general meeting this week. Read More

University of Canterbury CEISMIC launches website (27 October 2011)
The CEISMIC consortium, led by the University of Canterbury, includes the National Library, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Christchurch City Libraries, CERA, Te Papa, Canterbury Museum, NZ On Screen and the Ngai Tahu Research Centre. These organisations are committed to preserving and then sharing content for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Read More

EU funding for UC research (21 October 2011)
The research work of three University of Canterbury academics has been recognised by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Action programme in its latest funding round. Read More

NEC collaborates with NZi3 for research (19 October 2011)
NEC New Zealand Ltd (“NEC New Zealand”) announces today its collaboration for research as a Research Sponsor with the New Zealand ICT[1] Innovation Institute (NZi3) based at the University of Canterbury, the first of such an engagement at this level for NZi3. Read More

Computer Science professor receives distinguished researcher award (20 September 2011)
University of Canterbury academic Professor Tanja Mitrovic (Computer Science and Software Engineering) has been awarded a Distinguished Researcher Award from the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE). Read More

UC research offers solution to strengthen vulnerable buildings (13 September 2011)
As part of a seven-year Foundation for Research, Science and Technology-funded project on “Seismic Retrofit Solutions for NZ multi-storey buildings” started in 2004, a three-storey reinforced concrete (RC) model building was put through two simulated earthquakes before an audience of staff, students and local television crews. Read More

UC researchers awarded prestigious fellowships (8 September 2011)
wo University of Canterbury researchers have been awarded prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowships totalling $1.6 million over five years to help them develop their research careers in New Zealand. Read More

Million dollar research boost for UC academic (10 August 2011)
Senior Lecturer Dr Bronwyn Hayward (Social and Political Sciences) was one of three co-applicants who have won a prestigious Norwegian research grant worth NZ $1.18 million to investigate how youth perceive their future in a changing climate. Read More

UC joins collaboration set to advance NZ sci & tech commercialisation (14 July 2011)
The University of Canterbury is a founding member of a new collaboration set to boost this country’s science and technology commercialisation. The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) was launched this week to increase the scale and economic impact of science and technology commercialisation in New Zealand through an unprecedented level of national collaboration between universities and crown research institutes. 

UC researcher develops smart way to manage water (7 June 2011)
A University of Canterbury academic has developed new methods that can help groundwater catchment managers match users' rights with scarce water resources. Read More

Supersonic air 'flies' Kiwi robot (5 June 2011)
British spymaster James Bond may sack Q and replace him with a team of engineers from Canterbury University when he learns of their newest invention. They've designed a robot that can move over walls and ceilings – without touching them. Read More (external webpage)

UC research offers exciting potential for hospital managers (25 May 2011)
Dr Kyoko Fukuda of the University of Canterbury is extending her PhD thesis and recently-published research to develop a new software package to assist hospital planners to deal with varying hospital presentation trends. Read More

UC researchers discover new viruses in dragonflies (25 May 2011)
A collaborative team of University of Canterbury entomologists, virologists and plant biologists has discovered new viruses in dragonflies in the Kingdom of Tonga. Read More

Researchers discover remote expedition depot in Antarctica (23 May 2011)
Members of a combined University of Canterbury and University of Waikato research team in Antarctica has discovered a small depot left behind by members of Admiral Byrd’s Second Antarctic Expedition from 1933 to 1935. Read More

UC researchers reveal amazing navigational precision of humpback whales (21 April 2011)
Researchers based at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand have found that migrating humpback whales achieve navigational precision usually associated with jetliners or arrows. Read More

UC researchers show waste management critical to natural disaster recovery (12 April 2011)
University of Canterbury researchers are unravelling the critical role that disaster waste management plays in recovery from natural disasters. Read More

UC contributes $8 million to National eScience Infrastructure (4 Febraury 2011)
The University of Canterbury will invest $8 million in the National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) in a move that builds on its existing significant investment in High Performance Computing (HPC).Read More

New qualification links science innovation and entrepreneurship (1 February 2011)
The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University have joined forces to offer a new Graduate Certificate in Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship, starting in 2011. Read More

Commercial value of University innovation recognised internationally (27 January 2011)
University of Canterbury researcher Dr Nicholas Pau has been named as one of three finalists at the prestigious Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2010 with a proposed device called Refill Alert. Read More

Five UC staff recieve Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards (14 December 2010)
Five University of Canterbury staff members have received funding to attend conferences, a symposium, a workshop and visit other educational institutions in the latest round of the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards. Read More

Development and release of new cancer treatment drug enabled by UC research (14 December 2010)
The development and release on 15 November of the new cancer treatment drug Halaven by USA company Eisai Inc., would not have happened without the input of University of Canterbury researchers Read More

UC academic named Engineering Innovator of the Year (25 November 2010)
University of Canterbury engineer Associate Professor Keith Alexander has picked up a prestigious award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards. Professor Alexander was presented with the 2010 New Zealand Engineering Innovator of the Year award at a gala event in Wellington last night (24 November) attended by more than 350 people. Read More

Competition helps flush out good ideas for commercialisation (12 November 2010)
Three University of Canterbury projects have been recognised at the inaugural Tech Jumpstart awards, each receiving $20,000 to help the flow of ideas out of the lab and into the community. Read More

UC researchers receive new Rutherford Discovery Fellowships (11 November 2010)
Three UC researchers are among the first recipients of a new government-funded scheme designed to support early to mid-career researchers. The Rutherford Discovery Fellowships will provide financial support of up to $200,000 per year to the researchers over a five-year period, with funding going towards both their salary and programme of work. Read More

UC named as partner in new R&D initiative (21 October 2010)
The University of Canterbury has been named as one of six research organisations that will take part in the Government’s new Technology Transfer Voucher scheme. Read More

UC awarded more than $8 million in Marsden funding (24 September 2010)
University of Canterbury researchers have been awarded more than $8 million in funding in this year’s Marsden Fund round. The government-funded awards, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, are regarded as a hallmark of excellence, allowing New Zealand’s best researchers to explore their ideas. The fund supports projects in the sciences, technology, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities. Read More

Pair to build new laser in caverns to measure day length (24 September 2010)
Dr Jon-Paul Wells and Dr Robert Hurst, of Canterbury University's physics and astronomy department, have been granted $870,000 from the Marsden Fund to build a new ring-laser gyroscope in the Cashmere Cavern. Read More (external website)

UC geologist awarded prestigious postdoctoral fellowship (17 September 2010)
University of Canterbury geologist Dr Rose Turnbull has received a Rutherford Foundation postdoctoral research fellowship valued at $190,000. Only two of the prestigious fellowships are awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand each year to top early-career scientists. Dr Turnbull will receive two years’ salary and research costs to undertake further research work at a New Zealand institution. Read More

Pair land prized Hewlett Packard research award (25 August 2010)
University of Canterbury researchers investigating new ways for users to interact with tablet-style PCs have received an Innovation Research Award from technology company Hewlett-Packard (HP). The project, which is being led by Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) Director Professor Mark Billinghurst and Professor Andy Cockburn (Computer Science and Software Engineering), was among 65 projects worldwide to receive funding through HP’s third annual Labs Innovation Research Program. Read More

UC and Microsoft NZ announce public-private partnership (13 August 2010)
The University of Canterbury and Microsoft New Zealand have announced a partnership that will see the formation of a world-class education centre of excellence in the region.The alliance is the first of its kind in New Zealand, but joins 50 other public-private partnerships already in place around the world. These educational alliances have been designed to transform education, foster local innovation and enable jobs and opportunities. Read More

Spider's use of smell nothing to sniff at (11 August 2010)
tiny East African jumping spider has proven to University of Canterbury researchers that it uses more than just its eight eyes to hunt prey and find a mate. Dr Fiona Cross and Professor Robert Jackson (Biological Sciences) have found that the mosquito-eating spider, Evarcha culicivora, uses olfactory search images when looking for its next meal or a mate. Read More

UC robotics research set to transform NZ horticulture industry (12 July 2010)
Wine RobotA vine-pruning robot that could save New Zealand’s horticulture industry $27.5 million a year is being developed by a University of Canterbury-led research team. The team led by Dr Richard Green (Computer Science and Software Engineering) has received almost $3 million in funding from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology for their programme to develop an intelligent vision-based pruning system.Read More


Structure for UC commercial activities relating to IP (4 June 2010)
The University will now hold IP and equity assets related to innovation and commercialisation activities, rather than use a limited liability subsidiary (Canterprise Limited) as previously. Read more

NZi3 part of Research & Innovation, but retains own identity (31 May 2010)
In late February, following an internal UC review, NZi3 - the national ICT Innovation Institute - made a smooth transition into Research & Innovation (R&I). Given that R&I has the purpose of “Connecting UC’s research with the world”, and NZi3 having responsibility for a specific subset of that function in the ICT domain, this move was logical. Whilst NZi3 retains its brand and ICT focus, its activities and administration are now more effectively supported by the larger resources of R&I. Read More

UC researcher to contribute to the next generation of space vehicle (25 May 2010)
Associate Professor Susan Krumdieck, of UC’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named as an investigator to work on the next generation of hypersonic vehicle. The hypersonic vehicle, which will use scramjet engines and travel at Mach 10-15, is regarded as a much more efficient replacement for the space shuttle as it will be able to essentially fly to space. Read More

Kiwis help develop colour X-ray machine (19 May 2010)
Canterbury University professor Phil Butler, right, with his son, Anthony Butler, says the Medipix All Resolution Systems scanner makes better diagnoses.
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