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Prof Roy Kerr honoured in UC Chancellor's Dinner

7 December 2016 The University of Canterbury has awarded the rare honour of the Canterbury Distinguished Professor title to Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr. (read article)

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Science study at UC doesn’t just take place in a lecture theatre or lab. Find out what Laura is researching at our Cass Field Station, an amazing facility for students.

Tales from the Nigerian Field Station

Matt Walters from the School of Biological Sciences is currently working at a College of Science field station, on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba, Nigeria.
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Nigerian Montane Forest Project

Summer School on Ice

Emperor Penguins, helicopter rides, visiting Scott's hut - PhD student Daniel Price shot this footage while spending three weeks in McMurdo Sound as part of his studies with Gateway Antarctica.

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‘I have had a great experience as an international student here...’

Haley Rylander Study Abroad student
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UC geologist's investigate surface faulting from Kaikoura earthquake

Dr Sarah KessansStaff and graduate students from the Department of Geological Sciences have been carrying out reconnaissance investigations of the surface faulting associated from the 15th November 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake.

Limited road access meant that the efforts have been concentrated in the North Culverden Basin and along the Inland Route as far as Mount Lyford.

Read the full report here [PDF 2.30MB].

UC researcher closer to her NASA astronaut dream

Dr Sarah KessansDr Sarah Kessans, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury, is in the top 1% of applicants shortlisted by NASA to become an astronaut.

Aspiring astronaut and University of Canterbury (UC) Chemistry academic Dr Kessans is one step closer to fulfilling her dream. She applied to be a NASA astronaut back in February and recently made the next cut for NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class of 2017.

Dr Kessans is one of about 120 invited to Houston, Texas, United States, for initial interviews later this month. From there, 50 applicants will be invited for finalist interviews, after which eight to 14 will be chosen as NASA's 22nd Astronaut Candidate Class, reporting for duty in August 2017.

He Puna Pūtaiao

He Puna Pūtaiao is a programme for Year 10 Māori students from a selection of Christchurch schools. The scheme was piloted in the Spring of 2013 and has run successfully for three years. Puna means to well up or to flow, so symbolically represents youth or rangatahi. Its meaning may also incorporate research because in a sense research is meant to flow out and create meaningfulness so as to fill the kete or baskets of knowledge. Pūtaiao is science, so He Puna Pūtaiao connotes research, youth and science.






Remote-controlled jet boat to investigate the Tasman Glacier

Scientists from the University of Canterbury Geography Department have used a high-tech, remote-controlled jet boat to investigate the Tasman Glacier in the South Island of New Zealand. The glacier has a relatively uncommon underwater "ramp" of ice jutting out from the glacier's edge (terminus), into the bed of Lake Tasman. The Tasman Glacier had been somewhat dangerous to investigate, as there was a risk of ice breaking off the glacier and dropping into the water. The remote-controlled mini jet boat allowed the researchers to drive it over the underwater ramp and collect bathymetric data from 240 metres below the lake while tracking its location in real-time.

Read more at the NZ Herald
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Image shows Canterbury University geography technician Paul Bealing operating a miniature high-tech jet boat to investigate Lake Tasman in the South Island. Photo: Dr Heather Purdie.