400-Level Poster Day
Thursday 9 October was an important day in the lives of our 400-level students in that they had the opportunity to present a summary of their various research projects. The 400-level poster day has become an established event in the Department's calendar when students taking their first year of postgraduate study, which is often their first exposure to "real" research, are able to present their findings to a wider audience. This year 12 posters were prepared and displayed in the Hunter Centre covering a wide range of topics from neuroscience to bioanthropology and back again by way of cancer cell biology.
Louise is a Woman of Influence
Congratulations to Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie who is a Finalist in the Innovation and Science category of the 2014 Women of Influence Awards. Dr Parr-Brownlie was nominated by one of her research collaborators, Professor John Dalrymple-Alford of the University of Canterbury. Nominees in this category must demonstrate outstanding driving innovation, and new ways of tackling community and social issues within their chosen field.
Rutherford Fellowship Awarded
Congratulations to Dr Michael Knapp who has been awarded a prestigious five year Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Dr Knapp, a former member of the Department of Anatomy, will return to the Department in 2015 to take up the Fellowship. The award recognises Dr Knapp as a future leader in the New Zealand science and innovation sector, and will help him develop his research programme which uses next generation sequencing techniques to map the molecular basis of the evolutionary adaptions of New Zealand's native bird fauna and to support bird conservation management.
The Fellowship is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.