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  • Meet the new Science Scholars director
    06 December 2018
    Dr Rhys Jones of the Department of Statistics has been named director of the innovative Science Scholars programme at the University of Auckland.
  • University of Auckland science research attracts major funding
    08 November 2018
    Three of 15 leading-edge research projects within the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland have attracted funding from this year’s Marsden fund. Find out more.
  • Science lectures part of Spring Week on campus
    06 November 2018
    Language, sand and sex differences feature in three of the Spring Week lectures, open to the public. Find out more about these Faculty of Science lectures and others available to adult learners.
  • The new Dr Who and a view of dyspraxia
    22 October 2018
    Liz Fairgray, a clinical educator in the Programme of Speech Sciences, investigates the term dyspraxia and tries to add some layers of depth to the description. She shares her thoughts with Newsroom.
  • Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers
    19 September 2018
    Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for the week.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Dame Mira Szászy
    19 September 2018
    Dame Mira Szászy, who shares her name with the School of Psychology for one week, features in the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.
  • The secret life of girls
    12 September 2018
    Join the Faculty of Science's Dr Annette Henderson, a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, as she observes the play, conversations and fascinating challenges that have been set for a group of five and six-year-old girls. Celebrate the anniversary of Women's Suffrage by following this two-part TVNZ special.
  • University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor
    12 June 2018
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
  • New research on antidepressant addiction and withdrawal
    06 June 2018
    A study of more than 1800 New Zealanders has found a significant number of people on antidepressants believe the drugs are addictive and more than half report experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
  • Family celebrates special Graduation Day
    10 May 2018
    Roimata Manaia Haynes (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maniapoto) says her precious daughter helped carry her through the hard work and years of study required for the masters degree she graduates with from the University of Auckland today.
  • The Infinite Game: How to live Well Together
    04 May 2018
    Inspired by James Carse's book Finite and Infinite Games, Niki Harré began The Infinite Game, a research project and now book that investigates a way to think about our values. All are welcome to the book launch - Friday 11 May, 6pm-7.30pm at the Pt Chevalier Library.
  • Curious kids explore the super STEM Fair at MOTAT
    23 April 2018
    MOTAT was inundated with a gaggle of excited and curious young scientists in early April at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Fair
  • New PhD Leadership Development Programme launches this month
    20 April 2018
    Four doctoral candidates from the Faculty of Science have been accepted into a new leadership development programme with The New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI).
  • Infants as young as 17 months expect fairness and equity
    27 March 2018
    Children as young as 17 months recognise whether resources are being shared fairly, the first time researchers have found evidence that infants so young are sensitive to principles of "distributive justice".
  • Study raises questions over role of intensive agriculture in early cultures
    20 March 2018
    Scientists have long debated what drove the establishment of complex human societies. Was it the rise of agriculture and intensive farming or less tangible factors such as social structure?
  • Is your dog smart enough to pass the towel test?
    13 March 2018
    Dr Alex Taylor researches dog intelligence with a particular emphasis on socialisation skills. He says that while many tests had been developed to try and rank dog smartness, a common flaw was they only measured a specific area of intelligence.
  • Tracking the spread of early hunter-gatherers through language
    13 March 2018
    Scientists have further evidence that an ancient family of languages spread across most of the Australian continent over the last 6000 years, rapidly replacing pre-existing languages.
  • Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society
    09 March 2018
    The Postdoctoral Society is going from strength to strength since their inaugural research symposium in 2016.
  • Why hunting accidents happen
    26 February 2018
    Doctoral candidate Karl Bridges new research on what happens as hunters identify a target might be taking us closer to understanding why it can sometimes go wrong. He talks to Radio NZ.