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Relevant Research - August 2021

Lockdown has affected our researchers in different ways and sadly has meant we have had to postpone Associate Professor Jean Ross' professorial lecture. We will let you know when this has been rescheduled.

Whether you're busier than usual due to lockdown, or have more time on your hands, we hope you get a chance to browse this month's uplifting stories of research by our staff and students. A big thank you to Lesley Brook and our other writers who engage with our researchers and communities to bring their stories into the public domain via our Relevant Research e-magazine.

Prof Leoni Schmidt
Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies
ISSN 2624-084X

Contents

Dot the robot

On the move

by Lesley Brook

A new robot seeks to engage people with simple questions.

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A weighty issue

by Lesley Brook

What are the implications of having a "big" baby?

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Perspective on the past

by Lesley Brook

Our students have been delving into the history of humans' relationship with one local site.

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Use of the human figure by Architectural Design and Fashion students

The role of the model

by Lesley Brook

Making has a key role in design education within the context of the Architecture and Fashion design studios.

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Learning is Hanging Out

Self-determined learning

by Lesley Brook

Is traditional degree education broken? How might we fix it?

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Trailer mounted hydraulic wood splitter, designed and built by Otago Polytechnic students

Chop chop

by Lesley Brook

Four Mechanical Engineering students built their own hydraulic wood splitter.

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Hand

A hand up

by Lesley Brook

A five finger model will help new occupational therapists make evidence-based decisions.

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Breastfeeding

Let's talk about depression

by Lesley Brook

Coping with a newborn baby is not always smiles and joy.

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Bruno's Thin Skin

Bruno's Thin Skin

by Sharon O'Loughlin

French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour describes the precarious niche we inhabit on the thin skin of the Earth as a biofilm.

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