Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Otago Innovation companies help winning scientist

23 June 2005

Otago Innovation companies help winning scientist

Sitting behind Jessica North’s win in the MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year award last night are two young Otago companies based at Otago University’s Centre for Innovation.

Jessica is working on her PhD under the supervision of Dr Russell Frew, senior lecturer in chemistry and Director of Iso-trace New Zealand Limited, a University owned company that is offering a range of services using its stable isotope technology. Jessica works as an environmental consultant for Iso-trace.

In her work for her PhD and at Iso-trace, Jessica is focusing on a technique to identify contamination in the environment from the toxic soup that accumulates at the base of landfills.

The technology she has developed has already been used in some commercial applications, through Iso-trace, and the Otago Regional Council may become one of the first regulatory authorities in the world to include isotopic fingerprinting as part of the monitoring required when resource consents are issued for landfills.

When Jessica decided to enter the MacDiarmid awards, she needed to develop a poster to explain her work.

For that she turned to the team at Straylight Studios, another company based in the Centre for Innovation, which offers a range of services including design, computer game development and web development.

“They did an amazing job, in a very short time, I developed the concept and they worked hard with me to transfer my research into a different medium. We developed a poster including the cartoon approach I’d decided to go for. Their artist and design team came up with wonderful work that simply explains a quite complicated piece of research,” Jessica says.

“My colleagues in Iso-trace have been fantastic especially Dr Rob Van Hale and Ken Neal who at times have been running analysis for me under tight time frames, their advice and help has been invaluable. Prof Warrick Silvester from Waikato has also been very generous with his time and support,” Jessica says.

Dr Frew says the co-operative approach to Jessica’s entry in the awards is a good example of the way the companies in the Centre for Innovation are designed to work.

“We’ve worked with Straylight before. The co-operative approach between the companies is what was foreseen when the Innovation Centre was set up. It’s great to be part of this approach and especially in supporting Jessica in her win of this prestigious award,” Dr Frew says.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to Ceol & Muir and its owners, Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, for failing to provide complete and accurate information when they applied to buy Onetai Station in 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been appointed acting president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) at a meeting in Geneva overnight. More>>

ALSO:

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news