25 results for Conference poster, 2012

  • New Zealand intermodal freight network and the potential for mode shifting

    Asuncion, J.; Rendall, S.; Murray, R.; Krumdieck, S. (2012)

    Conference poster
    University of Canterbury Library

    Intermodal freight transport is a system of interconnected networks involving various modes and facilities allowing transfer of commodities from one mode to another. The system aims to provide efficient, seamless transport of goods from the origin to its destination offering producers and manufacturers a full range of transportation modes and routing options. In this paper, we review the different modes of freight transportation in New Zealand as well as the current trends of mode share. A GIS-based optimisation model is created integrating road, rail and shipping network called the New Zealand Intermodal Freight Network (NZIFN). The resulting model uses deterrence parameters such as operational costs and time-of-delivery as well as energy consumption and emissions, evaluates trade-offs, and finds the most optimal route from a given origin to a destination. The model is applied to hypothetical scenarios of distribution from Auckland to Wellington and Auckland to Christchurch which demonstrates how freight mode

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  • Investigating common trends in New Zealand cycling fatalities

    Koorey, Glen (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

    Following the death of five cyclists in New Zealand during November 2010, The Chief Coroner announced a national Inquest to try and identify any common trends or information that could prevent a re-occurrence of such tragedies. However there was concern that the Inquest scope was of limited value without reference to a much larger sample of crashes. To help inform this Inquest, a larger investigation into NZ cycling fatalities dating back to 2006 was undertaken. The aim was to try to identify any consistent patterns in crash occurrences that were significantly over-represented. All cycling fatalities in NZ since January 2006 were identified from crash records and media reports; 75 fatalities were identified through to March 2012. Review of the relevant Police and media reports identified common attributes. Potential initiatives that could have prevented each fatality were also considered. Some notable trends were found. Older cyclists (>50 years) are very over-represented, despite their relatively low cycling involvement, and also more likely to be at fault. Fatalities involving heavy vehicles and/or state highways were also higher than expected. Poor observation by drivers was very common. The study also identified inconsistencies in crash information recorded, including recording of non-motor vehicle crashes and clothing/helmets worn. The study has provided valuable information to inform both the Inquest and transport safety agencies in general about what is needed to reduce the cycling road toll. It identifies additional trends that are not evident from just examining cycle injury crashes.

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  • Seismic sustainability assessment of structural systems: A preliminary case study

    Yeow, T.; MacRae, G.A.; Dhakal, R.P.; Bradley, B.A. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

    The University of Canterbury has initialized a research program focusing on the seismic sustainability of structures. As part of this program, the relative seismic sustainability of various structures will be assessed to identify those with the highest sustainability for the Christchurch rebuild and general use in New Zealand. This preliminary case study assesses one reinforced concrete (RC) frame structure and one RC wall structure. The scenario loss is evaluated for two earthquake records considering direct losses only in order to explain and illustrate the methodology.

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  • Volcanic Impacts Study Group: Working with utility infrastructure organisations to improve understanding of volcanic ash impacts

    Daly, M.; Johnston, D.; Jolly, G.; Wilson, T.M.; Stewart, C.; Cronin, S.; Lindsay, J.; Smith, I.; Halliwell, P.; Holland, G.; Cowan, H. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

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  • Comparing virtual patients with synthesized and natural speech

    Heitz, A.; Dünser, A.; Seaton, P.; Seaton, L.; Basu, A. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

    Virtual Patient (VP) simulations are often designed to use pre-recorded speech in order to provide more realism and immersion. However, using actors for recording these utterances has certain downsides. It can add to the cost during implementation, can take considerable time especially when a large number of VPs have to be created, and is not very flexible for example when sentences or words have to be added frequently. This study aims to explore the use of synthesized speech as an alternative to pre-recorded speech for VPs. Two medical scenarios have been prepared for this study, and both have been implemented using a VP with natural language or with synthesized speech. In a pilot study we explored students' retention rates of the symptoms reported by the VP under both conditions to investigate whether synthesized speech can serve as a good enough alternative.

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  • Auditory sensory memory and language development in 2 to 5 year olds

    Davies, P.L.; Gavin, W.J.; Stokes, S.; Klee, T.; Chinnery, M.; Roberts, C. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

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  • Brain magnetic resonance elastography based on Rayleigh damping material model

    Petrov, A.; Chase, J.G.; Sellier, M.; Latta, P.; Gruwell, M.; McGarry, M.; Van Houten, E.E.W. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

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  • Characterising calls of the yellow-breasted Boubou (Laniarus atroflavus) and potential habitat effects

    Osinubi, S.T.; Briskie, J.; Ottosson, U.; Brown, J.A.; Chapman, H.M. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

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  • Treatment of earthquake-related posttraumatic symptoms with virtual reality

    Dünser, A.; Carter, J.; Dorahy, M.; Britt, E. (2012)

    Conference poster
    University of Canterbury Library

    After major earthquakes, many people suffer from posttraumatic symptoms (PTS) as well as anxiety and distress about ongoing aftershocks. Traditional treatments such as in vivo or imaginal exposure may be of limited applicability for earthquake-related symptoms while others such as cognitive behavioural therapy may not be short enough to deal with the many people needing rapid help after mass disasters. This project aims to examine how virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) can help people to reduce PTS and strengthen resilience against traumatic stressors. VRET systems are cost-effective, relatively easy to deploy and enable short, focused interventions.

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  • Tools to support scientists involvement in EPO and science education research

    Brogt, E.; Buxner, S.R.; Matiella Novak, M.A. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

    Like all professionals, scienists spend years becoming an expert in their fields of research, but not necessarily at teaching or presenting their work to non-­‐specialist audiences. However, they are often called on to give classroom talks, teach courses, and interact at public events. In addition, many grant funding agencies now require an education and public outreach component to bring the results of front-­line science to the general public in a meaningful way. In addition, evidence of effectiveness as an teacher and thoughtful reflection on educational practice are standard requirements in promotion and tenure applications. In the highly competitive environment of academia, serious engagement with education can thus give a researcher a leg up in his or her research practice and career, beyond the obvious benefits to teaching, university and professional service such engagement may have. A particularly powerful way to create EPO and science education research is by close collaboration between scientists, educators and EPO specialists. Such a collaboration can lead to very high quality EPO and (educational) research outputs, reaching a broader and more diverse audience than they could have reached individually and can help inform practice across all settings, lead to stronger proposals, and strengthen education research studies.

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  • Digitising a Bibliography of Writing by Maori in English

    Thomson, C.J. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

    The attempt to produce a bibliography of all writng by Māori in the English language over a period of more than a hundred years is an incredibly ambitious task. Bridget Underhill’s 1998 doctoral thesis achieves nothing less, seeking to collect and annotate writing by Māori in English from the earliest documents to the time of compilation, which terminated in September 1998. It includes Māori writers in English, Māori translators of Māori texts, largely occurring in the period before 1870, and Māori writers transcribing, translating or in the original. Texts represented include fiction, prose, drama, nonfiction, medical reports, geographical accounts and oral accounts. The bibliography attempts to represent writing from all iwi of Aotearoa

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  • Enhancement of MRC Modelling Tools in the 3S Basin to Improve Transboundary River Basin Management

    Piman, T.; Cochrane, T.A. (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

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  • Auditory sensory memory and language development in 2 to 5 year olds

    Davies, P.L.; Gavin, W.J.; Stokes, S.; Klee, T.; Chinnery, M.; Roberts, C. (2012)

    Conference poster
    University of Canterbury Library

    To examine the changes in auditory sensory memory measured by MMN elicited using the time-saving oddball paradigm in young children across the ages of 2 to 5 years with all children receiving the same ITIs. To determine if MMN in the auditory sensory memory paradigm relates to expressive and receptive language abilities in young children ages 2 to 5 years.

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  • Neighbourhood Greenways: Invisible Infrastructure for Walking and Cycling

    Koorey, Glen (2012)

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    University of Canterbury Library

    Some of the best walking and cycling routes in the world have few conventional pedestrian and cycle facilities. Neighbourhood greenways (aka "bicycle boulevards") are a form of street treatment where simple measures such as lower speeds, traffic restraints, wayfinding and crossing treatments are used to create an environment that is friendly for walking and cycling. They are particularly useful for connecting people to community facilities such as schools, parks, shops and other key destinations in a neighbourhood and beyond. Neighbourhood greenways are a popular tool in North America (e.g. Portland and Vancouver) but have yet to catch on here in New Zealand, despite many similarities in street environment. This paper outlines what kind of features typically make up neighbourhood greenways and how they combine to make walk/cycle-friendly streetscapes. Examples from North America will be shown, as well as a case study for how similar treatments could be applied in rebuilt Christchurch. Funding and implementation considerations for New Zealand will also be discussed.

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  • Cortisol response to Synacthen stimulation is attenuated following abusive head trauma

    Heather, N; Derraik, J; Brennan, C; Hofman, Paul; Jefferies, C; Cutfield, W (2012-06-23)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • First born children have reduced insulin sensitivity, higher blood pressure and taller stature than later born children

    Savage, T; Ayyavoo, A; Mouat, F; Miles, H; Hofman, Paul; Cutfield, WS (2012-07-31)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Sequence Coverage Abnormalities and Sex-Specific Autosomal Regions in Cattle

    Lopdell, Thomas; Harland, C; Johnson, T; Keehan, M (2012-08-21)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Over-expression of Human Amylin Leads to Oligomerization and beta-cell Dysfunction Associated with Mitochondrial Uncoupling, Activation of c-Jun and Decrease Expression of JNK Interacting Protein-1

    Zhang, Shaoping; Liu, H; Chuang, CL; Li, XL; Au, M; Zhang, L; Cooper, GJS (2012-06-10)

    Conference poster
    The University of Auckland Library

    Over-expression of human amylin (hA) in pancreatic ??-cells has been shown to contribute to cytotoxic hA aggregation and islet amyloid formation that can lead to ??-cell dysfunction in type-2 diabetes mellitus. We aimed to investigate the functional and molecular changes associated with hA oligomer formation and their relation to ??-cell dysfunction and diabetes development using transgenic mouse model that over-expresses hA in their islet ??-cells.We showed that both homozygous and hemizygous hA transgenic mice developed spontaneous diabetes with different elevated levels of hA and with different time frame of disease onset and death. Homozygous mice displayed hyperinsulinemia and self-limiting insulin resistance during the pre-diabetic state, whereas by contrast, hemizygous mice had a longer prediabetic phase without insulin resistance. Intracellular and extracellular oligomers were clearly detectable before onset of diabetes with strong correlation with the time of ??-cell apoptosis occurred in homozygous but not in hemizygous mice, indicating a difference in the extent of cytotoxic oligomerization between these animals. In addition, RT-qPCR analysis demonstrated progressive decrease in ??-cell expression of functional and key regulatory molecules such as insulin, amylin, Pdx1, MafA, Glut2 and GCK. We also detected changes in expression of the mitochondrial membrane protein UCP-2 which contributes to decreased mitochondrial function. Further molecular analysis demonstrated activation of c-Jun/JNK and decrease expression of JNK-interacting protein 1, suggesting their role in mediating beta-cell death/apoptosis. Our studies should lead to a better understanding of the role and regulation of hA-evoked ??-cell dysfunction and ??-cell death in diabetes

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  • Educating for disaster: Determining the core elements of a disaster curriculum for social work in New Zealand

    Adamson, Carole (2012)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    In 2010 and 2011, Aotearoa New Zealand was hit by a number of major disasters involving loss of human life and severe disruption to social, ecological and economic wellbeing. The Pike River mine explosions were closely followed by a sequence of major earthquakes in Christchurch, seismic events that have permanently altered the lives of thousands of people in our third largest city, the closure of the central business district and the effective abandonment of whole residential areas. In early October 2011, the ship, Rena, grounded on a reef off the port of Tauranga and threatened a major oil spill throughout the Bay of Plenty, where local communities with spiritual and cultural connections to the land depend on sea food as well as thrive on tourism. The Council for Social Work Education Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ), representing all the Schools of Social Work in New Zealand, held a ???Disaster Curriculum??? day in November 2011, at which social workers and Civil Defence leaders involved in the Christchurch earthquakes, the Rena Disaster, Fiji floods and the Boxing Day tsunami presented their narrative experience of disaster response and recovery. Workshops discussed and identified core elements that participants considered vital to a social work curriculum that would enable social work graduates in a range of community and cultural settings to respond in safe, creative and informed ways. We present our core ideas for a social work disaster curriculum and consider a wide range of educational content based on existing knowledge bases and new content within a disaster framework.

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  • Metabolic Outcomes in children born to mothers with severe hyperemesis gravidarum

    Ayyavoo, A; Hofman, Paul; Derraik, J; Mathai, M; Stone, P; Bloomfield, F; Cutfield, C (2012-06-23)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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