REMEMBERING ALUMNI

  • Remembering Dr. Kevin Novins

    Remembering Dr. Kevin Novins

    Dr. Kevin Novins, a former staff member of the Department of Computer Science at the...

    Dr. Kevin Novins, a former staff member of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Otago (1995-2001), passed away in January 2011, from complications resulting from treatment for Hodgkin’s disease. He was aged only 47. Later that year his family contacted the Alumni of the University of Otago in America Inc. (AUOA), expressing a wish to make a bequest in his name to the University of Otago. Kevin grew up in Westchester County, New York, and attended Harvard University, majoring in Computer Science and graduating in 1985. After living in North Carolina for two years, working at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Hospital on medical imaging and graphics, he attended graduate school at Cornell University, where he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994. Kevin was on the faculty of two New Zealand universities for ten years; first, at the University of Otago, and next, at the University of Auckland. He specialized in computer graphics, user interfaces, computer vision, and scientific visualization. Kevin returned to the United States in 2006 to work in the financial management industry. Tributes sent to his family at the time remembered Kevin as one of the best and most popular lecturers in the Computer Science Department at Otago. “He was a wonderful friend and a genuinely good person” recalls Associate Professor Brendan McCane, a close friend and colleague. “It was an honour and a privilege to have crossed paths with someone so humble, inspiring, genuinely sincere and warm, with an amazing intellect and an infectious laugh. There are no words to describe how much we miss him.” The Novins family’s generous gift in memory of Kevin was awarded by the Board of the AUOA to support the Kevin L. Novins Computer Science Travelling Scholarship for graduate research candidates whose studies may benefit from a period spent in the USA.

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  • Remembering Dr. Brian E. Hardy

    Remembering Dr. Brian E. Hardy

    Professor Brian E. Hardy, MB ChB, Division Chief of Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital Los...

    Professor Brian E. Hardy, MB ChB, Division Chief of Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Associate Professor of Urology at the USC Keck School of Medicine, passed away peacefully at his home on January 29, 2013. Dr. Hardy was a brilliant and gifted surgeon who dedicated his career to improving the lives of children afflicted with urologic disorders. Brian completed his undergraduate studies at Otago University in 1959 and obtained his medical degree from the Otago Medical School in 1964. Upon completing his surgical training at the Otago University Hospital Board, Dr. Hardy completed his urology residency at UCLA, served as Chief Resident in Urology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Harvard Children's Hospital Boston. After spending time at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Hardy was recruited to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC in 1984 to serve as the first full time Chief of Pediatric Urology. As Division Chief and co-director of the pediatric kidney transplant program at CHLA, he touched the lives of thousands of children by giving them the gift of life and restoring a sense of normalcy to their childhood. As a beloved teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend, he selflessly nurtured the careers of several generations of young urologists and successfully built the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Division of Pediatric Urology into a one of the premier pediatric urology programs in the nation. In 2014 the Board of AUOA along with Sir Murray Brennan, Dr. Helen Heslop, and Brian’s daughter Victoria (Hardy) Davison established the Brian E. Hardy Memorial Fund. The interest generated by the endowment fund will be used to support a stipend for a gifted student to undertake a one-year BMedSc (Hons) program that will introduce that student to scientific/medical research part way through their MB ChB. After the BMedSc (Hons) year, students either return to the 4th year of the MBChB programme or convert the BMedSc (Hons) into the first year of a PhD. The award will be made to a student who is considered by a panel of suitably qualified academic staff to have the best potential for success based on his/her academic performance over the previous years of study. Candidates must have satisfactorily completed three or more years of the programme for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Board of the Faculty of Medicine.

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  • Remembering Barbara Heslop

    Barbara Farnsworth Heslop, CBE FRSNZ, born Barbara Cupit in Auckland, New Zealand, attended Epsom Girls' Grammar...

    Barbara Farnsworth Heslop, CBE FRSNZ, born Barbara Cupit in Auckland, New Zealand, attended Epsom Girls' Grammar School and graduated from the University of Otago with her MB ChB in 1949 and MD in 1954. Barbara married surgeon John Herbert Heslop, noted for his work on skin carcinogenesis and they had two daughters together: Helen and Hilary. Barbara gained recognition in the medical community for both her research and her teaching, at a time when women scientists were scarce. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for services to surgical sciences in 1975. In 1990, in honor of her research achievements, she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, mainly based on her publications on allogeneic lymphocyte cytotoxicity (a natural killer cell mediated phenomenon). The same year, she and her husband John were joint recipients of the Sir Louis Barnett Medal awarded by the RACS. In the 1991 New Year Honors, Barbara was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to medical education. Dr. Heslop died in Dunedin in 2013 and later that year the Barbara Heslop Memorial Fund was established by her daughter Helen who is a member of the Board of AUOA. The Board approved a grant to the Barbara Heslop Memorial Fund in 2014. The fund will be used to support an endowment of $300,000 to support research in the disciplines of pathology or immunology within the Otago Medical School.  The fund will target students and early career researchers and may be used to fund stipends or fees for one-year research degrees - BMedSc for medical students or Honors for BSc or BBioMedSc students. It can also be used to fund conference travel for PhD students, project costs for postgraduates or postdoctoral fellows, and summer studentships.

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