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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Andrew Taberner - Making life better

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20-26 Wynyard Street

City Campus University of Auckland

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Making life better

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All of us at the University of Auckland are engaged in some way in the enterprise of ‘making life better’ — for ourselves, our students, our whānau, our communities, our species, our planet. In doing so, we uphold important values: reason, evidence, scientific method, free-thought, liberty, and collegiality. Their application, seasoned with the wisdom we inherit from our various cultures, has allowed us to make measurable and profound progess: in contrast to prevailing impressions, the data tell us that life-quality continues to improve, and despite many ongoing challenges, there has never been a better time to be alive.

In this talk, I hope to remind us of the progress we have made, while overviewing my own modest contributions toward ‘making life better’ by applying my passion for physics, instrumentation and measurement to the fields of bioengineering and health. These efforts have mostly been in developing devices for better understanding the heart, and in inventing needle-free drug delivery technologies. In this endeavour, it has been a delight to work with many inspirational colleagues, and treasured students, who will not go unrecognised. Ultimately, I argue that it is the values that underpin academic life that continue to ‘make life better’, and that consequently we all have more to be grateful for than ever before.

  • Refreshments begin at 5:15pm
  • Lecuture begins at 6pm

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