News 25/1 – Earnings Data. Strategic Studies. Emotional Eating.
January 25th 2013 at 8:29am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- Earnings Data The TEU says the Minister is misusing data to shape the workforce and Tauranga work and education providers say not to decide a career based on future income. An economist also commented on the comparative earnings data.
- First Aid The NZQA is making changes to its monitoring to ensure organisations are complying with first aid training requirements.
- Strategic Studies Victoria’s Strategic Studies Centre has been ranked third amongst think tanks in Asia.
- New Staff Auckland has appointed Elizabeth Aitken-Rose as Head of the School of Architecture and Planning.
- NMIT… TEU members are calling for an end to linked academic pay and productivity.
- Allowances A PhD student and the TEU weigh in on postgrad allowances
- Extras: the TEU on Canterbury’s agreement with Navitas; Massey’s Steve Stannard taking on the NZ Cycle Classic.
Research & Innovation
- Emotional Eating Otago Uni’s Tamlin Conner, Caroline Horwath and Bonnie White are researching the relationship between day-to-day emotions and eating (ODT, NZ Herald, Newstalk ZB, TVNZ).
- Antarctic Research NZers working on the international Antarctic Geological Drilling project, ANDRILL, have been dealt a blow after US funding was denied.
- Antarctic Fish… can survive sharp rises in sea temperatures, says Canterbury’s Prof Bill Davison (NZ Herald, Newstalk ZB).
- Kiwi Diseases Massey’s Kerri Morgan has discovered how to prevent coccidiosis in kiwis (Radio NZ).
- Crohn’s Disease Two Otago Uni med students have discovered that the Nelson region has one of the highest rates of Crohn’s disease yet found in the world.
- Extras: Auckland working on healthbots; Otago Uni student research projects have led to practical results; Victoria’s Prof Colin Wilson has found a new type of underwater volcano; Lincoln’s Tim Curran researching plant flammability; Otago Poly researching renewable wood as heat source; Victoria-designed life vest finalist in James Dyson Awards; editorial on Otago Uni smokefree research.
- Charter Schools Massey’s Prof John O’Neill says the Govt’s proposed model replicates the worst elements of overseas charter schools.
- Rena Wreck Waikato’s Chris Battershill on likely level of contamination from the Rena shipwreck (TVNZ, NZ Herald, 3 News).
- Helmet Safety Auckland’s Prof Valery Feigin backs helmets for all high-risk sports.
- Israeli Elections Auckland’s Stephen Hoadley explains the outcome of the Israeli elections.
- Mali Otago Uni’s Prof Robert Patman on French intervention in Mali.
- Bain Compensation Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis on the difficulties of David Bain’s compensation claim (Radio NZ).
- Extras: Otago Poly’s Tom Clark on Novopay.
- SJS Figures… show Otago students earned over $8 million through the service in 2012, up 15 per cent from 2011.
- WITT… has been holding the SCANZ 2013: 3rd nature residency for national and international artists this week.
- UCOL… is hosting govt-funded Free and Easy sessions to help the community use computers effectively.
- Game Jam Waikato hosting a leg of the 48 hour Global Game Jam this weekend. Media Design School is running a Games Summit next month.
- Extras: AUT’s Alan Brown to judge venison recipe comp; Sir Paul Nurse spoke at Auckland last week.
Teaching & Learning
- International Award Canterbury’s Prof Tim Bell has won a prestigious international award for his global contribution to computer science.
- Contemporary Music Waiariki has been approved by NZQA to deliver a Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance in 2013.
- Imagine Cup A Waikato team is in the 2013 New Zealand Microsoft Imagine Cup finals with their vaccination/medical records smartphone app designed for third world countries. Waikato stduents also won places at a Canadian IT case comp.
- Te Reo Maori Otago Uni’s Matiu Ratima says its commitment to Te Reo Māori as an everyday thing is paying off.
- Teacher Training The first students from the new Teach First course are about to start work in schools.
- Extras: opinion piece on new NZQA-listed Brewers Guild Certificate in the Craft of Beer.