News 30/1 – VC Departure. Dentist Anxiety. Cat-Borne Disease.
January 30th 2013 at 8:14am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- WITT… staff and students have started an online petition in support of CE Richard Handley, who will step down in July.
- John Key… repeated comments about an extension of the apprenticeship scheme at his first speech of the year (Gisborne Herald).
- VC Departure Victoria’s VC Prof Pat Walsh won’t seek a third term at the end of 2013 (TelstraClear, Fairfax), and VUWSA has thanked him for his hard work.
- Massey… has opened a new sporting academy for youth.
- AgITO… to run an agricultural training project in Chile.
- Extras: Lincoln to reform its portfolio of qualifications.
Research & Innovation
- Dentist Anxiety Otago Uni’s Lyndie Foster Page says a new drill-less method of treating tooth decay reduces children’s anxiety about going to the dentist (NZ Herald, ODT, Newstalk ZB).
- Cat-Borne Disease Auckland Uni ‘s Mark Thomas says chronic taxoplasmosis may have more serious effects than previously thought (NZ Herald, TVNZ, Fairfax).
- Punitive Approaches Victoria’s Prof John Pratt has authored a book on different approaches to crime and punishment.
- Christchurch Suburbs A Canterbury student has looked at the post-quake difference and similarities between Aranui and Sumner (Fairfax).
- Artefacts 18 boxes of artefacts have been found under the Isaac Theatre Royal and info will be published through Canterbury’s digital repository.
- Extras: AUT’s Prof Stephen Teo on engaged employees; Canterbury’s Dean Helton investigating worker distraction; WITT to host cyanobacteria exhibition.
- Postgrad Studies This opinion piece says growing strengths in postgrad research and applied skills is a “bright spot” for Dunedin.
- SDHB Otago Uni’s Prof Rex Ahdar says the SDHB should be protected from legal challenge over recent decision.
- Maori Suicide Otago Uni’s Keri Lawson-Te Aho sees a need for a shift in focus regarding Maori suicide.
- Wild Bees Canterbury’s Prof Jason Tylianakis says declining bee populations could have a profound effect on NZ’s food production (NZ Herald, TelstraClear).
- Cycling Lanes… should be swapped with carparks so cyclists are further from the road, says Canterbury’s Simon Kingham.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis urging Govt to convene Bain claim panel.
- Nepal An Otago Uni med student reflects on her experience of rural medicine in Nepal.
- Extras: AUT student rugby sevens player.
- Honorary Prof Chinese animal agriculture specialist Runlin Ma has been made an honorary professor by Massey.
- Marlborough… business reps visited Canterbury and CPIT recently.
- Extras: UCOL-built house moving to Carterton; MIT hosting X-Factor auditions.
Teaching & Learning
- Earthquake Engineers Canterbury will run a specialist postgrad earthquake engineering course in response to demand for the city’s rebuild (NZ Herald, Radio NZ, Fairfax).
- Walking to Work An AUT student’s daily walk to work is the focus of his Masters of Art and Design.
- Playwright Massey’s Angie Farrow has won first prize in a Canadian international playwriting competition.
- Chef Comp An AUT culinary arts student will travel to Melbourne in Feb to compete in the 2013 Fonterra Proud to be a Chef final.
- Extras: Waikato student heading to Canada for CaseIT comp.