News 4/3 – Postgrad Allowances. Nursing Students. Wild Pollinators.
March 4th 2013 at 7:36am, By Dave Guerin
Policy, Management & People
- Postgrad Allowances The Greens’ Holly Walker on cutting student allowances to postgrad students.
- Roy Kerr Extensive profile of Canterbury’s Roy Kerr.
- Fee Rise Massey will consider applying for an 8% fee increase for education, humanities and social sciences papers next year.
- Loan Repayments NZUSA president Pete Hodkinson on changes to student loan repayment policy, rebutted here by Kiwiblog.
- NZer of the Year Auckland’s Prof Anne Salmond is astounded to have been named NZer of the Year (NZ Herald, 3 News, Radio NZ), and this editorial is full of praise.
- Nursing Students CPIT’s nursing school will increase the February student intake from the usual 110-115 a year to 140 this year and UCOL nursing student numbers are also increasing, but only 56% of the first enrolled nursing grads are working as enrolled nurses.
- WITT Outgoing WITT Te Wananga Maori leader Tengaruru Wineera says the future of WITT’s Maori community is in good hands.
- 50 Years Massey’s Glynnis Cropp is celebrating 50 years with the university.
- Aoraki… is optimistic about enrolments, and has reached 99% of its target for February.
- Travel Bill SIT’s overseas travel bill for the last 2 years is over $250,000.
- Wellington… looking to attract 1000 more foreign students.
- Extras: Grant Robertson on nationwide “Save Our Polytechnics Tour”; Salient on MOE reports on Profiles and Trends in NZ’s Tertiary Education Sector and Moving on up; Otago Poly predicting increased student roll.
Research & Innovation
- Wild Pollinators Canterbury’s Prof Jason Tylianakis on the importance of wild insects in spreading pollen (Fairfax).
- Earthquake Education Victoria’s Mike Taylor and Azra Moeed are studying the influence of the Christchurch earthquakes on NCEA geography and science curricula (Yahoo).
- Digital Libraries Waikato’s Jennifer Whisler is spending a year building resources for customised digital libraries.
- Rena Impact An Awanuiarangi student is studying the impact of the Rena grounding on Maori communities in the BOP.
- Psoriasis Massey’s Michelle Ingram seeking 12 more participants for study on effect of vitamin D on psoriasis.
- Wolf Pack 5 Massey students have designed a free app to help friends stick together when out at night.
- Maori Teens… are more likely to binge drink than any other ethnic group in NZ, say Auckland researchers (TelstraClear).
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Kirsten Coppell says 20% of adult NZers are at risk of diabetes (TVNZ, MSN, SciBlogs) and Peter Gluckman responds; Auckland tracking 23 great white sharks; Otago Uni’s Prof Russell Poulter has been analysing the DNA of the kiwifruit virus PSA (Rhema); an SIT student has written a book on managing depression; University of Bremen students heading home after preliminary visit for Intercoast research exchange; Auckland’s Matt Rayner found NZ storm petrels on Little Barrier Island; two school principals have rejected Canterbury’s Brigid McNeill’s research on spelling education, here and here; Canterbury’s Ian Mason on electric cars; Victoria research shows increasing paua since fishing ban.
- Shallow Water Auckland’s Simon Mitchell on the risks of children holding their breath in shallow water.
- Same Sex Marriage Auckland’s Sam Clements and Waikato’s Prof Douglas Pratt on the Marriage Equality Bill.
- Federated Farmers Waikato’s Prof Jacqueline Rowarth on the importance of farmers sticking together.
- Charter Schools Auckland’s Peter O’Connor says the announcement of a Charter School Board is “desperate and undemocratic” (TVNZ, TelstraClear).
- Pirates Canterbury’s Prof Karen Scott says a US court decision labelling the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as pirates may have “gone too far”.
- Cycling Auckland’s Alistair Woodward gives a cyclist’s perspective on road etiquette and Canterbury’s Glen Koorey on a Christchurch cycling network.
- Biosecurity Massey’s Prof Roger Morris says NZ’s biosecurity has declined.
- Census Victoria’s Will Hoverd on changing demographics in NZ.
- Extras: Massey’s Pamela Von Hurst on vitamin D deficiency; Massey’s David Tripe on banking institutions’ reputations; Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey on free trade agreements; Waikato’s Carolyn Costley on unethical retail practices.
- Harlem Shake Aoraki students have made their own version of the Harlem Shake video.
- Outward Bound Three Whitireia grads have secured positions at Outward Bound in the Marlborough Sounds.
- Hauora Scholarships Tariana Turia is encouraging Maori students to apply for Hauora Maori Scholarships.
- Anime Dressup An Otago Uni student creates anime-themed costumes for the Armageddon Expo.
- Student Volunteers Otago’s Scarfie Army has been approved for funding by Otago Poly (Radio NZ).
- Keg Party The Hyde St Keg Party’s future may be in jeopardy.
- Extras: Otago Uni student cyclist; Palmerston North students told not to give to beggars.
- Appeal to Parliament Auckland’s Niki Harre and Otago Uni’s Bob Lloyd and Alan Mark among academics launching new group of concerned citizens.
- Constitutional Conversation AUSA to host discussion on Constitutional Advisory Panel issues.
- Olympics Lincoln Pro-Chancellor Tony Hall named on 3-person 2016 Olympiad selection panel.
- Board Appointment Victoria’s John Shewan named Deputy Chair of the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board (Fairfax).
- Monarch Butterflies Washington State Uni’s David James will speak at Unitec on the importance of tagging Monarch butterflies.
- Coastal Lab Victoria’s Coastal Ecology Laboratory is holding an open day on 9 March.
- Indigenous Literature… expert Prof Arturo Arias to speak at Auckland Uni.
- Computer Passwords Auckland’s Peter Gutmann will judge an international data security comp.
- Extras: actress Lisa Harrow to give public lecture at Auckland today, and is interviewed here; Vanderbilt University’s Vaughan Jones on math education; Otago Poly’s Margo Barton judging ODT paper had design comp; Canterbury’s Stefano Pampanin to deliver public lecture on earthquake-resistant solutions; Canterbury’s Prof David Schiel to speak on Tauranga port; Auckland to host lecture by environmental activist and artist.
Teaching & Learning
- International Comps Auckland’s Nina Khouri on the University’s silver medal at the International Mediation Comp in Paris.
- Specialist Teachers… met for a 1-week contact course as part of Massey’s Postgrad Diploma in Specialist Teaching.
- Unitec… Sport Dept reps have introduced a coach development programme for secondary school teachers at Gisborne Boys’ High School.
- Innovative Dish An Otago Poly student won Most Innovative Dish at the Fonterra Proud to be a Chef comp (ODT).
- Extras: CPIT architecture students have build a clay, woodfired pizza oven for community groups; Massey’s English and Media Studies dept performed Shakespeare’s The Tempest.