News 6/3 – WITT Letter. Disaster Stress. Rural Immigration.
March 6th 2013 at 8:24am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- WITT Letter WITT’s John Lawson has requested WITT Council chairwoman Mary Bourke’s suspension, purportedly on behalf of WITT staff.
- Extras: WITT’s Tengaruru Wineera has resigned.
Research & Innovation
- Working Dogs… and their wellbeing is being studied by Massey’s Andrew Worth.
- Disaster Stress Canterbury’s Prof Deak Helton says disaster-related stress can slow people’s return to work (NZ Herald).
- The Iliad Waikato’s Andreea Claude used statistical modelling techniques to confirm that Homer’s Iliad was written in about 762 B.C. (Fairfax).
- Milk Powder Otago Uni scientists have developed a way to identify a milk powder’s country of origin.
- Organic Produce Otago Uni research shows sales of organic food and beverage grew 25% in the past 3 years.
- Heifers Massey’s Rebecca Hickson recommends breeding heifers.
- Vitamin C Otago Uni’s Prof Margreet Vissers says recommend daily intake of Vitamin C should be increased.
- Drought Massey’s James Milner says willow supplementation can help ewes during drought.
- Extras: opinion piece opposing Otago Uni’s Prof Gareth Jones’ paper on prenatal testing for Down syndrome; AUT’s Sharon Harvey says 2nd languages aren’t being encouraged enough (TelstraClear, Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB); Auckland research shows young Maori more likely to binge drink; Otago Uni’s Brian Cox on new prostate cancer screening research.
- Rural Immigration Massey’s Paul Spoonley says the Govt should give immigrants more incentives to live outside of the nation’s main centres (BOP Times).
- Basic Maths Otago Uni’s Chris Linsell, Bilinda Offen and Naomi Ingram say maths is more than just the basics.
- Tax Ruling Auckland’s Mark Keating says a Court of Appeal decision yesterday was a “slam-dunk” for the IRD.
- Bystander Effect Auckland’s Danny Osborne on why people fail to notice or act to help others in need (Newstalk ZB).
- Pilot Negligence Canterbury’s Chris Gallavin on an NZDF pilot who has been charged with negligence.
- Waitangi AUT’s Prof Paul Moon discusses the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Extras: satirical opinion piece on Otago Uni’s diabetes research; Gareth Morgan says Auckland’s Prof Anne Salmond and Victoria’s Prof Charles Daugherty support his cat campaign; Auckland’s Claire Cartwright on how to be a good step-parent.
- Keg Party Otago Uni students are meeting other stakeholders to discuss the Hyde St Keg Party.
- Tree Petition An NMIT student’s petition to save a tree in the Powerhouse Reserve is unlikely to be successful.
- Extras: Massey student kayaker; Massey cricketers eyeing U-19 world cup.
- Poetry Reading Victoria is bringing Canadian poet Karen Solie to Wellington for a reading.
- Alcohol Conference Massey’s Profs Sally Casswell and Antonia Lyons and Otago Uni’s Profs Jennie Connor and Janet Hoek will speak at Alcohol Action NZ’s annual conference.
- MindStorm Victoria’s Prof Shaun Hendy to speak at NZ Telecommunications Forum’s MindStorm conference.
- Honorary Fellows Businessman Pat Higgins, fashion designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and eye health campaigner Mike Webber have been made Honorary Fellows of UCOL.
- Environmental Law Retired U.S. District Court Chief Judge Kirk Samelson will speak on U.S. environmental law at Waikato.
- Child Poverty… and the Govt’s record on tackling child welfare is the focus of a forum being held in Auckland (TVNZ, Newstalk ZB).
- Public History Victoria’s Stout Research Centre for NZ Studies to host seminar series on public history.
- OEs Auckland to host “conversation event” on the best overseas destinations for young professionals.
Teaching & Learning
- City and Guilds An Aoraki cookery student is 1 of 5 learners worldwide to be awarded a City and Guilds gold medal.
- Malaysia Education NZ is running a fashion competition for teams of NZ and Malaysian students to encourage Malaysian students to study in NZ, and an Otago Poly grad will showcase her work in Kuala Lumpur (ODT).
- Otago Uni… sports turf management students are interning at The Hills golf course and the Queenstown Events Centre.
- Flower Show CPIT students won a gold medal for student designers of the year at the Ellerslie Garden Show (TVNZ, 3 News).
- Uni Shorts The finalists have been named for the Uni Shorts Student Film Festival, hosted by Unitec.
- Teaching Method Canterbury’s Ben Kennedy is implementing teaching strategies learnt from Barack Obama’s science advisor.