News 15/3 – Callaghan Innovation. NMIT. Emerging Designer.
March 15th 2013 at 8:54am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- Callaghan Innovation Mary Quin, formerly of NANA Management Services in Alaska, has been appointed to lead Callaghan Innovation.
- NMIT… staff are protesting over a pay dispute (Fairfax), and the TEU says changes to NMIT’s pay structure could lead to students being given undeserved pass marks.
- Sporting Fields Auckland Council could buy Auckland’s 19ha Colin Maiden Park if the Uni leaves its Tamaki campus.
- High Demand… for IT grads, with several companies saying recruitment is their biggest challenge.
- Campus Shift Canterbury’s Nelson campus is moving to the NMIT campus.
Research & Innovation
- Alpine Fault Canterbury’s Carolyn Boulton is researching the effects of earthquakes on the South Island’s Alpine Fault.
- Water Flea Otago Uni’s March Schallenberg says the non-native water flea could reduce algal bloom in Lake Hayes.
- Cellphone Bullying A Canterbury student is studying the link between parenting styles and cellphone bullying.
- Affordable Housing… shortages are feeding a problem of “invisible homelessness”, say Massey students.
- Quake Preparedness Otago Uni’s Mike Ardagh on a study that found frontline doctors and nurses held back disaster planning before the earthquakes.
- Video Games Victoria’s Steven Prime on overseas research showing video games can improve cognitive skills.
- Medical Imaging Canterbury’s visiting lecturer Claire Vallance from Oxford is researching medical imaging in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
- Extras: Massey’s Prof Mike Joy on sustainability study; Otago Uni study says 1 in 5 NZ adults will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime; Canterbury’s Brigid McNeill on spelling education; Otago Uni has a new Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy Training, and Tony Ryall spoke at the launch; Lincoln trialling ladybird release to control tomato-potato psyllid.
- Democracy Auckland’s Prof Anne Salmond says the Govt’s approach to asset sales and charter schools is undemocratic.
- Skilled Migrants Massey’s Prof Paul Spoonley on the rising number of skilled migrants coming from Asia.
- Soda Ban Auckland’s Prof Boyd Swinburn says the judicial blocking of a New York ban on large sodas is a political decision.
- Same-Sex Parents Auckland’s Prof Fred Seymour and Otago Uni’s Prof David Fergusson on gay adoption.
- Captain Cook Auckland’s Prof Anne Salmond is calling for a Maori perspective on the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s voyage to NZ.
- Immunity Auckland’s Prof Bill Hodge on proposed legislation giving public servants immunity from civil lawsuits.
- Extras: Victoria’s James Renwick says NZers should expect more drought in the future; Waikato’s Claire Matthews on a proposed class action lawsuit over bank fees.
- OUSA… will hold a by-election after their campaigns officer was voted in as welfare officer.
- Child Abuse Rally A NorthTec student on participating in a protest against child abuse in Northland.
- Hillary Scholar A Waikato Hillary Scholar wants to become a graphic novelist.
- Maori Suicide Victoria’s Lynne Russell to speak in 3rd and final free online webinar about Maori suicide prevention.
- Waikato… has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Waikato Regional Council to pool their talent.
- Health Precinct Otago Uni, Canterbury, and CPIT partnering with CCDU to plan Christchurch’s new Health Precinct.
- Google Engineer… Craig Nevill-Manning to speak at NZ Computer Science Research Student Conference.
- The TEU… held its Women’s Fiesta at Unitec last week.
- Lincoln… has held its annual Accounting Fair.
- Art Display Unitec student art exhibitions will be on display at Rosebank Art Walk next weekend.
- Extras: LT McGuinness appointed to resume work on Victoria’s hub project; wine pioneer Kim Goldwater received Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award; website designer David Kelly received Massey’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
Teaching & Learning
- Emerging Designer An Otago Poly grad has won the iD International Emerging Designer Awards (Fairfax, TVNZ, 3 News).
- UCOL… is now offering an interior design diploma at its Whanganui campus.
- Field Trip Wintec event management students are volunteering at the Womad festival in New Plymouth.
- Extras: Tokelau students studying at Massey.