News 5/6 – New Institute. Angry Lego. Missing Student.

June 5th 2013 at 8:41am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. New Institute AUT has launched the new Institute for Applied Ecology NZ.
  2. Professorship Derek Handley has taken up an adjunct executive professorship at AUT.
  3. Waikato Loans The Waikato Times on Waikato students’ student loan debt.
  4. Extras: Unitec’s campuses are smokefree as of yesterday; Lincoln’s Ann Brower wants council apology for bus crash; Auckland’s Prof Albert Wendt and Victoria’s Prof Piri Sciascia and Chancellor Ian McKinnon named in Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Research & Innovation

  1. Angry Lego Canterbury’s Christoph Bartneck says Lego figures increasingly have angry rather than smiling faces (Newstalk ZB, Fairfax, ODT, Yahoo).
  2. Handwritten Note A handwritten note from missionary William Colenso to his father has been found in the Massey library.
  3. Royal Disease Massey researchers on the extremely rare genetic disease haemophilia B Leyden.
  4. DOVE Services EIT’s Penny Ehrhardt says DOVE Hawke’s Bay is effective in reducing family violence.
  5. eCHAT Auckland’s Prof Felicity Goodyear has developed  electronic health screening test eCHAT for people to complete while waiting for the doctor.
  6. Medicine Storage Otago Uni’s Campbell Hewson says bathrooms and kitchens  are the worst places to store pills and potions
  7. Diabetes Otago Uni’s Kirsten Coppell says 1 in 5 NZers over 15 in her study had pre-diabetic conditions.
  8. Climate Change Massey academics to present research at climate change conference.
  9. Extras: a Massey student looking at the effect of poisons on threatened native falcons.

Public Issues

  1. Financial Advisers Massey’s Mike Naylor says the Govt should regulate financial advisers’ commission.
  2. Degree Inflation Canterbury’s Eric Crampton on degree inflation (Salient).
  3. Give Way Rule Waikato’s Samuel Charlton on the give way rule change.
  4. Prison Riot Canterbury’s Prof Greg Newbold on the recent rioting at Springhill Prison.
  5. Competitive Sport Waikato’s Clive Pope on kids and competitive sport.
  6. Beans Otago Uni’s Bernard Venn on the health profile of beans.
  7. Dyslexia Canterbury’s Prof John Everatt says NZ struggles to diagnose and address dyslexia.
  8. Transparency Massey’s Christine Cheyne says local Govt bodies need more public transparency.
  9. Extras: AUT’s Prof Paul Moon on the Tuhoe settlement.


  1. Missing Student Otago Uni student Sophie Acklin has been reported missing (NZ Herald, Yahoo).
  2. VUWSA Salient on the relationship between VUWSA and Victoria.
  3. Photographer An Aoraki photography student on shooting bands and events.


  1. Wellington Phoenix… football team is linking with Lincoln-based Asia Pacific Football Academy.
  2. Dance Troupe… Atamira Dance Company staging KAHA collection of short works at Waikato.
  3. Careers Expo Vocational Pathways, Massey, Waikato and Media Design School representatives to attend Career Expo show in Auckland.
  4. DCC Rates Dunedin City Council has the highest percentage of non-rateable assets of NZ’s main centres, with Otago Uni contributing the most to those.
  5. Obesity Symposium Otago Uni’s Prof Jim Mann organised a symposium on obesity on Friday.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Dramatic Production Waikato’s Jan Bolwell is directing a play about the life of James Joyce’s daughter.
  2. Inaugural Lecture Victoria’s Prof Uli Zuelicke to speak on miracle materials and mystery particles.
  3. Weta Scholarship Wet Digital is offering a Victoria postgrad scholarship in computer graphics.
  4. Marae Visit NorthTec students visited the Ngāi Tupoto Marae at Motukaraka.
  5. Puppet Workshop UCOL’s Leigh Anderton-Hall attended a 12-day ‘Puppets in Prague’ workshop in the Czech Republic.
  6. Nepal Visit Four Waikato Hillary scholars will travel to Nepal for three weeks.
  7. Science Orators Finalists have been selected for the 2013 Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Award for Young Science Orators.
  8. Extras: Lincoln and Aoraki to offer agriculture and horticulture courses in South Canterbury.

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