April 23rd 2014 at 9:15am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- Maori Research Funding NPM and Waikato’s Leonie Pihama welcome $2.5m Govt investment in Maori-led science and innovation.
- Yantai Agreements Waikato and Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research to establish coastal biotech research centre in Tauranga and China, while Waikato, BOP Poly, and China’s Yantai University signed an agreement on pathways for business and accounting students.
- Indecent Assaults A pair of sexual attacks (Fairfax, ODT, Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB, 3 News)has seen a security guard (3 News) and a second video camera posted between Victoria and The Terrace. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network called for a whole community approach.
- Cheating More than 540 cases of cheating were dealt with by universities last year, with Waikato accounting for over 250 of those. Auckland’s Prof Thomas Lumley says it is clearly underreported.
- Extras: V-C Andrew West on changes at Lincoln; Steven Joyce says Otago Uni is “behind the eight ball” in attracting international students; Otago Uni bought a $550,000 house to increase Abbey College’s capacity; the TEU says two days “special leave” for UCOL staff overlooks fair pay issues; Otago Uni’s dental school plan back on track; Graham Stuart announced as Lincoln Hub’s inaugural chair; Labour’s David Clark says AgResearch is in “panic mode”; Queenstown Resort College has bought Shotover Lodge as student accommodation; student numbers at Aoraki tracking closely to budget; an op-ed by ITF C-E Mark Oldershaw on the need for more flexible industry training; Massey launching new brand campaign; NPM welcomes $2.5m Govt investment in Maori-led science and innovation; Richard Jefferies appointed Director of Partnerships and Planning at Waiariki; an NZ Herald editorial is critical of Steven Joyce’s changes to university and wananga councils (Whale Oil); NZUSA says Govt claims on recovery of overseas-based student debt are misleading; the TEU’s Sandra Grey critical of Massey chancellor Chris Kelly for chairing new PTE board; the Greens’ Holly Walker on postgrad student allowance cuts; a new digital media production village has been opened at Massey.
Research & Innovation
- Expert Nurses… are as good as doctors at diagnosis, says Massey’s Alison Pirret (Fairfax).
- Rising Sea Levels… could threaten Wellington’s future drinking water supply, says Unitec’s Gregory De Costa (Whale Oil).
- Introduced Birds Canterbury’s Prof Jason Tylianakis says non-native bird species sometimes fill ecological gaps in their new home (Fairfax)
- Extras: Canterbury’s Phoebe Macrae to study swallowing disorders; NMIT wants to improve its research culture; Waikato’s Prof David Hamilton on cyanobacteria; AUT’s Prof Patria Hume researching hearing aids and prosthetics for sports; Massey’s Prof Jane Parker on the living wage; An Auckland student trialling “self-texting” while drinking; Auckland’s Jan Lindsay on a volcanic eruption in Auckland; AUT’s Suzanne Histen coordinating study of Manukau Harbour’s tourism potential; AUT’s Prof David Robie has authored a new book on media and human rights in the Pacific; MIT project on student disengagement in Tonga and Samoa.
- Language Learning Auckland’s John McCaffery says NZ’s language learning model is archaic.
- Cannabis Legalisation Waikato’s Bill Cochrane on the legal regime around cannabis (Whale Oil).
- Climate Change Auckland’s Prof Paul Kench (Radio NZ, Whale Oil) and Otago Uni’s Prof Gary Wilson on climate change.
- Extras: Victoria’s Prof Peter Thirkell on the RSA’s poppy day; Canterbury’s Prof Simon Kingham on commuter rail services; Canterbury’s Annick Masselot on gender quotas; Canterbury’s Eric Crampton on NZ’s binge drinking culture; Canterbury’s Sussie Morrish on business opportunities after Christchurch’s earthquakes; Otago Uni’s Erik Olssen and Karen Nairn and Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward on inequality and egalitarianism; Massey’s Rosemary Haddon on Mandarin in school; Massey’s Malakai Koloamatangi on the influence of the church in Pacific culture; Victoria’s Prof Miriam Meyerhoff on reclaimed words; Canterbury’s Ekant Veer on Nigella Lawson; Victoria’s Paul Jose on the psychology of failure; AUT’s Prof Edwina Pio on the political significance of migrants (Whale Oil); Canterbury’s Prof Ursula Cheer on social media defamation; Massey’s Mike Joy celebrating draft controls proposed for the Ruataniwha dam; Auckland’s Tony Fernando on sleep-driving; Otago Uni’s Prof Richard Jackson on drone strikes; Otago Uni’s James Henry on cruise ship tourism; Massey’s Richard Shaw on the upcoming general election; Victoria’s Prof Paul Morris on Easter; Lincoln’s Silvia Tavares on microclimate design.
- Lifesaver An Otago Uni student saved a woman from drowning at St Clair Beach.
- Rowing Regatta Otago Uni dominated the NZ universities rowing regatta, which two Chinese universities attended.
- E-sports Tournament Victoria students will host an e-sport tournament over the holidays.
- Extras: Canterbury student raising money to take her father’s ashes home to Netherlands;
- Farmer Service Massey partnering with Palamountains Nutrition and Quantum Labs to offer new service to farmers.
- Field Days… to move from Lincoln to new location near Christchurch.
- Business Boot Camp Massey to host ‘Business Boot Camp’ for secondary students.
- Extras: Massey’s Martin Woods gave expert evidence in a nurse’s ethical conduct hearing; Primary ITO student wins top sharemilker award; Massey supporting Kinetika festival; UCOL Wairarapa students to build third charity house (NZ Herald); Canterbury’s Prof Roy Kerr to be recognised in new book on general relativity; Otago Uni’s Liz Slooten spoke at the Ocean Forum; Maori TV to air war documentary based on Otago Uni research; Media Design School and Medikidz Ltd to create diabetes video game.
Teaching & Learning
- Community Language Teachers Victoria’s Corinne Seals and Whitireia’s Marty Pilott to offer free workshop for community language teachers.
- Milan-based Designer… Shingo Sato held a workshop for Whanganui UCOL’s fashion students.
- Community Engagement Canterbury to introduce new course for management students to engage with community organisations.
- Extras: Media Design School to offer Playstation development programme; a 12-year-old is studying maths at Auckland (NZ Herald); Massey’s V-C’s teaching awards awarded to best lecturers; UCOL’s Kathryn Wightman won the Gold Award in a kiln-glass exhibition; Lincoln running professional development courses for food industry; Waikato launching Golden Jubilee School Leavers Scholarships.
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