News 9/4 – UCOL Strike. FoodHQ. Giant Catapult.

April 9th 2014 at 9:55am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. UCOL Strike UCOL staff are on strike for the full day today.
  2. FoodHQ The Institute of Environmental Science and Research joined the FoodHQ collaboration.
  3. Extras: enrolments marginally up for the first time in 3 years at Otago Uni; Massey ranked most attractive employer in education sector; TWOA C-E Jim Mather wants to turn TWOA into the greatest indigenous development organisation on the planet.

Research & Innovation

  1. Immune System Otago Uni’s Peter Fineran on the adaptability of bacterial immune systems (Fairfax).
  2. Humboldt Award Massey’s Prof Barry Scott awarded the $100,000 Humboldt Research Award.
  3. Extras: Auckland’s Graeme Fielder won the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge; a Victoria student designed a scarf that lets people experience schizophrenia; a Unitec student on standing desks; Massey’s Prof Glyn Harper wrote a new book on a soldier in World War I.

Public Issues

  1. Iron Intake Massey’s Kathryn Beck and Auckland’s Clare Wall, and Massey’s Bob Stewart, Otago Uni’s Winsome Parnell, and Auckland’s Prof David Smith on NZers’ iron intake.
  2. Fiji Elections Auckland’s Steven Ratuva on the upcoming Fiji elections.
  3. Extras: AUT’s Rowena Sinclair on charities’ financial reporting.

Students

  1. Car Winner An Otago Uni student won a $47,000 car after buying a pair of shoes from The Warehouse.
  2. Cat Clinic OUSA and Otago Poly are hosting their second annual Cat Clinic this Friday.
  3. Extras: three Otago Uni students in Red Bull Europe race; Lincoln student at Oceania track and field champs; Otago Uni running a survey on queer safety on campus.

Stakeholders

  1. Medikidz Ltd to partner with Media Design School to develop a video game exploring the human body.
  2. Tourist Risk App Lincoln’s Earthcheck Research Institute has gifted a mobile app for managing tourists in a crisis to Kaikoura.
  3. Giant Catapult Discovery Channel to film a giant catapult at Canterbury.
  4. Fritter Festival Extras: Auckland to host symposium on cartoons and comics; AUT hosting ‘Digital Disruption’ event; Canterbury’s Dean Sutherland to launch International Communications Project; AUT hosted Frog Recruitment’s “intrapreneur” breakfast; NorthTec students cooked mussel fritters at the Whangarei Fritter Festival; filmmaker Vincent Ward to receive honorary doctorate from Canterbury.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Climate Change Film A documentary featuring several Victoria climate change scientists will be distributed globally to the educational market.
  2. Extras: NMIT design student projects at Light Nelson event.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Legal Challenge Lincoln’s Lawrence Hill plans to legally challenge job cuts.
  2. Latin America Education NZ chair Charles Finny wants a Latin America-NZ foundation to be set up.

Research & Innovation

  1. Smoking Map Otago Uni’s Amber Pearson has mapped the visibility of smoking in Wellington’s city streets.
  2. Macular Degeneration Auckland’s Profs Colin Green and Helen Danesh-Meyer on age-related vision loss.
  3. Maths Beliefs A Canterbury student says children’s perception of their own skills at maths affects their performance.
  4. Extras: Waikato’s Nichola Harcourt to commercialise Maori products; Massey’s Wayne McIlwraith received a research award from the US Orthopaedic Research Society; AUT’s Prof Tim Bentley on teleworking; Canterbury researchers on the effects of choir participation; Otago Uni’s Tony Meriman on high levels of gout among Maori and Pasifika.

Public Issues

  1. Future Challenges Otago Uni’s Alan Mark to lead group of Dunedin academics in petition of MPs over preparing for NZ’s future challenges.
  2. Flag Debate Victoria’s Prof Robert Ayson on the political strategy of John Key’s stance on changing the flag.
  3. Extras: Victoria’s Susan Keall on tuatara; AUT’s Prof Paul Moon on the royal visit and on British reports of topless Maori women (3 News)after an ex-Waikato student’s prank; Massey’s Kathryn Beck on iron deficiency; Auckland’s Michael Littlewood on superannuation schemes; AUT’s Prof Edwina Pio on NZ’s engagement with the Asian community; Massey’s Prof David Tripe on a Commerce Commission investigation.

Students

  1. Tough Mudder An Auckland student is participating in the ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course race.
  2. Athletics Champs BOP Poly students won several medals at the NZ Athletics Champs.
  3. Extras: CPIT student who was hit by truck is mourned.

Stakeholders

  1. Minecraft Gallipoli A Minecraft community hosted by Media Design School is recreating Gallipoli in the game.
  2. Electric Vehicles CPIT is running a free bootcamp on electric vehicle technology for secondary students.
  3. Extras: Raukawa trust to give Maori language immersion school Chromebooks for its students; teaching expo held at Otago Uni; Otago Uni co-organised a debrief on the cruise ship season; a painting depicting the first Antarctic expedition was gifted to Waikato to commemorate its history of research.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Dairy Trainee Fairfax profiles this year’s Taranaki Dairy Trainee of the Year.
  2. Extras: sick Massey grad conferred with PhD at bedside; profile of Taranaki Dairy Trainee of the Year; UCOL students taking advantage of Youth Guarantee scholarships.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Bio-Protection Research Lincoln V-C Andrew West says the Bio-Protection Research Centre may be forced to work for other governments, and Labour’s Megan Woods criticises the withdrawal of CoRE funding.
  2. Fixed Term Contracts UCOL staff critical of “demoralising” fixed term contracts.
  3. Fake Medical Certificates A doctor has been convicted of giving students dozens of fake medical certificates.
  4. Extras: NMIT is relocating its Brook Valley Conservation Education Centre and some locals aren’t happy; Otago Uni in top 30 of QS Rankings for English and history; Lincoln’s Lawrence Hill say he will legally challenge Lincoln job cuts; new TWOA C-E Jim Mathers has begun a radical overhaul; TWOA’s Jeremy Siulepa has made the Newcastle Knights reserve rugby league team; Massey’s science labs nominated for S-Lab awards; ex-Auckland lecturer and te reo advocated Merimeri Penfold and ex-Auckland pro-chancellor Dorothy Winstone passed away; Otago Uni to spend $20m upgrading its internet network; Massey ranked top employer in NZ’s education sector; Janice Galloway is Otago Uni’s inaugural Scottish Writers Fellow.

Research & Innovation

  1. Jesus the Hobo An Auckland student won the V-C’s award for top thesis for his paper concluding that Jesus was a hobo.
  2. Happiness Auckland’s Michelle Lambert says family relationships the key to teenage happiness.
  3. Extras: Massey’s Jeroen Douwes on children’s exposure to dust and micro-organisms; Massey’s Felix Ram says regular exercise is beneficial to asthmatics; AUT’s Scott Duncan says many parents of obese children are unaware; Auckland’s Bruce Arroll and Tim Kenealy on antibiotics; Auckland’s Peter Black says eating butter can reduce asthma symptoms; Auckland’s Simon Thornley on fluorescent clothing for cyclists; an Otago Uni student on genetic variation in kea populations; Massey’s Ajmol Ali and Auckland’s Nick Gant on body temperature during sport; Auckland’s Chris Bullen trialling benefits of giving smokers choice of nicotine replacement products; Otago Uni’s Bob Hancox on TV during childhood; an Auckland study on beliefs about fertility; Massey’s Will Tulley on managing mastitis on dairy farms; a Victoria student designed an interactive schizophrenia scarf (Fairfax); research grants awarded by InternetNZ; two Auckland projects received Breast Cancer NZ funding; Waikato’s Profs Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Graham Hingangaroa Smith received AERA Fellowships; Canterbury student on child behavioural problems; Waikato’s Nichola Harcourt awarded MBIE funding to turn indigenous knowledge into commercial products; OUP publishing new book on James Edward Fitzgerald.

Public Issues

  1. Private Prisons… have a vested interest in high crime rates, says Canterbury’s Jarrod Gilbert.
  2. Public Smoking Otago Uni’s George Thomson wants a ban on smoking near places where people are eating and drinking.
  3. Royal Tour AUT’s Prof Paul Moon on British media reports of topless female Maori dancers and a feast of kereru during the royal tour, and Auckland’s Kevin Bowler on media coverage of the visit.
  4. Extras: Victoria’s Prof Gordon Anderson on Lynne Snowdon’s employment case; Victoria’s James Renwick and Canterbury’s Prof Euan Mason and Canterbury’s Simon Allen on the IPCC’s latest report; Lincoln’s Prof Keith Woodford on NZ’s export markets; Massey’s Andrew Murphy on sports stadium food prices; Massey’s Catherine Strong on subscription-based online content; Auckland’s Bill Hodge on a case of elder abuse; Canterbury’s David Bell on underground mining; Auckland’s Prof Bill Hodge on Teina Pora’s Privy Council case; Canterbury’s Cynthia Hawes on Southern Response; Otago Uni’s Rosemary Overell on heavy metal and society; Canterbury’s Glen Koorey on cycling; Auckland’s Gerhard Sundborn on sugary soft drinks; Massey’s Chris Wilkins on legal highs; Massey’s Chris Galloway defends Malaysia Airlines’ use of text message; Canterbury’s Prof Greg Newbold on transgender prisoners.

Students

  1. KEEN App Three students are launching a new social networking app for students in Dunedin.
  2. Political Candidate A Victoria student is running for the Green Party in the Te Tai Hauaura electorate.
  3. Extras: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were invited to Otago Uni’s Hyde St Keg Party; CPIT student to play Blues Festival gig; OUSA launched a Queer Wellbeing Survey; latest job data from Student Job Search.

Stakeholders

  1. Waitaki Meeting Waitaki District Council, Aoraki and Literacy North Otago held a meeting to discuss youth opportunities in the region.
  2. Book Deal Exisle Publishing and Massey have signed a contract for the publication of a new book by Prof Glyn Harper.
  3. Extras: Relay for Life held at Otago Uni; Canterbury researchers collaborated on Trimble NZ’s new premises; SIT designing Southland war memorial database; NorthTec students designed wearable art for a Women’s Refuge fashion show fundraiser; new exhibition at AUT’s St Paul St Gallery.

Teaching & Learning

  1. iD Fashion Week Four Otago Poly students showed their work at the iD Fashion Week (ODT, NZ Herald).
  2. Bedside Ceremony Terminally ill chef John Kramer will have his Massey PhD conferred on him at a special bedside graduation ceremony.
  3. Foreign Policy School Otago Uni’s Foreign Policy School to focus on global resource scarcity.
  4. Extras: 76 students awarded Youth Guarantee scholarships at UCOL; CPIT students interning with renowned NZ designers; Social Policy may be downgraded from a major option to just a minor at Victoria.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Social Progress Index NZ in the top 5 in all tertiary education-related categories of the Social Progress Index.
  2. Attractive Workplaces Massey first and Otago Uni second most attractive places to work in the education sector.
  3. UCOL Strike UCOL staff to strike next Tuesday over employment tactics (Fairfax).
  4. Extras: university staff and students critical of changes to tertiary governance; Disabled Liberation Aotearoa NZ on NPM’s CoRE funding; Bio-Protection Research Centre to lose CoRE funding and fruitgrowers are opposed; Canterbury has opened a new temporary student accommodation village (3 News); the TEU on Lincoln silencing staff during restructuring (Newstalk ZB); Waikato’s Prof Jacqueline Rowarth on the downsizing of Invermay; ex-Auckland lecturer Merimeri Penfold died aged 93; the Southern DHB wants Otago Uni to sign a lease for space in Dunedin Hospital; Aoraki and CPIT want to train trades workers faster; about 50 jobs to be disestablished at Lincoln.

Research & Innovation

  1. Printing Terrain Models Two Waikato students designed software to optimise the manufacture of terrain models by 3D printers.
  2. Commercialisation Awards The finalists of the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards have been named (Fairfax).
  3. Lego Warning A Polish priest has cited Canterbury research on Lego facial expressions in warning that Lego is a tool of satan.
  4. Extras: a Unitec student on the benefits of working standing up; Massey student seeking teenage gamers for study; Massey’s Sebastian Schmeier working on international FANTOM5 genomics project; AUT student helping fighters improve their punch; BOP Poly students say only 1% of BOP commuters take the bus to work; Otago Uni’s Prof Kevin Pringle critical of Australian study on circumcision; Victoria’s Profs Mark Williams and Jane Stafford have edited the 2013 edition of ‘Best  New Zealand Poems’.

Public Issues

  1. Protection Orders Otago Uni’s Prof Mark Henaghan on protection order breaches.
  2. Forex Manipulation Massey’s David Tripe on an investigation into foreign exchange manipulation by NZ banks.
  3. Housing Policy Otago Uni’s Elinor Chisholm and Philippa Howden-Chapman on the Social Housing Reform Bill.
  4. Extras: Canterbury’s Glen Koorey on traffic congestion in North Canterbury; Auckland’s Jaqs Clarke on NZ’s roads building programme; AUT’s Karol Wilczynska on getting into the design industry; Massey’s Prof Paul Spoonley on NZ’s political system.

Students

  1. Dance Tattoo An Otago Uni student will attend the 2014 Virginia International Tattoo.
  2. Extras: Otago Uni student in Relay for Life; Auckland student on working with The Leprosy Mission in Nepal; Otago Uni students in European Red Bull challenge; a Victoria student died in an Upper Hutt gym and a CPIT student was hit by a truck and killed.

Stakeholders

  1. Hearing Safety An Auckland team is giving hearing safety talks in primary schools.
  2. Hot Debate Lincoln held its annual ‘Hot Debate’ on genetically engineered food (Science Media Centre).
  3. MOTAT Fair Leading scientists will be at MOTAT’s Science Street Fair in Auckland this Sunday.
  4. Extras: tech firm Aviat a fan of Victoria’s software engineering degree; Massey’s Prof Glyn Harper to give public lectures on Gallipoli myths; Bill English attended the Integrated Data Infrastructure roadshow at Waikato; Massey nursing students volunteered at a Smokefree summit; Canterbury’s Deirdre Hart to give public lecture on coastal flooding.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Tauranga Grad Waikato celebrating first student to study from undergrad to doctoral level at Tauranga campus.
  2. Robertson Scholarship An Otago Uni student won the Robertson Scholarship worth $280,000 over four years to study at Duke University (ODT).
  3. Opera Comica Waikato students to present a production of Donizetti’s opera comica Betley.
  4. Extras: three Otago Poly grads in iD Emerging Designer Awards final; Massey short course to look at corporate reputations; record number of grads at TWOA (Waatea News); runner Lorraine Moller to run a Lydiard Foundation Coaching course at Massey; ITC to offer Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management at Botany campus; a CPIT student has formed a group for women studying ICT.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Funding Loss Bio-Protection Research Centre director Travis Glare on losing CoRE funding.
  2. Silenced Staff Academic Freedom Aotearoa has criticised Lincoln for instructing staff not to discuss the proposed restructuring with media.
  3. AgResearch Restructuring Ex-AgResearch scientist Susanne Rasmussen says morale is bad and staff are “very scared”.
  4. Extras: Massey’s science labs have been shortlisted in the international S-Lab Awards; a book by Massey’s Prof Glyn Harper to be gifted to Prince George on his visit; EIT mourning passing of former Council chair Tim Twist; University of Iowa’s Prof Nancy Andreasen is the inaugural creative fellow at Auckland.

Research & Innovation

  1. Internet Research InternetNZ has awarded over $50,000 to AUT, Auckland, Victoria and Canterbury researchers.
  2. Emigration Victoria’s Alan Gamlen studying emigration policies around the world.
  3. Alpine Parrot Otago Uni’s Bruce Robertson studying the genetics of the alpine parrot.
  4. Extras: Auckland’s Prof Alistair Woodward contributed a chapter to the IPCC report on climate change; a Canterbury-designed trampoline won at the International Red Dot Awards; Victoria student studying the management of kahawai fishery; Otago Uni’s Prof Kevin Pringle critical of an Australian study on the benefits of circumcision; Auckland’s John McCaffery studying bilingual units at schools; Auckland scientists on the brain power of crows; Lincoln’s Prof Keith Woodford on A1 milk; Otago Uni students designed “optical tweezers” for working with ultracold atoms.

Public Issues

  1. Flu Jab Alternatives Otago Uni’s Prof Michael Baker on vitamins and herbal alternatives to the flu jab.
  2. Royal Treatment Canterbury’s Donald Matheson on the royal family.
  3. Extras: Canterbury’s Cynthia Hawes on clamping laws; Victoria’s Prof Gordon Anderson on costs orders in employment law; Canterbury’s Prof Simon Kingham on woodburners; Auckland’s Michelle Dickinson on facial expressions.

Students

  1. Importing Drugs A Massey student has been jailed for importing ecstasy and cocaine.
  2. Student Death A CPIT nursing student died after being hit by a truck while cycling in Christchurch.
  3. New President Miranda Orpin voted in as acting president of UCOL’s student association following resignation.
  4. Extras: Waikato grad working as a mining consultant for SRK Consulting; tickets to OUSA’s annual Hyde St keg party sold out in two minutes; a Dunedin man complained to Otago Uni V-C Harlene Hayne about a couch fire in a public toddlers’ pool.

Stakeholders

  1. Footwear Panel Otago Uni organised a panel discussion on modern footwear for Dunedin Fashion Week.
  2. Extras: NorthTec to host Simon Gault fundraiser; Lincoln hosted a panel discussion for Earth Hour.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Wool Harvesting Primary ITO has taken over the direct relationship with wool harvesting trainees and employers from Tectra Ltd.
  2. Gigatown Posters NMIT students designing posters to promote the Gigatown Nelson campaign.
  3. Running Legend… Lorraine Moller to lead Lydiard Foundation coaching courses at Massey.
  4. Extras: NMIT viticulture students from all over the world; Massey’s Albany graduation next week; Shanghai University of Engineering Science students in NZ as part of sister-city initiative with Otago Poly; AUT student’s clothing designs in Emerging Designer Awards; Canterbury students won the annual entre business comp; Jared Rigg won Waikato’s annual Prof Ted Zorn Alumni Award.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Loan Defaulters Steven Joyce says serious student loan defaulters overseas will be tracked by debt collectors.
  2. Riddet Complex Upgrade Massey has unveiled a $22m upgrade of its Riddet Complex campus.
  3. Tertiary Governance Auckland V-C Stuart McCutcheon on changes to university boards.

Research & Innovation

  1. First National Challenge Massey, Auckland, Otago Uni, AgResearch and Plant & Food to lead the Govt’s first National Science Challenge on high value foods (NBR, ODT). Massey, Auckland, Otago Uni and Food for Health issued their own media releases.
  2. Ultracold Atoms Two Otago Uni students have developed “optical tweezers” that split clouds of ultracold atoms and smash them together (ODT).
  3. Drug Survey A survey by Massey’s Chris Wilkins found that crystal meth use is increasing, synthetic cannabis use is decreasing, and “dial-a-tinny” services are increasingly popular,
  4. Extras: Lincoln’s Keith Woodford on “A1” cows’ milk; Auckland study on the brainpower of crows; Otago Uni research on fruit and vege prices; Otago Uni students developing “Linkerly” social feed; Massey student studying the effects of new fish friendly gates; Auckland wants parents for a study on positive parenting; Lincoln’s David Chapman studying ryegrass and clover pasture; Massey’s Adam Smith on the effects of marine reserves; a Canterbury-designed trampoline won a Silver International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Public Issues

  1. Japanese Whaling Otago Uni’s Liz Slooten and Waikato’s Prof Al Gillespie on the ICC decision against Japan’s whaling programme.
  2. Maori Literacy Waikato’s Keith Ikin on improving Maori literacy standards.
  3. Extras: Auckland’s Prof Thomas Lumley on the demographic changes driving falling crime rates; Otago Uni’s Tara Duncan on NZ’s reputation for safety.

Students

  1. Postgrad Suicide A coroner reported on the suicide of an Otago Uni grad studying in Manchester.
  2. Canoe Slalom An Otago Uni student won gold in the canoe slalom national champs and another came third in the B final.
  3. Extras: AUT student and wood carver; Victoria’s law school garden party left staff at the Botanic Garden shocked.

Stakeholders

  1. Edible Books CPIT held its annual Edible Books Awards.
  2. Customs Service C-E… Carolyn Tremain to speak about border security at Massey.
  3. Extras: Jess Smith to speak at AUT for Scottish Tartan Day; Otago Poly’s Margo Barton supporting a sustainable fashion hub initiative; UCOL to host Central Districts Powerlifting Champs; Nightglow celebrated at Waikato.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Fashion Week Models… from Shanghai University of Engineering Science are in NZ as part of a sister-city initiative with Otago Poly.
  2. Napkin Challenge Entre challenged Canterbury and CPIT students to write their innovative ideas on napkins around campus.
  3. Extras: EIT grad on studying at ideaschool; entries wanted for carpentry Apprentice of the Year; a Canterbury student won an Ed NZ scholarship to study in India; Otago Uni lecturers recognised with Teaching Excellence Awards; playwright, cyclist, surf lifesaver, rugby player, and netball player among Waikato’s Hillary Scholars, and four others are traveling to Nepal.
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