Media Advisory September 12

WAIKATO WIN GALLAGHER GREAT RACE

The University of Waikato men’s and women’s rowing eights were both successful winning the Harry Mahon and Bryan Gould Cup at the Gallagher Great Race on Sunday September 11. This year was the 10-year anniversary of the Gallagher Great Race and was the first time it had featured the three-boat race. The race had to be restarted three times due to chaos on the line, while there was also one false start. Once the race was underway Waikato and Cambridge clashed oars on a number of occasions in the first 700 metres. The contact caused damage to Cambridge's boat, with the English crew finishing behind Melbourne University on account of having to steer the boat with a plastic yellow paddle. The University of Waikato women’s eight were also victorious beating the University of Sydney and Melbourne crews.

NEW DEAN FOR FACULTY OF EDUCATION

The University of Waikato has a new Dean of Education – Professor Roger Moltzen. In his new role Professor Moltzen will be responsible for the strategic management of the Faculty and maintaining and building the Faculty’s profile nationally and internationally. Professor Moltzen has a long association with the Faculty of Education and replaces Professor Alister Jones, who is now the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor. After gaining his teaching qualification through Waikato, Professor Moltzen taught in primary and intermediate schools and held school principalship positions. Nationally and internationally he is known for his extensive knowledge of gifted education and talent development, special education, inclusive education and tertiary teaching. He is currently New Zealand’s delegate for the World Council of Gifted and Talented Children, a member of the European Council of High Ability and patron of the New Zealand Association of Gifted Children.

CHIEF JUSTICE TO SPEAK AT HARKNESS HENRY LECTURE 

The Right Honourable Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias is the guest speaker at the 2011 Harkness Henry Lecture being held at the University of Waikato tonight September 12. Dame Sian studied law at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Law with Honours, and was admitted to the Bar in 1970. She gained a Master of the Science of Law from Stanford University, before starting in practice in 1972. She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1988, a judge of the High Court in 1995 and became Chief Justice in 1999. The University of Waikato started the inaugural Harkness Henry Lecturers in 1992 with the aim to address issues relating to the development of jurisprudence in New Zealand. Dame Sian spoke about public law issues in 1996 and tonight will be the 20th speaker since the lecture series began. “Te Piringa Faculty of Law has committed to becoming the best law school in the country and our commitment to the Harkness Henry Lectures and the caliber of speaker we continue to attract is proof of this,” says Law School Dean Professor Brad Morse. The lecture starts at 6.15pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and is free and open to the public, but people should rsvp to janinep@waikato.ac.nz.

KUDOS FOR FINDING LIFE IN ANTARCTICA’S DRY VALLEYS

Dr Charles Lee from the University of Waikato’s department of Biological Science is a finalist in the 2011 Kudos awards for his work uncovering the unusual ecology of microorganisms in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. Nominated in the Emerging Scientist Category, Dr Lee researches the soil microbiota of the Dry Valleys and this could lead to a better understanding of the changing Antarctic environment. The Kudos awards are a Waikato initiative held once a year to celebrate science achievement in the region. “The Dry Valleys are ice-free all year round and basically a cold, seemingly lifeless desert,” says Dr Lee. Scientists found bacterial life in the Dry Valleys using DNA-based molecular genetic techniques, necessary as the organisms are very sparse in the soil and mostly uncultivable. “In terms of microbiology, we now know there is quite a lot of microbial diversity in the Dry Valleys. The make-up of microbial communities is heavily influenced by the environment, so if Antarctica changes in the next few years we are likely to see drastic changes in these microbial communities.” Dr Lee is part of the university’s International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research and is currently leading a project supported by the Marsden Fund to study the bacteria living in the Dry Valleys. The University of Waikato has two other finalists in the Kudos awards – Dr Anne Hume and Dr Johan Verbeek. The winners of the awards will be announced at a dinner on Thursday October 13.

EAST MEETS WEST IN INTERNATIONAL HANGI

A small team of Vietnamese students from the University of Waikato has been selected to cook a hangi with a difference on Auckland’s Queen Street this coming weekend. As part of an Education New Zealand promotion to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, students were asked to submit recipes that used traditional hangi ingredients with an international twist. Waikato Management School students Daniel Nguyen and Thang Nguyen (friends but not related) and International Student Adviser Huy Vu came up with pork and chicken recipes that they hope will wow the tastebuds of downtown shoppers and world cup visitors who’ll vote on the winning entry. The food will be cooked “above ground” in steamers, then the cooks have to serve up 35 portions of each dish. It’s useful that Daniel is a chef – he previously studied at AUT – who is now completing his final year of a Bachelor of Tourism (Hons). Thang is a marketing and finance student. They’ll be cooking grilled chicken thighs with avocado cream, mango salsa, cabbage slaw, Umeshu vinaigrette and herb crouton and pork belly with Vietnamese pickled slaw and lemongrass-scented broth.

EXPERT SAYS CROSS-TASMAN MIGRATION “OUT OF CONTROL” OF EITHER GOVERNMENT

A leading Australian population expert says population size is determined by economic, social and environmental factors rather than government policy. Professor Peter McDonald, Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University, says the flow of Kiwis to Australia is a great example of this. “It is determined very largely by relative economic conditions --including wages -- in the two countries and is out of the control of either government,” he says. “Yet its impact on the New Zealand labour force is so large that the government must then compensate through one of the world’s largest immigration programmes (per capita). The directions of the immigration programmes in the two countries are similar, but New Zealand is more advanced in what might be called the new flexible approach to migration -- an initial temporary movement, involvement of employers, application for permanent residence on-shore.” A frequent adviser on population futures to governments in Australia, Europe and East Asia, Professor McDonald is guest speaker at a University of Waikato seminar this week hosted by NIDEA, the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis.
The free and open seminar will be held on Thursday September 15th 1:10 - 2:30pm in S.G.03.

POET LAUREATE TO LAUNCH FRANK SARGESON LECTURE MEMORIAL BOOK

New Zealand Poet Laureate Ian Wedde is the guest speaker at the 9th Annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture at the University of Waikato on Thursday (September 15_ before a book launch celebrating the series. Wedde is one of New Zealand’s most influential cultural commentators and public intellectuals. As a poet, novelist and essayist he has been awarded some of the country’s most significant literary awards and earlier this year was announced the third New Zealand Poet Laureate. The University of Waikato started the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures in 2003 with the intention of celebrating Hamilton’s cultural history and the life of Hamilton’s most famous literary son. “To date, the Frank Sargeson Lectures have featured prominent New Zealand writers who have personal ties to Sargeson. They've often shared memories of the author and the place he lived,” says organiser Dr Sarah Shieff. Wedde will speak before the official book launch of Speaking Frankly: The Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures 2003 – 2010, celebrating eight years of lectures at the University of Waikato. The lecture and book launch will take place at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Thursday September 15, beginning at 5.30pm. The evening is open to the public but rsvp to katiej@waikato.ac.nz.

WAIKATO ACADEMIC TALKS TOUGH ON MEDIA COMMUNICATION

Media audiences demonstrate a remarkable appetite for violent imagery says University of Waikato’s Professor Kay Weaver. Professor Weaver, of the Waikato Management School and Pro Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate, is an expert on media and communication and will discuss her research into media representations of violence and gender as part of her inaugural professorial lecture being held next week. She will also speak on campaigns designed to prevent violent behaviour as well as explore other controversial social issues, such as communication campaigns on genetic engineering. “Communication impacts on people and society, so we need to think about what and how we communicate, and how that might encourage positive or negative behaviours,” she says. “I’m interested in the limits of what we think we can communicate in public, and how communication is used to motivate people to participate as citizens in decision-making processes about what we want in this country.” Professor Weaver’s lecture, titled Stories we tell and the worlds we create: From violence to public relations and dialogue in communication research, takes place at 6.30pm on Tuesday September 20 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the university’s way of formally introducing new and recently appointed professors to the wider community. All lectures are free and open to the public.

SEEING IN 3-D IS THE FOCUS OF SEPTEMBER CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE IN TAURANGA

How the brain helps us to see three-dimensional objects will be the focus of this month’s Café Scientifique in Tauranga. Speaker John Perrone, Associate Professor for the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, specialises in teaching and research in the field of vision and visual perception with a particular emphasis on visual motion perception. He uses computer modelling techniques to simulate the properties of motion sensitive cells in the primate brain. He will discuss the progress made in the past 30 years in understanding how particular cells in the human brain respond to visual motion, and why it is still unclear how these cells combine their responses to produce a sense of three-dimensional depth. Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and is open to anyone wanting to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The next Café Scientifique will be held on Monday September 19, 7.30pm, Alimento, 72 First Avenue, Tauranga. Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, and is supported by the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Waikato to make science accessible to people outside the traditional academic context.

WAIKATO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BREAK BLUES AWARD RECORDS

University of Waikato students have received a record number of nominations for Blues Awards. First awarded in 1971, the Blues Awards recognise the commitment and achievements of students in either sport or performing arts. This year, nearly 100 nominations were received and more than 50 Blues Awards will be given out at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of the awards on Friday September 30. Past Blues Award winners include Olympic gold medalist Rob Waddell, Silver Fern Joline Henry, former netball player and television host Jenny-May Coffin and former Tall Blacks captain Pero Cameron. For information on the Blues Awards event visit www.waikato.ac.nz/events/blues/

HAMILTON PRIDE ON CAMPUS

The University of Waikato will host several events during this year’s Hamilton Pride festival which celebrates the Waikato rainbow community. On Saturday September 17 the university hosts a Spirituality Workshop at the University Chapel starting at 11am, before the ‘Queer, Young and Proud’ Panel and Official Launch of Hamilton Pride Festival, being held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, runs from 1-6pm. On Monday September 19 a seminar for the Māori and South Pacific HIV/AIDS Foundation held in S.G.03 at 5.30pm before the Fierce Fashion Show takes place in the S Block ‘Runway’ starting at 7.30-9pm. The University of Waikato is a sponsor of the Hamilton Pride festival which runs from September 17-25.

EVENTFINDER CEO TO DISCUSS SECRET TO SUCCESS

Digital strategist and successful entrepreneur Michael Turner, Chief Executive of Eventfinder Ltd - a technology platform for promotion, syndication and ticketing for the events and live entertainment industry, will talk to the Waikato Management School about how Eventfinder became a multi-country success. Eventfinder has a dominant position in the New Zealand market, with a top 30 website and syndication partnerships with major media including Yahoo, MSN, APN and Fairfax. The Eventfinder platform has been successfully licensed in Europe and is currently expanding into Australia and Asia. Turner will tell the story of how he built Eventfinder into a successful multi-country business from his kitchen table using the JFDI methodology. The lecture is part of the The University of Waikato’s Centre for Corporate and Executive Education’s Excellence in Business Practice Series in which industry leaders talk about their experiences and how they have navigated through today’s complexity of change. The lecture is free and takes place on Friday September 23 in MSB1.01, University of Waikato Hamilton campus, starting at 1pm.

THE ART OF ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Presenter Gavin Bishop will hold a workshop as part of the Demystifying the Arts series called The Art of Illustrating Children's Books at the University of Waikato this week. Bishop has won numerous national and international awards for his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations and his original text. His illustrations have been exhibited at international shows from Japan to Czechoslovakia, and he has appeared as a teacher and guest speaker at many international forums. Bishop was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mahy Award in 2008. His latest illustrated book Quaky Cat, was created in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake and proceeds are going to help the recovery of people affected. The presentation takes place at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on September 15, starting at 7-9pm. Demystifying the Arts is a series of lectures organised by Waikato University’s Centre for Continuing Education in collaboration with Waikato Society of Arts. Tickets cost $5 and can be bought online at www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways or on the night at the door.


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