Media Advisory February 16

Habitat Build on campus

The University of Waikato is calling on staff and students to put down their laptops and books and pick up hammers and nails to be part of a Habitat Build taking place on campus. The blitz build, taking place during O'Week, is a collaborative project between Habitat for Humanity and the university. The project will see staff and students volunteering their time or money to build a four-bedroom house in eight days which will then be moved to Tirau. At least 15 volunteers are needed for a three-hour shift either in the morning or afternoon. Licensed builders and supervisors will be on site, and all volunteers will be briefed before each shift. The building site will be located next to the university's Gate 2B, Knighton Road. The four-bedroom house will be 105 square metres, and will be pre-fabricated with tri-panel – one of the most efficient ways to build. Building will start on Wednesday, February 25 and finish on Friday, March 6 at the end of O'Week. It will move off site on Sunday, March 8.

Sustainability from many angles

The University of Waikato is holding a sustainability symposium on February 24 that has drawn researchers from across campus to look at sustainability from numerous perspectives. Topics include soil, food and water, community engagement, politics and policy, indigenous practices, psychology, energy, education, human rights, transport, economics and environmental planning. The aim is to make researchers more aware of different projects taking place. About 50 academics will be presenting on the day, grouped into different streams with sessions running concurrently. The afternoon sessions will be open to a wider audience and key university stakeholders are being invited to attend. For more information and a detailed programme for the symposium, visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/events/research/sustainability/

Geothermal minerals laws clarified

A new report by a leading natural resources legal expert aims to clear up issues around the ownership of minerals found in geothermal fluids. Professor Barry Barton from the University of Waikato's Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and director of the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law, has completed his research into the issue. His role was to establish the legal framework around the ownership of the minerals found in geothermal fluids. He found that under the Resource Management Act, those with water rights also had rights to minerals in the water, but the issue got more complicated if the Crown Minerals Act was involved. It came down to a statutory interpretation of the word 'mining' and whether the removal of minerals from geothermal fluids could be considered mining. His report looks at the issue from different aspects, including commercial, property rights and Treaty of Waitangi claims.

Fun run and walk series to kick-off

The Campus 5km Fun Run and Walk kicks off again on Monday, February 16 and will run until March 30. Last year, the University of Waikato partnered with local running club Hamilton City Hawks, and UniRec, to host the event. Registrations start at 5pm outside Momento Café on the Village Green. Walkers start between 5pm to 5.30pm, runners start at 5.30pm. The start time for runners has been brought forward to allow for an earlier prize-giving. Registrations are $6 which entitle participants to a free beer, cider or non-alcoholic drink at the end. Spot prizes are also awarded on the night. The Campus 5km Fun Run and Walk is in association with the Hamilton City Hawks running club, UniRec, Momento Café and Good George. For more information email unipr@waikato.ac.nz

Waikato University recruiters at information evenings

Student recruitment advisers from the University of Waikato will attend information sessions in Hamilton and Auckland over the next week. Advisers will talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at Waikato, student life and academic choices. Advisers will also be available to discuss options with students who may have missed out on gaining UE in the recent NCEA exams. Hamilton sessions are tomorrow (Tuesday, February 10) from 10am-4pm and Tuesday, February 17 from 10am-6pm, both at the Student Centre on campus. An information session is in Auckland on Thursday, February 12 for non-school-leavers from 5.30pm-7pm at Gasket Espresso Kitchen, 23 Kalmia Street, Ellerslie. To register, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/go/info.

More than $500k in postgraduate scholarships on offer

The University of Waikato has six flagship research institutes each offering a doctoral scholarship worth up to $85,000 to international and domestic applicants, and a masters scholarship worth $12,000 available to domestic applicants. The research institutes support world-class research in environmental science, demography and economic analysis, business and leadership, professional learning and development, education, and Māori and indigenous development. They fund programmes that span research from discovery to application and commercialisation. Sustainability in all its forms – environmental, economic, social and cultural – is a strong theme across the Institutes. The Institutes offering the scholarships are the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), the Institute for Business Research (IBR), the Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata (IPL), the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) , Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI), and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER). Awardees of both the doctoral and masters scholarships are required to study full-time. For more information about the scholarship go here.

Public Symposium: Science Education

What should the teaching and learning of science for the 21st century look like in New Zealand? Science educators, researchers and teachers will be discussing this question at an upcoming public symposium at the University of Waikato on Thursday, February 19 from 3.45pm-5.15pm. International science educators Professor Jan van Driel and Associate Professor Amanda Berry from Leiden University in the Netherlands will join the panel. This session is being held at the Faculty of Education in room TL2.26 and will be of particular interest to those involved in the teaching and learning of science in primary and secondary New Zealand classrooms.

New online master's degree in electronic commerce

The University of Waikato's Management School is launching an online master's degree in electronic commerce this July - the first qualification of its kind in the country. It is designed to give future business managers the skills to succeed in this high-growth industry where clicks and traffic mean greater returns. Associate Professor of Management Systems Stuart Dillon says the online Master of Electronic Commerce (Professional) will develop students' understanding of the latest technological advances in e-commerce, and how to apply them in managing a business. All teaching will take place online, using some of the same web-based e-commerce technologies that students are learning about. They can study either full-time or part-time over one to two years. Students will also complete a 13-week practical internship and undertake an applied research project. For more details, visit http://cms.mngt.waikato.ac.nz/mecom/Home.aspx

What's in your food and why does it matter?

How nutritious is your food, and how is it produced? Should New Zealand embrace GM food production? The public is invited to a Q&A session on February 18, 'Conversation & Inspiration', starting at 2.15pm, to hear international speakers talk about issues such as food safety, organic farming, pesticides and genetically engineered plants, climate change, fair trade and globalisation. This event, part of the Food Matters Aotearoa Tour 2015, is organised by Waikato Environment Centre and sponsored by the University of Waikato, along with Poverty Action Waikato and Anglican Action. Speakers will include global food justice scholar and environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva, Professor of Molecular Biology Gilles-Eric Séralini, from the University of Caen in France, who has published extensively on the impact of GMOs and RoundUp; and French chef Jérome Douzelet, co-author of the book 'Culinary pleasures or hidden poisons'. For more details, visit http://www.foodconference.co.nz/ The session is at Te Ara Hou Village, 100 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton.

It's a rich man's world

Business researchers from around the country will come together to discuss some of the biggest financial problems of our generation at the University of Waikato next week. Waikato Management School's Department of Finance will host this year's New Zealand Finance Colloquium on February 19 and 20, when scholars will present their latest finance-related research. The global financial crisis, the market dynamics of China, predicting the performance of stocks, how the government-controlled Indian airline industry can learn lessons from Air New Zealand, and the impact of globalisation on dividends, are among the topics that academics from Waikato will present. The colloquium will also include a PhD symposium on February 18 for emerging finance scholars. For more details see www.nzfc.ac.nz

Another scholarship win for Masters student

Out of more than 600 applicants, University of Waikato masters student Sarah Appleby is one of just six students in the Asia-Pacific region to receive a Golden Key Graduate Scholar Scholarship, worth $10,000. Golden Key is an international honours society which invites members to join based on academic excellence. Sarah is carrying out her research at AgResearch in Ruakura, testing the functional potential of bovine embryonic stem cells. Throughout her studies she received several scholarships and awards and finished her bachelor's degree with an A+ average. Successful applicants of the scholarship were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate the usefulness of their research after graduation.

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