Media Advisory June 22

Science and Engineering post-graduate scholarships launched

The University of Waikato's Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering 50 post-graduate scholarships for B Semester 2015 that provide the opportunity to work on specific projects with world-leading experts. The scholarships - valued at more than $250,000 - are for two or three years and include research support. They are available in a wide range of subjects and are open to all New Zealand students studying at masters or PhD level in the science or engineering fields. Successful recipients could be modelling nutrient and sediment inputs in Lake Waikare, researching the microbial diversity of geothermal mud pools, measuring the electrical conductivity of brain tissue or exploring the feasibility for automatic barnacle removal from greenshell mussels. The scholarships have been designed by the university's top science and engineering researchers to focus on specific projects. A list of research topics, supervisors and a comprehensive description of each project is available at sci.waikato.ac.nz/postgrad-scholarships-science for science and sci.waikato.ac.nz/postgrad-scholarships-engineering for engineering.

University marks milestone for Tauranga CBC campus

The University of Waikato gathered with tertiary partners and funders in the Bay of Plenty late last week to mark the signing of an agreement that allows a $40 million CBD campus to proceed. The University will lead the project on behalf of the partners in the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Waiariki Institute of Technology. The campus has been funded by the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga City Council. Considered a game-changer for the Bay of Plenty region, the Durham St campus is expected to open to students in 2020. It will focus on programmes that relate to areas of regional activity, including marine, ICT and logistics. Further courses will be developed over time to support areas of economic and industry need in the Bay of Plenty.

Opportunity for children's literature lovers to upskill

For teachers, librarians and lovers of children's literature, the University of Waikato is offering a new masters level paper, Children's Literature and Educational Contexts. The paper starts next month and will be a mix of in-class and online teaching. Co-convenor for the paper Dr Nicola Daly from the Faculty of Education says the university has offered undergraduate papers in children's literature for many years but she and fellow convenor Marilyn Blakeney-Williams saw a need for a follow-through paper at postgraduate level. The paper will refer to New Zealand and international children's books, picture books and novels, and cover a range of genres, including realistic and fantasy, historical fiction, and non-fiction. For more information go to http://papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LLED/ALED551. Dr Daly is a host of online collections and resources the New Zealand PictureBook Collection - www.picturebooks.co.nz and NZ Pacific PictureBook Collection - www.pacificpicturebooks.co.nz.

Two free public lectures on light

As part of the New Zealand Institute of Physics conference being held at the University of Waikato next month, there are two free lectures aimed at the general public, teachers, parents and high school students. The first lecture, by Professor Richard Easther from the University of Auckland - The Dawn's Early Light - is on July 5 at PWC lecture theatre on campus from 7.30pm-9pm. This lecture provides a window into the universe just moments after the Big Bang, telling the story of the microwave background from its discovery through to the present day. The second lecture, by Professor Hans Bachor from Australian National University - Lasers are part of your life - is on July 6 at the Gallagher Academy for Performing Arts Concert Chamber from 7.30pm-9pm. This talks traces the history of the laser and some of the scientists and engineers who made it possible. It shows some of the obvious and hidden uses of lasers and gives a hint how lasers are shaping the modern world. 

Tauranga Café Scientifique: nuclear energy for future energy requirements

Nuclear engineer Dr Hanno van der Merwe will lead a discussion about New Zealand's nuclear energy needs for future energy requirements tonight, Monday, at Café Scientifique in Tauranga. The presentation discusses the basic principles behind nuclear power generation, its operational and safety issues and what options exist today. Dr van de Merwe will also talk about how employing nuclear energy requires a huge commitment by the public and their government to all aspects of the nuclear energy cycle. Dr van der Merwe works for Ballance Agri-Nutrients in Mount Maunganui and is responsible for developing new industrial and agricultural chemical products. He is a former nuclear scientist and holds a PhD in physics and degrees in chemistry and engineering. Café Scientifique is today, June 22, 6.30pm for 7pm start at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. For more information, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/go/cafescientifique

Waikato students win scholarship for Asia

A University of Waikato student from Morrinsville is heading to one of the largest cities in Asia after being awarded a 2015 Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia. Ella Gollogly is going to Seoul, South Korea where she will spend 17 weeks studying papers in data, communications and marketing at Yonsie University. Ella and two fellow Waikato students - Jonathan Adams and Sam Gilling - are among 60 students nationwide to be awarded the scholarship. Jonathan is off to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan while Sam is already undertaking a six-week internship with a non-government agency in India, helping educate children with disabilities.

Indigenous research highlighted at conference

He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference, run by the University of Waikato's Te Kotahi Research Institute, is being held from June 29 until July 1 at Claudelands Event Centre. The conference aims to highlight an international pool of indigenous knowledge and research. The conference pōwhiri will be at the University of Waikato, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Sunday, June 28 from 10.30am-1pm, followed by a range of indigenous performances and poetry slam. The keynote speakers are Professor Pou Temara, Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Professor Karina Walters, Moe Milne, Dr Jamee Māhealani Miller, Dr Ruakere Hond, Dr Bonnie Duran, Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Professor Bob Morgan, Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Mereana Pitman and Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith. For more information, visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/rangahau/old/hemanawawhenua.

Historical Research Unit Presents Public Lecture Series

To celebrate the launch of the University of Waikato's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences' Historical Research Unit, a series of four public history lectures featuring guest speakers from New Zealand and overseas will take place over the next few months. Topics covered will include New Zealand environmental history, art history, animals and culture and the formation of transpacific indigenous networks. The first lecture features Dr Jemma Field who has taught at the universities of Auckland and Sydney. Dr Field will deliver a talk titled 'Art, History and Culture: The Changing Visual Persona of Anna of Denmark, 1603-1619' on Thursday, June 25. The second will be delivered by the prestigious US scholar, Harriet Ritvo, who is Arthur J. Conner Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her talk, titled 'Wanting the Wild: People, Animals and Culture in the Long 19th Century' is on Thursday, July 2. Both lectures run from 5.30pm in the Museum Lecture Theatre (Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton). They are free and open to the public.

Become a young entrepreneur for a day

Secondary school students in years 11-13 are invited to step into the shoes of a young entrepreneur for a day, at an inspiring event hosted by the University of Waikato's Management School on Friday, July 10. 'Entrepreneur for a day' will give school students a taste of what it feels like to study for a management degree at university. Guided by the advice of Waikato lecturers and mentors every step of the way, students will work in small groups to design a new product/service for target customers that has the potential to be successful in the marketplace, and then develop a basic business plan. Prizes will be awarded to the group that comes up with the best idea. The event runs from 8.45am to 4.30pm. Places are limited to the first 25 who register their details online at www.management.ac.nz/entrepreneurforaday.

Website digs deeper

A new website celebrating the International Year of Soils has been launched with the help of University of Waikato researchers. The www.ilovesoil.kiwi site is now on-line. It was developed for the New Zealand Society of Soil Science by graphic design student Marianne Colman. The site content was developed by Angela Schipper – with input from Professor Louis Schipper and Dr Megan Balks. Dr Balks says the website is to raise awareness and understanding of the importance, variety, and intrinsic worth of soils. It has a New Zealand focus and contains a range of activities as well as links to other detailed sources of soil-related information.

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