Media Advisory May 30

University to host Information Session in Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting a General Information Session in Tauranga tomorrow, Tuesday May 31. The Information Session is for anyone wanting to explore study options for the University’s July intake or study in 2017, and runs from 11am-6pm in the Maharaia Building, Windermere Campus, 70 Windermere Drive, Tauranga. For more information and to register: www.waikato.ac.nz/go/info
Contact: Andy Howells, 027 295 3270, or andyh@waikato.ac.nz

NZ peat bogs assisting international climate change research
Sub-fossil kauri trees from New Zealand peat bogs have helped an international team of scientists develop the first continuous atmospheric record of radiocarbon spanning the full Younger Dryas (YD) period – a time interval spanning 1050 years (approx 12,700 and 11,650 cal BP) which saw a sharp decline in Northern Atlantic temperatures. It’s information that can provide valuable insights into the mechanisms of rapid and extreme climatic and environmental change. Among the researchers is Associate Professor Alan Hogg, Director of the Carbon Dating Laboratory at the University of Waikato, who says the study results allow scientists to align southern and northern hemisphere atmospheric and marine records for the YD at an unprecedented level of precision, and prove that YD cooling was not driven by a single (or sustained) freshwater hosing in the North Atlantic (as the current paradigm maintains) but was instead part of a global series of events driven by inter-hemispheric atmospheric teleconnections. He says these results have important implications for climate science, palaeoceanographers, ice core workers, modelers and ecologists. A full copy of the research report is available on request.
Contact: Associate Professor Alan Hogg, 07 838 4707, or alanh@waikato.ac.nz

Escalating hypocrisy in IMF’s policy advice
A new study by researchers from Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge and Waikato universities, has examined International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies over the past three decades and finds that, despite claims to have reformed their practices following the global financial crisis, the IMF has in fact ramped up the number of conditions imposed on borrower nations to pre-crisis levels. One of the study’s authors is Thomas Stubbs, a lecturer at the University of Waikato and research associate at the University of Cambridge. He says while the crisis revived a flagging IMF in 2009, and the organisation has since approved some of its largest loans to countries in economic trouble, at the same time, IMF rhetoric changed dramatically. The researchers extracted 55,465 loan conditions across 131 countries, and found that structural adjustment conditions increased by 61% between 2008 and 2014, reaching a level similar to the pre-crisis period. Mr Stubbs says the IMF has surreptitiously returned to the practices it claimed to have abandoned and that it is still encroaching on the policy space of elected governments by enforcing free market reforms as conditions of lending. The article is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2016.1174953
Contact: Thomas Stubbs, 00 44 7522 772306, or thomass@waikato.ac.nz

University to host Education Careers Expo in Tauranga
The University of Waikato’s Faculty of Education is hosting an Education Careers Expo in Tauranga on Friday June 10. The Education Careers Expo is targeted at local Year 13 students interested in careers in education, as well as anyone considering a career change, wanting to upskill or improve their employability. University staff will be available to answer any questions and alumni will give short presentations about their career journeys. The expo runs from 12.45pm-3pm in H110, Windermere Campus, 70 Windermere Drive, Tauranga. For more information or to register: www.waikato.ac.nz/go/info
Contact: Andy Howells, 027 295 3270, or andyh@waikato.ac.nz

Cyber Security Challenge to save the world
The world as we know it is on the verge of collapse. A group has been formed called the ‘Coalition’ whose members don’t trust each other but share a common goal: to throw the world into chaos so they can take control of it themselves. A global task force has identified Coalition members, now it’s a race to locate the members who, after having been tipped off, have escaped and gone into hiding. That is the task for those taking part in the 2016 New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge. The challenge begins with an online qualifying round from June 17 to July 1, followed by the competitive round at the University of Waikato on July 14 and 15. NZCSC’16 is open to anyone living in New Zealand of any age, and is divided into three categories: Secondary, Tertiary and Industry/Open. The challenge is hosted by the university and supported by the New Zealand National Cyber Policy Office (Connect Smart), INTERPOL and Internet New Zealand. Entries close on June 16. For more details or to register, visit www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.nz.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or ahuston@waikato.ac.nz

Education at Waikato with Māori focus set to grow
The University of Waikato is launching New Zealand’s first Māori medium initial teacher education programme at Masters level in July. It is aimed at producing teachers for Māori medium settings and prepares students with non-teaching backgrounds to become teachers in kohanga reo, kura kaupapa and wharekura. The Master of Teaching and Learning in Māori Medium/Te Toi Arareo, is a 180-point one-year programme and has been developed in close partnership with local kura and whārekura. The new programme is demanding and aimed at high achievers who have a high level of Māori language fluency. Graduates will gain significant practical experience in Māori medium schools, teaching skills and cultural knowledge. The new programme sits alongside the university’s current Master of Teaching and Learning (English). Applications are open now, with B Semester starting July 18.
Contact: Karaitiana Tamatea, 07 838 4466 ext 7814, or mtamatea@waikato.ac.nz

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