Media Advisory 11 July

PM’s Chief Science Officer visits campus
Sir Peter Gluckman will visit the University of Waikato today to discuss how science and research communities can better engage with policy makers and with the public. This is aimed at better understanding the often complex processes through which research-derived evidence can inform decision-making at government and community levels.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Experience science and engineering with faculty open daysThe University of Waikato's Faculty of Science and Engineering is opening its doors to the public for a two-day event. People attending the open days can spend a day in university labs, experiment with liquid nitrogen, learn about combustion reactions, develop code to drive a remote-controlled car, or experience a day on campus designing, building and testing engineering projects. Science Open Day is this Wednesday July 13 Engineering Open Day is on Thursday July 14 Both events are free to the public but places are limited.
Contact: Kayleigh Farquhar, 07 838 4628, or

Cyber challenge to test the bestThe 2016 New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge is on at the University of Waikato this Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 July. Round One is an online “Capture-the-Flag” exercise where teams have two hours to capture as many flags as possible and find loopholes and vulnerabilities in online systems. In Round Two, teams are given administration credentials to a vulnerable server simulating a realistic business IT environment. Each team must protect their own servers and maintain business continuity, representative of a real-life business dependent on IT availability. On Friday there will be speakers including National Cyber Policy Office director Paul Ash, university Cyber Security Lab director Dr Ryan Ko, Kimmo Ulkuniemi from INTERPOL, Tim Goddard from business telecoms provider Kordia, and Dr Daisuke Inoue from Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. On Friday there is a Cyber Security Job Fair featuring booths displaying career options. Talks are free and open to the public. All are welcome to visit the careers fair. For more details, visit
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Waikato University students win PM Scholarships for Asia
Six University of Waikato students are among 13 winners nationwide to receive a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). Former Tauranga Girls’ College student Jolene Skeen will use hers to fund a 12-week internship with the United Nations in Cambodia. Mount Maunganui College’s Ben Edridge is going to do a university exchange at Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. Hemi Tauahika Witehira, who went to Church College of New Zealand, and Jamie Miller from Trident High School are going to Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Fiona Norton from Hamilton and former Cambridge High School student Rhandal Meyerink are going to Yonsei University in Korea. Ten other University of Waikato students will be selected to receive PMSA funding for a six-week law summer school programme in Vietnam. Recipients will be announced in August.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Iwi relationships with Antarctic and the Southern Oceans
The Deep South National Science Challenge has announced a total of $1.5 million for seven new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate. One of those projects is Te Tai Uka a Pia ‒ Iwi relationships with Antarctic and the Southern Oceans to enhance adaptation to climate change. It’s being led by Associate Professor Sandy Morrison from the University of Waikato. She says different tribes, iwi and hāpu have their own Antarctic stories, particularly South Island and Chatham Island Māori and registering those stories will expand the range of Māori historical references to Antarctica. That information can then be used alongside science to prepare communities for climate change impacts, through awareness-raising, adaptation and mitigation strategies. Associate Professor Morrison says they will also hold a workshop with scientists involved in the Challenge to discuss what key science messages should be shared with Māori communities and explore how these can be connected with Māori relationships and references.
Contact: Associate Professor Sandy Morrison, 07 858 5097, 027 276 0277, or

The style and harmonies of Queen
University of Waikato doctoral student Nick Braae has just wrapped up his PhD on British rock band Queen. Nick analysed the group’s studio recordings between 1973 and 1980 to see how they developed their style and their musical relationships with contemporaries such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Nick was drawn to the group's rich and intricate songwriting and production style and was fascinated to discover how the group’s backing vocal arrangements were constructed, for example, and the idiosyncratic ways in which their songs were structured. A highlight of the research was meeting and interviewing Queen guitarist Brian May in September 2014 who gave Nick good insights into what occurred behind the studio doors. His main research finding was that Queen were continually experimental in terms of the form, style and harmonies of their songs, but they also had highly consistent ways of arranging and recording songs.
Contact: Nick Braae 027 635 2924 or

Waikato imagines sustainability
The University of Waikato, in collaboration with the Waikato Regional Council, is launching a new event that focuses on the future of sustainability in the Waikato region. Imagine Sustainability, a free, public event is on Friday July 15 from 10am-4pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton. The day includes presentations and panel discussions by Waikato’s leading professionals and academics in sustainability, including Parekawhia McLean - CEO Waikato-Tainui, Antanas Procuta - Principal Architect PAUA Architects, Paula Southgate - Waikato Regional Council Chair and the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Bruce Clarkson. There will also be DIY workshops by university staff, students and community groups. Waikato Students’ Union will run a resource exchange auction and the student winners of the Eco my Flat competition will be announced.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

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