Media Advisory 19 September

Royal Society Award for top environmental scientist
The University of Waikato’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Bruce Clarkson has been awarded the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The award, made every three years, honours those who have achieved distinction in the protection, maintenance, management, improvement or understanding of the environment, in particular the sustainable management of the New Zealand environment. The prize consists of a medal, a cash grant of $2000 and an all-expenses paid lecture tour of New Zealand cities to talk about his work. Professor Clarkson is an international authority on volcanic and urban restoration. It’s been a good month for the professor who learned this week he’d received more than $2.8 million Endeavour funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise to lead a four-year interdisciplinary project People, Cities and Nature: Restoring indigenous nature in urban environments.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

University awarded MBIE Endeavour funding for science
Two University of Waikato researchers have been awarded nearly $4 million of science funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s 2016 Endeavour Fund. The projects are led by Professor Bruce Clarkson, who receives $2,862,684 over four years for a cross-disciplinary  research programme ‘People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments’, and Professor Craig Cary, who receives $999,960 in Smart Ideas funding over three years for his project ‘Tipping point responses of coastal primary productivity to projected ocean acidification scenarios’. There are also many academics included in sub-contracts with the university’s research partners in CRIs and other universities. The total funding for these subcontracts is at least $4.3 million.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Six finalists in KuDos Awards
The University of Waikato has six finalists in this year’s KuDos Awards. Professor Brendan Hicks is working on projects that include the remote sensing of water quality in lakes. Associate Professor Nicola Starkey’s research focuses on health and driver behaviour and whose health research is predominantly focused on traumatic brain injury. Dr Charis Brown is a Senior Research Fellow who leads and develops research in cancer and chronic disease and Pasifika health. Professor Vic Arcus specialises in molecular biology and evolution. Professor Jonathan Scott has designed and patented techniques that render the electrical leads of spinal-cord stimulator and deep-brain stimulator implants safe for use in MRI scanners. Dr Aydin Berenjian’s research has resulted in developing a sustainable intensified fermentation technology for production of milk based functional drink rich in MK-7 at a relatively cheap price. The KuDos Awards were launched in 2007 to celebrate science in the region. This year's winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Hamilton on 19 October.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

New name, new direction for Māori and indigenous studies
The School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato is now the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies – a name change that will bring enhanced programme offerings and pan-university teaching and research collaboration. The new name and elevation to faculty status comes within the context of the university’s plans to create more flexible degree programmes and the addition of indigenous studies places the faculty within the broader international indigenous discipline. From 2017 the faculty will offer two majors in its degree programmes: Māori and Indigenous Studies and Te Reo Māori. A third major, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, will be taught in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

A magic bullet for health and wellness?
Rather than taking pills as the first option to fix the body and mind, sport and exercise are now considered to be an important intervention for creating and maintaining good health and wellbeing in both the individual and community context. At his inaugural professorial lecture tomorrow, University of Waikato Dean of Health, Sport and Human Performance Professor Alan St Clair Gibson will discuss the health challenges facing populations in the 21st century. His belief is that we need more integration between sport, exercise science, the social sciences and medicine. Professor St Clair Gibson’s lecture is at 5.15pm tomorrow, Tuesday September 20, at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the University of Waikato’s way of introducing new professors to the community. Lectures are free and open to the public.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Action sports in new-look Olympics
A one-day symposium funded by the International Olympic Studies Centre is taking place at the University of Waikato this week. Its main focus will be on the significant changes at the Olympic Games, including the inclusion of action sports, and what this means for New Zealand sports federations, organisations, industry and athletes. Symposium co-organiser Associate Professor Holly Thorpe says Agenda 2020 is likely to radically change the landscape of the Olympic Games and the symposium is therefore relevant for all people interested in the growth and development of high performance sport in New Zealand. Dr Thorpe says the event is a world-first and aims to ensure New Zealand is well-prepared to make the most of new opportunities on offer for emerging and elite athletes. The symposium is in MSB.1.37 this Wednesday, September 21 from 10am-5pm. To register, contact
Contact: Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, 021 311 143, or

Information sessions in Hamilton, Rotorua and Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting several events in the coming months to help prospective students and their parents learn more about applying for university. At these events, students and parents can talk to university staff for advice on study options, help with paper selections and guidance on the enrolment process. Check the information session website for upcoming dates, times and locations:
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, or

Hamilton information session for future teachers
Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education is hosting an Information Session evening for people interested in pursuing a career in teaching in 2017. This is ideal for school leavers, their parents, graduates who already hold a degree, trade professionals considering technology teaching and career changers. This is an opportunity to come onto campus and talk to staff about teaching pathways in early education, primary and secondary teaching. Students can be based on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga or online through the Mixed Media Presentation programme. Guidance regarding the enrolment process, which includes an interview, will also be provided. The evening is located at the TC building, Gate 5, Hamilton Campus this Wednesday September 21 from 6pm-8pm. To register visit:
Contact: Lauren Taylor, 07 838 4466 ext 6404, or

Hamilton and Tauranga students become start-up experts
University of Waikato and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students can become entrepreneurs this summer. Start-Up Waikato (formerly Summer Start-Up Scholarship Programme) and Project Ignite run in Hamilton and Tauranga respectively, and help students get their business or project ideas off the ground. The programmes run for 10 weeks from November to February. Students receive a $5000 scholarship, mentoring from a professional start-up coach and access to a shared working space. Students from last year’s programme managed to start their own businesses as a result. Nikki Kennedy started a designer homewares company to help revitalise the Māori language and Mitchell McNae started a retail business which supplied frozen lemon wedges to local bottle stores. Applications for the 2016/17 summer programmes close October 7. Visit and for more information.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

A Taste of Marketing  
Waikato University’s management school is hosting a marketing trade show to help inspire students and members of the public bring their creative ideas to life. The trade show will showcase what it’s  like studying marketing at Waikato. First- and second-year university students will compete for prizes by developing an innovative pet product or service then pitching their idea and marketing strategy to the trade show judges. The trade show is a practical assignment and a highlight of Waikato’s introductory marketing paper MKTG151. This free event will take place on October 7 from 5pm-7pm in Waikato Management School’s Level one foyer.
Contact: Quentin Somerville, 07 837 9292, or, or Joanna Green, 07 837 9437, or

Uni students head to Himalayas
Four University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarsare heading to Nepal next year as part of the Step Higher Awards. Track athlete and hockey player Ellie McCleery, golfer Fai Tongdethsri, violinist Rachel Twyman and BMX rider Codi Merito were this year’s Step Higher recipients. The students will travel to Nepal in February, spending three weeks trekking through the Khumbu Valley and witnessing first-hand the work Sir Ed started with the local communities. Their travel and accommodation costs will be covered by award sponsor the Compass Group. As part of the award, each student will need to raise $1000 for the Himalayan Trust before they depart.  
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, or

Applicant Evening in Tauranga
The University of Waikato held its second Applicant Day on the Hamilton Campus on Saturday. For those who missed the Hamilton event, Applicant Evening will be taking place in Tauranga on Thursday September 29 from 5.30pm-8.30pm. The event is a chance for applicants and their families to visit the University of Waikato, speak one-to-one with faculty staff and students about study options and paper selections, and receive information necessary to complete an application to study. Applicants can also learn about scholarships, student support, the Halls of Residence, careers, and sports and cultural clubs on campus. Students can register attendance to go in the draw to win an Apple iPad Air 2
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, or

Opera and kapa haka combine to tell the Waikato River’s story
Writer Witi Ihimaera has joined forces with Hamilton composer Janet Jennings, University of Waikato senior lecturer Tom Roa and university staff and students in a music drama production about the Waikato River. ‘Flowing Water: A Story of the Waikato River’ tells the history of the Waikato River and the peoples it has nurtured – Māori, Pakeha, and later migrants. The first scene will be performed at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on September 30 and will feature the university’s kapa haka group, Te Waiora o Te Whare Wānanga. Other artists involved in the production include senior fellow in music Dame Malvina Major, music lecturers Rachael Griffith-Hughes and James Tennant, pianist Francis Cowan and voice teacher Glenese Blake. The first full production will take place in early 2018.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

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