Media Advisory August 12

The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series continues this Wednesday with “It’s all in Your Head: Understanding More about Mental Health” with speaker and mental health advocate Denise L’Estrange-Corbet who will be joined by Waikato University researchers Associate Professor Cathy Coleborne and Dr Nicola Starkey. Mental illness is no longer treated with plunge-baths and restraints. Society is now more open about discussing depression and other conditions, including brain trauma and head injuries.
On 21 August the lecture is on “Class Struggles: Is our Education on Track? Three leading education experts offer insights into current leaning trends. Dr Noeline Wright (digital learning), Associate Professor Dr Deborah Fraser (creativity in schools) and Dr Bill Ussher (educational trends). The lectures bring together university research, and experts from the community to promote robust discussion on a series of topics. The Winter Lecture Series is held in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6pm-7pm each Wednesday in August. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Two recent University of Waikato graduates are the only New Zealanders selected to take part in a programme aimed at addressing new and emerging threats to the Pacific region. Rhodes scholar Briar Thompson and Fulbright scholar Lora Vaioleti are the only New Zealanders to be accepted into the Pacific Security Scholars programme and will join three others from the Federated States of Micronesia and Hawaii. The programme is run by the Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Society and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington. The scholars will research and write about the policy implications of four emerging security issues in the Pacific Islands region, under the guidance of expert mentors on traditional and non-traditional security issues. Their work will be published alongside some of the world’s most influential thought-leaders on Pacific affairs. The programme works with academics, business leaders, societies and governments to help address these challenges.

An event in Tauranga tomorrow as part of Western Bay at Work fortnight aims to raise awareness of the diverse career opportunities available in psychology. Organised by Dr Peter Stanley and Carmen O’Meeghan of the Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Psychological Society in conjunction with the University of Waikato, the event will include brief presentations by guest practitioners about what they do and how they got into their careers. Dr Stanley says many people don’t understand what psychologists do and how their role differs from psychiatrists, psychotherapists or counsellors. Educational, clinical, industrial/organisational and health-related psychology will be covered during the event as well as information about the qualifications required to become a psychologist. Careers in Psychology will be held on Tuesday 13 August from 3pm-4.30pm, Room A02, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Windermere Campus. More event information is available at westernbayatwork website.

Music student and clarinettist Nathaniel Smorti has won the annual University of Waikato Concerto Competition Final to ensure a place as guest soloist in the Opus Orchestra’s 2013 September tour. Nathaniel is a University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar and is in his honours year of a Bachelor of Music degree. Recently the Cerberus Trio, of which Nathaniel is a founding member, took second place in the Estiddfod Festival Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition in Sydney, against chamber groups from all around Australasia. Six music students progressed through to the final of the concerto competition after a preliminary round in which more than 22 students vied for a spot in the final held on 2 August. The five other finalists were UoW students Britta Balzat (violin), Jacky Siu (cello), Lauren Grout (flute), Ngaruaroha Martin (violin) and Alex Geary (violin). Second-year student Alex Geary was runner up with his performance on violin. In the past year Nathaniel has made the reserve list of National Youth Orchestra, and was the top clarinet and finalist at the 2012 National Woodwind Competitions.

“Marine science under the microscope – what’s it all about?” today features presentations, interactive displays and the opportunity to speak directly with University of Waikato Coastal Marine Station staff and post-graduate students in Tauranga. The objective is to educate parents and students about the wealth of options available to marine scientists, and show how job options change with further study. There will be several speakers, including the University of Waikato’s Chair in Coastal Science Professor Chris Battershill, speaking on their pathways into science. “Marine science under the microscope – what’s it all about?” is today at 5.30pm at the Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga.

With restorations underway across Hamilton, gullies have gone from being rubbish dumps to real assets. The Hamilton Gully Restoration Series 2013 from 15-25 August covers a wide range of gully-related topics, and is made up of two seminars and two gully field-trips. It is a collaboration between the University of Waikato’s Environmental Research Institute and the Hamilton City Council. The event is open to the public and its goal is to pool information and encourage gully restoration. Speakers include ERI Research Support Officer Catherine Kirby, Leigh Cornes from HCC, Moira Cursey from the Waikato Biodiversity Forum and Rex Bushell from the Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group. Seminar session one is on 15 August with session two on 22 August, both from 7-9pm in MSB.1.01 at the University. The first field trip is to Humarie Park on August 17, the second to Mangaonua Gully on August 25 for a showcase of restoration work followed by a community tree-planting.

The University of Waikato is hosting its first Young Alumni event in the Bay of Plenty this week. The number of former students living and working in the Bay is increasing and the event provides a good opportunity for alumni to make contacts and network. Dr Heather Connolly, lecturer in strategy and human resource management at the University’s Management School, will be the guest speaker on the importance of networking – the ins and outs, and how to get it right. The Young Alumni event will be held at the Astrolabe Brew Bar in Mt Maunganui, Thursday 15 August, 6pm-8pm. RSVP by 14 August.

From science, design and engineering, to IT, logistics and business management, guest speaker Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth of the University of Waikato will discuss the many career opportunities available in the primary sector at a free science event taking place during Western Bay @ Work fortnight on 21 August. She will talk through the types of skills needed in the sector and says whatever a student’s base, there are great careers to be had in growing, managing and marketing along the innovation value chain. The evening will also include information and tips from the University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic recruitment staff about how to make the smooth transition to tertiary education. The free event is on 21 August from 5.30pm–7pm, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road. More event information is available at the westernbayatwork website.

The University of Waikato has named its men’s and women’s crews for this year’s Gallagher Great Race on 8 September. This year the Caniwi Capital University of Waikato men’s crew includes Richard Harrison, Mackenzie Mackie and Paddy McInnes. They will be joined by elite rowers Tobias Wehr-Candler, Jade Uru, Fergus Fauvel and U23 World Rowing champions Shaun Kirkham, Finn Howard, coxswain Caleb Shepherd and Giacomo Thomas. The Brian Perry Charitable Trust University of Waikato women’s crew include Georgia Perry, Allie Smith, Jess Loe, Briar Murphy, Tess Young, Christie Davis, Danelle Murphy and coxswain Caitlin Lawry. They will be joined by U23 World Rowing silver medallists Zoe Stevenson and Kayla Pratt. Many of the rowers named are also Hillary Scholars. The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme is the most prestigious scholarship offered by the university. Crews will row 3.85km upstream on the Waikato River, starting at Ann St and finishing at the Ferry Bank on Grantham St.

Motivated by New Zealand’s poor record of child abuse, child poverty and the lack of national policies around child protection, Professors Michael Peters and Tina Besley from the University of Waikato’s Centre for Global Studies in Education have organised the Children in Crisis Conference to be held in Hamilton in October. The conference is aimed at teachers, counsellors, social workers, police, medical professionals and government agencies. There are four major strands that will be covered at the conference – child poverty, children’s rights, child abuse and policies and practices and Professor Besley hopes the conference will lead to on-going forums and a handbook designed to assist teachers dealing with issues that they may come up against in their day-to-day teaching. The conference is on 7-9 October. Visit the Children in crisis website for more information.

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