Media Advisory July 13

American honour for Distinguished Alumnus

University of Waikato Distinguished Alumnus Dr Craig Nevill-Manning has been honoured by the United States' Carnegie Institute as being one of America's Great Immigrants. Honourees of America's Great Immigrants list are named every July 4 – America's Independence Day – and are chosen for their notable contributions to progressing American society. Dr Nevill-Manning has a PhD in computer science from the University of Waikato and joined Google in 2001 as a senior research scientist. He set up Google's software engineering centre in New York and led the development of Froogle (now Google Shopping) and played a key role in developing Google Maps. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato in 2011, and became a naturalised citizen of the United States in 2013.

Leadership called for

New Zealand businesses want the government to show greater leadership around carbon, waste and water issues, a University of Waikato study has found. The report's co-authors, Associate Professor Eva Collins and Professor Juliet Roper from the University's Waikato Management School, say the findings are important for the government as it prepares for climate change talks in Paris later this year. The report shows many businesses are reluctant to invest more in sustainability initiatives until the government steps in to provide long-term regulatory certainty and level the playing field and lack of government leadership has seen companies stop measuring their carbon footprint or put their carbon strategies on hold. The full survey results are available online at

The Energy Revolution

Tauranga's Café Scientifique is hosting the University of Otago's Keith Gordon and Massey University's Luke Liu on July 20 where the future of energy use in New Zealand will be discussed. The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end but when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period while we learn to harness the sun's energy efficiently? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans? Café Scientifique is onMonday, July 20. Doors are open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5 and refreshments are provided.
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Emotional state and market trader behaviour

What effect does the emotional state of traders have on their buying or selling behaviour, and the volatility of market asset prices? University of Waikato's Department of Economics will host a free public seminar by guest speaker Dr Adriana Breaban (Tilburg University, Netherlands) on Friday, July 17 at 1pm, when she will discuss her experimental research tracking traders' emotions in real time - while the market is operating - using facial expression reading technology. Her research found that when traders are in a positive emotional state, this predicts purchases and higher prices, whereas a state of fear leads to loss aversion, selling and lower prices. Those who remain emotionally neutral during a crash can earn greater profits. The seminar 'Emotional state and market behaviour' will be held at Waikato Management School in room MSB0.01.

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