Media Advisory July 20

Award for cyber security head

A University of Waikato cyber security expert has been acknowledged for his work, again. Dr Ryan Ko, who heads CROW (Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato) and set up the country’s first Master of Cyber Security degree, is one of 30 people being honoured by (ISC)2 (ISC squared), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals. Dr Ko is recognised in the managerial professional for an information security project category of the Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements Program. Organisers say the program provides a unique platform to showcase information security leaders who are dedicated to advancing the industry and inspiring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Dr Ko will receive his award at the ISC2 conference in the Philippines later this month. The award recognises Dr Ko’s contributions to security education and research through Waikato University and the Cloud Security Alliance, most recently as one of the pioneers who developed the new (ISC)2-CSA Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification’s common body of knowledge (CBK) and examinations over 18 months from 2013 to 2014.

Enemy at my port! Lecture to look at marine biological invasions

Humans have greatly influenced the distribution of marine species worldwide. Marine biological invasions are at the centre of University of Waikato biologist Professor Chad Hewitt’s Inaugural Professional Lecture tomorrow, Tuesday July 21. Professor Hewitt, the Head of the School of Science, will consider and discuss how we can prevent further human-mediated re-distribution of marine species and what controls, such as biosecurity frameworks, can be put in place to prevent new invasions. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are free and open to the public and are the University of Waikato’s way of introducing new professors and their research to the wider community. Professor Hewitt’s lecture Marine biosecurity: Understanding marine biological invasions and risk in a changing world is on Tuesday, July 21 from 6pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The Opus Bar is open from 5pm.

Something for everyone at Winter Lecture Series

From discussing the quality of our water to things we never knew about the Tron – there’s something for everyone at the University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series. Free and open to the public, the series is held every Wednesday in August from 6pm-7pm and is designed to bring together experts and advocates from the community to spark debate and discussion. This year’s series opens Wednesday, August 5 with “Things You Never Knew About the Waikato” with Te Radar, continuing with a conversation on New Zealand’s water quality and a panel discussion on New Zealand’s multicultural society hosted by Raybon Kan. The series finishes on a light-hearted note with comedian Jan Maree hosting a panel of well-known Hamiltonians sharing what they love most about the Tron. For more information, visit the Winter Lecture Series website.

Waikato University launches new event for parents

The University of Waikato is hosting its first parent information sessions in Hamilton and Tauranga to inform parents about what to expect when their children begin tertiary study. With half the year gone already, parents of children in their final year of secondary school are full of questions about tertiary study and how to help their children transition successfully into university. Group Manager Future Students Catherine Downes says the information sessions will give parents an opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance for making their child’s transition a smooth one. The inaugural events will include talks from various university and faculty staff who will share information about student support services, study costs, scholarships, the application process and the difference between school and university. The Hamilton sessions are on Wednesday July 22 and Thursday July 30 from 5.30pm-7pm in S Block on the Hamilton campus. The Tauranga session is on Thursday August 20 from 7pm-8.30pm at the ASB Arena, ASB Park Stadium. For more information visit

The Energy Revolution

Tauranga's Café Scientifique is hosting the University of Otago’s Keith Gordon and Massey University’s Luke Liu today, Monday, 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? 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. For more information visit

Women’s experiences of body image during and after pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of massive change for women's bodies that has the potential to cause either great happiness or distress for some women. University of Waikato Master of Social Sciences’ student Zoe Large is conducting research that looks at women’s experiences of body image during and after pregnancy. While many women have reported being happy with the changes to their bodies, there is the potential for significant distress for women who are dissatisfied with their body image and who may experience problems with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and unhealthy eating. For Ms Large, this highlights the importance of conducting in-depth research in this area. There is also a need to conduct this research in New Zealand, as little research has been conducted in a New Zealand context before. She is seeking research participants who are at least 18 years old and either in the last trimester of pregnancy (or will be soon), or who are in the first year of their baby’s life. Participants need to be located in the Waikato area and participation is completely anonymous.

Te reo Māori celebrated on campus

Next week (July 27-August 2), Aotearoa celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week. As part of the celebrations, the University of Waikato is showing full support by running activities for staff, students and the wider community. There will be three presentations that are free and open to the public from Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley, Professor Pou Temara and the Rt Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. For more information visit

Recognition for former Pro-Chancellor

Former University of Waikato Pro-Chancellor Dr Brian Linehan has been recognised for his contribution to the organisation with the presentation of the University of Waikato Medal. The medal is awarded to people who have made a substantial and exemplary contribution to the university. Dr Linehan was first appointed to the University of Waikato Council in 2002 and subsequently reappointed in 2006 and 2010. The Council elected him as Pro-Chancellor in 2006 and he remained in the role until his retirement in December 2014. As Pro-Chancellor he fostered and maintained close and mutually supportive relationships with both the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor and acted on behalf of the Chancellor when required. Dr Linehan also served on the University's Finance Committee from 2003 to 2014 - with the last four years as chair - and was a member of the Risk Management Committee. He remains a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee, where his background in medical ethics has been particularly valued.

Research explores geothermal law framework

A lack of clarity surrounding geothermal resource management has prompted new research by a University of Waikato masters student. Phoebe Parson is studying towards her LLM (Master of Laws degree) and is carrying out the research to provide clarity for organisations such as regional councils and commercial users of geothermal resources, such as geothermal energy operators. The focus of the research is the framework for sharing information about geothermal systems that are in commercial production. In the course of their operations, the companies that hold resource consents gather information about the geothermal resource, for company purposes. However, regional councils that administer the resource also need information to carry out their roles as custodians on behalf of the public. Ms Parson will analyse the existing legal framework for information sharing under the Resource Management Act and compare it with other regimes for managing natural resources, and similar legislation overseas.

Using apps to help with teaching and learning of maths

Digital technologies are increasingly being used in the classroom to help children learn. Tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July, Professor Nathalie Sinclair from Simon Fraser University, Canada, will give a presentation on how apps and the multi-touch nature of iPads are helping children learn maths. The presentation is free and open to the public, and is at the University’s Tauranga campus from 4pm-5pm in Room A04, A Block, Windermere Campus. RSVP: Find out more.

Women’s sport and good health

A symposium on the specific health needs of athletic girls and women is being organised by Sport and Leisure lecturers from the University of Waikato. It’s expected the two-day symposium on September 3 and 4 at Cambridge’s Avantidrome will attract sport and exercise scientists and researchers, health professionals, clinicians, trainers, educators and coaches who work with female athletes, parents, and athletes themselves. A key focus will be energy deficiency in women and the unique risks facing female athletes, particularly girls and women whose dietary intake doesn’t cover their energy expenditure, and the interrelated issues such as body image concerns, disordered eating practices, menstrual function, and bone health. Speakers are coming from New Zealand and overseas and include Professor Mary Jane De Souza Director of the Women’s Health and Exercise Lab at Penn State University in the US, and her colleague Professor Nancy Williams who specialises in nutrition and physiology. For more information, go to

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