Issue 18 October 9, 2006
Olympic legend and internationally regarded scientist Associate Professor Peter Snell is about to embark on a series of
research studies in New Zealand in collaboration with the University’s Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health.
From internet star-gazing to atom-smashing, Massey academics will soon catch up with the rest of the world with the
introduction of a new super high-speed Internet-style network. The Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network was
officially launched by Prime Minister Helen Clark this month, and some Massey staff may be using it by early next year.
A two-year trial of a free bus service offered to Massey staff and students throughout Palmerston North has succeeded
beyond expectations. It is now being cited as a model for the big metropolitan cities to cut congestion, pollution and
Literary and biographical accounts of the lives of writers confined in China’s prison camps have been analysed in a book
co-edited by Professor Philip Williams.
University researchers are looking for men aged 75 or over who live alone for a study of how well they are eating and
what puts their nutrition at risk.
The School of Aviation is calling for New Zealand aviation trainers to combine efforts and consider a joint bid to offer
staff training for India’s booming aviation industry. School general manager Captain Ashok Poduval says if the bid
succeeds there will be significant gains for trainers here and the national economy but the window of opportunity will
not be open long.
“ Splitting linguistic atoms” was how Janet Frame once referred to her approach to writing and propensity for imbuing
her work with multiple meanings. The resulting complexity of her prose is not something that should deter readers
however, according to senior lecturer in English, Dr Jenny Lawn.
Massey News and New Zealand Geographic magazine are offering a prize of a year’s subscription to the monthly New Zealand
Geographic for the best photograph received this month.
The University has launched its own wine label, courtesy of award-winning Marlborough winemaker and alumna Dr Jane
Te Mata o Te Tau, Massey University’s Academy of Mäori Research and Scholarship will host an Inaugural Mäori Language
Conference in November this year. The conference is expected to be the first of its kind where papers will be presented
entirely in the Mäori language.