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Massey Electronic Newsletter - Issue 9 June 2004

Issue 9 June 8, 2004 MasseyNews | Alumni & Friends | Upcoming Events

Meat and cancer link

A study of New Zealand meat industry has found a significantly high rate of cancers, particularly lung cancer, which may be caused by exposure to cancer causing agents carried by animals. The study by the Centre for Public Health Research followed the health status of around 6,600 people who have worked at three plants, in the North and South Islands.

Brain drain snapshot

A survey of New Zealanders living and working overseas has found nearly half will return home but over a quarter intend to remain in their adopted countries. The research aims to increase understanding of the migration of skilled and economically valuable people, the relationship of migration to careers, and the implications for national and organisational policies.

Honours for former V-C

Former Vice-Chancellor James McWha received an honorary doctorate from the University at a graduation ceremony in Wellington. Professor McWha is now head of the University of Adelaide. Earlier this year he received Australia's Centenary Medal, awarded for his contribution to Australian society.

Budget tick

The Budget's provisions to encourage further excellence in teaching and science research have been welcomed as forward thinking. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Wellington) Professor Ken Heskin says the allocation of money to encourage greater levels of excellence in tertiary education is to be commended.

McCutcheon appointment

Massey University alumnus and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon is to head the University of Auckland. Professor McCutcheon, currently V-C of Victoria University, held a series of senior positions at Massey, including Professor of Animal Sciences.

Improving leadership

Dr Robin Mann is providing expertise to a new national steering group set up to promote a consistent approach to improving business leadership and management in New Zealand. Dr Mann is head of the University's Centre for Organisational Excellence Research.

Hauraki research

Research projects on the Hauraki Gulf are gaining momentum. The Coastal Marine Research Group, based at the Albany campus, has grown to accommodate new projects and can now access expertise in marine biology, meteorology, international business, statistics, heritage management and sports management.

Happy birthday MURFC!

It was rugby reunion time over Queen's Birthday Weekend for past and present players of the Massey University Rugby Football Club. The bulk of club members to attend the 75th reunion were players from 1950-1980, a period duirng which the game, the city and the University saw significant change. Includes video

Support a star fencer

The family of fencer Jessica Beer, a Massey graduate and practicing vet in the UK, are appealling for financial support in the lead-up to the Olympic Games. Jessica has been invited to train with the German Olympic Squad, the Hungarian Squad and to have intensive coaching in France. Jessica is the first female New Zealand fencer to achieve Olympic selection and one of only five fencers to ever represent New Zealand.

Would academic research benefit your business? for information contact John Henley-King on 06 350 5568 J.S.Henley-King@massey.ac.nz

ENDS

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