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Informed by leading edge research from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, Massey researchers have helped to positively shape lives and communities here in New Zealand and around the world.
The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, innovation and connectedness.
There are four award categories in the Research Excellence Awards section:
This award recognises Professor Stafford's exceptional record of scholarly and practical support for, and successful supervision of, numerous postgraduate students over at least two decades. He joined Massey in 1990 as a lecturer in sheep and beef medicine and production and has been a professor since 2003.
Professor Stafford has become an internationally recognised expert on animal behaviour and welfare. In the past 26 years, he has supervised or contributed to the supervision of 23 PhD candidates and more than 44 master’s, postgraduate diploma and honours students.
He has been the institute director of postgraduate studies and dean of postgraduate studies and research, teaming students up with suitable supervisors and often stepping in to provide support. At the same time he has maintained a very large undergraduate teaching workload.
Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology
Health researcher Professor Marlena Kruger has contributed to the development and leadership of a bone health research team and leads a large programme of research investigating the role of various nutrients, foods, bioactives and small molecules in the protection and maintenance of bone and joint health.
Her research advances knowledge on bone function and structure, introducing information of the effects of lifestyle, nutrition, environment and ethnicity on bone mass and hormone status to support bone health.
College of Creative Arts (CoCa) Research Office
Industrial designer Professor Tony Parker is New Zealand’s leading university based industrial designer. A top-ranked researcher whose expertise within the university context has been recognised in New Zealand and internationally. His industrial design career has resulted in more than 70 commercialised, mass-produced, creative outputs.
Professor Parker’s substantial contribution to New Zealand design, including his design work for Gallagher, has seen him win multiple awards and invitation to exhibit at international events.
Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Dr David Aguirre has been a lecturer in marine ecology at the College of Science in Auckland since 2014.
He received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 2012 and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship there. His research centres on quantifying genetic and environmental influences on phenotypes.
In a research career spanning barely four years, he has been the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Rutherford Foundation Trust in 2013, a Marsden Fast-Start grant from the Royal Society in 2014 and a Ministry
of Business, Innovation and Employment Unlocking Curious Minds grant last year.
Senior lecturer - Institute of Education
Dr Jodie Hunter, from the College
Humanities and Social Sciences is a senior lecturer based in Auckland.
She completed her Master of Education at Massey while working as a primary school teacher, then worked as a research fellow and lecturer at Plymouth University, England, where she completed her PhD, before joining Massey in 2012.
Dr Hunter specialises in mathematics education, specifically innovative teaching and effective pedagogy and teacher development and learning.
Lecturer - Whiti o Rehua School of Art
Shannon Te Ao, from Ngäti Tuwharetoa, is a lecturer at the College of Creative Arts (CoCA) in Wellington.
Working predominantly within performance and video-based practices, Mr Te Ao’s recent work has seen him develop a body of work of international significance that has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.
In 2014, he was New Zealand’s sole representative at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. In 2015 he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree, graduating with first-class honours and last year he was awarded the Walters Prize, arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious contemporary art prize.
This year he will present new projects at the
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, at Artspace Auckland and at the Taipei Centre for Contemporary Art in Taiwan.
In 2007 the World Organisation for Animal Health adopted the Centre as its major collaborating centre in the animal welfare arena - a first for the southern hemisphere. Additional indicators of the huge success of this group include more than $7 million in research funding, more than 90 postgraduate student completions and expert advice offered to more than 30 government advisory committees and authorities.
Institute head, Professor Paul Kenyon says the group has been hugely successful over a prolonged period with a significant international reputation across a wide range of activities.
"Few groups at Massey University can match the breadth and depth of their research outputs and their more than 600 national and international presentations," Professor Kenyon says.
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Last updated on Monday 27 March 2017