Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1106

Entries are now open for the
'Days of Ice: Antarctica through fresh eyes
tauira film competition'!

Kia hiwa rā tauira students in Years 1 to 13! We want you to put together a 3-minute video on Antarctica from a new perspective. 

As part of the 'Days of Ice' week-long event in Ōtautahi Christchurch, students are invited to share new stories and perspectives of the frozen continent. The spirit of this competition is to draw a deeper understanding of Antarctica here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and across the globe. The competition closes on 2 October, karawhiua go for it!

There are six prizes up for grabs in three age categories. Submissions can be made as individuals or in a team. Winners will have travel arranged for them to fly to Christchurch where they will attend the premiere screening of their videos on 12 October at the International Antarctic Centre, during the 'Days of Ice' week-long event. The winning videos will also be featured at the International Antarctic Centre (IAC) for the next year, and winners will become IAC ambassadors. There will be merchandise as part of the prizes too.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, you can also apply to be assigned a mentor before 2 September! Our mentors will help to ensure you have the resources and guidance available to begin and complete your submission. 

Also, we are seeking mentors. If you have you been to Antarctica, have expertise on the frozen continent or are experienced with video production, apply to be a mentor! 

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New issue of geology and geophysics journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has been released. Articles topics include the inversion history of the northern Tasman Ridge, a re-evaluation of New Zealand's endemic Pliocene fossil penguin genus and an analysis of seismic data collected from the low seismicity area of Dunedin city.

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Deadline extended for 2020 Early Career Researchers ataata video competition

Due to the recent change in COVID-19 Alert Levels, the submission deadline for the 180 Seconds of Fascination video competition - a chance for Aotearoa's ECRs to tell the story of their research - has been extended by four weeks. Applications now close on 16 October 2020. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

23-million-year-old leaves hint trees might 'breathe' easier in high-carbon air
New research supported by a Marsden Fund grant shows forests may be able to breathe easier as carbon dioxide levels rise. However, as University of Auckland's Cate Macinnis-Ng MRSNZ says, this benefit may be overshadowed by the droughts, intensifying storms and flooding they’ll face.
Olivia Wannan @Stuff
Hormone find may save lives
A blood hormone discovery by Christchurch researchers could result in apparently healthy people who are at risk of heart disease being saved after a simple blood test.
John Gibb @Otago Daily Times
SMC video competition winner explores the science of camouflage
Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the first round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. Check out the work of first place prize winner, PhD candidate Morgane Merien, whose research focusses on camouflage. In this video she explores disruptive colouration of the lichen moth with PhD student Cass Mark-Chan.  
Cantabrians being questioned about their earthquake experiences as part of world-first study
In a study supported by the Marsden Fund, researchers are looking at how people talk about a disaster and deal with it in the years following the earthquakes.
Why scientists are looking at existing medications to treat COVID-19
Scientists are looking for drugs already approved for use to treat coronavirus, but some that initially showed promise have shown no benefit upon further investigation.
From DNA to RNA: Science's unhealthy obsession with acronyms
Excessive use of acronyms within the scientific community is impeding general understanding and in some cases even the work of medical professionals, the author of a new study into the problem says.
@RNZ Sunday Morning

Ngā take o te wā Events

2 September, Wellington

‘A real war job at last?’ Māori women and the armed forces during the Second World War

This talk, led by Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla looks at the recruitment of Māori women into the auxiliary services, why they joined, and how their wartime service impacted on their post-war lives.
17 September, Wellington

Painting Kākāpo - a workshop

Led by Paintvine artist Debbie Anderson, this session will teach you the basics of painting with acrylics on canvas. Debbie will offer step-by-step instructions on how to paint the kākāpo by Johannes Keulemans, leaving plenty of room for your own personalised touches.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Last chance to apply for DiscoveryCamp 2021

Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! DiscoveryCamp is a week-long science camp for current year 12 and 13 Māori and Pasifika students with a genuine passion for the sciences, and will be run in two separate locations: Palmerston North and Dunedin. Applications close tomorrow.

Closing date: 28 August 2020
Organisation: MacDiarmid Institute

Last chance to apply for NanoCamp 2021

NanoCamp is a full week of residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics. Get your application in before tomorrow if you're a current Year 12 or 13 student with a strong academic background, who is hoping to continue pursuing science.

Closing date: 28 August 2020
Organisation: MacDiarmid Institute
Entries for 2021 Judith Binney Fellowship and Writing Awards close tomorrow

The fellowships and awards support research and writing on New Zealand history or associated topics. The fellowship is available for an established scholar to undertake or complete significant research. The writing awards are for emerging scholars, or for the beginning or completion of a project. 

Closing date: 28 August 2020
Organisation: Judith Binney Trust
Apply for the 2020 round of the Prime Minister's Science Prizes

With a combined value of $1,000,000, these prizes acknowledge and raise the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa, and celebrate those endeavouring across our research and education hapori communities.

Closing date: 9 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Nominations for Powering Potential

Powering Potential allows Year 12-13 students who are nominated by their school to work together and enhance their passion for science and technology. This opportunity brings together New Zealand’s most promising young students to seek answers to some of today's big problems with support from mentors.

Closing date: 7 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

22 September
Climate change and the infinite game
As part of the 'Healthcare and Climate Health' webinar series, Associate Professor Niki Harré will give a talk on our response to the call of climate change and how this can have positive outcomes on our mental health.

Ngā hui Conferences

26-27 September, Dunedin/Online
Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti/Dunedin
This free conference will bring together mana whenua, artists, designers, architects, scientists and speakers from the environmental humanities to present a picture of where we are as we learn to live with and act in the changing environment some call the Anthropocene.

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

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