Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1142

Meet Dr Shannon Davis, an Early Career Researcher

Shannon is a mother of three who balances motherhood with a passion for teaching; she is also a researcher who balances her career between two disciplines. Shannon's initial research focus centered around memorial sites, and while she still studies this, a teaching opportunity drove her to begin investigating urban greenspaces. Now she is a lecturer at Lincoln University who is determined to reconnect New Zealanders with their food by bringing production back into our backyards.

Shannon is the next researcher in our Tūrama series, which aims to illuminate the stories of early career researchers in Aotearoa. In her interview, Shannon shares the motivations behind her research and her hopes for the future.
Watch and read the interview

New issue of zoology journal

The New Zealand Journal of Zoology has released a new issue, which includes articles exploring the eye of the Takahē, the annual variation in bird numbers over Kaipātiki, and a terrestrial vertebrate survey of Motukawanui. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Elasticity in Māori philosophy presents an extraordinary opportunity to think beyond and unseat the laws of our operational system. Our bodies may be constrained by the laws of physics, but our minds are not."

Ocean Ripeka Mercier van Berkel (Ngāti Porou) is an Associate Professor at Te Kawa a Māui School of Māori Studies, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Ocean examines the connections between mātauranga and science, particularly in the contexts of education and environment. She is also presenter of Māori Television's science show Project Mātauranga and presents on TVNZ's Coast New Zealand.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Queen's Birthday Honours List
The Queen's Birthday Honours list for 2021 includes Professor Angus Macfarlene CNZM FRSNZ, Dr Maxwell Gilbert Shepherd CNZM FRSNZ, Professor Dame Carolyn Burns FRSNZ and Professor Sir Bill Denny FRSNZ.
@Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Power from the ocean
New research from Associate Professor Craig Stevens, Dr Lousie Kregting and Dr Vladislav Sorokin is looking at how bio-fouling organisms can be used to help extract energy from waves.
@The Conversation
World's largest vaccine monitoring study to be run from the University of Auckland
The university will act as the global coordinating centre for the study, which will follow some 300 million people.
@NZ Herald
World academies call for protection of marine environments
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) urges world leaders to improve ocean health by stopping habitat destruction and the spread of environmental contaminants, fighting climate change and overexploitation, and adopting evidence-based policies.
@The InterAcademy Partnership
Māori may have discovered Antarctica
New research led by Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi and published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand explores how Māori were likely the first people to set eyes on Antarctica and its waters.

Ngā take o te wā Events

19 June, Christchurch
Kōrero about tātai aroraki
Christchurch City Libraries is hosting a range of events to celebrate the rise of the star cluster Matariki. One of their events will be presented by Victoria Campbell who will share kōrero about tātai aroraki astronomy with a focus on Matariki.
1 July, Napier
Fermented foods - what's brewing?
Professor Steve Flint, who teaches food safety and microbiology at the School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey University, will discuss the different microbes that are used to ferment food - yeasts, moulds and bacteria. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Rutherford Foundation PhD and Postdoctoral funding opportunities

For 2021, the Rutherford Foundation is offering the following funding opportunities:
  • New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships enable recipients to undertake full-time research programmes within New Zealand in all areas of research. Up to five Fellowships can be awarded in the 2021 funding round. Researchers whose doctoral degrees were conferred on or after 1 January 2017 are eligible to apply.
  • Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science and the social sciences. One scholarship can be awarded in the 2021 funding round.
Closing date: 5 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne Essay Prize for creative nonfiction

Submissions by nonfiction creative writers are welcomed on the topic of  'Radical Connections' and should align with Zealandia’s vision of connecting people with nature and restoring and protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s native taonga.

Closing date: 12 September
Organisation: Headland, Zealandia & Massey University
Opportunity for post-doctoral fellow at the Child and Well-being Research Institute

This is an opportunity for a 1-year post-doctoral research fellow to work on a project as part of the Better Start National Science Challenge Successful Learning Theme, alongside Professor Gail Gillon FRSNZ and Professor Brigid McNeill.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Psychology with expertise in child development or a related discipline. The role will ideally require you to have experience working in Māori communities and knowledge of Kaupapa Māori research methodologies.

Closing date:  13 June
Organisation: University of Canterbury
Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date:  24 June
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

17 June, Online
Science through picture books
Nicola Daly, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Waikato, and Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub will host this webinar highlighting the strength of picture books as a tool to promote science conversations and capabilities.

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