Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1204

Charles Fleming Environmental Achievement Award – Presentation from 2019 medal winner

The Society awards the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement every three years to honour those who have achieved distinction in the protection, maintenance, management, improvement or understanding of the environment, in particular the sustainable management of the New Zealand environment.

The winner of the 2019 award, Professor Dave Towns will be speaking about his work in a lecture entitled 'Secret lives on seabird islands’ on Monday 17 Whiringa-ā-nuku October at 5.30pm, in WG 306, AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland. Professor Towns will be presented with his medal at the event.

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Apply now for 2023 Science Teaching Leadership Programme!

Applications and nominations for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme 2023 are now live, tono mai and apply now!

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science in Society by providing opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities.

We are accepting two cohorts, with the first intake starting in Term 1, 2023, and the second in Term 3, 2023. Deadline extended to 7 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.

Prime Minister's Science Prizes

Don't forget to apply and nominate for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards.

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa. There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Closing date: 18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022  

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Mysteries of tectonic plate movement revealed in new research

Research shines new light on the movement of the Earth's massive tectonic plates and answers a long-standing question about how these massive plates move with respect to one another. "It’s a bit like a cake with a layer of jam in the middle," says researcher Professor Martha Savage FRSNZ.
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

'World class' observatory to close amid AUT cuts

New Zealand's only major radio observatory is to close by Christmas, in a move our astronomy society says will have a "detrimental impact" on our burgeoning role in the global space community.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Penny drops on new way to help dyslexics

As parents of dyslexic children and structured-literacy advocates wait to see if this science-based way of teaching reading, writing and spelling is going to be made the gold standard, Vaneesa Bellew talks to schools where the method is already being used in part one of a two-part feature on the learning difference.

Climate change could widen termite habitats – Expert Reaction

As the planet warms, termites could move further out of the tropics, decaying more wood and releasing more carbon dioxide like “tiny cows”, according to a new study in the journal Science. Three locations in New Zealand were included as study sites. 
@Science Media Centre

DNA cracks a century-old mystery about New Zealand’s only extinct freshwater fish

New methods have recently been developed that help to isolate and analyse small damaged fragments of DNA. This means genetic analysis of many “wet preserved” specimens like those of the upokororo is now possible for the first time. Such genetic information can provide new insights into the origin and identity of extinct species.
@The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

25 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Taradale
From Mihoutao to Kiwifruit
Kiwifruit originally come from China, where they are known as Mihoutao. The kiwifruit of commerce are large fruited selections of Actinidia chinensis var. chinensis (yellow and red fruit flesh) and A. chinensis var. deliciosa (green fruit flesh). Dr Ross Ferguson FRSNZ will tell you how, from an introduced plant, kiwifruit became an important commercial New Zealand fruit crop.
12 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Wellington and online
New Zealand's Foreign Service: A History
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) is the subject of a new book. Commissioning editor Ian McGibbon and two of the authors Steven Loveridge and Anita Perkins will discuss what is distinctive about MFAT's approach to diplomacy in New Zealand and globally, and reflect on the process of researching and writing the book.
4 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Dunedin and online
Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Sensitive little souls: Insights into our past'
Professor Siân Halcrow will speak about her research into understanding major human transitions in the past through the experiences of the most vulnerable people in the population: infants and children. 
18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Wellington
Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Engineering superconductivity into power intensive applications
Professor Rod Badcock will outline the journey that he and his team have made in making the impossible possible—unlocking the potential of superconductivity.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for Powering Potential 

This event on 12-15 Hakihea December will give 60 Year 12 or Year 13 tauira who have a passion for science, technology, or social sciences the opportunity to research some big science questions or social issues.  Students will work in teams and be assigned a mentor.  All travel, kai, accommodation and activities are covered by the programme.  Powering Potential 2022 will be a blast!

Closing date: 14 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Museum Hardship Fund

The Museum Hardship Fund is now open for grants of up to $25,000.  It welcomes applications from community-run and volunteer museums and galleries, iwi, hapū and whānau, whare taonga, and small to medium-sized museums, galleries and cultural organisations (including council run) who care for taonga and collections.

Closing date: 30 Mahuru September   
Organisation: Te Papa

Hui ā-Ipurangi Webinars

11am UTC, 5 Whiringa-ā-nuku October
IAP Global Webinar ‘Academies of science and medicine: Actions to advance urban health’ 
The global and national focus on cities has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, not only for concerns on its impact on urban public health and healthcare systems, but also on urban planning and space use, public transport, housing, socioeconomic development and health disparities in vulnerable communities.
10am, 7 Whiringa-ā-nuku October
Human Pangenome Reference Consortium Seminar II

Genomics Aotearoa is hosting the second of its mini series on the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC). It features international guest speakers Alice Popejoy and Nanibaa’ Garrison. The first Genomics Aotearoa seminar introduced the HPRC and broader application of the methods used to other species (YouTube link).

Ngā hui | Conferences

3 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Wellington
Longitudinal research on ageing in Aotearoa: Spotlight on the Health, Work & Retirement Study

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology’s Lower North Island Regional Seminar includes the following keynote presentations: 

  • Professor Fiona Alpass: Introducing the Health, Work and Retirement cohort: unique methodology and findings 
  • Associate Professor Susanne Röhr: Risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia:  global evidence and implications for Aotearoa/New Zealand 

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