Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1139

 Response to Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories draft curriculum published

An Expert Advisory Panel set up in March 2020 has released a response to the Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories draft curriculum for Years 1-10, currently open for consultation (until 31 Haratua May) . 

The panel was set up under the auspices of Royal Society Te Apārangi to provide an independent source of expertise to the Ministry of Education on the development of a core curriculum. 

The Panel comprised Professor Charlotte Macdonald FRSNZ, Professor Michael Belgrave (co-convenors), Sir Tipene O’Regan CRSNZ, Emerita Professor Barbara Brookes, Associate Professor Damon Salesa FRSNZ, Sean Mallon, Emerita Professor Manying Ip FRSNZ, Dr Vincent O’Malley, Professor Jim McAloon, Dr Arini Loader (until June 2020) and Kahu Hotere.
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Meet Sandra Cortés-Acosta, an Early Career Researcher

Sandra is the next researcher in our Tūrama series - an interview series that aims to illuminate the stories of Aotearoa's early career researchers.

In a video and written interview, she discusses how she was interested in improving her English and learning more about rural development and approaches that influence land-use patterns. This interest brought her across the Pacific from Colombia to Aotearoa. Now she's an environmental economist at EnviroStrat where she studies how we can adopt more sustainable land-use practices.

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New issue of botany journal

The New Zealand Journal of Botany has released a new issue, which includes articles exploring limitations on lineage through time analyses, spore viability of some fungi from New Zealand, and seed behavior of a threatened endemic New Zealand Myrtaceae tree. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"In this new knowledge landscape, Māori scholars attain jobs to add capacity and capability not only to universities but to Māori society too."

Associate Professor Marama Muru-Lanning (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto,
Ngāti Whātua) specialises in social anthropology with a focus on the cultural specificity of iwi Māori, the politics of flax-roots Māori and their unique sense of place and belonging in Aotearoa. Marama is renowned internationally as a social scientist for her mahi in four interrelated areas of research: water, human-environment relationships, kaumātua wellbeing, and Indigenous knowledge. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Budget 2021: Climate change, emissions, environment, Antarctica's Scott Base funding
Announcements include $300 million to accelerate investment in low-carbon technology, $344m for major redevelopment of Scott Base in Antarctica to deliver "critically important" climate change research and
$32m to roll out a National Pest Management Plan to protect kauri from dieback.
Michael Neilson @NZ Herald
The lost continent we sit upon is much older than first thought
The sunken continent that New Zealand sits upon has now been conclusively linked to ancient supercontinents that existed more than a billion years ago.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
There's no one way to teach maths
Associate Professor Robin Averill and Dr Linda Bonne from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington explain why they believe it's dangerous for the wide range of learners in schools to be taught in one way only.
HIV/AIDS vaccine: Why don’t we have one after 37 years, when we have several for COVID-19 after a few months?
Professor Ronald Desrosiers from the University of Miami describes the difficulties facing development of an effective vaccine against HIV/AIDS.
Ronald Desrosiers @Sciblogs
Native Mycena roseoflava fungi photographed glowing with bioluminescence
Mycena roseoflava were recently found glowing during the annual "fungal foray" on Stewart Island. The fact it was bioluminescent was not previously known by scientists.
Earthquake creates ecological opportunity
A Marsden-funded study has revealed how earthquake upheaval has affected New Zealand’s coastal species.
@University of Otago

Ngā take o te wā Events

21 May, Hawke's Bay
Demographic change in a COVID world - implications for Hawke's Bay
Within the last decade, New Zealand experienced major demographic change which has had implications for the nation's regions. Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley FRSNZ will explore how COVID-19 has confirmed some of these changes and accelerated others, while discussing past and future demographic change and the implications for Hawke's Bay.
15-22 May, Dunedin
Earth: Caught in Stone (art + science exhibition 2021)
How have the connections between earth systems affected the evolution of species throughout deep time, and changed the course of histories and cultures? This exhibition explores the formation of rocks, as they are layered across geologic time, under restless pressures, ruptures and constant change. 
2 June, Waikanae
The 109 year moth project
The third lecture in the Ngā Manu Nature Reserve Winter series will be led by Te Papa Entomologist Julia Kasper. Julia will describe both the transcription of George Hudson’s diaries on insects, but also, the follow up using “citizen scientists” (the public) to see what moths are still around.
3 June, Rotorua
Celebration of Vivien Edward's biography of Mary Sutherland
This event will celebrate A Path Through the Trees, a biography written about the life of Mary Sutherland - the first woman in the world to graduate with a forestry degree in 1916, who went on to become a member of the Botanical section of the Wellington Branch of the Philosophical Society.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

John Dunmore Medal - second call for nominations

This award recognises outstanding contributions to the knowledge and understanding of the part played by the French people or the French language in the development of historical, intellectual, scientific, economic, or other aspects of world culture, preference being given, although not exclusively, to the Pacific region. 

Closing date: 18 June
Organisation: Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande
Falling Walls New Zealand 

Falling Walls Lab is a global platform for early-career creators, innovators, and visionaries. It is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: which walls will fall next?

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Finalists are given the opportunity to present their breakthrough research, business model or initiative in any field - in just 3 minutes.

Closing date: 1 July
Organisation: Falling Walls and Royal Society Te Apārangi 

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

21 May
Genetic methods for the control of honey bee parasites and pathogens
This webinar will be led by Dr Phil Lester, one of New Zealand's top entomologists, and a professor of biology in the School of Biological Sciences at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

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