Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1167

2021 Companions Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi

Today we recognise four outstanding individuals for leadership or eminent contributions to promoting and advancing humanities, science or technology in New Zealand. The new Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi Companions are: 

DR MOANA JACKSON, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine, is among the most highly valued and respected lawyers in Aotearoa New Zealand. He is a specialist in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and constitutional issues.

PROFESSOR JAMES RENWICK is a leading researcher in atmospheric science and climate dynamics and is highly regarded through his leadership and commitment to outreach and communication.

DR DAVID TEULON, through outstanding leadership, has championed plant biosecurity research in New Zealand during a period of ever-increasing biosecurity threats.

SIR WILLIAM TE RANGIUA (POU) TĒMARA KNZM CNZM, Tūhoe, is a paramount scholar and prominent exponent of te reo Māori and kaupapa philosophy, and is a cultural authority on whaikōrero oratory, whakapapa, and karakia.

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Welcoming new Tumu Whakarae Paul Atkins 

Paul Atkins, the new Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi was welcomed into the whare on Monday 29 November. Kaumātua Peter Jackson (Taranaki and Te Ātiawa) led the pōhiri, supported by Holden Hohaia (Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui) Manaaki Whenua General Manager Māori Partnerships, Society President Brent Clothier, Past President Wendy Larner, Academy Chair Charlotte Macdonald and our kaimahi. Paul was accompanied by whānau and Phillip Meyer (Chair of the Zealandia Board), Sarah O'Sullivan (Zealandia) and Dr Danielle Shanahan (new CE at Zealandia). 

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Rā whānau Rutherford: Splitting the atom 

We have just released the fourth and final video in our Rā whānau Rutherford video series, celebrating the 150th birthday of Ernest Lord Rutherford FRSNZ. In this video Professor David Hutchinson, from the physics department at the University of Otago and director of the Dodds-Walls Centre, explains what it actually means to split the atom. He describes the first splitting of the atom and how science and society utilises that knowledge today.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

The rise of green hydrogen
How viable is hydrogen as a major power alternative? Is it the key to a lower carbon economy and this country being more energy self-sufficient?   
Professor Suzanne Pitama appointed Dean of University of Otago Christchurch campus
Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whare), the former Director of the Māori Indigenous Health Institute and Associate Dean Māori, becomes the first Māori female Dean of any Otago Medical School.
@Univeristy of Otago 
Covid-19: Vaccine 'tweaks' to tackle Omicron variant possible
The world may not learn the true level of threat posed by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 for several weeks, says a University of Otago scientist.
NZ Ecological Society announce winners of their 2021 annual awards @NZ Ecological Society
How brain magnets can help relieve depression
Depression is the leading cause of disability around the world, with World Health Organization global estimates suggesting that 5 percent of adults worldwide suffer in some way. 

Ngā take o te wā Events

6 December, Wellington and Online
Explosive eruptions vs. passive degassing
Marco Rebecchi, who has been supported by a Marsden Fund grant to do his PhD, will discuss his thesis which critically highlights the extremes of volcanic activity and their implications in space and time using a combination of advanced field measurement techniques and traditional Pasifika ocean navigation.
8 December, Online
Well-being and the SDGs 
At this event Professor Arthur Grimes, Chair in Wellbeing and Public Policy at Wellington School of Business and Government and Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, will discuss the Sustainable Development Goal 3, regarding "Good Health and Well-being". 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Critics and conscience of society award open for applications

The latest Critic and Conscience of Society Award is now open for applications, giving Aotearoa New Zealand’s university academics the chance to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, Professor Michael Baker, Professor Andrew Geddis and Dr Mike Joy.

The award, sponsored by philanthropic trust The Gama Foundation and first presented in 2017, includes a grant of $50,000 to help with research, conferences and other work-related expenses.

Closing date: 28 February 
Organisation: Universities New Zealand Te Pōkai Tara

Applications open for Science Communicator role at Otago Museum

Science Communicators engage with visitors one-on-one and in groups, enriching their visits through delivery of interesting and scientifically accurate information in unique and exciting ways.

Successful applicants will have a passion for science and customer service, excellent communication skills and a proven ability to deliver engaging scientific content in creative ways.

Closing date: 13 December
Organisation: Otago Museum

Applications open for Science Engagement Coordinator roles at Otago Museum 

Otago Museum is seeking two additions to their Science Engagement Team. The Science Engagement Team is responsible for every aspect of bringing Otago Museum-quality science engagement opportunities beyond the Museum walls: to excite, inform, and engage communities in Otago, communities in Te Wai Pounamu, communities all over Aotearoa New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands.

Closing date: 13 December
Organisation: Otago Museum 

Research Science Innovation workforce surveys

MBIE wants to ensure that people in the Research Science Innovation (RSI) workforce are supported to work to their full potential, in a system that supports their career development and overall wellbeing. The survey will collect information about the makeup of the workforce, their skills and experience, learning and development opportunities, connections and collaboration, diversity and inclusion practices, and challenges facing the sector.

Closing date: February 2022
Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Wānanga Ipurangi | Webinars

8 December
Unprecedented extinction of tree species by fungal disease

In this webinar Rod Fensham, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, will talk about his assessment of myrtle rust symptoms on 145 species at 936 locations across eastern Australia. His results predict the imminent extinction of 16 rainforest tree species in the wild within a generation. 

10 December
Chat live with marine biologists in Antarctica
Join marine biologist Amy Moran and her team live from McMurdo Station, Antarctica as they conduct research in the coldest ocean water on the planet. In this live Zoom event, learn how researchers dive under sea ice to collect sea creatures and discover how animals like sea spiders and sea urchins survive in the cold waters of the Southern Ocean.

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