Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1146

Report on improving technology learning and career pathways released

A report that provides advice on improving teaching, learning and assessment of technology and hangarau within NCEA and the secondary—tertiary education system has been released today. It has been prepared by an expert advisory panel convened by Royal Society Te Apārangi.
It affirms that broad-based technology education aligns with the goals of Aotearoa New Zealand to be a nation of world-leading innovators and recommends changes to emphasise technological literacy rather than technical education.

Professor Alister Jones, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Waikato, who chaired the advisory panel said Aotearoa New Zealand has a world-leading curriculum in the Technology learning area. However, incremental changes have meant that the curriculum and senior school assessment have lost coherence around the big ideas and fundamental strands at the core of the technology learning area.
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Special issue released on volcanism in Zealandia and the SW Pacific

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has published the second part of a two-part special issue with guest editor James Scott. This issue summarises North Island volcanism, looking at our understanding of Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro, Taupō, Whakaari, as well as the paradigm changes in recent times of our recognition that New Zealand forms only a small part of the much larger Zealandia/Te Riu-a-Māui continent.

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Call for papers: JRSNZ Medical Technologies in Aotearoa

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions on innovation and research of medical technologies in Aotearoa. This special issue aims to highlight the outcomes of the MedTech CoRE in terms of scientific advances and clinical, or community impact.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Te reo Māori is a vital link in our connections to the complex multidimensional whakapapa networks of which we are a part (to tūpuna, to uri - descendants, to everything in between), however, the language cannot turn back time as if colonisation never happened." 

Dr Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. She is an avid writer of poetry and an advocate for Indigenous studies research who writes and teaches at the intersection of Indigenous, Pacific, literary and cultural studies. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Folic acid to be added to bread-making flour to prevent birth defects
Folic acid will be put in bread making flour to prevent devastating birth defects that can result in death or lifelong disability, the Herald can reveal. 'This is about protecting babies,' Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says.
Nicholas Jones @NZHerald
Scientists baffled as algal blooms turn New Zealand lakes green
New research by Kiwi scientists supported by Catalyst: Seeding funding from MBIE shows pristine lakes around the world - including Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu - are degrading due to the growth of bright-green slimy algae.
Hannah Kronast @Newshub
Climate scientists working to discover the 'new normal'
Researchers from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are redefining what counts as normal weather.
The key to controlling landfill emissions
Dr Saeid Baroutian from the University of Auckland argues we must put technology and innovation front and centre if we want to find New Zealand-specific solutions for capturing of landfill gas.
Saeid Baroutian @Newsroom
A month's bad sleep can mean poorer mental health a year later
A month's bad sleep can lead to poor mental health as far as a year later, new research that tracked thousands of New Zealanders over six years has found.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Ngā take o te wā Events

10 July, Dunedin
Fireside Chat with Siouxsie Wiles
Over the past year, Siouxsie has become a household name thanks to her public science communication efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Siouxsie will be interviewed by experimental psychologist Jesse Bering as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival.

11 July, Dunedin
2-Minute Talks: Young Women in Science
This is a community celebration of the talented young female scientists working and studying in Dunedin. Now in its fourth year, this event was specifically created for the New Zealand International Science Festival, to give young women a platform to talk about their science. 

14 July, Waikanae 
The Meaning of Eco: Ecology as a Way of Thinking
The sixth lecture in the 2021 Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series will be led by Professor Kath Dickinson. Kath will speak about people’s perceptions of ecology while discussing her ideas about how thinking ecologically is a mindset that involves knowledge of our place in the world, what happens around us and our connections with all living organisms.

8 August, Wellington
The NZ String Quartet Neil Ashcroft Memorial Concert
The New Zealand String Quartet is offering a free concert, which will include two Beethoven quartets and a new composition, in memory of Professor Neil Ashcroft Hon FRSNZ (1938-2021), who was an internationally acclaimed physicist.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Enter or nominate spectacular science/scientists for the 2021 Kudos Awards

Each year, the Kudos Awards recognise top scientists from the Greater Waikato Region, now including the Bay of Plenty area. The Kudos are New Zealand's most prestigious regional science awards, supporting the Waikato's reputation as a vital incubator for creative research discoveries and cutting-edge technology.

Closing date: 20 July
Organisation: The Kudos
Calling all biosecurity champions - entries are open for the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

These awards recognise and celebrate people and organsiations across Aotearoa who are contributing to New Zealand's biosecurity – in our communities, businesses, iwi and hapū, kura, universities and government agencies.

Closing date: 31 July
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

14 July
Experiences with Austropuccinia psidii in Hawaii and the Americas of relevance to the land down under
Forest Pathologist Phil Cannon will focus specifically on how A. puccinia, a type of myrtle rust, spread in Hawaii. He will also explore how it could similarly impact Aotearoa and what role climate change will play in its future spread.
21 July
History and impacts of Wai 262
Panellists will talk about the injustices, issues, and tensions that resulted in the Wai 262 Waitangi Tribunal claim and the subsequent Waitangi Tribunal report, along with the unresolved concerns that remain on the table to be addressed.

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