Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1090

Kōtuitui: A new special issue has been published on the Christchuch mosque attacks

This special issue titled, 'The contexts of the Christchurch terror attacks: Social science perspectives' has been published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, an open access journal. Edited by Charles Crother and Thomas O'Brien, it is comprised of seven papers that review the deeper issues underlying the terrorist attacks that occurred at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch last year.

Paper topics explore how white supremacist skinheads compare to the alt-right in Aotearoa, how attitudes toward religious groups differ, an analysis of ISIS and far-right discourse, and the effect distance had on media coverage of the Christchurch shootings.
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New crop and horticultural science issue

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has been published. It includes articles about post-harvest irrigation strategies in cherry orchards and identifying fungi in grapevine trunk disease.
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Meet Alysha Johnson, a Talented School Student alum

Alysha first became acquainted with Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2015 when she was selected to represent New Zealand in Russia at the International Geography Olympiad. She now has plans to commence her PhD study in July at Australia's University of Wollongong, where she hopes to focus on coastal erosion of volcanic islands in the Pacific. 
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Research Funding COVID-19 update

The Catalyst: Seeding and Catalyst: Leaders April calls have been cancelled. We anticipate the next Catalyst: Seeding and Catalyst: Leaders call for applications to open on 30 July 2020. Funding from the cancelled April call will be made available for the next call. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Ventilators, rapid tests targeted in new Govt $25m fund
The Government is pumping $25m into new innovation projects targeted at COVID-19, including one that aims to be able to roll out 100 ventilators each day.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
New Zealand joins international study on lockdowns and mood disorders
A researcher from the University of Otago, Christchurch is leading the New Zealand part of an international study focused on the impact of COVID-19 on people with mood disorders like bipolar and depression.
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan 
Antibody that blocks infection discovered
Scientists say they have discovered an antibody which prevents coronavirus from infecting human cells. The breakthrough offers hope of a treatment or a vaccine for the virus.
@NZ Herald 
Nanogirl to launch science show for older students on TVNZ's education channel
Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) is launching a new science show for older students working on distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
New study finds heavy cannabis use affects human genome
Heavy cannabis use has an impact on human DNA but the effect is stronger in people who smoke tobacco as well, according to new research.
@University of Canterbury
Climate change and coronavirus: Five charts about the biggest carbon crash
No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as COVID-19 has in a few short months.
Matt McGrath @BBC News

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

PhD scholarship opportunity for plant-based research

The Riddet Institute is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and passionate candidate to undertake a fully funded PhD project aimed at developing food ingredients from plant-based materials. The position is open to candidates currently in New Zealand. 

Closing date: 15 May
Organisation: Riddet Institute
Innovation Fund 2020 - request for proposals

Applicants are invited to submit EOIs for research projects that will contribute directly to building a ‘blue economy’, or marine activities that generate economic value and contribute positively to social, cultural and ecological wellbeing in Aotearoa

Closing date: 18 May 
Organisation: Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

Represent the ISC in an international alliance around COVID-19 education

The ISC is invited to join an international alliance of organisations looking at the world-wide educational challenges caused by COVID and how innovations and technologies can help education institutions respond to similar challenges in the future. Nominations and self-nominations are invited from members to help establish a group of 3-4 experts that will represent the Council in this alliance.

Closing date: 25 May
Organisation: International Science Council

For Women in Science international awards - call for nominations

The awards recognise five eminent female scientists from five regions of the world annually for their remarkable contributions to the progress of science. Researchers are invited to nominate candidates in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science for the awards.

Closing date: 31 May 
Organisation: L'Oréal-UNESCO

Rearticulating human development - request for submissions

Submissions are called for the next Human Development Report, prepared by the International Science Council and the United Nations Development Programme, which has been influential in broadening the concept of development by pointing decision makers to the multi-dimensional nature of development. Responses will feed into the report to be published for the High Level Political Forum in July 2020.

Closing date: 31 May
Organisation: International Science Council and United Nations Development Programme

International survey on mobility patterns and career paths of researchers

The MORE4 project is a study launched by the European Union that is investigating the working conditions, career paths, and patterns of mobility of researchers. They are now launching a survey for researchers working outside the European Union and invite researchers to participate.

View results of previous MORE3 study on researchers outside Europe.

Organisation: European Commission

Wānanga ipurangi Webinars

7 May
Predator free urban island: Waiheke Island - where people live, work & play
Waiheke Island has an ambition to be the world’s first predator free urban island. This is a big challenge with 9,000 permanent residents and over one million tourists every year. Join Mary Frankham and Paul Kviecinskas as they share the complexities of this project.
8 May
COVID-19: repercussions in the NZ research sector
The Early Career Researcher Forum invites you to join an open Zoom event to discuss issues arising from the impacts of COVID-19 on Aotearoa New Zealand's ECR community.
8 May
Are we having fun yet?
As part of Massey University's 'No Lockdown for the Mind' webinar series, Dr Nick Holm will discuss his recent research developing ways to think about fun as a core part of our cultural, social and even political lives. 
11 May
Are we (finally) cyborgs: COVID-19, digital technologies, and knowing from others
University of Otago's Dr Fabien Medvecky will discuss how COVID-19 has amplified our reliance on technologies. Technologies have always allowed us to extend our potential, from transportation to communication. He will consider how in a trivial way, we have always been cyborgs in this talk for VUW's Centre for Science in Society. 

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