Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1166

Spotlight on health

This new paper from Te Tapeke Fair Futures panel invites New Zealanders to think about health and fairness by highlighting specific health issues that are prevalent at particular stages of life.

A just society would ensure equitable access to high-quality healthcare services so that people have the ability to be educated, to work and to contribute to society in multiple ways. However, as highlighted in this paper, access to health services in this country is a story of ongoing inequity. 

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2021 L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women In Science

Dr Olivia Harrison (nee Faull), an Otago-based neuroscientist and Rutherford Discovery Fellow, has been awarded the annual 2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. This award enables her to further her research into understanding anxiety, and how the way we perceive mental health can in-turn influence our response.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Finding a balance: Are Kiwi women coping with COVID?
Professor Holly Thorpe, a recipient of a 2021 James Cook Research Fellowship, is discovering how COVID-19 is impacting Kiwi women in sport and the novel ways they're responding. 
Suzanne McFadden @Newsroom
Professor Karen Stockin appointed as Chair of Ethics Committee for the Society for Marine Mammalogy
Professor Karen Stockin, a Rutherford Discovery Fellow who leads Massey's Cetacean Ecology Research Group, has been appointed to the Board of Governors as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the International Society for Marine Mammalogy.
@Massey University
All-women research team heads to Antarctica
The first all-women research team from the Antarctic Research Centre at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington heads to the ice this month to collect data on ice flow at the Ross Ice Shelf to inform climate change models.
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
How New Zealand fits into the plan to 'nudge' an asteroid with a rocket
At the end of November Nasa will launch a spacecraft with the sole purpose of crashing it into an asteroid moon. 
Brittney Deguara @Stuff
COP26's ocean acidification failure: States must protect the world's oceans
The COP26 summit may come to be regarded as a failure or an important milestone, but it certainly failed to address the "other" climate change problem: ocean acidification.
Karen Scott @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

25 November, Online (via Zoom)
A2 or not A2, is it even a question? Unravelling the science from the hype
A2 milk has taken the world by storm over the last 25 years, or has it? But what is A2, is it connected to lactose, and what is ‘special’ about it? Associate Professor Don Otter will lead a discussion tonight on all things A2. 
30 November, Dunedin
Thirst for knowledge - atomic identity crisis
2021 marks 150 years since the birth of Ernest Lord Rutherford FRSNZ. In this presentation, Professor Niels Kjærgaard from the University of Otago's Department of Physics will demonstrate how far we've come since Rutherford's mahi. He will also demonstrate his latest work using Otago's ultracold 'atom smasher'.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Adopt a kākāpō

There are only 201 kākāpō alive today. The symbolic adoption of a kākāpō is a great way to support the important work of kākāpō recovery.

All profits from the adoptions scheme contribute directly to the conservation of this unique and remarkable species. This includes funding monitoring equipment, supporting current research objectives, and contributing towards the management of breeding seasons.

You can also help by sponsoring a takahē.

Organisation: Department of Conservation

Applications open for the Chief Science Advisor (Justice) role

The Chief Science Advisor (Justice) reports to the Justice Sector Leadership Board and works to ensure robust, credible science is at the core of decisions within and across the justice sector agencies. 

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified persons wishing to be considered for appointment.

Closing date: 2 December
Organisation: Ministry of Justice

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

Get involved in the consultation – upcoming engagements and submissions

MBIE will hold 12 public sessions to start the conversation on initial thoughts on the Green Paper. There will be sessions targeted at specific cohorts, such as Early Career Researchers and funders, to give them an opportunity to discuss the Green Paper content amongst peers, and also sessions devoted to a specific Green Paper focus area or theme which are open to everyone.

Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Wānanga Ipurangi | Webinars

Marine ecotourism: where are we now and where are we going?
In this webinar, Professor Simon Milne, Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera and Eilidh Thorburn (all from AUT) will share the findings of interviews with marine ecotourism operators and a nationwide survey of the sector. They will also highlight the challenges and opportunities that face the sector as Aotearoa New Zealand’s tourism re-opens to domestic and international travel.

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