Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1138

COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has published its special issue on COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. This issue contains articles looking at Kaumātua in the time of COVID-19, changes to New Zealanders' grocery shopping, the impact of COVID-19 on health research in New Zealand, rethinking Pacific community responses in Aotearoa and many other topics. 
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Wendy Larner's editorial on COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand

Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ, Royal Society Te Apārangi President, has written an editorial on the research community during the COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand for the new special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (see above).

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Marsden Fund 2020 Update

The Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden supports excellence in leading-edge research in Aotearoa New Zealand. Projects are selected annually in a rigorous process by ten panels, guided by the opinions of world-leading, international researchers. The Marsden Fund Update is an annual publication that highlights the research and awardees of the Marsden Fund.

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Bruce Weir Hon FRSNZ made Fellow of The Royal Society, London

Professor Bruce Weir, a statistical geneticist from North Carolina State University, who was made an Honorary Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi in 1998, has been made a Fellow of The Royal Society, London. Bruce was a first-day pupil, first dux at Shirley Boys' High School in Christchurch and is the first FRS to come from the high school. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"New crises required new leaders with new answers, ideas, concepts, expressions, solutions and strategies to ensure our survival as people."

Morehu McDonald (Ngāti Hinerangi, Ngāti Mahuta, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Ingoa, Ngāti Ngutu, Ngāti Hāmua) is a writer, Treaty claims historian, film and television director and producer, and senior manager in health and education who is committed to reclaiming and retelling the stories of Māori tūpuna. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

The outlook for coral reefs remains grim unless we cut emissions fast
New research led by Dr Christopher Cornwall, a Rutherford Discovery Fellow and 2020 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize Winner, shows that even under the most optimistic emissions scenarios we will see dramatic reductions in coral reef growth globally.
@The Conversation
Newly enhanced imaging technique captures brain movement in stunning detail
Researchers from the Mātai Medical Research Institute have contributed to a report on a new method to visualise difficult-to-spot brain conditions that could inform the diagnosis of brain disorders.
New documentary film and podcast series 'Fight for the Wild' has been released 
This series will explore the notion of a Predator Free 2050 in Aotearoa. The first episode looks at the devastating effect introduced mammals have had on New Zealand's unique wildlife.
Novel interactive science kits sent out free to schools
Kiwrious, an interactive learning technology that makes science fun, is being distributed to 35 schools in six different areas of New Zealand, at no cost to the schools.
@University of Auckland
Ōmāio becomes the 400th 'digital marae' with Wi-Fi and security cameras
For the past two years, marae across the country have been joining a government initiative to bring their kāinga into the digital age.
@TVNZ Te Karere

Ngā take o te wā Events

26 May, Auckland 
Cafe Scientifique: A Samoan academic walks into the MET and rediscovers 1984 Te Māori
Albert L Refiti, Leali’ifano Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Auckland, will explore the idea of a Moana cosmopolitanism and aspects of the Indigenisation project currently underway in rethinking museum exhibition designs.
18 May, Palmerston North 
The religious history of Palmerston North
Emeritus Professor Peter Lineham will use case studies to explore ways in which Palmerston North’s religious history contains typically New Zealand examples of ethnic and social institutions, and some features that made Palmerston North exceptional in its religious experimentation.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program 2022 post-doctoral fellowships

The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences.

Applications for high-risk projects are encouraged. Projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early-career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

Closing date: Initiation of a Letter of Intent by 1pm (ET US) by 26 May
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program
Entries open for the annual New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year photography competition

This is the country’s most popular photographic event - it encompasses a competition, an exhibition, audience voting and an awards night. 

Categories for this year's competition include Resene Landscape, Progear PhotoStory, Electric Kiwi Wildlife, Lumix Society, Lightforce Aerial and a new category, Resene Built Environment. 

Winners will receive a share of $5,000 cash, a voyage with Heritage Expeditions and more.

Closing date: 14 July
Organisation: New Zealand Geographic
Call for nomations for Global Risks Scientists' Perceptions survey

The unprecedented disruptions emerging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have drawn attention to the critical importance of global risks around the world.

Future Earth and the International Science Council are now inviting those within their communities to nominate themselves or other experts in environmental, societal, geopolitical, technological, and economic risks to participate in a survey (throughout June 2021) which aims to analyse scientists’ perceptions of global risks.

Closing date: 30 May
Organisation: Future Earth and the International Science Council

Ngā hui | Conferences

6-8 July, Palmerston North
Food - With CareKai - me te whakaaro nui
Food manufacturing and processing professionals are invited to gather in Palmerston North for three days packed with top-class plenary speakers, four concurrent sessions, posters, early-career professional competitions, workshops, networking functions, and the Annual Food Industry Awards Dinner.

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