Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1051

Election results for Council and Academy Executive Committee members

Royal Society Te Apārangi recently held elections for positions on the Royal Society of New Zealand (Te Apārangi) Council and on the Academy Executive Committee, commencing 1 July 2019.
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Special issue alert: Microalgae and photosynthetic prokaryotes

This issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany is the first of a two-part special issue that has emerged from the Symposium on the Biology and Biotechnological Applications of Microalgae and Photosynthetic Prokaryotes.

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Nuan-Ting Huang

Nuan-Ting Huang began her journey with Royal Society Te Apārangi when the Prime Minister's Secretariat selected her for the Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize in 2011. She has covered a lot of ground since then and is now working at CSIRO.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

First study of Taranaki's little blue penguins
A little-known kororā little blue penguin colony on Taranaki’s west coast can now be preserved and protected for the future, following the first ever study of kororā colonies in this region.
@Curious Minds
Canterbury health officer urges research on nitrates in water

There are calls for research into whether the region's drinking water increases the risk of bowel cancer. A Danish study has suggested a connection between even very low nitrate levels and colorectal cancer.

@RNZ Morning Report
What does it feel like to be struck by lightning?
From first-hand experience, a man who was struck by lightning in Gisborne describes the sensation.
Kate Newton @RNZ
2019 KiwiNet awards finalists
Twelve finalists have been selected for the seventh annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate the impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand's universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations.
$14.4 million to fund cutting-edge scientific research
Four new sector-led research partnerships will receive funding of $14.4 million over the next seven years through the 2018 Partnerships Investment Round.
The robot that rocks the cradle rules the world
The possibility – and potential – of future personal digital educators for students was explored by Victoria University of Wellington’s Associate Professor Louise Starkey during the second of the university’s three AI Debates.
Dr Jo James - virtual pregnancy
Late last year Dr Jo James and her research partner at the University of Auckland were awarded almost a million dollars in Marsden funding to enable them to create a virtual model of the uterus. 
@RNZ Saturday Morning
Behind-the-scenes of the kākāpō health crisis
The death toll from the aspergillosis health crisis in the kākāpō population has risen to seven, but nine birds suspected of having the fungal disease have been given the all-clear.
Alison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World

Ngā take o te wā Events

17 June, Wellington
Wealth, wellbeing and capital gains tax: What next?
Journalist, author and academic Max Rashbrooke joins tax expert Lisa Marriott to discuss what's next for tackling wealth inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand.
29 June, Northland
Matariki dawn 
Planetarium North and Kiwi North present Matariki dawn, a gathering to watch the rising dawn
19 June, Otago
Community development for adaptation
This event will reflect on some of the findings from the Climate-Adaptive Communities project, which draw on stories and insights by community members, iwi members and council staff.
14 June, Wellington
Matariki Ritual | Matariki Hika Ahi
A celebration for the lighting of a ritual fire, listen to stories of renewal, and celebrate the start of a new year.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Science Media Centre video workshop for researchers
This June, the Science Media Centre will take its popular science video making workshops to Auckland, offering more researchers the chance to get science video savvy.

Organisation: Science Media Centre
Closing date: 14 June
Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement 
REMINDER: The award honours those who have achieved distinction in the protection, maintenance, management, improvement or understanding of the environment. The award is made every three years to an individual and consists of a medal and a cash grant of $2000.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Closing date: 30 June
Raewyn Good Study Award - call for applications
Study award of $6,000 for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master’s degree which involves social sciences research.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Closing date: 2 September
Scientific Committee on Antartic research visiting scholar applications 
SCAR Visiting Scholarships are for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit to an institute(s) in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring. 

Organisation: SCAR
Closing date: 14 August 
Sustainable future farming mission to France - call for applications 
Created by the French Embassy in New Zealand, this programme aims at strengthening existing research and development partnerships between New Zealand and French institutions in the area of sustainable future farming, through an agroecology perspective.

Organisation: French Embassy in New Zealand
Closing date: 22 July

Ngā hui Conferences

25-26 Oct / Wellington
New Zealand Society for Oncology Conference 2019
Call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the NZSO programme and Cancer Nurses College programme close Monday 15 July.
5-7 Aug / Nelson
Unlocking the potential of our oceans
Cawthron Institute invites professionals from industry, government and iwi with an interest in the possibilities of open ocean aquaculture to join the Cawthron Open Oceans Symposium.

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