Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1089

Meet Anneke Simmonds, a Talented School Student alum

In 2014, Anneke was in her last year of college when she was selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi to attend the London International Youth Science Forum. She now works as a Civil Engineer, after recently graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Engineering (first class honours). Anneke reflects on her experience pursuing her passion for science, while facing difficult academic decisions and learning to prioritise her mental health.
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Access Royal Society Te Apārangi lectures, interviews and events online

A digital archive of our pre-lockdown video content can be found on our Vimeo and YouTube channels. Hear from our Hamilton Award winners, meet some of the #Marsden25 researchers, learn about some topical issues we have explored and watch lectures from some of Aotearoa's leading researchers and more.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Astronomers discover the science behind star bursts that light up the sky
University of Canterbury astronomers are part of an international team that has revealed how explosions on the surface of a white dwarf star can increase its brightness by thousands or millions of times, making it look like a new star.
@University of Canterbury
New videos show how COVID-19 slowed New Zealand's pulse
New visualisations down to suburb level show most people are "behaving themselves" and staying home, data analysts say. (These visualisations were funded through the Science Media Centre's COVID-19 response.)
Kate Newton @RNZ
New Zealand whales fatter and healthier than northern counterparts
The whales' exceptional health may be due to less fishing and shipping in the Southern Ocean, University of Otago marine science professor Steve Dawson says.  
Amber-Leigh Woolf @Stuff
Kiwi scientist behind frontrunner COVID-19 treatment
A New Zealand scientist has created the compound which is now a front runner as a treatment option for COVID-19.
Charlotte Cook @RNZ
Kiwi science stories from the shopping trolly
Liggins Institute's Professor Richard Mithen talks to Kathryn Ryan about the contrasting backstories of kūtai (or green shell mussels), kūmara and kiwi fruit, and the scientific research that's being conducted on them today. 
@RNZ Nine To Noon
Trust in news in NZ
In 2020, the AUT Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy expanded its research activities by launching a new, ongoing research programme about trust in news at the research centre. The first report finds trust in news in Aotearoa generally is high, with 53% of people agreeing they can trust ‘most of the news most of the time’.
The call of the wild - attracting seabirds to remote Coal Island
Te Papa vertebrates curator Colin Miskelly describes the pioneering efforts being made to attract seabirds back to Coal Island/Te Puka Hereka in Preservation Inlet.
@Te Papa

Ngā take o te wā Events

24 April-3 May, online
Archaeology Week
The New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA) is working to increase public awareness and highlight the importance of protecting Aotearoa's archaeological heritage. NZAA has been collaborating with a number of partners to develop and share content across their social media channels this week.
7 May, online
Regulatory Framework for Space Activity in New Zealand
This free presentation will be led by Natasha Wilson, a Special Counsel at Buddle Findlay and member of their public law team. She will discuss the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act of 2017 and the role of the New Zealand Space Agency.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Otago Museum seeking nominations for the Southern Hemisphere's women of STEM

Otago Museum is developing a digital portrait exhibition called "100 women, 100 words… infinite possibilities". It will feature women and girls of all ages who actively embrace science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics as part of their lives. 

Closing date: Nominations open between 1-31 May 2020
Organisation: Otago Museum 

Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize  

The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. Candidates for this prize must be nominated.

Closing date: 11 May
Organisation: Sense about Science

Applications open for new role as a Climate Change Knowledge Broker

This role will focus on making the outputs from the New Zealand Earth System Model and associated climate models, accessible to research in other programmes within the Challenge as well as to external stakeholders. 

Closing date: 11 May
Organisation: The Deep South National Science Challenge

Participate in a study on sleep and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

This online survey aims to understand how sleep and waking routines may have changed since the beginning of the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their relationship to your situation and how you feel.

Organisation: Massey University

Wānanga ipurangi Webinars

7 May
Science Learning Hub: Sounds of Aotearoa
Join Greta Dromgool and the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) as they explore fun ways you can learn and teach about sound. With simple activities using equipment that is easy to source, they will demonstrate how to engage students in discovering science ideas behind sound.
Predator Free NZ's lockdown webinars
During the COVID-19 lockdown, Predator Free NZ hosted several webinars which can be accessed for free at their website. They cover a range of predator control topics, including tailoring your trap network and creating an urban environment for nature. 

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