Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1128

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to Professor Dame Cindy Kiro, our new Ahorangi Chief Executive

Nau mai, piki mai, kake mai
E te Mareikura
Te pou o te Tai Tokerau
O Ngā Puhi
O Ngāti Kahu
O Ngāti Hine.
Haere mai ki raro i te maru o ngā puke kōrero o Pipitea
Kia tū ki te mana o ō tūpuna hei māngai Ahorangi ki te tini ki te mano.
Kua tika
Kua ea
He kupu kōrero nā Dame Cindy:
“Ka tae mai te waa, kia mohio ai e taatou he aha ngaa mea nunui, kia oranga mai ngaa tangata me ngaa ahua o te wao nui aa Tane”
"Royal Society Te Apārangi plays a critical role in providing independent, expert knowledge and mātauranga that benefits us as a country and region. I am excited about being the CEO for the Society at this important juncture when the very nature of what facts are is under threat. We need wisdom and expertise now more than ever, given our need to deal with the immediacy of COVID-19, but also climate change impacts, embedded inequality and increasing use of technology and AI in our lives. Dealing with complexity and working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, global networks and with CRIs, universities, wānanga, government, NGOs and businesses in a joined up manner is essential. This includes strengthening our relationships with those whom are most impacted by these changes and making sure that we maintain and extend excellence in intellectual inquiry as a raison d'être of what we do.” 
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2021 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships 

The 2021 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships application portal is open from 8 March 2021 to 29 April at 5 PM (NZST). The Rutherford Discovery Fellowship supports recipients for a five-year term with total funding of $800,000 (excl. GST). With this scheme, the New Zealand Government is supporting the development of future research leaders and assisting with the retention and repatriation of New Zealand’s talented early- to mid-career researchers.

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Roadshow
A recorded roadshow and information on virtual FAQ sessions for the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships will be available from the webpage below no later than 12 March.

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JRSNZ call for papers: Artificial intelligence 

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on artificial intelligence applications and innovation. This issue aims to highlight recent advances in AI research from the New Zealand community in terms of theory and applications of AI.

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New issue of botany journal

The New Zealand Journal of Botany has released a new issue with articles on the Plio-Pleistocene environment that shaped the geography of New Zeland's present-day southern beeches, conservation strategies for endangered myrtle species, and a review of the ecology of New Zealand's endemic evergreen epiphytic shrub. 

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JRSNZ call for papers: Longitudinal research in Aotearoa New Zealand 

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on health and medical longitudinal research. The issue aims to highlight key past findings and the latest evidence as well as to consider the past impact and future implications of longitudinal research in supporting policy-making decisions, clinical practice, and pure research. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga

"One of the key contributions mātauranga Māori brings to political science is revealing the hidden spaces of politics. By ‘hidden spaces’ I mean actual physical spaces, like marae, and highlighting these as previously under-recognised places where politics happens.” 

Maria Bargh, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, is an Associate Professor in Te Kawa a Māui School of Māori Studies at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. She is a leading researcher in the areas of Māori politics and Indigenous resource management. Her current work focuses on a 'Tika Transition' for climate change, a Predator Free project for her hapū and voting in iwi organisations.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Vitamin C infusions retained by cancerous tumours
A key piece of information in the search for evidence of the vitamin’s possible role in cancer treatment has been discovered.
@University of Otago
Three species of deep sea sharks that glow in the dark found off the coast of New Zealand
Scientists discovered that the kitefin shark, the blackbelly lanternshark, and the southern lanternshark, emit a luminescent glow in their habitats deep below the surface of the ocean.
@NZ Herald
Siouxsie Wiles among New Zealander of the Year finalists
Joining Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles as candidates for the top prize this year are te reo Māori advocate Scotty Morrison, cancer campaigner Melissa Vining and Christchurch mosque terrorist attack survivors Farid Ahmed and Masjid An-Nur Imam Gamal Fouda.
Fish ears affected by ocean acidification
New research has found that increased acidification in water impacts on the development of fish ears. 
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for MBIE's Science Whitinga Fellowship

Applications for the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship are now open. This fellowship aims to support excellent early career researchers who may otherwise be lost from the system due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their career path. The fellowship supports research in any field, including the humanities, mātauranga and social science at an eligible New Zealand research institution. 

Roadshow for MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship
A recorded roadshow and information on virtual FAQ sessions for the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship will be available no later than 12 March 2021.

Closing date: 20 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi and MBIE
Kaiārahi huinga tāngata Te Apārangi Membership Coordinator position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

In this role, you will be the go-to-person for our broad range of members (both organisational and individuals), welcoming new members, managing the membership database, and collating and writing newsletters and other content for various membership groups.

Our Fellows Ngā Ahurei, Members, Companions Ngā Takahoa, and regional and constituent organisations are the foundation of the Society. The Membership Coordinator is a key contributor to ensuring superior delivery of services to these member groups as part of the Academy and Operations team. 

Closing date: 15 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Kaimanaaki ā Te Whare Apārangi Facilities Administrator position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

Are you a people person who can work independently? Are you comfortable with technology and work well under pressure?

In this role, you will be the front face of our organisation. You will coordinate on-site events and ensure they run effectively and efficiently, manage the calendar of room and theatre bookings, advise and facilitate all catering requirements for events and hui and be the go-to person for both internal staff and our external customers in relation to all Te Whare Apārangi matters. 

Closing date: 15 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply for the Human Frontier Science Programme 

This programme offers research grants for scientists at the frontiers of knowledge and risk on the complex mechanisms of living organisms in Life Sciences Research.

Closing date: Initiate an application by 18 March
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program 

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

10 March 
Unlocking the Austropuccinia psidii genome to help fight myrtle rust
Scion-based researcher Julia Soewarto will focus on the results from the artificial inoculation of the South African strain of A. psidii on four iconic New Zealand species: mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium, kanuka (Kunzea robusta), mānuka rawiri (K. linearis) and pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa).

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