Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1140

Professor Dame Cindy Kiro appointed as next Governor-General of Aotearoa New Zealand

E te kotuku rerenga tahi, tēnā koe. Kua tae atu koe ki te taumata ikeike o rawenga. Nei rā ka mihi.

Congratulations to our Ahorangi Chief Executive Professor Dame Cindy Kiro who has been announced as the next Governor-General of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dame Cindy's announcement as Governor-General was made this week by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The appointment of Dame Cindy for a five-year term has been approved by the Queen and she will take up the role in October.

As President of Royal Society Te Apārangi, Professor Wendy Larner said: "On behalf of the organisation, I can say that we are truly delighted with the appointment of Professor Dame Cindy Kiro as the next Governor-General of New Zealand..."

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Special issue call for papers

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a primary focus on the health and wellbeing of the tamariki children and rangatahi young people of Aotearoa New Zealand. The call for papers focuses on practitioners and researchers working directly in the fields of child and youth health, growth, development, physical and mental wellbeing and disability.

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New issue of marine and freshwater journal

The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has released a new issue, which includes articles on the New Zealand aquaculture industry, seasonal reproduction of the blue mussel and magnitude of storm surge in New Zealand. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"I tend to hold a deep sense of responsibility within my research, centered around the notion that humans and nature are linked: to understand and research how ecological systems operate is to understand and respect ourselves."

Adjunct Associate Professor Shaun Ogilvie (Ngāti Whakahemo of Te Arawa, Ngāti Pūkeko of Ngāti Awa) has published numerous scientific articles, spanning a spectrum from detailed biophysical ecological studies, to higher-level consideration of transdisciplinarity in environmental research and management.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

History in schools: what's in, what's not, and what should be
Professor Charlotte Macdonald FRSNZ, Chair of the Royal Society Te Apārangi Academy Executive Committee and Co-convenor of a panel that reviewed the Ministry of Education’s Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories draft curriculum, explains what needs to be done to make this initiative valuable to young New Zealanders. 
Charlotte Macdonald @The Spinoff
Hikurangi Subduction Zone: Why mysterious 'slow quakes' could be key to next event
Scientists have edged closer to understanding the link between New Zealand's largest geological threat and a mysterious earthquake phenomenon detected only in the last two decades.
Jamie Morton @NZHerald
Otago study aids understanding of invisible but mighty particles
Tiny charged electrons and protons which can damage satellites and alter the ozone have revealed some of their mysteries to University of Otago scientists.
@University of Otago
'Every time we poison the river, we poison ourselves': Teen waka ama paddle calls for change
Mairangi Campbell spoke at a hui about restoring the Waimatā River to a state of ora, along with members of the 'Let the River Speak' Marsden Fund research team led by Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond ONZ FRSNZ and Dr Daniel Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui). 
Alice Angeloni @RNZ
Kiwi VR app oVRcome set for phobia treatment clinical trials 
A New Zealand virtual reality smartphone app is set to undergo clinical trials to show if it can help people overcome their fears and anxiety.
Mike Kilpatrick @Newshub

Ngā take o te wā Events

3 June, Wellington
Facial recognition technology - a great enabler or a threat to liberty?
What issues are raised by facial recognition technology regarding our collective and individual rights and interests, and should we be concerned? Join Associate Professor Nessa Lynch and Professor Neil Dodgson as they discuss the current and future applications of this technology and consider its benefits and risks. 
8 June, Rotorua
The tuatara genome - new insights into a venerable survivor
The tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) is iconic, unique to New Zealand, and perhaps one of the most enigmatic of terrestrial vertebrates. In this talk, Professor Neil Gemmell FRSNZ will highlight some of the challenges associated with sequencing this genome and the novel insights emerging from the genome of this important linchpin in vertebrate evolution. 
15 June, Auckland
Fear of fear - the intractable global problem of dental anxiety
1 in 8 New Zealanders are dentally anxious and the prevalence is similar to global estimates. In his inaugural professorial address, Professor Zac Morse from Auckland University of Technology will give a talk on interprofessional learning and practices to solve complex problems such as dental anxiety.
16 June, Waikanae
Seabirds as ocean indicators of change
The fourth lecture in the 2021 Ngā Manu Nature Reserve Winter Lecture Series will be given by Dr Brendon Dunphy, a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, who will discuss the research being done to understand how seabirds respond to shifts in environmental conditions.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Exciting opportunities available for Year 12 and Year 13 tauira

Royal Society Te Apārangi has scholarships available for tauira to virtually attend the London International Youth Science Forum taking place from 28 July - 11 August 2021. The cost of virtually attending is £495.00 GBP but if the tauira is successful in being selected the Talented School Students Travel Award will cover that cost. 

Closing date:  21 June
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 24 June 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply for the Ngārimu VC and 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarships

Awarded annually in honour of the 28th Battalion, these scholarships celebrate excellence in education as well as service and commitment to the community.

There are six scholarships available for a value of up to $260,000 for exceptional applicants of Māori descent who are undertaking tertiary study and possess characteristics that are consistent with members of the 28th Māori Battalion.

Closing date:  8 August 
Organisation: The Ministry of Education

Ngā hui Conferences

8-9 July, Dunedin 
AWIS2021 - Embracing Diversity
This triennial conference, hosted by the Association for Women in the Sciences, provides an opportunity for women working in or supporting the sciences to develop their skills and also network with other women working in the sciences.
12-14 July, Wellington
NZIP & PHYSIKOS 2021 Conference
Hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Physics, this forum will include over 100 workshops, talks and poster presentations covering the latest physics research and teaching methods. Keynote speakers include Professor Cather Simpson FRSNZ, Dr Craig Rofe, Associate Professor Ben Ruck, Dr Michele Bannister, Dr Tim Haskell NZAM and Dr Michael Johnston.

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