Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1129

Researchers and scholars at the top of their fields elected as Fellows

Twenty-seven new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows and Ngā Ahurei Honore a Te Apārangi Honorary Fellows have been elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement of science, technology or the humanities. 

They are exceptional leaders in their communities and their areas of research and scholarship, with disciplines ranging from taxonomy, Māori language revitalisation, genomics, to sports injury prevention and more.
Being made a Fellow is an honour that recognises distinction in research, scholarship or the advancement of knowledge at the highest international standards. Fellows can use the post-nominal ‘FRSNZ’ after their name to indicate this honour.
Chair of the Academy Executive Committee Professor Charlotte Macdonald FRSNZ says it was pleasing to see a large cohort of Fellows elected this year, all with such exceptional expertise. 

“The newly-elected Fellows have made amazing contributions to knowledge in their fields and across disciplinary boundaries. Their election adds significantly to the breadth of knowledge held within the Academy; they will help support the purpose of Te Apārangi to engage with and inform New Zealanders on topics important to all.”
“On behalf of the Academy and Society, I heartily congratulate all the new Fellows. The election process is rigorous and new Fellows can be rightfully proud that their outstanding achievements have been recognised by their peers in this way.”
View the new Fellows

New journal of zoology issue

The New Zealand Journal of Zoology has released a new issue with articles on the ecology of wine wētā, analysis of conservation status of New Zealand freshwater invertebrates and genetic stocks of New Zealand fish.

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Seeking new Editor-in-Chief for the JRSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi is currently seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (JRSNZ), the Society’s flagship multidisciplinary title, as well as New Zealand's oldest learned periodical, continuing from the Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. The journal's content spans science, mātauranga, technology and the humanities.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga

"Where scientific knowledge gains traction primarily through evidence, citations, publications and honours, for mātauranga, the ultimate affirmation comes from the people."

Professor Meihana Durie, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Porou, Rongo Whakaata, Ngāi Tahu, is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and head of Massey University’s Te Pūtahi-ā-Toi, the School of Māori Knowledge.  As a Māori public health and education scholar, his work traverses a range of critical outcome areas for Māori, including mātauranga Māori, hauora and Māori education. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Celebrating women scientists on International Women’s Day, and every day
From the development of COVID-19 vaccines to the mitigation of climate change, female scientists are making critical contributions to human and environmental wellbeing. 
@International Science Council
Aerial photographs of New Zealand volcanic eruptions from a new book
Lloyd Homer took more than 140,000 aerial and landscape photos in his career as a photographer for the New Zealand Geological Survey. A new book, Flying High: The Photography of Lloyd Homer features a selection of his spectacular photographs.
Steve Braunias @Newsroom
The first real-world data for COVID-19 vaccines is in - and it’s really good news
Vaccines are typically less effective in the real-world than in clinical trials. But in data from Israel and the UK, vaccine effectiveness appears to be matching that seen in clinical trials.
Liam Mannix @Stuff
Raoul Island tsumami monitoring equipment knocked out during Friday's earthquakes restored
GNS Science staff went ashore on Raoul Island on Wednesday and restored a data communications link that was lost when large earthquakes rocked the area on Friday.
Michael Daly @Stuff
These sea slugs can decapitate themselves and grow new bodies and organs
New research has found that some sea slugs can decapitate themselves and then regrow an entirely new body.
Research into effective interventions for gender dysphoric teens urgently needed
Researchers are now calling for urgent funding for research to find the most effective interventions for gender dysphoric teenagers.
@University of Otago

Ngā take o te wā Events

11 March, Wellington
The Unseen
As part of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, artist Gabby O'Connor worked with communities and tamariki to develop artwork that would showcase how marine environments and species are being affected by human activities and environmental climate change. The result is this exhbition, which aims to make the unseen marine world visible.
11 March, Wellington
Displacement history of the Alpine Fault and Southern Alps
In this seminar, hosted by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Associate Professor Simon Lamb will present some new ideas about both the geometry and displacement history of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault, one of the larger and more rapidly slipping continental strike-slip faults on the planet.
11 March, Christchurch
Ōtautahi Christchurch: An ocean of opportunity
As Christchurch continues to be rebuilt and reinvented, the city has the opportunity to re-engage in its coastal and ocean space. This community-led conversation will address how Christchurch can play a major role in addressing ocean health impact solutions.
14 March, Wellington
Wellington University Coastal Ecology Lab (WUCEL) open day
Get an up-close look at exciting marine biology discoveries at this open day, which allows all ages to interact with marine creatures, see research equipment in action, ask WUCEL researchers questions about marine life, and learn about marine biology research from interactive displays.

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
Become a member of National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee 

The term of appointment of two National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) members expires on 31 October 2021. There are two vacancies available for membership appointment. One is for someone with knowledge and experience of medical science, the other is for someone with knowledge and experience of environmental and conservation management. In both instances knowledge and experience of the use of animals in research, testing and teaching would be beneficial. 

Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries 
Closing date: 28 March 
Join the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee 

The term of appointment of one National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) member expires on 31 October 2021. This creates a vacancy for someone with knowledge and experience of animal science. Preference is given to applicants with governance experience. 

Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries 
Closing date: 28 March

Ngā hui Conferences

21 April
Assessing social impacts for improved decision-making
The NZAIA 2021 conference will focus on the assessment of social impacts as part of the wider process of weighing the impacts of decisions on natural and human environments.

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