Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1115

Professor Wendy Larner's presidential address

Tonight, Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ FAcSS FNZGS of Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka gave her final presidential address for Royal Society Te Apārangi. You can read her address in full at the link below.

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Research Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand launched

Following a two-year project involving a working group drawn from across the research community, a research charter has been developed to underpin responsible research practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The charter is intended to be drawn on by research organisations and individual researchers to ensure that both organisational policies and research practices are of high quality, meet international standards and have the specific characteristics needed here in Aotearoa.

It sets out separate expectations for researchers, research organisations and research funders and includes a section on values and principles.

The charter is available in both English and te reo Māori as an online document and as posters in various formats. 

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Fellowships support established researchers 

Three researchers have been awarded fellowships to undertake study or research in their field of endeavour for two years.

Associate Professor Charles Unsworth, University of Auckland, will study cell communication in aggressive brain cancer using silicon brain-on-chip technology.

Professor Regina Scheyvens, Massey University, will study sustainable and self-determined tourism that supports Indigenous wellbeing in the Pacific. 

Dr Kevin Davies, Plant & Food Research, will study plant stress tolerance through investigating hornworts, which appear to be an anomaly in land plants for not producing protective flavonoid pigments.

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Call for Associate Editors announcement 

The New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science is currently seeking energetic, qualified and committed researchers at any career stage to join the editorial team as Associate Editors.

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Marama Cook to receive 2020 Raewyn Good Study Award

Marama Rose Cook of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi receives this award for Māori and Pasifika social science research, supporting her Master's degree project: 'Ngā Ewe Whakawhenua: A Collation of Vital Voices – a Ngāti Awa Perspective'.

Marama's research trajectory will highlight the environmental impacts and poisoning of Papatūānuku, the impact on whakapapa and the trauma experienced by the wāhine connected to this kaupapa as a wife, partner, daughter and mokopuna of former Whakatāne sawmill workers.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

This month, the Health Research Council of New Zealand celebrates 30 years 
In this video, the HRC shares some of its highlights over three decades, from identifying the first known gene for fatal inherited gastric cancer through to leading the development of the first practical treatment for preventing brain damage in babies.
@HRC
Massey shake-up: Science societies urge Govt to step in

Calls for the Government to intervene in floated cuts to Massey University science academic staff have stepped up, with an urgent appeal to ministers by several scientific societies.

Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base
Nasa has revealed conclusive evidence of water on the Moon, boosting the US space agency's hopes of establishing a lunar base.
@RNZ
Contingencies for cash-strapped universities
Universities are facing hard financial decisions after an academic year strongly affected by COVID-19 disruptions.
@RNZ Nine To Noon
Shari Gallop awarded L'Oréal For Women in Science fellowship in climate change
The University of Waikato marine scientist has been awarded $25,000 to help her groundbreaking studies into estuary restoration.
@Bay of Plenty Times
Researchers rub 'pink salt' in wound of health fad
A world-first Australian study has found that despite being touted as healthier, pink salt actually has low levels of essential nutrients as well as a range of harmful heavy metals.
@TVNZ 1NEWS
Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer
A NIWA marine ecologist has added his name to a very short list of people worldwide who have seen—and photographed the elusive football octopus.
@NIWA

Ngā take o te wā Events

30 October, Wellington
Global Citizenship Education Ideas Exchange
This panel discussion, chaired by Education Commissioner Dr Carol Mutch, will feature various speakers who will share their projects, ranging from mental health to prison education, that have had a positive impact on communities across Aotearoa.
2 November, Palmerston North
2020 Mina McKenzie Memorial Lecture
This year’s lecture titled 'Exhibiting Samoa-New Zealand Relations from 1923 to 2007' will be given by Dr Safua Akeli Amaama, who will provide an overview of Samoa-New Zealand relations through displays, and the broader events of mobility that converged ideas, objects and peoples.
31 October - 4 November, Wellington
Whenua Ūkaipō Connectedness
The United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for a more sustainable future. To celebrate the UN's 75th anniversary, there will be a series of exhibitions highlighting various cultural perspectives and artistic expressions in relation to te taiao the natural environment and SDGs.
 
4 November, Tauranga
2020 Hochstetter Supporting Lecture - Phaedra Upton
Phaedra Upton of GNS Science will give a talk on the 3D structure and kinematics of the central South Island Aotearoa. She will also discuss how regional deep-seated tectonic processes of mountain building are geodynamically interconnected with climate, landscape, and near-surface geological processes.
4 November, Wellington
Te Tai presents Te Mana O Te Reo Māori
Te reo Māori champions Piripi Walker and Justice Joe Williams will speak about their own journeys in language revitalisation and the wider movement across the country. A facilitated discussion with Dr Vincent Olsen-Reeder will follow.
11 November, Wellington
Human Microbiomes - Notes for Hosts
In this talk, Professor Julian Crane will discuss the astonishing world of microbes, why we have human microbiomes and the current and ongoing studies of probiotics and their effects on allergic disease, diabetes and mental health.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Applications now open for the Discovery Scholarship Programme
As an extention of the DiscoveryCamp programme, these scholarships are designed to support Māori and Pasifika tauira students studying in the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation.

Scholarships will be awarded at each year of undergraduate study, Honours/PgDipSci, and Masters study and will cover university fees up to $8,000 for the 2021 academic year.

Organisation: The MacDiarmid Institute
Closing date: 11 December 2020

Ngā hui Conferences

22 - 25 November, Christchurch
Geoscience Society of New Zealand annual conference
The 2020 programme will include the latest research on last year’s Whakaari eruption and the rapid developments that have been made in delivering geoscience teaching online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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