Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1145

Matariki hunga nui 

During Matariki festivities people gather together to celebrate the passing of one year and the hope of a new one.  With Matariki tomorrow, this timing aligns with the handover for the Royal Society Te Apārangi Presidency and Council Members. 

We farewell Wendy Larner as President and welcome Brent Clothier into the role. We farewell Siouxsie Wiles, Moana Theodore and Melinda Webber as Council Members and welcome Te Kani Kingi, Jens Mueller, Linda Waimarie Nikora and Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa in their place.

Ahorangi Chief Executive Dame Cindy Kiro shared some reflections on the contributions of those departing Council and we also introduce the new Council Members.   
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New issue of agriculture journal

The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has released a new issue, which includes an article by guest editor Professor Richard McDowell FRSNZ on land use and water quality alongside articles assessing dairy farming eco-efficiency and phosphorus transport in subsurface flow. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Te reo Māori, in fact, was an inevitable vehicle for mātauranga Māori, it has always existed inside and outside of the monolithic legal system, and we needed to pay attention to it."

Māmari Stephens (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Moetonga, Te Rokekā, Ngāti Pākehā) is a legal academic, an Anglican priest and a mother to three tamariki. She developed and co-edited He Papakupu Re Ture: A dictionary of Māori legal terms, a Māori-English bilingual legal dictionary. She also wrote the first comprehensive text on social security law in New Zealand, Social Security and Welfare Law in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Part of the brain linked to emotion and smell grows after giving birth
A tiny region of the brain responsible for emotional response grows in size in the first few weeks after giving birth, new research from the University of Auckland has found.
Scientists reveal big earthquake maker's earliest-known activity
Scientists have revealed the earliest-known stirrings of New Zealand's big-risk Alpine Fault, in a study that could hold implications for plate tectonics globally. 
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
A cyberattack lesson from Waikato DHB
Dr Rizwan Asghar from the University of Auckland offers some suggestions on how to protect your systems following the major ransomeware attack on the Waikato DHB. 
Rizwan Asghar @Newsroom
The science behind the 15-metre wave
This week’s storm that pushed up a wave nearly 15 metres high in Cook Strait also provided an opportunity to test the predictive abilities of a new model developed to predict inundation along the Wellington coastline.
Michael Daly @Stuff
To know or not to know: Young people grapple with Huntington’s diagnosis
Although the debilitating symptoms of Huntington’s Disease only appear in middle age, the decision to get tested is life-changing for young people who may have inherited it.
Matthew Scott @Newsroom

Ngā take o te wā Events

6 July, Online
Unleashing Science: Delivering missions for sustainability
This talk is a side event of the International Science Council's 2021 High-Level Political Forum. It will bring together different expertise to outline the critical priorities for science that will support and enable societies to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
6-7 July, Wellington
Matariki storytelling with Te Reo Wainene o Tua
As the Matariki stars appeared in the deepest part of winter, families traditionally gathered together to share stories. This is an opportunity for you and your whānau to hear captivating bilingual kōrero with storytellers from Te Reo Wainene o Tua. 
13 July, Dunedin
Who owns you (and your data)?
This event, as part of the NZ International Science Festival, will bring together experts in a range of fields - from computer and library sciences to law and maths - to discuss hypotheticals around owning data. There will also be VR games and other digital activities available to help audiences jump further into the digital world.
13 July, Rotorua
Reflections on potpourri of deaths: The imprecision of knowledge
Pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp will share true stories of life and death from the perspective of a New Zealand pathologist. His talk will explore knowledge versus opinions, observation and measurement using illustrations from murders and natural deaths.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Become a signatory to the openness agreement on use of animals in research and teaching in New Zealand

The objective of this agreement is to ensure that the public are well informed about what animal research involves, the role it plays in the overall process of scientific discovery, how such research is regulated in New Zealand, and what researchers and animal care staff do to promote welfare, reduce animal usage and minimise suffering and harm to the animals. 

The agreement sets out five commitments that require signatories to take steps to be more open about the use of animals in research and teaching. By signing, organisations make a public pledge to meet these commitments.

Please contact with any questions.

Closing date:  19 July
Organisation: ANZCCART
Open call for participation in ISC regional COVID-19 workshops

As part of the COVID-19 Outcomes Scenarios Project, the International Science Council now invites its members and the wider scientific community to participate in regional workshops that will help to understand the likely outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Closing date: 23 July 
Organisation: International Science Council
Apply for the Rural Professionals Fund

The Rural Professionals Fund enables rural professionals to rapidly test exciting and innovative ideas that could lead to significant improvements in farming systems and benefit New Zealand farming communities. 

Closing date:  13 August
Organisation: Our Land and Water National Science Challenge
Call for abstracts from Biochemists and Molecular Biologists

The 16th Congress of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists has opened submissions for abstracts that reflect on the Congress's theme - molecules, life and diversity. 

Closing date:  13 August
Organisation: Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists
Explore microbes with your class through the “Mighty Microbes” science kit

The New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS) is sponsoring the House of Science NZ to design and develop a “Mighty Microbes” science kit to be used in primary and intermediate schools. 

The kit will offer hands-on activities that will cover an introduction to microbes, where they’re found, the size of microbes, microbes and food, microbes and disease, the human microbiome, and normal flora. 

The kit will be launched in Tauranga on the evening of the 8 July with Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, and then will be available for booking by Horowhenua HoS member schools.

Organisation: The New Zealand Microbiological Society and House of Science NZ

Ngā hui Conferences

28-29 September, Auckland
Foodomics 2021
Hosted by Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga, the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge, this conference will bring together experts, researchers, and businesses across New Zealand’s Food and Beverage industry.

Wānanga ipurangi Webinars

7 July
Regional perspectives on the role of science, technology and innovation for transforming food systems
The InterAcademy Partnership and its regional academy networks are bringing together speakers from across the globe, including Professor Paul Moughan FRSNZ, who will discuss scientific opportunities for delivering sustainable, healthy diets.

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