Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1083

Rutherford Medal now includes humanities

Royal Society Te Apārangi’s highest award, the Rutherford Medal for recognition of eminent research, scholarship, or innovation, will now include humanities scholarship in the fields of recognition. This change has been made to align with the widening of the object and functions of the Society under our Act.

In light of this change, the nomination deadline for the 2020 Rutherford Medal (and $100,000 prize money) will be extended out for an extra month until 30 April 2020.

The Rutherford Medal recognises either a person’s or a team’s eminent research, scholarship, or innovation in their discipline. 
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New special issue of Kōtuitui journal contextualises Christchurch terror attacks

The date 15 March 2020 marks the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch. Kōtuitui is publishing a special issue of seven papers reviewing the deeper issues underlying the attacks from a social science perspective.


New journal issue of crop and horticultural science

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has been published. It includes articles about the influence of soil type and temperatures on wine production, peach fruit maturity and Royal Gala apples. 


New zoology journal issue

Another regular issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology has been published. Articles cover topics including pest control and a new flightless stonefly species from Otago is described.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

We Are One: the mosque attacks one year on
A documentary tribute to mark the passing of one year and remember the 51 Muslims who lost their lives in the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Government's predator free plan shy on gene editing technologies
The Government has unveiled plans to make New Zealand predator free by 2050, but acknowledged we don't yet have the science to get there.
Rachel Thomas @RNZ
Coronavirus: World Health Organisation declares outbreak a pandemic
Kiwis shouldn't panic over the World Health Organisation's declaration that coronavirus is now a pandemic, the Government says.
@Stuff @RNZ

(View video explainer on COVID-19 as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sits down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl Labs) and Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ.)
Drought declared in all of North Island, parts of South
The Government has officially classified drought conditions over all of the North Island, parts of the South and the Chathams as a large-scale adverse event.
@RNZ Nine To Noon
Niue is world’s first country to become a dark sky place
The Pacific island of Niue is the world’s first whole country to become an International Dark Sky Place. It now has formal protection for its sky, land, and sea with the IDA International Dark Sky designations. 
@International Dark Sky Association

Ngā take o te wā Events

13 March, New Plymouth
WOMAD 2020: Selina Tusitala Marsh
Former New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Marsh FRSNZ is recognised globally for her vivid and stirring poetry. This weekend, she will be performing on the World of Words Stage at WOMAD.
17 March, Palmerston North
The importance of the physical and social environment for health inequalities of older people
Professors Christine Stephens and Fiona Alpass will discuss the impact of government and local authority policy change on the wellbeing of older people in Aotearoa.
25 March, Auckland
Cafe Scientifiqué: Poisoned Beauty
The quest for beauty has been at the heart of the human experience for millennia. Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell will give a talk on how this quest has been entangled with toxicity, particularly regarding the substances used to achieve these desired effects.
30 March, Wellington
Beyond climate tipping points: the changing face of planet Earth
Since the industrial revolution, about 375 billion tonnes of carbon have been emitted by humans into the atmosphere. In this talk, Dr Andrew Glikson will discuss the expected consequences of these actions.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply to become a committee member with the EPA

Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao is a committee under the EPA Act to provide advice and assistance to the EPA so it can take into account Māori perspectives. Applications are currently being accepted for new members.

Closing date: 12 April
Organisation: Environmental Protection Agency

Last chance to apply for the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

The HFSP funds innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with an emphasis on leading-edge approaches involving scientific exchanges. It is also highly supportive of young teams.

Closing date: 30 March
Organisation: The Human Frontier Science Program

IPCC call for expert reviewers

The IPCC is calling for expert reviewers for the Second Draft of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.

Once you have prepared your review of the report, the Ministry for the Environment requests that you send your comments to them to assist them to provide feedback. 

Closing date: 26 April (to provide review)
Organisation: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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