Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1113

 Appointment of Professor Cindy Kiro as our new Ahorangi Chief Executive

Royal Society Te Apārangi President and Council are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Cynthia Kiro as Ahorangi Chief Executive.

Professor Kiro (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine) is currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland where her focus is developing a positive Māori profile within and about the university and helping develop Māori programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Māori staff, students and the community. “I am looking forward to walking alongside the Royal Society Council and Directors, connecting with all the Society’s networks and cementing new relationships with more communities,” she said.

Professor Kiro takes over the position on 1 March 2021 from Dr Andrew Cleland FRSNZ, who has led the Society from 2014.

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New companions 2020


Three people have been made Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi Companions of Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

Dr Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) is being recognised for his supreme efforts in revitalising te reo Māori.

Professor Christine Jasoni is being recognised for her efforts to improve public engagement with science and for championing better recognition and a voice for early career researchers. 

Rauru Kirikiri (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) is being recognised for his groundbreaking work in embedding mātauranga Māori into science across the Crown Research Institutes and universities and for bringing te ao Māori perspectives into tertiary education and beyond. 


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Highlights from 'Days of Ice'


Over the last two weeks, Royal Society Te Apārangi participated in the annual 'Days of Ice' festival in Ōtautahi, celebrating Christchurch’s unique connections with Antarctica.

The Society partnered with the Antarctic Science Platform, Christchurch City Libraries, the Marsden Fund, HITLabNZ at the University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and the International Antarctic Centre to co-host five events and opportunities. These included a panel discussion, a student film competition, an explore-Antarctica-day and a virtual reality experience of the frozen continent.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

'Days of Ice' film competition winners 
Five winning teams and individuals from three different age categories were celebrated on 12 October in Ōtautahi for their 3-minute films, which encouraged the conservation of Antarctica by exploring the continent through unique perspectives.
@Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Soil microbes may help to keep kauri trees healthy
​New research has revealed the soil around healthy kauri trees contains more disease-suppressing microbes than the soil around unhealthy trees, pointing the way to potential controls for kauri dieback.
@BioProtection
New research reveals kiwifruit is an effective mood booster
A University of Otago study has found that adults low in dietary vitamin C can get a renewed zest for life by eating two kiwifruit a day for two weeks. 
@Newshub
Research excellence supported with $373m in long term funding
Ten university research programmes have been chosen to share $373.5 million in long term funding as Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has announced.
@Tertiary Education Commission
COVID-19 coronavirus: What you need to know about NZ's vaccine announcement
The Government has announced its first Covid-19 vaccine purchase agreement. What does that mean? Science reporter Jamie Morton explains.
@NZ Herald
Research led COVID recovery mooted
The co-directors of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology have written an opinion piece saying the key to the country's COVID economic recovery lies with post-doctoral researchers. 
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Ngā take o te wā Events

15 October, Online
KiwiNet Award Evening
These commercialisation awards celebrate the amazing work happening to get great science discoveries to market. The evening will feature International guest speaker Erika Cheung, alongside the amazing finalists. 
17 October, Palmerston North
Bugs! Our backyard heros
You might think of them as small, hairy and a bit scary, but bugs can do things that can’t be done by anyone or anything else. This exhibition, running until May 2021, will provide the opportunity for you to meet bugs that help maintain our biosecurity and environmental health. 
23 October, Wanaka
Materials: Fact or Fiction
MacDiarmid researchers Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray and Dr Krista Steenbergen will delve into the periodic table to give us their scientific take on whether Baakonite from Star Trek and Vibranium from Marvel Comics could be a reality in a not too far off future.
27 October, Auckland
The Meaning of Fun: Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture
In this professorial address, Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell will share insights from her research on the importance of popular culture, exploring the power held by seemingly common entertainment practices to produce significant cultural meaning.

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

20 October
Taking a welling-being approach to soil health
Government, iwi/hapū, industry, and landowners hold a range of perspectives and interests on soil and soil health. This webinar will focus on how a well-being approach to soil health, which includes a social and cultural dimension, can build a more diverse and integrated knowledge base to better inform policy and practice. 
 

Ngā hui Conferences

24 November - 4 December, Virtual
SCANZ Conference 2020: Beyond COVID-19
Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris will share how they created their highly effective COVID-19 infographics. The conference will explore Māori-led science communication from Peter-Lucas Jones, the creator of Te Pūtahi iwi radio pilot programme.

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