Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1055

2019 Talented School Students 

The Talented School Student Travel Awards provide financial support for school students who have been selected on a national basis to attend overseas science, mathematics and technology events. The profiles of the students who have received the awards this year and will represent New Zealand at international events are now up on our website.
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Study unlocks secrets of sex changes in fish

A University of Otago-led study, supported by the Marsden Fund and the Rutherford Foundation, is advancing our understanding of a startling transformation: the complete reversal of sex that occurs in about 500 species of fish.

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Student debt and wellbeing: a research agenda

In the paper ‘Student debt and wellbeing: a research agenda’ published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online the researchers investigate how unprecedented high levels of student debt impact student wellbeing.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Flies just as crucial as bees in pollination - researcher
Researchers look into the effectiveness of pollinators on New Zealand farms and say flies play an important part in the process.
Bacteria key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from sheep
New Zealand scientists have singled out the microbes responsible for producing methane in sheep, a discovery which could help reduce emissions from livestock.
Esther Taunton @Stuff
Farmers honour vet who found Mycoplasma Bovis in New Zealand
Merlyn Hay, a vet whose determination led to the identification of the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis in New Zealand, has been recognised for her contribution to the farming sector.
Children's art - more than just a picture
Harlene Hayne FRSNZ, a professor of psychology and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Otago, looks into whether children's artwork offers greater insights into their emotional worlds.
Sonia Sly @Our Changing World RNZ
Awarding of 2019 John Dunmore Medal
The Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande has awarded the John Dunmore Medal for 2019 to Dr Adrian Muckle, Senior Lecturer in History, Victoria University of Wellington.
@Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande

Ngā take o te wā Events

15 July, Dunedin
Investigating Supersymmetry
Nobel Prize winner, Professor Eric Cornell will discuss the role of precision measurement as the third way of gaining insight into the fundamental nature of the universe.
18 July, Wellington
Our Shifting Planet
Dr Ian Hamling, GNS, who won Royal Society Te Apārangi's 2017 Hamilton Award, will talk about using satellite observations for measuring the deformation of the Earth's surface. 
22 July, Wellington
BWB Talks: Climate Crisis and Revolution
Authors of the latest addition to the BWB Texts series, A Careful Revolution, explore the politics and practicalities of the low-emissions transition, touching on tikanga, finance, adaptation, and more.
29 August, Auckland
Aurora Australis - the Science of the Southern Lights
Understand the science of the southern lights plus a live link to Scott Base for an update on the aurora this winter. 
22 July, Auckland
Secrets Revealed from Beneath the Ross Ice Shelf
Dr Fabio Caratori Tontini, Marine Geophysicist at GNS Science, will discuss the international ROSETTA-Ice project which involved a detailed survey of the Ross Ice Shelf.
July - August
Engineering Futures Evenings
The University of Auckland's Engineering Futures Evening is an informative event for students, and parents of students, interested in studying engineering. It is being held in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

John Maddox Prize 2019 nominations 
The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Open to people in all countries and fields. 

Organisation: Sense about Science
Closing date: 19 July
Rural Innovation Lab fund
The Rural Innovation Lab is is searching for three innovative, new projects that could solve the 'wicked challenges' facing farmers and growers in the Manawatu/Whanganui region.

Organisation: Rural Lab Innovation
Closing date: 15 July
Job vacancy: Senior Analyst at the Ministry for the Environment
This is a senior position for someone with freshwater technical qualifications to be the science lead.

Organisation: Ministry for the Environment
Closing date: 28 July 

Ngā hui Conferences

12-13 August/ Wellington 
Our Land and Water Symposium / Kia Mauri Ora te Whenua
The Our Land and Water Symposium will feature dynamic panel discussions, live Q&As, inspiring speakers, and quick-fire updates on the science and research being done by Our Land and Water’s partner organisations.
18-19 November/ Wellington
MapNet aims to coordinate scientists from different organisations using common technologies and analytical platforms, to foster the development of multidisciplinary and cross-sector research genomics projects, and to facilitate knowledge exchange.
1-5 December/ Lincoln
New Zealand Ecological Society 2019 Conference
The theme for the conference is Ngā Koiora o Konei / Biodiversity Where We Are, recognising the dire state of biodiversity at global, national and local levels, and the pressing need to document, understand and conserve biodiversity where we live.

Plastic Free July 

Get your reusable mugs out of the cupboard  and dust off your bulk food bags because Plastic Free July is underway. During July we will be putting out content on how to live your best plastic-free life in the build-up to the release of our report 'Plastics in the Environment - evidence summary'. 

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