Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1049

Highlights Te Tau 2018

Our 2018 annual review highlights our activities from last year. Many thanks kia ora rawa atu for all those who worked with us or attended our events (PDF available).
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Using the periodic table in secondary schools

Phil Kendon, Head of Chemistry and Junior Science at Wellington College, and some of his tauira students discuss how they use the ripanga pūmotu periodic table and share what their favourite elements are.
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Speak proper, like your Grandma!
Ngā Kete is an annual collection of review articles by New Zealand’s most prominent scholars on a range of research topics important to Aotearoa. This week’s highlighted article explores new possibilities for sociolinguistic research.
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Budget 2019: What you need to know
The government's first Wellbeing Budget has been revealed - here's what you need to know.
$4 million funding boost will benefit Māori and scientists
An MBIE fund is investing $4 million in combining western science and Māori traditional knowledge.
Climate strikers send a clear message
On Friday the 24th of May, thousands of students around Aotearoa New Zealand joined students from 118 countries in the worldwide school strike for climate change. 
Auckland School Student Zoe Mills @Newsroom
Government accepts 38 of 40 recommendations from mental health inquiry report
The government has released its response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry report.
Teachers strike nationwide demanding Government action
Close to 50,000 primary, intermediate, secondary and area school teachers marched on the 29th of May in the first case of teachers simultaneously taking industrial action. 
Government world leader in Artificial Intelligence- but we need to be cautious: Report
Artifical intelligence or algorithms can be a tool for good, but its use comes with risk, for example the concern about racially biased outcomes.
Honorary literature doctorate celebrates literary career
Congratulations to Bridget Williams, the founder of New Zealand’s leading specialist non-fiction press and alumna of the University of Otagowho received an honorary Doctorate of Literature this month. 
The streams beneath the streets
Next time you’re out and about, walking or driving, have a think about whether there might be fish under your feet.  Many of the streams that once flowed down forested hills and along swampy valleys are now running through pipes under suburban footpaths and roads.
Alison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 June, Wellington
Stories behind the book – Tatau: a history of Samoan tattooing
Sean Mallon, Senior Curator Pacific Cultures at Te Papa, discusses his latest book. 
11 June, Wellington
Lunchtime Learnings: Response to Terrorism in New Zealand
Massey University's Nicola Macaulay will talk about whether banning the manifesto of the alleged Christchurch gunman is warranted.
11 June, Wellington
What Can Evolutionary Computation Do For You?
Professor Xin Yao will give a public talk at the IEEE conference, covering what evolutionary computation is, how it works and why it is interesting from a scientific and practical application point of view.
15 June, Nelson
Wikipedia edit-a-thon: Buller's Birds
An edit-a-thon to improve Wikipedia coverage of Buller’s Birds related entries led by Dr Mike Dickison who is Wikipedian in residence for June 2019 at Nelson Provincial Museum. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science — Call for applications
This is a $10,000 scholarship supporting and encouraging Master’s level study by Māori in the sciences. 

Closing date: 2 September
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Vacancy: Director - Biosecurity Science and Risk Assessment
This Wellington based-position will lead the Centre of Excellence in biosecurity regulatory risk assessment. 

Closing date: 9 June
Organisation: MPI
Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee applications now open
There are 450 spots for New Zealanders around the country to sail on a waka, va’a, heritage or youth ship to become part of the Tuia 250 Voyage happening in October to December this year. 

Applications close: 16 June (23 June for secondary schools)
Organisation: Manatū Taonga | Ministry for Culture & Heritage
Vacancies on Marsden Fund Council
There are vacancies for Marsden Fund Council members to lead the Earth Science and Astronomy and Biomedical Science panels.

Closing date: 31 May
Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Researcher Assessor vacancies
There are currently two vacancies for Research Assessors in the Research Funding team at Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

Closing date: 6 June 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Ngā hui Conferences

11-12 June / Waikato
Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau - Mini Conference and Thought Space Wānanga
Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau investigates the ways that mātauranga Māori related to the raising of Māori children can be utilised to develop prevention and intervention tools that support tamariki and whānau.
30 September - 3 October / Rotorua
Food Structures, Digestion and Health - International Conference
Engineering Food Structures for Optimal Nutrition and Health "Working With and Like Nature". Hosted by the Riddet Institute and CSIRO.

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2019 applications closing 

The count down is on for the deadline for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2019. Applications close 5pm on 7 June. The winner of the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand will then go on to speak at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin. View the promotional video to learn about what some of the 2018 applicants presented on. 

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