Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1099

Dr Brent Clothier announced as next Society President

Royal Society Te Apārangi is thrilled to announce that Crown Research Institute researcher Dr Brent Clothier FRSNZ will be our next President. He will take over from Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ on 1 July 2021 at the end of her three-year term. He joins the Society’s Council as President-Elect immediately.

A leading soil and water scientist, Brent is Principal Scientist at Plant & Food Research - Rangahau Ahumāra Kai, based in the Manawatū.  He has advanced quantitative understanding of the world’s natural capital assets that deliver ecosystem services to grow crops and enable us to make informed land-use decisions. 

E te toki whakaeke, piki mai, kake mai.
Hoea mai tō waka ki runga i a mātou.

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Understanding the problem of plastic waste in Aotearoa 

For #PlasticFreeJuly we will be sharing a series of resources across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels with information and ideas to take action on our plastics pollution problem. This week we're focussing on plastic use and how plastic gets into the environment.


New Zealand ORCID Hub recognised as certified provider

ORCID recently announced their new service provider certification programme. The New Zealand ORCID Hub was recognised as satisfying the requirements for certification, becoming only the fifth service provider to receive this certification. Consequently, users of the New Zealand ORCID Hub can be confident that it meets all of ORCID’s best practices to authenticate ORCID IDs and update ORCID records.


Professor Bruce Curtis appointed new Senior Editor for Kōtuitui

After two terms, serving a total of four years, Auckland University of Technology's Professor Charles Crothers has stepped down as the Senior Editor of Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. Professor Bruce Curtis, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Waikato, replaces Charles.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Legalising cannabis may reduce 'biased enforcement' of Māori 
Legalising cannabis would significantly improve police bias against Māori, a report by Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ suggests.

Related: View current research evidence on cannabis in the new documentary 'Science and the Cannabis Referendum', featuring Dr Gerrard and her colleagues.
University researchers create innovative MRI technology
In a collaboration between scientists and designers, New Zealand researchers have developed new technology to make magnetic resonance imaging machines (MRIs) more comfortable, accessible and affordable.
@Victoria University of Wellington–Te Herenga Waka  
Save Wellington’s tiny snail from extinction
Wellington has its very own snail species, Potamopyrgus oppidanus, found nowhere else in the world – and it’s smaller than a grain of rice. But their numbers are decreasing alarmingly.
Lara Shepard @Te Papa
17-year-old launches book about maramataka Māori
Hana Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke has published her first book 'Maahina', which encourages rangatahi to take an interest in the stars and the moon to heal themselves. 
Jessica Tyson @Te Ao Māori News
Wai-iti stargazing site receives international Dark Sky Park recognition
Wai-iti Dark Sky Park has been endorsed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) and is the first location to receive the Dark Sky Park designation in New Zealand. 
Tim O'Connell @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

15 July, Wellington

Memorials, Names and Ethical Remembering

As part of the 2020 series of Public History Talks, Manatū Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) and Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (National Library of New Zealand), have convened a panel to offer a facilitated conversation with the public on colonial memorials, history and memory.
22 August, Waikanae 

Pā Harakeke - How, When, Where and Why?

Katarina Tawiri is an expert weaver and kaitiaki of the National Flax Collection at Manaaki Whenua, Lincoln, Canterbury. As part of the 2020 Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series, Katarina (a Royal Society Te Apārangi sponsored speaker) will give a talk on the importance of conserving this collection. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Last chance to make nominations for the 2020 Kudos Awards

This year's awards will recognise eight categories of science excellence, and will include primary industries, medical, engineering, environmental and education sectors. Nominations are for all scientists, lab technicians and educators residing in the Greater Waikato region including the Bay of Plenty area.

New Categories include: Hamilton City Council Primary Industries Award and the University of Waikato Vision Mātauranga Science Award.

Closing date: 20 July 2020
Organisation: The Kudos
Idea competition for STEM education in the future

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding an international ideas competition to generate contributions to the Symposium on Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education.

Submit a statement or video addressing some aspect of the symposium's focus: What should undergraduate STEM education look like in 2040 and beyond to meet the needs of students, science, and society? What should we do now to prepare?

Closing date: 15 July 2020
Organisation: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Questionnaire on the ethics of artificial intelligence

UNESCO has embarked on a two-year process for the first global standard-setting instrument on the ethics of artificial intelligence. The Recommendation is expected to define shared values and principles, and identify concrete policy measures on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI).

They are seeking feedback on the first draft of the Recommendation via a questionnaire.

Closing date: 31 July 2020
Organisation: UNESCO

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

14 July
Regenerative Agriculture in New Zealand
In this webinar, Gwen Grelet of Manaaki Whenua and Sam Lang of Quorum Sense will highlight the principles of regenerative agriculture, and provide examples of what regenerative farming systems look like in New Zealand. 

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