Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1149

Meet Heni Unwin and Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu, the final early career researchers in our Tūrama series

Heni Unwin (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi) is a research scientist at Cawthron Institute focusing on aquaculture and developing technologies for aquaculture farms. Her role is to help integrate mātauranga Māori into pūtaiao science projects.

Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu (Ngāpuhi, Taranaki, Ngāti Ranginui, Tainui) is a mātauranga Māori researcher in the Māori development team at Cawthron Institute. His projects range from kaimoana aquaculture, to aquatic animal health, biosecurity and seafood security.

Though they research in different spaces, Heni and Te Rerekohu are both kairangahau researchers who are passionate about bringing reo o ngā hapū and a wider Te Ao Māori perspective to change the way we interact with our natural environment. They are the last researchers we will be highlighting as part of our Tūrama interview series, which aims to illuminate the stories and mahi of early career researchers in Aotearoa.
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New issue of geology and geophysics journal

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has released a new issue including articles that cover simulations of hypothetical earthquakes, thermal properties of the hanging wall of the central Alpine Fault, and late Holocene uplift of a coastal terrace near the Akatore Fault. 

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Plastic Free July is a global movement that aims to take action and raise awareness on the problem of plastic pollution. Royal Society Te Apārangi has been celebrating #PlasticFreeJuly across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels by sharing educational resources, such as our plastic factsheets that we launched last year, and highlighting a variety of sustainable businesses from across Aotearoa.

The plastic fact sheets are from our evidence based report 'Plastics in the Environment' which explores the problem of plastic waste in Aotearoa.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Science organisations pledge openness in animal research and teaching in New Zealand
21 universities, institutes of technology, non-profits, Crown Research Institutes, government organisations, umbrella bodies, research funding organisations and learned societies commit to communicate openly about animal use.
@ANZCCART (NZ) and Royal Society Te Apārangi
The 2021 New Zealand Marine Sciences Society award winners have been announced
The NZMSS Award was presented to Professor Andrew Jeffs in recognition of the role that he has played in advancing the knowledge and understanding of marine science in New Zealand.

The John Morton Medal was presented to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine for her dedication to the conservation of large marine organisms in New Zealand. 
@New Zealand Marine Sciences Society —Te Hunga Mātai Moana O Aotearoa
Why New Zealand's kauri dieback disease might not be a new invader
New research suggests that, rather than having been introduced to the country over recent decades, the harmful pathogen has been here for at least 300 years.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Researcher helps crack the mysteries of sea ice
Dr Ruzica Dadic says there are complicated relationships between Antarctic snow and ice with feedback loops that need to be better understood as the climate warms.
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Research honour for chemistry academic
Chemistry Professor Keith Gordon FRSNZ is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal.
@Otago Daily Times

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 August, Auckland
Women of Influence Speakers Series
This series is an opportunity for people all over New Zealand, who aspire to make a significant contribution to their community, to fully realise their own potential by learning from some outstanding leaders who have done just that. The Auckland speaker series includes chef Nadia Lim, microbiologist and science commentator Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, tech researcher and advocate Mahsa Mohaghegh, and will be hosted by Carol Hirschfeld of Stuff.
12 August, Dunedin
9/11 and the Emerging Global Order
As part of the 2021 Hocken Talk Series, Professor Robert Patman will discuss how since the late 1980s, the world has endured a prolonged transition to a new international order. He will then talk about how events such as 9/11, the global financial crisis of 2008/9, the rise of national populism, increasing attacks on the multilateral rules-based system and COVID-19 are among the factors shaping the international transition.
19 August, Wellington
The Adventure of Discovery
What does discovery mean in the humanities, in art and in thought? How does it relate to, draw on or feed into discovery in the sciences? For the 2020 Rutherford Lecture, Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd FRSNZ will give three talks across Aotearoa, exploring how the humanities are sciences and sciences are humanities. Register for the Auckland and Christchurch talks.
25 August, Auckland
Morbid Curiosity - Putting the Dark in Dark Tourism
Dark tourism involves travelling to places historically associated with death and tragedy. For this Cafe Scientifique, Professor Michael Lück will discuss the origins, development, and characterisation of dark tourism, while considering what motivates people to visit these sites.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Catalyst: Seeding – July 2021 call open

Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations.

Closing date: 21 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Leaders - July 2021 call open

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Closing date: 21 October 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
FAOBMB call for abstracts

The 16th Congress of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists programme reflects the breadth of all the partnering societies, covering topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and plant biology. They are now inviting abstract submissions that reflect the theme of their congress - molecules, life and diversity.

Closing date: 13 August 
Organisation: NZ Societies for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Plant Biology
Apply for the 2022 Judith Binney Fellowship and Writing Awards

The purpose of the Judith Binney Trust is to support rigorous and imaginative scholarship of the kind that characterised Judith Binney’s historical writing. The Fellowships and Writing Awards support research and writing on New Zealand history or associated topics. 

Closing date: 22 August
Organisation: Judith Binney Trust

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

4 August
Monitoring the impact of Austropuccinia psidii on native Myrtaceae in the ngahere
This webinar will be presented by forest pathologist Roanne Sutherland. Roanne will look at the impacts of myrtle rust across all regions of Te Ika-a-Māui, the North Island and parts of Te Waka-o-Māui, the South Island.

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