Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1084

A three-part interview with Dr Isabelle Sin

Why do people who are in the workforce make the choices they do? Economist and Marsden 25 fund recipient, Dr Isabelle Sin, investigates New Zealand's labour economics and economic history.

Izi's project, supported by the Marsden Fund, looks at New Zealand's 'brain drain' and explores in particular, why new graduates decide to pursue a brighter future by leaving the country for higher-earning and/or international job opportunities. She also looks at why the gender wage gap in Aotearoa still perpetuates. Izi's research asks an important question regarding gender: Is the 'penalty' for caring for a child different for a woman than it is for a man?

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Royal Society Te Apārangi developing expert advice factsheet on radiation

It will include information on the types of radiation we are exposed to; the benefits and harmful effects of radiation; and the use of radiation in medicine, industry, agriculture, scientific research, and other areas.

It will also cover current national and international guidelines and regulations. Contact Jill Mellanby for further information.


New journal of geology and geophysics issue

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has been published. Articles cover topics from magnetic minerals in the Southwest Pacific to seismic recognition of igneous rocks in Taranaki.


Applications for James Cook Research Fellowship now open

The fellowships, administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi on behalf of the New Zealand Government, are awarded to researchers who have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific research. Fellowships for this year are available in the following research categories: biological sciences, engineering sciences and technologies and social sciences.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Public solidarity in the time of social isolation
New Zealand Geographic co-founder, Kennedy Warne shares stories from the past and present that show the importance of public solidarity as we cope with a pandemic. 
@RNZ Nine To Noon
Teeny skull belongs to smallest dinosaur ever found
The discovery of a tiny skull belonging to a wee predator that lived 99 million years ago is likely the smallest species of dinosaur found. 
Ben Guarino @Stuff
Bringing New Zealand's lost wonders back to life
Author Sarah Ell discusses her new book Lost Wonders: Vanished Creatures of Aotearoa - an all-ages introduction to the vanished creatures of New Zealand.
@RNZ Sunday Morning
Coronavirus: Lego company Brick Store gifts blocks to those in self-isolation
A New Zealand Lego store has helped Kiwis battle the coronavirus and self-isolation by gifting lego sets for free.
Heath Moore @NZ Herald
Volunteers' TLC ensures lucky few survive suspected mass poisoning of gulls
Dozens of volunteers have been working to nurse back to health gulls that survived a mass poisoning near Wellington earlier this month.
Hamish Cardwell @RNZ

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for nominations for Companion

Election as a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand (CRSNZ) is an honour recognising sustained and outstanding leadership and contributions to the promotion, encouragement, and advancement of knowledge, science, technology and the humanities in New Zealand.

Closing date: 31 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Nominations now open for the 2020 Loder Cup Award

The Loder Cup acknowledges outstanding achievements in flora conservation work. It is awarded by the Minister of Conservation to a person or group who best represent the objectives of the Cup.

For those interested in a nomination from the Royal Society Te Apārangi, please email Dr Andrew Cleland with a synopsis of your potential nomination statement.

Closing date: 20 April
Organisation: Department of Conservation

Call for nominations for Fellows and Honorary Fellows

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship nominations for 2020. A web portal has been set up to receive new and updated nominations. Email if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. See Bylaw 2.7 and 3.4, which specifies who may make a nomination and specific information about the Fellowship process, including Honorary Fellowship nominations.

Closing date: 30 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Call for nominations for the John Dunmore Medal

This medal recognises the part played by the French people or the French language in the development of historical, intellectual, scientific, economic, or other aspects of world culture, preference being given, although not exclusively, to the Pacific region. For further information, email Professor Glynnis Cropp.

Closing date: 30 April 
Organisation: Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande, inc.

2020 Rutherford Medal deadline extension

Royal Society Te Apārangi’s highest award, for recognition of eminent research, scholarship, or innovation, will now include humanities scholarship in the fields of recognition. In light of this change, the nomination deadline for the 2020 Rutherford Medal (and $100,000 prize money) will be extended out for an extra month.

Closing date: 30 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Ngā hui Conferences

24-27 November, Wellington
New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 
The conference will be hosted at the Victoria University of Wellington with the theme, Embracing Diversity: Expanding Geographies. 

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