Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1165

Announcing the 2021 Research Honours Aotearoa award winners

Contributions of innovators, kairangahau Māori, researchers and scholars throughout Aotearoa New Zealand have been announced as the winners of the 2021 Research Honours Aotearoa. Royal Society Te Apārangi announced 18 winners and the Health Research Council of New Zealand announced three. 

Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman CNZM QSO FRSNZ and the He Kāinga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme including Professor Julian Crane, Associate Professor Michael Keall and Associate Professor Nevil Pierse from University of Otago, Wellington won the Rutherford Medal for their groundbreaking research that has quantified the effects of housing interventions on occupants’ health and wellbeing, and informed legislation and policy. It comes with a prize of $100,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The other winners have made significant contributions and breakthroughs in a wide range of areas including COVID-19, Indigenous water rights, corrections, soil science, psychology and mātauranga Māori, documentary making, literature, Antarctica, links between earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, Māori health, decolonised cities, swallowing and speech-language therapy, anti-racism strategies, superconductors, next-generation bio-sensors and stillbirths. It is planned that winners will receive their awards at regional ceremonies in early 2022.

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW)

WAAW is celebrated annually from 18-24 November to increase global understanding of antimicrobial resistance. This year we're highlighting three researchers in Aotearoa who, with support from Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden the Marsden Fund, are working to raise awareness on antimicrobial resistance:
  • Dr Nikki Freed, The University of Auckland, is investigating the evolution of antibiotic resistance in E. coli.
  • Professor David Ackerley, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, and his team from the Microbial Biotechnology Lab are working to understand the chemistry of antibiotic resistance, and how resistance to new antibiotic drugs might arise.
  • Dr Matthew McNeil, University of Otago, is using functional genomics to investigate bacterial genetics, physiology, and drug resistance with the goal of identifying novel drug targets to pursue.
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

UNESCO Science Commission adopts Open Science Recommendation
The UNESCO recommendation on Open Science has been unanimously adopted in its entirety by Member States during the Science Commission plenary. 
@International Science Council
AUT appoints Dr Damon Salesa FRSNZ as new VC
Pacific scholar, senior university sector leader, and Royal Society Te Apārangi Councillor Dr Damon Salesa FRSNZ has been appointed to be the next Vice-Chancellor of Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
@Auckland University of Technology
The Whole Truth: COVID-19 Vaccinations
Produced by Stuff in partnership with Māori Television and the Pacific Media Network, 'The Whole Truth: COVID-19 Vaccination' explains the topics prone to misinformation through videos, graphics, and words, and seeks to inform rather than inflame. 
The power of student voices - participatory science in action
The SouthSci Participatory Science Platform gives young people an opportunity to collaborate with scientists, teachers and other tauira students to solve real world problems that are relevant to their school or community, like keeping waterways safe or making housing more affordable.
@COMET Te Hononga Akoranga
Rakiura Stewart Island may have had its own moa population
The paper, published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, outlines the results of an analysis of a moa skeleton discovered on Rakiura's West Ruggedy Beach.
@NZ Herald
COP26: Global climate summit ends in agreement for more action, less coal
The world has agreed to ramp up climate action even further this decade, spend more on adaptation, and even for the first time, agree that (some) fossil fuels must go.
Olivia Wannan @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

24 November, Christchurch
Local women in 3D printing 
This is an opportunity for anyone that utilizes 3D printing in any industry to network with 3D printing veterans. The goal is to promote, inspire, and support women who are using 3D printing. In the 3D printing world, forging your own path is a must, but it's not always an easy journey. This event seeks to help make that journey a little easier by growing a community and providing support.
2 December, Online
Encouraging plural methods and values as the foundation for cross-cultural research collaborations
For the 2021 Hochstetter Lecture, Dr Dan Hikuroa will reflect on research framing and collaborative methods of inquiry when working at the interface between mātauranga Māori and science. He will then clarify the benefits of learning from differences in knowledge, and how this work can help to promote “plural spaces” of learning about natural hazards and environmental processes.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme - Kairuruku Kaupapa Whakaako Pūtaiao Programme Manager position 

This programme provides opportunities for primary and secondary kura and schools, science departments, their nominated kaiako and teachers to enhance ako - to teach and to learn - pūtaiao and science within their hapori and communities.

In this role, you will administer the mahi nationally, develop and evaluate the programme streams, connect the learners with external groups like iwi, hapū, mana whenua and iwi knowledge holders, crown research and educational tertiary institutions, independent research organisations, kura and school leaders, and other pūtaiao and science leaders and achievers. 

Closing date: 22 November
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Marsden Fund Council vacancies

There are two vacancies on the Marsden Fund Council available for two eminent researchers:

Candidates should have specialist knowledge within the subject areas covered the panel.

Closing date: 22 November
Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Applications open for the Chief Science Advisor (Justice) role

The Chief Science Advisor (Justice) reports to the Justice Sector Leadership Board and works to ensure robust, credible science is at the core of decisions within and across the justice sector agencies. 

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified persons wishing to be considered for appointment.

Closing date: 2 December
Organisation: Ministry of Justice

Research Science Innovation workforce surveys

MBIE wants to ensure that people in the Research Science Innovation (RSI) workforce are supported to work to their full potential, in a system that supports their career development and overall wellbeing. The survey will collect information about the makeup of the workforce, their skills and experience, learning and development opportunities, connections and collaboration, diversity and inclusion practices, and challenges facing the sector.

Closing date: February 2022
Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Wānanga Ipurangi | Webinars

23 November
Understanding Open Science 
Open Science is an approach to the scientific process that focuses on spreading knowledge as soon as it is available using digital and collaborative technology. This webinar will focus on key areas around sharing data, code, preprints, registered reports, and open peer review. 
Making education relevant for Indigenous communities (Recording)
COMET Te Hononga Akoranga recently held their first international Indigenous kōrero with panellists from Australia and Hawai’i. Dr Jessa Rogers and Sanoe Marfil discussed issues within education such as language loss and supporting teaching and learning of Indigenous language, culture, and identity in the classroom. 

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