Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1197

2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes are now open

Applications and nominations for Ko Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia The 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards — are now open! 

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa.

There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Te Puiaki Pūtaiao Matua a Te Pirimia The Prime Minister’s Science Prize
For an individual or team for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand and/or internationally.

Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize
For an outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD or equivalent qualification conferred no earlier than 1 January 2014.

Te Puiaki Whakapā Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize
Awarded to a practising scientist who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement, or communication of complex scientific or technological information to the public and/or science and research communities.

Te Puiaki Kaiwhakaako Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize
Awarded to a registered kaiako teacher who has been teaching pūtaiao science, pāngarau mathematics, or hangarau technology learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum to school-age children in a primary, intermediate or secondary New Zealand registered school or kura kaupapa.

Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize
Awarded to a Year 12 or Year 13 school tauira student for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science, maths, technology or engineering research project.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Māori and Pacific students battle racism and tokenism at university - new research

New research details the extent of racism, othering and tokenism faced by Māori and Pacific postgraduate students.The paper, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, was based off responses of 43 Māori and Pacific students in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects.

Body camera child poverty study reveals 'shameful' extent of problem

The use of body cameras in a study of child poverty has revealed the "shameful" extent of the problem in New Zealand. The study gave 168 randomly selected Wellington children between the ages of 11 and 13 a body camera which they wore for four consecutive days.
Vita Molyneux @NZHerald

Could native lizards be born 'old' as the climate warms? - Expert Reaction

Research published this week finds that in warming conditions, lizards are born with shorter telomeres – the protective caps on DNA which are associated with ageing.

What's going on underneath Lake Taupō and should we be worried?

New research is giving scientists an exciting insight into what is happening within the magma chamber of the Taupō super-volcano.
Nine to Noon @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

16 Hereturikōkā August, Nelson
Public Science Talks.
The first in a series of Cawthron - Nelson Science Society talks where scientists share their work with the community. First up three early career researchers from Cawthron Institute - Laura Kelly, Marc Tadaki and Sam Murray - will each present research they've been working on, followed by questions from the audience.
From 16 Hereturikōkā August,
Chatham Islands Festival of Science
Tūhura Otago Museum's science engagement team will be spending a week on the Chatham Islands for their Festival of Science, which is being coordinated by Professor David Johnston and Jennifer Lillo from Massey University. The festival will help bring cutting-edge science and hands-on engagement to one of Aotearoa's most remote communities. 
22 Hereturikōkā August, Christchurch and Online
Sport Science: A presentation of two halves. (1) Heart stopping action! (2) Against the run of play?
Dr Peter Olsen (Ara Institute of Canterbury) will discuss research on cardiovascular events during the men’s Rugby World Cups from 1999-2011. In the second half, there will be a discussion of new research on women’s rugby. 
24 Hereturikōkā August, Otago 
The Shear Zones that Hold Back the Icesheets
Geoscience Society of New Zealand's Otago Branch presents the 2022 Hochstetter lecture. Professor David Prior will showcase the lateral thinking behind research using geophysical and geological methods to study the physics of ice. These methods inform ice sheet modeling and predictions for a warmer world.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarship

A Scholarship to recognise and reward exceptional Māori students entering the first year of an undergraduate degree programme or Certificate of Health Sciences.

Submission deadline: 24 Hereturikōkā August.
#VisibleWikiWomen Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

500 Women Scientists and Whose Knowledge? is holding a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on 31 Hereturikōkā August. The main goal is to make African Descent women and non-binary folks in STEM visible online, through coming together in a common effort to upload their images to Wikimedia Commons, adding structured data, creating entries to Wikidata and illustrate Wikipedia. No editing experience required! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts.

Register online

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit speaker talks
Held over 21-22 Pipiri June 2022, E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit brought together remarkable speakers and changemakers to share mind-blowing insights, ignite vital conversations, and help shape the future of Aotearoa’s primary industries. A new batch of speaker videos are now available.
12 Hereturikōkā August, Online
Baleen whale olfaction: Do whales smell?
In this Geomics Aotearoa webinar, PhD student April Jauhal will speak of her work used bioinformatic tools to investigate the extent to which whales use smell to find their food. April is interested in applying genetics and genomics to questions in ecology and evolution.

Ngā hui | Conferences

29 Whiringa-ā-rangi November - 1 Hakihea December, Palmerston North
Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2022  'A Whole New World – From Local To Global'
The conference will be held on Massey University’s Turitea Campus and will include oral and poster sessions, an evening public lecture, pre-conference workshops and several post-conference field trips. The annual conference provides ideal opportunities to meet with fellow researchers, and finally network and interact face-to-face again with friends and colleagues. 
7-10 Huitanguru February, Rotorua
10th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
The AMN conference series is interdisciplinary and covers a broad variety of topics in nanotechnology and materials science. It brings together material scientists, chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers resulting in stimulating discussions that bridge the range from building electronic devices to the study of protein structures.  Abstracts are now invited!

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