On this page:
- 1. Primary and secondary teachers out of classroom on science fellowships
- 2. Marsden Fund researcher in the news this week with slow moving quake research findings
- 3. Closing of TVNZ 7
- 4. FUSIONZ website for science, technology, humanities jobs
- 5. Support called for Akaroa harbour marine reserve for scientific research
- 6. ‘Rūaumoko - What Lies Beneath’, 15 June, Wellington
- 7. Spragg Agricultural Research and Development Award
- 8. Nominations invited for medal for French or French language knowledge in the Pacific region
- 9. Animal ethics opportunities
- 10. Cafe Scientifique: ‘Kiwimars – can NZ contribute to a space programme, and should we?’, 31 May, Lower Hutt
- 11. Book release: New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity (Vol. 3), and boxed set of trilogy
- 12. Our Changing World, Thursday 9.00 pm, Radio New Zealand National 101FM
- 13. Follow the Royal Society of New Zealand on Facebook and Twitter
Primary and secondary teachers from all around the country are spending the first two terms of 2012 as Primary Science Teacher Fellows, under a scheme administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand and funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Under the scheme, teachers take leave from their schools to work with researchers at host organisations and learn more about science and its application.
Around 100 teachers have been through the Primary Science Teacher Fellowship programme, since it began in 2009. The programme was started following a report in 2008 from the National Education Monitoring Project, which highlighted a downwards trend in the attitudes of primary aged students towards science.
“The goal is to make these teachers science curriculum leaders,” says Richard Meylan, Manager – Education at the Royal Society of New Zealand.
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Professor Tim Stern and his colleagues at Victoria University have discovered slow moving earthquakes, that can last up to half an hour, are taking place beneath the South Island alpine fault.
This research is related to Marsden Fund grant: ‘Putting a stethoscope on the Alpine Fault’.
Given the collaboration the Royal Society of New Zealand has had with TVNZ 7, producing two seasons of Ever Wondered, we are saddened that this channel is set to close at the end of June. This public service broadcasting channel’s general programming includes a broad range of science, arts and culture topics.
Dr Peter Thompson from Victoria University of Wellington presented a paper at the Forum on the Future of Public Television at VUW in June 2011. His paper on funding possibilities for public television in New Zealand is entitled the ‘Cost of Everything, Value of Nothing’ (pdf).
There is also a campaign including public meetings and a petition against the closure. See Save TVNZ7 for more.
This week, Fusionz has 4 vacancies for jobs. The latest jobs are:
Research Assistant, University of Otago, South Island
- Receptionist, Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington
PhD Engineering, University of Waikato, International
- Departmental Science Adviser, Ministry for Primary Industries, North Island
For more information and to list your vacancy: http://fusionz.royalsociety.org.nz/
Under the Marine Reserves Act important areas of the marine environment are set aside for the purposes of scientific research. The establishment of marine reserves around the New Zealand coast have been instrumental in promoting new opportunities for marine science, as well as sociological and economic research.
The Minister of Conservation, Kate Wilkinson, is currently considering a proposal to establish a marine reserve in the Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula, which would become the second of only two small marine reserves established on the entire east coast of the South Island.
Scientists are urged to show support for the establishment of this potential new marine reserve by writing to the Minister of Conservation and encouraging her to allow the marine reserve to proceed. Besides protecting a variety of underwater habitats for research, the marine reserve will also contribute to the protection of marine biodiversity, and promote tourism for the area. More information on the marine reserve is available from: www.saveakaroaharbour.co.nz.
Email your support directly to the Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Hon. Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation, Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160 (no stamp required from within New Zealand).
Discover what Western science and traditional mātauranga (knowledge) Māori can tell us about our shaky isles in this presentation from GNS Science and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.
Presentations will include narratives and an overview of what has been learned, and continue to be learned, about Christchurch and the recent Lake Rotomahana – Pink and White Terraces project. The event aims to explore the distinctive contribution and unique outcomes which can be achieved through working together.
The Board of Governors of the Kathleen Spragg Agricultural Research Trust invites applications from prospective candidates to help foster general research and development in soils, plants and animals and related areas in New Zealand.
The trust, set up by the late Miss Kathleen Spragg for the growth and development of the pastoral industry throughout New Zealand, is administered by Guardian Trust.
Applications close 1 October and 1 April each year. Email email@example.com for a copy of the application form.
Nominations are invited for the award of the John Dunmore Medal, which recognises outstanding contributions to the knowledge of the role of the French or the French language in the Pacific region.
Nominations must include a curriculum vitae and a list of relevant publications of the nominee, as well as a supporting statement from the individual or organisation making the nomination.
Please send your nomination by post to: Professor Glynnis Cropp, School of Linguistics and International Languages, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442 by the closing date Friday 6 July 2012.
For further information, contact Professor Glynnis Cropp at the above address, telephone 06 3569099 extn 2398, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) would like to make readers aware of funding opportunities.
A reminder that the NAEAC Three Rs Award closes 20 July. This award celebrates achievements in the implementation of the Three Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) and promotes the concept within the scientific community and to the wider public. Please direct enquiries to the NAEAC Secretariat, email email@example.com.
Voiceless, the Australian animal protection institute, also helps to fund the animal protection movement and celebrates achievements. It offers financial support and incentives to raise awareness of issues. See www.voiceless.org.au/our-approach/grants-and-prizes.
10. Cafe Scientifique: ‘Kiwimars – can NZ contribute to a space programme, and should we?’, 31 May, Lower Hutt
Speakers Haritina Mogosanu and Elf Eldridge are both science communicators from the Carter Observatory and members of Kiwispace. Recently, mission commander Haritina Mogosanu organised and ran the first ‘Kiwimars’ expedition, where four kiwis travelled to a Mars analogue environment, maintained by NASA in the deserts of Utah. For two weeks, they simulated life on the orange desert planet that currently hangs low in our northern skies.
Elf and Hari will discuss the purpose of the mission, what life is like ‘on Mars’, what it achieved, and ask the audience to discuss whether they believe this mission was worthwhile and what that implies for the future of New Zealand’s role in an international space programme.
Please note that the Mediterranean Food Warehouse in Lower Hutt is the new venue.
Details: 6.00-7.30pm, Thursday 31 May, Mediterranean Food Warehouse, 337 High St, Lower Hutt.
Volume 3 of the New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity (Vol.3) was launched on 21 May. This volume is the third in the trilogy that provides a review and inventory of New Zealand’s entire living and fossil biodiversity – an international effort involving more than 220 New Zealand and overseas specialists and the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. Together, the three volumes list every one of the almost 55,000 known species of New Zealand’s animals, plants, fungi, and micro-organisms. These volumes are affiliated with Species 2000, an international scientific project with the long-term goal of enumerating all described species on Earth into one seamless list – the Catalogue of Life, a kind of online biological telephone directory.
New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity is published by Canterbury University Press www.cup.canterbury.ac.nz. New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity (Vol.3) retails at $89.95. The trilogy is also available as a boxed set (RRP $180). For all orders, contact Nationwide Book Distributors firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented and produced by Alison Ballance, Ruth Beran and Veronika Meduna.
Veronika Meduna visits University of Canterbury volcanologist Ben Kennedy and his team to watch as they put pieces of cooled magma through a furnace and a pressure cooker to study and simulate volcanic eruptions.
Monica Awasthy’s PhD research looked at the ecology of urban kereru in Wellington, investigating where they went to and what they were feeding on. She takes Alison Ballance on a kereru hunt at her main study site, Otari Wilton’s bush, and tells her about the Kereru Discovery Project.
At IRL in Parnell, Mark Battley and Tom Allen show Ruth Beran how a testing machine with an hydraulic ram in a water tank is used to slam test parts of boat hulls made out of new composite materials.
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to catalogue its entire living and fossil biodiversity. Alison Ballance visits Te Papa’s herbarium to talk with the Inventory of Biodiversity co-ordinator Dennis Gordon, and with botanists Pat Brownsey and Phil Garnock-Jones, who are among the 237 authors who contributed to the three-volume effort.
Two science and environment stories air during the week on Afternoons with Jim Mora at 3:35pm, Monday and Thursday. The complete programme is repeated at 1:10am on Sunday mornings.
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