On this page:
- 1. We are moving in!
- 2. Consultation workshop on languages in New Zealand, 20 August, Auckland
- 3. Talking Heads ‘Paradise Regained’ – what do scientists know about economics?
- 4. SHIFT – an anthology of Manhire Prize winners updated
- 5. Royal Society of New Zealand fellow wins Gabor Award
- 6. Branch event: CERN, particle physics and the hunt for the Higgs Boson, 9 August, Christchurch
- 7. Branch event: ‘Urban floras as aids to understanding invasion processes’, 21 August, Palmerston North
- 8. FUSIONZ website for science, technology, humanities jobs
- 9. International Conference: The Creative University, 15-16 August, Hamilton
- 10. Public Lecture: ‘Building Resilience’, 15 August, Christchurch
- 11. Have your say on proposed NAIT rules
- 12. Professional development for chemistry teachers, 6-7 September, Wellington
- 13. Lecture: ‘From soap to bones’, Professor Kathryn McGrath, 14 August, Wellington
- 14. Our Changing World, Thursday 9.00 pm, Radio New Zealand National 101FM
- 15. Follow the Royal Society of New Zealand on Facebook and Twitter
The physical offices of the Royal Society of New Zealand staff are closed Thursday 9 and Friday 10 of August as we relocate to our redeveloped building.
The redevelopment began in May 2011 and involved an addition of a third floor to the existing Science House together with the addition of a two floor annex, containing a lecture theatre complex and meeting rooms and an entrance atrium to link the two parts.
Staff will enter the building on Monday 13 August after a blessing conducted by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, one of our Councillors, together with Sam Jackson, Te Atiawa Kaumatua.
There will be an official opening of the building later in the year and the new lecture theatre complex and meeting rooms will also be available to the public for hire.
As part of the recently announced national consultation on languages in New Zealand, the Royal Society of New Zealand is hosting a consultation workshop at the National Diversity Forum later this month.
This forum, taking place on 20 August 2012, is sponsored by the Human Rights Commission and will be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. The languages consultation has been organised by the Languages Steering Group – from the Humanities and Social Sciences panels of the Royal Society of New Zealand, as well as other key contributors in languages in New Zealand.
The consultation workshop will be held across the road from Aotea Centre in AUT Tower (corner of Wakefield and Rutland streets on Queen street): Room WT1103 – on floor 11 of AUT Tower, from 3.30–5.00pm.
Please note that the consultation will cover (or try to) every aspect of languages in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We will be able to accommodate about 60 people.
The 2012 Talking Heads series continues on Radio New Zealand National on Sunday 12 August at 4pm, repeated 9pm Tuesday 14 August.
This week features a panel discussion on what scientists know about economics. Kim Hill discusses whether more science is the answer to our economic problems with:
- Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to Prime Minister
- Derek Handley, 2010 NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year
- Professor Shaun Hendy, Deputy Director of MacDiarmid Institute
- Dr Caroline Saunders, Lincoln University.
If you have missed the first three broadcasts of the series, you can listen online.
SHIFT – an ebook which contains past winning entries of the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing has been updated to include last year’s winners and is available in three formats: pdf, epub and mobi.
A reminder that the theme for this year’s competition is ‘the transit of Venus’ and entries are due for both the fiction and non-fiction categories on 5 October.
Congratulations to Professor Nikola Kasabov who has been selected by the Board of Governors of the International Neural Networks Society as the 2012 recipient of the Gabor Award.
It was awarded in recognition of ‘outstanding contribution to engineering applications of neural networks.’ The award was presented at the WCCI 12 in Brisbane.
Note: this event has CHANGED VENUE to Lecture Theatre A1, Arts Lecture Block, University of Canterbury.
The Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand presents a talk by Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis, Senior Physicist, CERN (Geneva) and Department of Physics, University of Oxford (UK).
CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, the world’s largest particle physics research centre. CERN’s primary focus is pure science and is concentrated on exploring the Universe’s most fundamental questions, such as: what is it made of? How did it come to be the way it is? This talk includes a presentation on CERN and of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), including recent results from the search for the Higgs Boson.
Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis is an experimental particle physicist. Since joining CERN in 1989 he has been involved in a number of scientific projects, including the search for the charged Higgs boson in the UA2 experiment at the SPS Collider and the search for neutrino oscillations in the NOMAD experiment at the SPS, as well as the construction of the CMS experiment and head of the experimental areas group of the LHC. He is currently in New Zealand as a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury.
Details: 7:30pm, Thursday 9 August, Lecture Theatre A1, Arts Lecture Block, University of Canterbury. All welcome.
7. Branch event: ‘Urban floras as aids to understanding invasion processes’, 21 August, Palmerston North
The Manawatu Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand hosts a talk from Dr Jill Rapson of Massey University about what floras of urban areas have to tell us about how plants can invade new areas. Urban areas are often a primary source for species, which later trouble both agricultural systems and conservation estates, and so understanding their responses may help us manage invasions in general.
This talk will cover the advantages and methods used to study urban floras, and sample some of the results and conclusions made so far with respect to plant invasions, both for New Zealand and for international urban areas.
Jill Rapson teaches and researches in Plant Ecology at Massey University in Palmerston North. While she normally works on native vegetation, especially coastal plants, she has compiled databases on several urban floras, which are being used to answer questions about invasions, and is co-author of several papers on the subject.
Details: 7.30 pm Tuesday, 21 August, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North. All welcome.
This week, Fusionz has no vacancies for jobs.
To list your vacancy, visit: http://fusionz.royalsociety.org.nz/
The University of Waikato, Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, is hosting a major international conference, ‘The Creative University: Education and the Creative Economy Knowledge Formation, Global Creation and the Imagination’ on 15-16 August, 2012.
Education and research have been transformed in the development of knowledge economies, which positions education at the center of the economy/creativity nexus. But are education systems, institutions, assumptions and habits positioned and able to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges?
This conference investigates all the aspects of education in (and as) ‘the creative economy’ and its objective is to extend the dialogue about the relationship between contemporary higher education and the changing face of contemporary economies.
The 2012 Hopkins Lecture will be presented by RT Hon Helen Clark, ONZ, UNDP Administrator.
The title of the talk is ‘Building resilience: The importance of prioritizing disaster risk reduction – a United Nations Development Perspective.’
The Hopkins Lecture is presented annually in Christchurch in memory of the late Harry Hopkins, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury. It is jointly hosted by the University and the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institution of Professional Engineers.
Details: 6:30pm, Wednesday 15 August, Aurora Centre, Burnside High School, Christchurch, free entry, supper will be served.
New proposed regulations governing the National Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme are provided in a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) discussion paper that has been released for public consultation.
The proposed regulations are for infringement offences and for establishing a panel to consider applications for access to the NAIT information system. They form part of the suite of regulations for implementing and supporting the NAIT scheme. The regulations passed to date provide the detail on how to meet requirements of the NAIT Act. They cover obligations and exemptions, levy types and various fees and forms. The discussion paper sets out 12 proposed infringement offences.
Submissions must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 5 September 2012.
The discussion paper incorporating the proposals includes details for how to make a submission and is available on the web.
Spectroscopic techniques as required for the new Chemistry Achievement Standard 3.2. Victoria University of Wellington is holding a course that will offer tested strategies to chemistry teachers for presenting the subject to students, based on the experience of staff who currently offer similar programmes for first year students.
- An opportunity to learn about three different spectroscopic techniques – mass spectroscopy, infra red spectroscopy and 13C NMR spectroscopy
- Includes hands-on opportunities to generate and interpret spectra
- Focuses on how to solve problems in organic chemistry that require all three techniques
- No previous experience in spectroscopy is necessary
- Will provide access to a range of spectra for use in the classroom.
Victoria University staff who are expert in teaching spectroscopy will present the topics and the programme will be overseen by Dr Suzanne Boniface.
Details: 9am-4pm, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September, $350.00 incl GST (door sales available).
For further information or to enrol visit http://victoria-cce.learningsource.co.nz/courses/39-professional-development-for-chemistry-teachers or call 04-463 6556.
What could soap and bones possibly have in common? Victoria University’s Professor Kathryn McGrath will explore the answer to this question in her inaugural professorial lecture next week.
Professor McGrath will discuss the natural self-assembly process of biomineralisation, or how organisms grow hard tissue, such as skeletons, teeth and shell, and how scientists are capturing the potential of this process to generate seemingly simplistic and useful outcomes from complex systems.
In July last year, Professor McGrath was appointed Director of the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, succeeding Professor Richard Blaikie, having previously supported the Institute’s work as a Principal Investigator and member of its Science Executive Committee.
Details: 6pm, Tuesday 14 August, Hunter Council Chamber, Level 2, Hunter Building, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington.
RSVP by Friday 10 August. Phone (04) 472 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘McGrath’ in the subject line.
Presented and produced by Alison Ballance, Ruth Beran and Veronika Meduna.
The Maketu-Ongatoro Wetland Society won the Dune Restoration Trust’s Best Coastal Dune Restoration Award in 2011. Alison Ballance joins Julian Fitter for a winter walk along Maketu Spit in the Bay of Plenty to check out its plants and New Zealand dotterels.
Using gold-plated foam ear plugs with electrodes clipped on to them, Paul Teal and his team from Victoria University tell Ruth Beran how they are trying to measure small electrical signals from deep inside the ear, otherwise known as the cochlear microphonic.
Plant and Food’s Graham Fletcher and Cristina Cruz show Alison Ballance how their monitoring of oysters and mussels is helping create safer seafoods through the rapid detection of bacterial pathogens such as Listeria and Vibrio.
Giant wetapunga are now restricted to just one wild and two newly relocated populations on islands in the Hauraki Gulf, but a new captive breeding programme at Auckland Zoo hopes to maybe one day bring them back to the mainland. Justin Gregory goes to Hauturu-Little Barrier Island to hunt for some good breeding candidates.
And, if you would like to listen to recent Our Changing World stories about volcanic hazard monitoring and predicting eruption risk, head to the web page to find the links.
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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