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Fish report authors respond to criticisms – NZ Herald

Posted in Reflections On Science on May 24th, 2016.

The authors of a report reconstructing the history of New Zealand’s fisheries catch – and finding it out of step with official figures – have responded to to some of the criticisms levelled at their research. You can read earlier expert commentary on the report collected by the SMC and a response from the Ministry […]

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The perils of over-exercising and under-eating – Waikato Q&A

The University of Waikato held a live online Q&A session with their experts, covering issues such as over-exercising, ‘fitness addiction and eating disorders. The discussion was recorded and can be viewed below. The Panel included: Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, Associated Professor (Human Development and Movement Studies) Dr Pawel K Olszewski, Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences) Dr […]

May 12th, 2016 Read full Story

The high public cost of muzzling scientists – Shaun Hendy

Ahead of the launch of his new book Silencing Science, Prof Shaun Hendy has written an opinion article for the Dominion Post. You can also see an interview with Prof Hendy on the Q + A show, and read an Q&A with the New Zealand Herald’s Jamie Morton.  An excerpt of the article (read in […]

May 9th, 2016 Read full Story

Q&A with forensic scientist Keith Bedford – NZ Herald

As Prime’s new documentary series Forensics NZ goes to air, the New Zealand Herald quizzes Dr Keith Bedford from ESR about the realities of forensic science. An excerpt (read in full here): Twelve questions with Keith Bedford ESR Forensics boss Dr Keith Bedford has had oversight of the forensic evidence in virtually every high-profile court […]

April 26th, 2016 Read full Story

Otago top NZ research contributor in global index

The latest Nature Index puts the University of  Otago at 303 in a global research ranking of thousands of universities, ahead of the University of Auckland at 386. The Index, managed by the Nature Publishing Group, ranks countries and institutions on how many articles they published in 68 top journals last year, and also on […]

April 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Prof Peter Kemp on GMOs in the Hawke’s Bay

Writing in Hawke’s Bay Today Professor Peter Kemp, Head of the Institute of Agriculture and the Environment at Massey University, pushes back on calls for a ban on genetically modified organisms. An excerpt (read in full here): Peter Kemp: Blanket GMO ban short-sighted It’s been fascinating watching signs appearing across Hawke’s Bay declaring it should […]

April 1st, 2016 Read full Story

The art of science advice – RNZ

Radio New Zealand science journalist Veronika Meduna recently quizzed New Zealand’s chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, and Australia’s newly-appointed chief scientist, Alan Finkel, at a trans-Tasman celebration at the Australian High Commission. You can read more and listen to both speakers on the RNZ Our Changing World website. An excerpt: At a trans-Tasman celebration […]

April 1st, 2016 Read full Story

PHARMAC needs funding boost – Dr Francis Hunter

Writing on Stuff.co.nz* the University of Auckland’s Dr Francis Hunter outlines the situation PHARMAC and the Government face over the melanoma drug Keytruda. An excerpt (read in full here): ‘Real, urgent’ plight for melanoma patients hoping for better Keytruda funding Pharmac’s assignment of a low-funding priority to pembrolizumab (Keytruda) for advanced melanoma has brought cancer drug […]

March 7th, 2016 Read full Story

New Windows on the Universe – Prof David Wiltshire

As researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announce they have spotted gravitational waves – ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events – University of Canterbury Professor of Physics Dr David Wiltshire discusses what it means. The announcement that gravitational waves have been directly captured for the first time ever, from […]

February 12th, 2016 Read full Story

STEM skills vital to NZ’s future – Steven Joyce

Writing in the Dominion Post, Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce lays out the case for a skilled workforce – especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) sector. An excerpt (read in full here): Getting people with more skills vital to our future Beyond the current fog of misinformation around about trade deals […]

February 1st, 2016 Read full Story


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