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Q&A with forensic scientist Keith Bedford – NZ Herald

Posted in Reflections On Science on April 26th, 2016.

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 […]

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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* 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

Top Ten Science Stories of 2015

It has been a big year for science, both at home and abroad. We have seen water on Mars and a heart on Pluto, signed a global climate deal and grappled with new gene editing technologies. Closer to home, we have seen fruit fly invaders shut down part of Auckland, found something fishy going on […]

December 15th, 2015 Read full Story

Why do governments support research? – Sir Peter Gluckman

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, discuses the history and future of government research funding in latest blog post. An excerpt (read in full here): Why do governments support research? The evolving role of the State Recently, the New Zealand Government published the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI). This statement heralds […]

October 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Science needs funding certainty to excel

The Press science reporter Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor looks at the state of science funding in New Zealand and whether it is serving the needs of the country. An excerpt: read in full here. “At the end of the year, Palmerston North’s Centre of Research Excellence the Allan Wilson Centre will close, after missing out on […]

October 5th, 2015 Read full Story

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