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New media advisor for SMC

Peter Griffin posted in on July 7th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre welcomes a new staff member, Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor, as our new media advisor. Sarah-Jane takes over from John Kerr, who finishes on July 8 after five years in the role. John is heading to Victoria University in Wellington to study toward a PhD on the psychology of science communication and we wish him well […]

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Bizarre deep-sea creature washes ashore in Dunedin

Steven Trask posted in on April 17th, 2015.

The Otago Daily Times reports that a rare serpent-like specimen, known as an oarfish, has been found on the beach in Aramoana, Dunedin. Department of Conservation service manager David Agnew said in his 20 years with DoC, he had never seen anything like the 3 metre specimen. Director of the Otago University marine studies programme […]

Otago University scientist helps shed light on greatest mass extinction

Steven Trask posted in on April 16th, 2015.

Extreme volcanic activity and ocean acidification were responsible for the worst mass extinction in history, according to an international research team including a University of Otago scientist. In a paper published last Friday in the leading journal Science, the team described how 252 million years ago extreme volcanic activity caused the oceans to absorb huge amounts […]

Going public at the New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference

Steven Trask posted in on April 16th, 2015.

‘Going public’ was the theme at the New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference, held last Friday at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington. A huge variety of speakers were on show at the event, from the scientists themselves (NZAS President Nicola Gaston and Royal Society President Sir David Skegg) , to the […]

Plans for human ‘body transplant’ met with scepticism

Steven Trask posted in on April 16th, 2015.

An Italian surgeon’s plan to perform the first ‘full body transplant’ on a human has been met with scepticism. Published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr Sergio Canavero recently outlined his plan to graft a living person’s head onto a deceased donor body. A 29 year-old Russian man, suffering from a disease which slowly wastes […]

Expert on brain training video games

Peter Griffin posted in on September 6th, 2013.

Playing brain-training video games may help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilities among older people, according to scientists who published their research in Nature this week. As The Guardian reported: “They found that 60-year-olds who played a custom-designed video game for 12 hours over the course of a month improved their multitasking abilities to levels better […]

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SMC moves to new base at Royal Society HQ

Peter Griffin posted in on August 30th, 2013.

The Science Media Centre has relocated from its tiny base on Wellington’s Manners St to the Royal Society of New Zealand’s recently renovated headquarters in Thorndon. The move sees the SMC, an independent unit administered by the RSNZ and funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, now operating out of the nation’s key […]

Science Media Centres featured in Nature

Peter Griffin posted in on July 11th, 2013.

Fiona Fox, the chief executive and founder of the UK Science Media Centre, recently spent a day with Nature reporter Ewen Callaway recently and the resulting feature is a good insight into the SMC that kicked off a global collective of likeminded organisations that collaborate extensively. The piece follows a series that ran in Columbia […]

Getting SAVVY: media skills for scientists

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 31st, 2012.

Science Media SAVVY, a new series of media skills workshops the Science Media Centre is running for scientists, kicked off to great effect this week in Christchurch. Twelve talented researchers, selected from a pool of over 50 applicants, were put through their paces by Peter, Dacia and veteran media trainer Michael Brown. Over two full days, […]

Science Media Centre Internship 2013

John Kerr posted in on October 29th, 2012.

The Science Media Centre is looking for a summer intern / volunteer to lend a hand with day-to-day operations of the centre. The successful candidate will join a fast-paced, savvy editorial team finding unexpected angles on science stories for the media and tracking down experts who can offer an evidence-based steer on breaking news and […]

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