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Science shines at awards

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 9th, 2016.

Four scientists were honoured on Thursday at an awards ceremony that also recognised one of New Zealand’s historic science stars.  The New Zealand Association of Scientists held its awards ceremony in Wellington on Thursday night, recognising long-term fundamental science with significant value for New Zealand. The awards this year included the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, […]

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Universities succeed when they produce thoughtful leaders, not technocrats – Gareth Jones

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 17th, 2016.

The place of humanities in a university raises issues that extend far beyond a single department, argues Emeritus Professor Gareth Jones in the Otago Daily Times. An excerpt (read in full): We need lawyers who understand biomedical science or elements of commerce; we need doctors who have an appreciation of the medical humanities, let alone […]

Dunedin’s International Science Festival – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 15th, 2016.

Dunedin has once again played host to the International Science Festival, which comes to town every two years bringing scientists and science fans together. The festival finishes on July 16, but this week has sparked a range of media coverage of the events. Sessions included concussions in sport, 3D technology, women in science and a […]

Tūhoe and scientists collaborate on dinosaur hunt – In the news

Laura Goodall posted in on July 7th, 2016.

Ngāi Tūhoe and palaeontologists have teamed up to go digging for dinosaurs and understand more about how these animals lived in New Zealand. The research will focus on searching for fossil remains in streams that flow through Te Urewera National Park, which is managed by Ngāi Tūhoe. “They’re leading the project,” palaeontologist James Crampton from GNS Science […]

Ten science successes profiled in the Herald on Sunday

John Kerr posted in on April 11th, 2016.

In a two-page spread in the Herald on Sunday, science journalist Jamie Morton lays out ten New Zealand science and innovation success stories, ranging from migraines to methane. You can read the full feature online here. An excerpt: Making thunder Underground If anyone says science is boring, ask them how many professions let you blow […]

Science Media SAVVY – upcoming video workshops

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre and Mohawk Media will team up again in March to offer their popular science video training workshops in Wellington and Auckland. These Science Media SAVVY workshops focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like Youtube […]

Call off the Hunt – Fiona Fox on Tim Hunt

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2015.

Fiona Fox, Director of the UK Science Media Centre, writes on her blog about the recent scandal around Nobel laureate Prof Tim Hunt’s sexist public comments at a conference. Below is an excerpt, with the full blog available here. Call off the hunt Am I the only one who feels sorry for Tim Hunt? Judging […]

Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list recognises scientists

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2015.

The contribution of individual New Zealanders to science and society has been recognised in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday New Zealand Royal Honours. Formally announced today, the list acknowledges a wide range of people who serve their communities and recognises those who have achieved something special. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, one of New Zealand’s leading, internationally […]

A lesson for science communicators in Campbell Live demise

Peter Griffin posted in on May 22nd, 2015.

He made it to ten years, and on reflection, he was bloody lucky to get there. The axing of John Campbell’s show and his departure from Mediaworks is a real loss for journalism. But it points to a larger shift in viewing habits and tastes of TV viewers who, we are told, are getting their […]

Sorting antiques from modern shams – Stuff.co.nz

Laura Goodall posted in on April 20th, 2015.

Nikki Macdonald reports in Stuff.co.nz how the radiocarbon dating lab in Lower Hutt gave the 26000 Vodka brand its name, confirmed an ancient waka as pre-European and revealed the age of the old frame chosen for a modern painting in Te Papa Tongarewa. Nikki’s feature articles won her a Canon Media Award in 2011 and she is also in […]

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