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Rethink of hazards after Kaikoura earthquake – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 24th, 2017.

Last November’s Kaikoura earthquake will likely change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones, according to the first study to come out of the data collected during and immediately after the earthquake. The study, led by GNS Science researchers, will be published on Friday in Science. A range of data – […]

Why scientists need to go to the barricades against Trump – and for the humanities – Nicola Gaston

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 31st, 2017.

University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Nicola Gaston writes on The Spinoff about why scientists need to stand against anti-science agendas and for the humanities. An excerpt (read in full): Very few of the Trump regime’s attacks on science have not been previously signalled – I spoke about one example, the proposal to prevent scientists from […]

Can Bill English pick up the pace on scientific investment? – Jeff Tallon

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 19th, 2017.

Science was ignited as the fuel of economic growth, but the fame has gone out, writes Professor Jeff Tallon, physicist with The MacDiarmid Institute, in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): And it is inescapable, the Government needs to invest here much more heavily. We need to fund strategies, not projects. Where is […]

Journalism Fellow lands Queenstown TV job

Peter Griffin posted in on January 10th, 2017.

Our 2016 Science Journalism Fellow, Meena Amso, has landed on her feet following journalism school picking up a reporting role with Channel 39 TV station based in Queenstown. Amso was the Science Media Centre’s 2016 Fellow, which saw the Centre offer financial support to assist her in undertaking a post graduate diploma in journalism at the […]

Farewelling a seasoned science journo

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2016.

Reporter Paul Gorman departs The Press after 14 years, including a stint spent getting to grips with earthquake science. Paul takes up a position as senior communications advisor at the University of Otago at the end of January, moving south to Dunedin to immerse himself in research – and assist scientists communicate it. Over the […]

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Summer arrives along with Antarctic research – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 5th, 2016.

With the summer season kicking off, it’s not all BBQs and beaches: many scientists are heading south for the Antarctic research season. As Kiwi scientists head to the ice, they’ve featured in New Zealand media – especially given astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s emergency evacuation from the South Pole to Christchurch, where he is recuperating from symptoms […]

How is the science sector tracking? – Expert reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on November 30th, 2016.

UPDATED: A snapshot of New Zealand’s science and innovation system has laid out where we are doing well and where there is room for improvement compared to other small advanced economies. The Science and Innovation System Performance Report was published yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is intended to benchmark performance […]

Who’s reporting science-related issues in New Zealand?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 20th, 2016.

New Zealand has some fine science and environment reporters reporting for print, television and radio. Based all over the country, from Auckland to Wellington to Christchurch, they help to ensure that New Zealanders are kept up to date with science and environment issues both here and abroad. The Science Media Centre approached some of them, […]

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 […]

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