Infrequently Asked Questions

Marmalade chapati multiculturalism

Lynley Hargreaves Feb 11, 2016

Professor Colleen Ward FRSNZ The more culturally diverse our neighbourhoods are, the happier we are about it – up to a certain point, says Professor Colleen Ward, Director of  Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research. The Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow explains the tipping point of immigration acceptance, what makes kiwis tend to embrace diversity, … Read More

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Discovering new species in the Kermadec Islands

Lynley Hargreaves Jan 28, 2016

Dr Tom Trnski A November 2015 expedition to the remote, subtropical Kermadec Islands doubled the area’s number of known sponge species, with a sponges taxonomist on the team for the first time. That was exciting to see, says Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Tom Trnski, the expedition leader. But often the really interesting part, he tells us, is how species … Read More

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A spoonful of perception intervention helps the medicine go down

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 25, 2015

Two people have heart attacks. Who gets back to work sooner? The one who thinks their illness will be short, even if their symptoms were worse, according to research in the rapidly expanding area of patient illness perception. But the main reason for this, explains new Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow and Mason Durie Medal recipient, Professor … Read More

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

Nancy de Bueger Oct 13, 2015

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with the goal of inspiring the next generation of budding women scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Here are five female Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand reflecting on their role models and what got them excited about … Read More

Lasers: the transformation to come

Lynley Hargreaves Sep 23, 2015

Cather Simpson wants every child and parent in New Zealand to know the word photonics – and to consider photonics science or engineering as a career. An Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and Director of the Photon Factory, she’s worked on problems as diverse as robotic surgery and sorting dairy herd sperm by sex. Now as part of … Read More

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Have surgery, wake up on Sydney time

Lynley Hargreaves Sep 10, 2015

Dr Guy Warman Patients who receive anaesthesia for surgery may wake up jet lagged – after a six hour operation that starts at 9am, for example, a New Zealand patient might wake up on Sydney time. This could leave patients with trouble sleeping, inhibit wound healing and lower immune function. In a bid to investigate this and find … Read More

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The complex future of ecology

Lynley Hargreaves Aug 27, 2015

If you believe the next mass extinction event (caused by humans) has begun, how do humans begin to choose which species to save? Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Daniel Stouffer may be able to help, although he isn’t looking at kiwi, lichens, or in fact any particular species. Instead, he’s working on ways to study all of them at the same … Read More

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