Guest Work

What is the (e) in your eResearch?

Guest Author Jun 16, 2010

By Julian Carver First eMail, then eCommerce, eBusiness & eProcurement, eGovernment, eDating, and now eResearch. Does simply putting an ‘e’ in front of an existing practice make it somehow sexier, and more now? I headed along to the Wellington eResearch Symposium last week to find out. OK, that’s not true. I did go to … Read More

Engaging Students — Ideas from the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Guest Author Jun 16, 2010

By Dr Michael Edmonds A couple of weeks ago, I attended a fascinating talk by Dr Paul Wyatt from the University of Bristol entitled ’Teaching Innovations — Using Technology to Enrich the Traditional’. The talk described many of the innovative techniques used to teach practical chemistry at the University of Bristol as part of the School … Read More

Gluckman: The New Zealand Science System — into a brave new world

Guest Author Apr 22, 2010

Text of a public lecture at NIWA, Auckland given by Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman Thank you for the opportunity to speak. NIWA seems a particularly appropriate venue to address what might at first glance appear to be two apparently unrelated topics — the CRI reforms and the broader issues of public confidence in … Read More

Inaccurate reporting of scientific evidence perpetuates myths

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 15, 2010

A guest post from the Immunisation Advisory Centre, following recent reports in the press questioning the safety of the Gardasil vaccine. Recently we have seen more examples of vaccine safety surveillance data being misinterpreted by both members of the public and the media.  This misinterpretation of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) data can perpetuate fear and confusion … Read More

Is genetic engineering just like breeding?

Guest Author Feb 15, 2010

By Prof. Jack Heinemann* Dr. Nina Federoff, the science advisor to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, voiced more blatantly in New Zealand what many other advocates of large-scale plantings of genetically engineered (GE/GM) plants sought to imply for years: ’There’s almost no food that isn’t genetically modified. Genetic modification is the basis of all evolution.’ This stance … Read More