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Safe to go in the water? The ‘bleeding legs’ sea flea mystery

Victoria Metcalf Aug 10, 2017

The story has gone viral around the world  – a teenager, Sam Kanizay, dips his legs in the water after soccer practice in Melbourne and emerges bleeding profusely, and in hospital for days, with dramatic headlines of mysterious flesh eating sea creatures to blame. So what’s the likely culprit and do we need to fear getting in the water here? … Read More

How we relate – What is meaningful engagement?

Victoria Metcalf Oct 13, 2016

In a post-normal science world how we engage is fundamentally important. Next Tuesday Twitter users will have the opportunity to discuss meaningful engagement in a combined #scicommnz #scichatnz chat. SciCommNZ chats, using the hashtag #scicommnz, are where a community of scientists, science communicators and science educators meet on Twitter once a month. The chat aim is to … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 2

Victoria Metcalf Aug 10, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 1

Victoria Metcalf Aug 08, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Kids as curators of creativity

Victoria Metcalf Apr 25, 2016

Children have a wealth of information to teach us if we pause to observe their simple rituals as collectors and curators. They’d been playing happily on the wharf, my daughter and a new same-age friend she’d met just minutes before in the restaurant where we’d just eaten lunch. They’d cemented their bonding whilst peering down the hole around a wharf pile in the … Read More

Slugging it out? They call me mellow yellow

Victoria Metcalf Mar 04, 2016

Sometimes we find quite extraordinary, yet ordinary, things in our own backyard. Introducing a slug. The other day I found this beauty sliding along our doormat. Slugs and snails don’t gross me out. After all, thanks to an interest shown by Miss6, we kept Big Gavin, a hand-me-down snail and his/her friends for nearly 2 years as a pet. Big Gavin … Read More

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Women in science – yesterday, today and tomorrow

Victoria Metcalf Feb 14, 2016

February 11th marked the first ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as declared by the UN. These are my reflections on women in science drafted the day after this inaugural event. Yesterday Yesterday I spent time in the morning reading about some of the latest sexual harassment cases for women in science. It’s disturbing just … Read More

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