Tagged: Marsden Fund

Marsden Maths - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 02, 2015

Motu’s released the working paper they’d presented at the NZAE meetings earlier this year. They show that Marsden grants do increase research output. But as for whether the programme is cost effective? Well, that’s more fun. The average researcher on teams receiving Marsden grants made 6 proposals and received 1.2 grants over the period 2000-2012. The Fund allocated … Read More

Marsden Fund: Benefits quantified for first time - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 02, 2015

New Zealand’s leading ‘blue skies’ research fund boosts Kiwi science, but could be tweaked for greater efficiency, says a new study. An evaluation conducted by researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research institute has found that Marsden funding increases the scientific output of the funded researchers. Compared to similar groups that do not receive funding, a team that is given  … Read More

Have surgery, wake up on Sydney time - Infrequently Asked Questions

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

At the beach? Meet global warming’s evil twin - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Jan 15, 2015

Kina, or New Zealand sea urchin One third of our carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by the world’s oceans, which increases the acidity of the water and affects marine life. The University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Mary Sewell looks into the impacts on kina, or the New Zealand sea urchin, and how their fertilisation, early development and metabolism change. Read More

Using computers: your way is the slow way - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Dec 03, 2014

Professor Andy Cockburn One of the mysteries of the modern age is why, when there are lots of ways to improve efficiency and productivity with computer-based systems, people don’t use the tools available. Sophisticated file search utilities, shortcut keys, and powerful commands are seldom used. Canterbury University’s Professor Andy Cockburn explains why most people trap themselves in ‘beginner mode’, … Read More

Happy WKD - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 13, 2013

I love living in NZ, it enables me to be the first in the world to wish everyone a happy World Kidney Day.  May your kidneys never lack oxygen, be always filtering, and ever distant from the nephrologists biopsy needle! Let me remind you:  If it weren’t for your kidneys where would you be You’d … Continue reading » … Read More

$6,126,820 - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 02, 2012

$6,126,820 has been sitting on my fridge for the last two years. I aim to raise this over 20 years so as to continue my research.  Yes – I confess, I am the Six million dollar man (Historical reference for those over 40).  Sounds a lot of money, but let’s put this in context.  Because … Continue reading » … Read More

TOSP Episode 5: October 10th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 10, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week’s podcast is, as usual, filled with interesting things.  Particularly Nobel-related things! We (aimee and Elf) talk about science prizes, figures, finding life on Mars, transhumanism, the beginning of infinity, nanotechnology (what is it?), statistics, space skiing, forensic science, nature vs nurture the Nobels, [...] … Read More

Marsden grant takes microbiology to the extreme - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Sep 27, 2010

Dr. Charles Lee is a FRST Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Waikato. His research into the microbial ecology of extreme environments received a significant financial boost on Friday when the 2010 Marsden Fund grants were announced. The Fast-Start grant will support new research into … Read More

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