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Scintillating research in Japan
12 May 2017. Dr Marilou Raduban and Associate Professor John Harrison were successful in their grant application for the 2017 Collaborative Research for the Laser Energetics Program of Osaka University. The optical properties of rare earth-doped fluoride glasses as ultrafast neutron scintillators will be investigated in collaboration with the Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Japan.
Funding for Galapagos Research
12 May 2017. Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral (Lecturer in Environmental Science and Ecology) has secured $40,000 in funding from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (United Arab Emirates), Galapagos Conservancy (USA), and the Foundation Ensemble (France). This funding will contribute to projects that aim to investigate the diversity of terrestrial snakes in Galapagos and to start the ground work for creating a biological corridor on Floreana Island for mockingbirds and snakes. These projects are a joint initiative between the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, Island Conservation and Massey University.
International Government Science Advisor
12 May 2017. Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin was panellist for the International Government Science Advisors Network (INGSA) workshop in Auckland. From the INGSA website: Through workshops, conferences and a growing catalogue of tools and guidance, the network aims to enhance the global science-policy interface to improve the potential for evidence-informed policy formation at both national and transnational levels
Guest Lecture by CTO and Co-founder of Urnextgig
04 May 2017. The 158.753 Rapid Application Development postgraduate class hosted a guest lecture by Manfred Lange, CTO and Co-founder of Urnextgig. Manfred outlined the main three steps needed in developing a product: prepare, release and collect data. He used the web application Urnextgig to demonstrate his findings.
Putting the Squeeze on Relativity
28 April 2017. Dr. Krista Steenbergen at Massey University's Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics has won 18.1 million computing hours on one of the world's top supercomputers. Following a highly-competitive application process, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe has awarded 18.1 million compute hours on the Marconi KNL supercomputer based at CINECA supercomputing facility (Italy). The team will use Marconi's extensive computational power to investigate relativistic effects under pressure.
24 April 2017. INMS staff hosted an outreach event for 49 STEM Champions students on campus over the teaching break. These high school students completed two-day workshops in their areas of interest including making nature films in the Nature Flicks NZ project with Heather Hendrickson and her colleague, Max Schlesser. Students will be returning to campus on May 18 to show what they have created and to compete for prizes.
23 and 24 April 2017. INMS staff hosted 25 high-achieving secondary school students from around the country as part of this year's BioOlympiad training camp. The week-long camp marks the end of the selection period for the NZ BioOlympiad team, numbering only a final 4, who will be travelling to Warwick (UK) in July to compete internationally. INMS staff guided the students through field and lab-based activities focused on animal behaviour, ecology, evolution and statistical analysis.
Kingsway College students visit Massey Auckland campus
10 April 2017. 50 motivated students from Kingsway College travelled to the Watson Science labs for a hands-on learning activity about molecular biology. The college students had an excellent time performing restriction enzyme digests with the help of INMS technical staff.
INMS Outreach at MOTAT Science Street Fair
02 April 2017. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland had record numbers for this year’s Science Street Fair. INMS staff and students representing biology, chemistry, genetics and physics had a great time running interactive science demonstrations. Highlights included delighting the young crowd with a dry ice bubble experiment, using a slinky to demonstrate wave generation, and revealing the microscopic world using field-portable microscopes.
Early Career Medal Award
23 March 2017. Dr David Aguirre was awarded the Early Career Medal at the 2017 Massey University Defining Excellence Awards. Dr Aguirre’s research centres on quantifying genetic and environmental influences on phenotypes. In a post-PhD research career spanning only four years, Dr Aguirre has been the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Rutherford Foundation Trust in 2013, a Marsden Fast-Start grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2014, and an Unlocking Curious Minds grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in 2016.
INMS staff publish new book
17 March 2017. A new book edited by Dr Andrew Colarik, Associate Professor Julian Jang-Jaccard and Dr Anuradha Mathrani is scheduled to be published by Massey University Press. Titled 'Cyber Security and Policy: A Substantive Dialogue', the new book contains contributions from several INMS staff including Dr Arno Leist, Dr Daniel Playne and Associate Professor Chris Scogings.
Collaboration with Landcare Research
17 March 2017. Dr Kristin Stock has received funding from Landcare Research to study how crowdsourcing can provide data on changes to land use, species locations, and other important criteria. Dr Stock will evaluate how different types of crowdsourcing can provide specific types of data.
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