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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.
Orca stranding – Whatipu Beach
14 March 2017. A team of researchers from the Coastal-Marine Research Group including Dr Karen Stockin conducted a post-mortem examination of an orca found stranded on Whatipu Beach. A necropsy offered critical information that could rule out some of the previous hypotheses about why the whale may have died. The event achieved wide media attention across New Zealand with articles on Stuff.co.nz, NZherald.co.nz and Newshub.co.nz.
New Zealand scientists in major genes discovery
Pilot whale mass stranding at Farewell Spit
03 March 2017. A response team from the Coastal-Marine Research Group within INMS mobilised on Friday 10 February to Farewell Spit to help with the pilot whale recovery effort. The C-MRG team worked at the stranding site for several days alongside WILDBASE pathologists from the Palmerston North campus. Data and samples from as many whales as possible were collected for both pathological investigation (WILDBASE), and on-going life-history research (C-MRG). The Department of Conservation have provided more information about the stranding event.
28 February 2017. Dr Heather Hendrickson gave a seminar about Antibiotic Resistance, the reason it is a growing threat, and what we are doing here at Massey to combat the problem by phage hunting. The talk was well received and there were lots of great questions from the public. We are looking forward to the upcoming talk by Professor Joachim Brand on Gravitational Waves on March 28th at 7 pm.
Contributions to the scientific community [updated]
27 February 2017. Associate Professor Ruili Wang has been appointed to the editorial board for Applied Soft Computing, and Professor Carlo Laing has received a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Institute of Physics Publishing (UK). Dr Lauri Toikka has also been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2016 by Institute of Physics Publishing and was awarded a Recognised Reviewer award 2016 by Elsevier Publishing.
Orientation Week coincides with SeaWeek
27 February 2017. Many of the usual activities for Orientation Week will be sea-themed and the INMS Marine Ecology team will be hosting a special screening of the film 'A Plastic Ocean' in SNW200, 5:30pm on Friday March 3. A trailer for the film can be seen here.
Visiting student joins Human-Wildlife Interaction Group
24 February 2017. Lauren Jaftoran from HAS University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands has started her 4-month internship on the banded rail project led by Senior Lecturer Weihong Ji. The banded rail project is in collaboration with the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society.
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