Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2015 Rutherford Lecture

Going super heavy: the end of the periodic table of elements
Wednesday 26 August, 6pm, C1 lecture theatre, University of Canterbury

This year’s Rutherford Lecture will be delivered by Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger (Massey University), a leading chemist and physicist who was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2014 Rutherford Medal.

The first periodic table of elements, proposed in 1869, was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time, it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming unstable and decaying. The last decade has seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118 – just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? Where does the periodic table end?

The lecture is free and open to the public but, to ensure a seat, you should register online. You can also find more information here.

What’s the haps?!

Here’s what’s happening this coming week….

Tuesday 4 August: Why I Give a S#*t and What I Do About It: Andrew Just is a protagonist, servant, activist, citizen, facilitator/enabler and architecture graduate. He is a co-founder of urban regeneration initiative Gap Filler, and of architecture practice Field. Join Andrew Just for an informal discussion about motivation and action.

Wednesday 5 August: Combines Sciences Ball

Thursday 6 August: Tikanga in the Family Court Seminar: Te Pūtairiki, with the support of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, is proud to present a seminar by Judge Annis Somerville on “Tikanga in the Family Court”, as part of the 2015 Māori Legal Issues in the 21st Century Seminar Series. Somerville, who is of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri descent, was the first Māori Family Court Judge to be appointed in New Zealand in 2001.

Friday 8 August: Arts Ball
The Lady Killers: From the writer of The IT Crowd, Father Ted and Black Books comes this irresistibly twisted black comedy in which a gang of criminal misfits pose as an amateur chamber orchestra.

UC Foundation Sports Scholarships

UC Foundation Sports Scholarships:

This scholarship supports students at the University of Canterbury who have demonstrated strong academic achievement and potential for high levels of performance in sports. It was established in 2014 through the generosity of the sporting community of Christchurch and the support of the University of Canterbury Foundation.

Tenure:  (up to) 4 years.

Value: $5000 per annum plus a $1000 Individual performance fund.

Recipients will also be aligned to the Athlete Development Programme, and have a strong support network established around them for their athletic and academic endeavours.

Applications are now open along with a large number of other scholarships related to study at UC.

Check out the regulations and application forms here.

If you have any questions or queries about this please contact Grant Robertson ( directly.