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NASA internships now open to New Zealand students

Under a new agreement between NASA and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tertiary students can now apply for internships with the space administration.

Scholarships will be available for up to four successful Aotearoa New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake, courtesy of the New Zealand Space Agency. Costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees will be covered under the scholarship.

The successful students will attend the Ames Centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley. Under the guidance of a NASA mentor, they will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within the space administration, the US and the pool of other international students taking part in the programme. 

This opportunity is for high-achieving Aotearoa New Zealand students to work with experts in space-related fields and have access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities.

The scholarship aims to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency. 

The internship will give students access to international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy. 

The application process is two-phased with candidates first being selected by the New Zealand Space Agency.

Following selection by MBIE, local  finalists will be recommended to NASA who will then choose their overall finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

Applications will be open from mid-September and close mid-October. 

For more, see www.mbie.govt.nz/nasa

Clinical Education Symposium – October 2018

The 2018 Clinical Education Symposium will suit anyone with an interest or involvement in clinical education.

  • Date: 26 October 2018
  • Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
  • Cost: $80 per person
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided

Keynote topic: Culturally and linguistically diverse students in workplace learning contexts: strategies for positive, mutual learning experiences with Stacie Attrill, PhD from Flinders University, Adelaide. 

Have a topic, idea, experience or study to share with the group? Email clinicaledsymposium@canterbury.ac.nz to find out more.

To register your attendance or request to present, email clinicaledsymposium@canterbury.ac.nz with your name and work role. 

Registrations close Monday 15 October 2018. 

All staff forum with Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ is visiting UC on Friday 20 July.

You are invited to participate in an All Staff Forum where Professor Gerrard will present and invite questions. The forum will be hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science | Amorangi Pūtaiao Wendy Lawson.

  • Date:  Friday 20 July
  • Time: 11.30pm – 12.30pm
  • Venue: John Britten 102 Conference Foyer.
  • RSVP: julie.hicks@canterbury.ac.nz by 5pm Friday 13 July.

Professor Gerrard’s experience, expertise and leadership was highly respected during her tenure at UC.

At the time of her appointment Professor Gerrard was the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemical Sciences, Auckland University. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said at the time:

“Professor Gerrard has had a distinguished career, specialising in a range of disciplines including biochemical engineering. She was also the past Chair, Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Council giving her wide exposure to other science disciplines.”

She also said that she was pleased to appoint the first woman to the role.

The role is intended to provide the Government with high quality scientific advice to support good robust decision making, and plays a vital role in promoting science and technology, explaining its contribution to society and the economy, and promoting the sector to young people as a career opportunity.

Professor Gerrard started her new role on 1 July.

UC Marine Scientist awarded prestigious fellowship

UC Distinguished Professor David Schiel was elected a Fellow at the annual meeting of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) of the United Kingdom earlier this year.

Prof. Schiel is the only New Zealand scientist to have been awarded the title of FMBA, which came at the behest and support of Professor Stephen Hawkins, a former Director of the Marine Biological Association, and a visiting Erskine Fellow at Canterbury University in 2017.

Professor Hawkins noted Prof. Schiel’s scientific contributions as one of the most prolific and internationally regarded rocky shore ecologists (for example, his work in Kaikōura following the 2016 earthquake), and was delighted that his achievements were recognised by the MBA.

Prof. Schiel visited the MBA in 2018 as part of an Erskine Fellowship, and was hosted there by Prof Hawkins.

Established in 1884, the MBA is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific associations in marine science worldwide, it has a rich history, and has seen many highly significant scientific discoveries at its Citadel Hill laboratory in Plymouth England.

Today, MBA scientists deliver an internationally-renowned programme of scientific research.  

Find more information on the Marine Biological Association here>

UC Workshop on Integrity in Scientific Research

With the support of the UC Business School Research Committee, we are organizing an interdisciplinary workshop on integrity in scientific research, tentatively scheduled for Friday 26 October.

Issues to be covered include:
• (Non)-reproducibility of research/replications
• Plagiarism/fake research results/retractions of papers
• (Lack of) data sharing/transparency/open data
• Data privacy
• Methods to analyse scientific integrity including meta-analysis/systematic reviews
• Open science
• Alternatives to Null Hypothesis Statistical Testing
• Tools available for reproducible research

If you are interested in presenting at this workshop or would simply like to attend, please contact tom.coupe@canterbury.ac.nz

We plan to invite some scholars from other institutions in New Zealand – suggestions for speakers are most welcome too!

Arindam Basu (UC School of Health Sciences)
Tom Coupe (UC Business School)
Brian Haig (UC Department of Psychology)
Bob Reed (UC Business School)