“Leaf”ers in Spotlight

Rethinking Science Ethics

Sara talks about her work in supporting Indigenous knowledge and place-based learning in school, feminist approaches to teaching as care-work, and what we can learn from the classroom ritual of dissecting animals.

We also reflect on being a scholar/activist in times of culture wars and growing ‘anti-woke’ sentiment.


‘Emissaries from the darkness: understanding planetary systems through their smallest worlds’.

The Royal Society Te Apārangi 2020 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship has capped a stellar year of success for University of Canterbury planetary astronomer Dr. Michele Bannister, who will receive $800,000 over five years to fund her research titled ‘Emissaries from the darkness: understanding planetary systems through their smallest worlds’. Find more about Dr. Bannister’s research.


Digital Storytelling and Volcano risk Resilience

GeoEd PhD Student, Sriparna Saha’s presentation entitled ‘Improving volcano risk resilience through digital storytelling’ was awarded the first place in the Three-Minute-Thesis College Heats across the College of Education, Health, and Human Development. The judging panel unanimously agreed that her presentation provided a comprehensive overview of her research and the potential impact of this work.

Sriparna has been awarded $1,000 toward research-related expenses by the College and will represent her College at the UC wide Finals that will be held on 8th September.  The link to the presentation is below: https://kapwi.ng/c/WpoZq1rS

Resilient Pedagogies

Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor of e-learning writes for the Conversation. Read her piece here: https://theconversation.com/what-do-students-need-in-the-age-of-lockdown-learning-early-lessons-from-new-zealands-online-frontline-144406

How games prepare us for emergencies and crises?

Heide Lukosch, Associate Professor, UC HIT lab writes how games can help us prepare for emergencies and manage crises as they enable players to experience emergency situations in a safe and interactive way. Read her piece in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management here: https://www.aidr.org.au/media/7859/ajem_2020-07.pdf

What are Antarctic Seals telling us?

A New Zealand-led international study of the crabeater seal population in Antarctica aims to understand environmental impacts on one of the southern-most mammals in the world. The study was led by Dr Michelle LaRue, lecturer of Antarctic Marine Science. Click on to see the research spotlight: https://tinyurl.com/y2rjrtsc