Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


NZAS awards celebrate fundamental science

NZAS awards celebrate fundamental science


The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is pleased to announce its annual medals to New Zealand scientists for 2013.

The Marsden medal was awarded to Professor Barry Scott from Massey University, in recognition of a career ranging from seminal work on the nitrogen fixing (reported in Nature in 1979) to studies of the symbiosis between fungus and perennial ryegrass that is so important to New Zealand agriculture. The identification of the fungal endophyte genes and biochemical pathways responsible for the bioprotection that this symbiosis provides the grasses led to the development of field-tests that can identify the potential of different endophyte strains. In both the practice of and service to science, nationally and internationally, Professor Barry Scott has made over time the outstanding contributions that fully merit the award of the Marsden Medal.

The Shorland Medal was awarded to Dr Graham Nugent and his team, Bruce Warburton, Penny Fisher, Dave Morgan, and Peter Sweetapple at Landcare Research. This multidisciplinary team has made huge progress over the last two
decades, and is a demonstration that significant progress in biological science can often take a long time and requires consistent and persistent research. Their research has clarified the role of various pest species as TB vectors and as threats to native biodiversity; helped develop new strategies for local elimination of pests and pest and disease freedom; helped substantially reduce the environmental, non-target, and animal welfare risks caused by pest management.

Dr Noam Greenberg, an Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, is the recipient of the Research Medal, awarded to researchers under 40. Dr Greenberg is a pure mathematician, who works on the mathematics of computability. His mathematical research sheds light on the fundamental capabilities and limitations of the algorithms used by modern computers and software. The international quality of his research has been recognized by the award of a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2011) from the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Turing Research Fellowship (2012) from the US-based John Templeton Foundation.

The Science Communicators award goes to Associate Professor Simon Lamb of Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Lamb has a sustained record of high impact communication concerning the science of climate change. His portfolio of work, including several books and a number of TV documentaries and films, have reached large global audiences. His book, “The Devil and the Mountain”, which describes his own research into the formation of the Andes, was named on the New York Times Book Review’s list of 100 Notable Books for 2004. This year, he completed a major documentary film project, “Thin Ice", which has reached a global audience of more than 50,000 people.

Dr Nicola Gaston, President of the Association, noted that the awards celebrate the full range of science in New Zealand, from long term research programmes that have demonstrated impact in agriculture and biodiversity to fundamental work in mathematics.

“The value of science is often reduced to simple outcomes from individual projects as emphasised by our funding cycles. It is good to see sustained contributions by teams as well as by individuals being acknowledged by these awards.” The Assoication is also pleased to acknowledge the importance of skilled science communicators in fields of public importance, such as climate change.

The Awards will be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the NZAS, which will take place in Auckland on Saturday the 5th April. The theme of this year’s conference, which is being chaired by Dr Siouxsie Wiles of the University of Auckland, will be “Science and Society”.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Efficiency: Businesses And Households To Save From New Energy Plans

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news