Royal Society of New Zealand Research Honours

10-Oct-2017 12:48 PM

*****EMBARGOED to 10.30pm NZST, Tuesday 10 October 2017*****

Six University of Auckland researchers were awarded top honours by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Health Research Council of New Zealand at a research honours dinner in Auckland last night (10 October 2017). 

Honours awarded to University of Auckland researchers are: 

Professor Peter Shepherd (Medical Sciences) won the Callaghan Medal for science communication, for developing activities to increase the understanding of science by the New Zealand public. These include a programme to keep biology teachers, and their students, up to date with the latest developments in the life sciences and recognition of the impact of the Annual Queenstown Molecular Biology Research Week.

Professor Cris Shore (Social Sciences) was awarded the Mason Durie Medal for his contributions to political anthropology and the study of organisations, governance and power. He has pioneered the use of anthropological methods to study policy and institutions.

Professor Tracey McIntosh (Maori Studies and Pacific Studies) received the Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for advancing our understanding of enduring social injustices that undermine Maori wellbeing and inhibit social cohesion and meaningful cultural diversity in Aotearoa. Her research focuses on how to correct the intergenerational transmission of social inequalities, how they pertain to Maori, and new indigenous knowledge and policies that work for Maori and the nation.

Dr Aroha Harris (Humanities) was awarded the inaugural Royal Society Te Aparangi Early Career Researcher Award in Humanities for her substantial contributions to the award-winning Maori history, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, which spans the entirety of Maori history. She was lead author of the section on sociocultural history of twentieth-century Maori.

Dr Danny Osborne (Psychology) received the inaugural Royal Society Te Aparangi Early Career Research Award in Social Sciences for his prolific research programme which has advanced understanding of the psychological barriers to collective action. His research examines New Zealanders’ attitudes and shows that people’s basic needs for stability, beliefs about their collective ability to change the system, and culture-specific beliefs about past injustices all undermine collective action.

Professor Alistair Gunn (Medical Sciences) was awarded the Beaven Medal by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, for his pioneering use of mild cooling to treat babies with brain injuries at birth.

University of Auckland Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim Metson says the awards further demonstrate the quality and impact of research being carried out at the University. “We congratulate our academics on this well-deserved recognition; we are proud of all their outstanding research and the contribution they are making to New Zealand and internationally.” 

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