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Science a dinner table conversation

Dr Michelle Dickinson’s heart breaks when the word science conjures up negative experiences of text books and difficult exams. The University of Auckland biomedical and materials engineer, who set up and runs Australasia’s only nanomechanical testing laboratory, won the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize in 2014. “Science affects … Read More

Rewarding scientific research

Winning the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize has led to numerous opportunities to share his research and establish research collaborations says Dr Karl Iremonger. The 2014 University of Otago prize recipient says his research into brain cell functionality has been widely publicised as a result of his … Read More

Prizes bring international acknowledgement

Winning the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize was a huge boost in confidence for researchers involved in the He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago. “Many in our group are young researchers so it was a boost and affirmation for … Read More

Hard to win but a great Prize!

Professors John Boys and Grant Covic from the University of Auckland won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for world-leading inductive power transfer (IPT), which is the high-efficiency transfer of electricity across large air gaps. “We could never have made the progress that we have without the Prime Minister’s Science … Read More

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