The stories captured in this edition of Interface abound with people who are making a difference. People who are willing to take a leap of faith, whether that be by moving half way around the world to join the MacDiarmid Institute in order to explore opportunities for their own future or those people who are forging new pathways for a future where science, community, culture, education, business and decision making are integrated without question of their mutual importance.

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Table of contents

  • Editorial: Inspiring, Influencing, Initiating
  • OPINION: Taking the J out of JAFA
  • Science supports sustainable Māori business success
  • Green Science – Jonathan Halpert
  • Starting To Gel – Hanton and Moratti
  • Grounded In Theory – Michele Governale
  • Collaboration & competition in a small pool
  • Going for Gold – Dr Andrea Kolb
  • Women of Influence
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    Editorial: Inspiring, Influencing, Initiating

    Professor Kate McGrath, Director of The MacDiarmid Institute The stories captured in this edition of Interface abound with people who are making a difference. People who are willing to take a leap of faith, whether that be by moving half way around the world to join the MacDiarmid Institute in order to explore opportunities for […]

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    27

    OPINION: Taking the J out of JAFA

    By MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator Geoff Willmott “The problem is the gap between us on the map, and there’s no easy way to reconcile it.” – ‘Wellington’ (The Mutton Birds) In a colonial outpost a handful of academics follow the lead of those based further south, struggling to promote an institute in the midst of […]

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    Nov
    27

    Science supports sustainable Māori business success

    Science is just “observation and practice” but the Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust believes it will create a competitive advantage for their burgeoning social enterprises in Whanganui.

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    Nov
    27

    Green Science – Jonathan Halpert

    Story by Veronika Meduna With demand for solar energy on the rise globally, Jonathan Halpert is well positioned to make an impact. A lecturer at Victoria University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and an Associate Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute, Dr Halpert was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship—which means up to $800,000 over five […]

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    Nov
    27

    Starting To Gel – Hanton and Moratti

    Story by Ruth Beran “I never thought I’d be doing anything commercial” says University of Otago’s Professor Lyall Hanton. “I thought that maybe the system I was developing might be used. Or my research might have an application in a hundred years’ time, but I never thought that I would actually do anything useful in […]

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    Nov
    27

    Grounded In Theory – Michele Governale

    Story by Ruth Beran Walking into Associate Professor Michele Governale’s office at Victoria University, it’s hard to miss the big whiteboard with equations scribbled in red pen. “These things have been written by my students and co-workers,” Governale explains. “At the moment there is no one complete thing, there are many.” It’s a testament to […]

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    Nov
    27

    Collaboration & competition in a small pool

    Story by Vicki Hyde   The Lord of the Rings movies have made a lot of people want to come to New Zealand, and the MacDiarmid Institute’s PhD candidate Nihan Ayedemir confesses to being one of them. Stunning scenery aside, what really drew her to advanced polymer research at Auckland University’s Travas- Sjedic Group was […]

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    Nov
    27

    Going for Gold – Dr Andrea Kolb

    Story by Vicki Hyde Nanotechnology provides a chance to change an ancient farm product, adding colour – and value – to the humble fleece. How to contribute further to the research programme of MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator, Professor Jim Johnston, has been on the mind of MacDiarmid Institute scientist Dr Andrea Kolb. Andrea recently completed […]

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    Nov
    27

    Women of Influence

    The MacDiarmid Institute had four investigators placed as finalists in the Science and Innovation category of Westpac’s Women of Influence Awards for 2014.

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