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Rob Elshire

Citations Needed: Episode 110: The Shiny-Object Psychology of American Capitalist “Innovation”

I've been working on pulling together a call for review and renewal of our science system here in Aotearoa. A huge part of the problem with the system is a mistaken understanding of the role of fundamental reasearch, what innovation is, and the effects of venture capital based capitalism. This podcast and the transcript breaks it down.

Also the transcript.

Rob Elshire

Coalition to cut $2 billion a year from university research | The Saturday Paper

Over in Australia they are getting ready to cut back on the feedstock of the economy. According to Nobel Prize winning economist and former world bank president Joseph Stiglitz, historical evidence shows that basic research underpins wealth creation.  A reduction in research funding is the wrong direction for an economic recovery.

In other words, you shouldn't eat your seed corn.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

This is my positive attitude.

This is my positive attitude.

This is my positive attitude was my catch phrase during research for my masters degree. For months, every day, seven days a week,  there was something new that went wrong / broke. I then had to solve the problem and move on. Perseverance and resiliance were lessons learned, painfully.

Image by /u/OffendedScience via Reddit.

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Science Discussion Series: Racial disparities in medicine & research hurt Black patients and physicians creating distressing consequences for public health. We are researchers studying these issues - let's discuss!

This issue is much broader than the discussion topic here. Essentially, much of medical research is biased towards white males. So women (full stop) and men that are black, indigenous, or people of color face disadvantages in diagnosis and treatment.

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Science and innovation: Where is NZ's master plan? - NZ Herald

This is the Research Science and Innovation (RSI) strategy document that I have been poking at since last year. Thankfully, they have not released a final version. My research has clearly demonstrated that MBIE has not done a proper consultation, the process lacks a discoverable plan, there is no transparency and certainly no responsiveness.

I respect the Honorable Doctor Megan Woods and the hard yards she is doing on behalf of my fellow kiwis. I am completely sincere in this, but if she is correct that people are happier with the second go with in depth consultation for this strategy, the first effort must have been a dumpster fire. If that is the case, a bit of shuffling in MBIE's policy team might have been considered the proper thing to do.

Previously

Previously

Rob Elshire

Are Crown Research Institutes fit for purpose? | RNZ

Short answer: No. Polite answer is much longer. See Troy's interview.

Towards the end, he talks about NZAS calling for a full external review of the science system. In my mind, it is a whole of government excercise which includes the CRIs, Universities, MBIE, various ministries, etc.

Rob Elshire

Ire over lack of Māori academics in Māori research projects | RNZ News

This is clearly a problem. Katarina Ruckstuhl's statement that more students are needed because there are very few Māori working in science is not the full answer. Employment for those Māori who have completed their study might be more helpful than putting more into the system with no where to go.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire