Medal & life membership

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2020 Peter Spratt medal
NZASE is proud to announce that Ian Torrie, Head of Chemistry at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, is the winner of the 2020 Peter Spratt medal, the highest honour our subject association can bestow on an individual.
    When nominations were considered, NZASE found that Ian was a standout nominee due to his long-standing national newsletter for Chemistry teachers, as well as his less public work on the Chemistry curriculum and assessment. He has also been an organiser and presenter for numerous SciCon and ChemEd conferences.
     NZASE awards this medal every two years in memory of Peter Spratt, a long-time science educator and employee of the Royal Society of New Zealand, who supported the establishment of NZASE among many other science education initiatives. Peter died in 2007 after a long and distinguished career in science, and this medal recongises a significant and sustained contribution to science education in New Zealand. 
NZASE life membership
NZASE has also awarded an honorary lifetime membership to Jessie McKenzie.This recognises her support for the NZ Association of Primary Science Educators since it started in 2010, including developing and organising primary science conferences and hui across the country.
    It also recognises her contribution during her 15 years at Te Aparangi to encouraging high quality science, technology and maths programmes in schools. Jessie was a Teacher Fellow in 2005; co-ordinated the Crest programme across the country; the pilot programmes for the Curious Minds Strategy for Science in Society – ‘Teachers in Industry’ project; and organised conferences through the TRCC.
    She ensured that ideas and skills were shared with others around the country through her regular 'Heads Up' newsletter and Facebook posts; through Science PLD in primary schools; and as an advisor to agencies such as the Ministry of Education and NZQA.
Correction: Atua and the periodic table
We have made two corrections to the article sent out on Friday, in the table relating elements to atua; specifically to O (Hauwai in te reo Māori), and S (whakapapa to Rūaumoko). Download the corrected article here.
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