Science at the Shine Dome

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Science at the Shine Dome


Russo, Peter, Teaching Science


Every year, the Australian Academy of Science, in collaboration with the Australian Science Teachers Association, offers a special teachers program in conjunction with Science at the Shine Dome. This prestigious event on the science calendar was held at the Shine Dome in Canberra on 6-8 May this year.

Among the many teachers attending from around the country were eight science teachers selected by ASTA and the Academy of Science from applicants who were channelled through the state and territory science teachers associations. They were:

Mrs Elaine Bergmann--Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, QLD

Ms Cathy Cavedon--Mossgiel Park Primary School, VIC

Mr Stephen Cibich--Walkerville Primary School, SA

Ms Samantha de Moor--Palmerston High School, NT

Mr Geoff McNamara--Melrose High School, ACT

Mr Richard Meagher--Mount Lawley Senior High School, WA

Ms Trisha Rook--St Helens District High School, TAS

Ms Janette Wilmott--East Hills Girls' Technology High School, NSW

DAY ONE

After a warm welcome by Professor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Science, and the Mathew Flinders Lecture, given by Professor Bruce McKellar, Wednesday was mainly an opportunity for the new inductees into Fellowship of the Academy to address the audience.

The brief but rich presentations were fascinating with titles ranging from Ecological strategies across plant species, and Nanoengineered materials for biomedical applications, to Human influences on the carbon and water cycles of the Earth's systems.

DAY Two

The morning of the second day was devoted to the ceremonial admission of the new Fellows into the Australian Academy of Science. This was followed by a series of brief lectures in honour of past and present Australian scientists who championed their field of research. A highlight for me was Dr Carola Vinuesa, of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU, who was presented with the Gottschalk Medal. A recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year in 2008, Dr Vinuesa spoke about deciphering the genetic and cellular pathways that control the quality of antibodies in the human immune system.

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