Australian Academy of Science Teacher Awards 2010
Each year, the Australian Academy of Science, in collaboration with the Australian Science Teachers Association, sponsors a teacher from each state and territory to attend its annual three-day event, Science at the Shine Dome, in Canberra. This event is attended by many of the Academy's elite alumni including fellows of the Academy and young researchers who are just embarking on a journey of discovery in the sciences.
The three-day event, held this year from May 5-7, included a range of activities. Highlights were the 2010 Macfarlane Burnet Lecture by the Macfarlane Burnet medallist Professor David Vaux from La Trobe University, the New Fellows seminars, the awarding of the Academy's new Fellows and the 2010 Symposium.
The theme of this year's Symposium was Genomics and Mathematics. In his welcome, the President of the Australian Academy of Science highlighted 'issues of relevance to both the biological and physical sciences'. With the advent of more sophisticated technology and analytical techniques, scientists are able to aggregate massive amounts of data. The processing and interpretation of this data presents 'enormous mathematical and statistical challenges'. A range of national and international speakers tackled various aspects of this problem through the context of their research.
ASTA was pleased, once again, to work with the Academy in selecting science teachers, nominated by the state and territory science teacher associations, to attend the event. The teachers selected for the 2010 Science at the Shine Dome were:
* Jacqueline Borg from Pascoe Vale Girls' College in Victoria;
* Jane Dobson from Claremont College in Tasmania;
* Peter Duffett from Mount Gambier High School in South Australia;
* Viktor Halas from Lyneham High School in the ACT;
* Richard Johnson from Rostrata Primary School in Western Australia;
* Bianca Moss from Christmas Island District High School;
* Ken Silburn from Casula High School in New South Wales; and
* Sharen Warren from Centenary High School in Queensland. …