Some scientists are clever communicators, who share their fascination about their work with the wider community. Many others stare a good story in the face every day and just don't recognise it.
Enter the science communicator, who takes an intriguing story, strips away the science jargon, and presents it to the wider community.
Science students interested in sharing their excitement about science can enrol in the BSc (Science Communication) degree, introduced by the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology three years ago and the only such program in WA.
When Terry Quickenden died on July 24, he left an enduring memory of himself, dressed as Ali G, cavorting on James Oval for his medicine students' end-of-year-video! Terry was passionate about his academic career: teaching, research and service.
As a teacher, he loved First Year Medical Chemistry. His rapport with these students was such that he was always asked to play a starring role in their video for the annual Medicine dinner.
The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences is reaching out to the community in a myriad of ways – and one of them is its peer tutoring program in which students volunteer their time to go into schools to mentor and encourage science students.
Dozens of UWA science students are acting as mentors in WA schools under a special program to help spread wisdom throughout the community.
Most of them own a mobile and a computer, they’re often logged on
24/7, they usually have their own blog and a 2007 survey of Australian
employers found they’re bad spellers, don’t bother with grammar and
have little understanding of how to behave at work.
‘CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW’ - LECTURES BEGIN OCTOBER 23-24
Australia’s most prominent climate change speakers and activists
will speak at the UWA Extension lecture series CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE:
THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW. Don't miss this opportunity to hear four of
Australia's most prominent speakers and activists on critical issues
associated with climate change, Bill Mollison, Peter Andrews, Callum
Coats and John Law.
Women are in a unique position to be able to bring exceptional life
skills to the workplace, according to one of The University of Western
Australia’s first female engineering graduates, Sue Murphy.
Ms Murphy, who was also the first female engineer employed by
Western Australian construction firm Clough Engineering, will be the
guest speaker at a cocktail party to honour women in engineering at The
University of Western Australia’s Watersports Complex, from
6.30pm-8.30pm next Friday, October 26, 2007.
The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School has won
a prestigious 2007 Carrick Award for its Clinical Learning Embedded in
Rural Communities Program.
The program was recognised in the Innovation in Curricula, Learning
and Teaching category of the Carrick Awards, which acknowledge the
vital contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of
student learning in Australia.
Eight PhD students from four schools within the Institute of Agriculture at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS) at the University of Western Australia (UWA) recently presented their research to an audience of 60 in a post-graduate showcase, ‘Frontiers in Agriculture and Resource Management’.
Focussing on innovative land management and animal production systems, as well as plant production for the future, the sessions were an opportunity to showcase high quality research and for students to interact with the industry and potential employers.
Three outstanding teaching and learning programs at The University
of Western Australia have been recognised with 2007 Carrick Awards for
Programs that Enhance Learning.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said the awards rewarded the efforts
of individual staff members to enhance the quality of student learning.
“UWA staff have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and
quality teaching and it is particularly pleasing to see staff rewarded
for their commitment in winning three out of 14 institutional awards,”
Professor Robson said.