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When artists and musicians talk about their great
collaborations they probably don't normally list engineers as the source of
their inspiration, but Deakin University will this week showcase the collision
between the two worlds at the inaugural Design Technology Conference in
Is it a star? Is it a plane? No, it's a spectacular planetary convergence.
A QUT project to help Australia thrive in the Big Data Era has been awarded $2.4 million in a prestigious round of research funding.
QUT's graduates have tasted success across Australia and around the world ... now one of the university's best-known exports is coming home for the QUT Open Day on July 26.
Staff and students at Federation University Australia’s Faculty of Science and Technology will welcome 22 Year 9 and 10 students from more than a dozen schools in Ballarat and Western Victoria for a three-day Science Experience this week.
School students from as far afield as Echuca, Bright, Bendigo and Swan Hill are gaining hands-on experience in the departments of geology, environment, information technology, engineering, biomedicine and food sciences at the Mount Helen Campus.
“FedUni’s Science Experience is designed to show students heading towards VCE that science is exciting and the basis of a rewarding and creative career that can take them anywhere around the world,” Professor Mark Sandeman, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, said.
“The Faculty of Science and Technology considers the Science Experience to be a valuable element of our outreach program.
“We offer it annually at both the Gippsland and Ballarat campuses and have been doing so for close to 20 years.
“It’s wonderful to offer this opportunity to regional Victorian students to explore their passion for sciences outside the school classroom and to meet like-minded students from across the state,” Professor Sandeman said.
“The Science Experience allows us to showcase the labs and technology available in our new science and engineering facilities.
“Students will enjoy the activities and the venues in which they are held, but more importantly they’ll meet and work alongside university students, staff and kids from other schools with similar interests.
“They will work together to explore the application of science in real industry and to find creative solutions to various problems. Students will top this all off by visiting workplaces where science, technology, engineering and maths are integral to the business.”
Stephanie Davison, Faculty organiser, said the industry visit to Ballarat Station with V Line engineers is very popular because it gives students an appreciation of the complexities of rail infrastructure and planning and allows them to see science, maths, IT and engineering in action in the workplace.
“Twilight at the Ballarat Observatory is a perennial highlight of the program. This year’s visit coincides with Leap Second Day and offers the opportunity to explore the relationship between celestial and earth time,” Ms Davison said.
“But the recent re-awakening of Philae and the imminent fly-by of Pluto and its moon Charon by the space probe New Horizons is bound to inspire some enthusiasm for stellar careers in science, IT, maths and engineering.
“Meanwhile, back at FedUni, students will spend time frocked-up in our best labcoats exploring the wonders of LabWorld. They’ll conduct forensic examinations of water and then make important scientific decisions.
“The students who come along during their school holidays are very switched on, enthusiastic and keen to find out all they can about sciences, technology engineering and maths,” Ms Davison said.
“Our staff and uni students who help deliver the program respond really well to that enthusiasm and take great pleasure in devising and delivering an inspirational program of events.
“Of course we hope that one day these young people will join us here at FedUni to study one of these disciplines. Our aim is to show them how varied, creative and rewarding a STEM-based career can be.”
Event: The ConocoPhillips Science Experience
Dates: Monday 29 June Wednesday 1 July
Time: 9.30 am 4.30 pm
Best Photo Opportunities:
Monday: 12.00 - 12.30 Food Science (Lab)
2.00 - 2.30 GPS Exocarpus Survey (FedUni Forest)
Tuesday: 11.45 - 12.15 V Line Ballarat Station (Aerial photos/trains)
Wednesday: 10.00 - 10.30 Histology (Microscopes)
11.30 - 12.15 Water Forensics (Lab)
Website information: www.scienceexperience.com.au.
Event Details: Stephanie Davison, Faculty of Science and Technology Schools and Community Engagement Coordinator, email@example.com or 5327 933 or 0437 071 317
Federation University Australia will join other community organisations to deliver an integrated health justice service for young people in the Central Highlands region.
The university will team up with Ballarat Community Health and Central Highlands Community Legal Centre to launch the Health Justice Partnership for Youth program in Ballarat on Friday, 3 July.
“The Health Justice Partnership for Youth is designed to lift awareness of legal assistance for local young people,” Margaret Camilleri, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, said.
“Young people experience a range of legal problems across civil, criminal and family law areas. These are frequently related to physical and mental health issues for example financial stress, family violence, homelessness and the impacts of substance abuse,” Ms Camilleri said.
Ms Lisa Buckland, Co-ordinator of the Central Highlands Community Legal Centre, said: “By locating community legal service staff within a convenient, trusted, and safe environment like the health service setting, we can facilitate the early identification and management of legal issues in young clients”.
Katrina Leehane, Team Leader of Youth Services at Ballarat Community Health, said that the youth team are looking forward to working alongside a lawyer to improve health and wellbeing outcomes of young people.
“Our knowledge of the law will increase and we will develop new skills in understanding and responding to legal issues that impact on youth,” Ms Leehane said.
Fiona Bennett, Chairperson of the Victorian Legal Services Board, said getting on to these issues early helped to minimise the escalation of both health and legal problems in young people.
“The Health Justice Partnership for Youth is the latest in a series of similar projects funded by the Board’s Grants program since we identified the health and justice nexus as a vital way to address unmet legal needs within the community,” Ms Bennett said.
The launch of the partnership will take place at Ballarat Community Health, 12 Lilburne St, Lucas, from 10.30 to 11.30 am, Friday, 3 July.
Guest speakers will include Dr Marie Bismark of Melbourne School of Global Health; Susan Ball, Grants Manager, Victorian Legal Services Board; and Ariel Couchman, Director, Youth Law.
Deakin University scientists have completed Victoria's first
ever stocktake of blue carbon hot spots, revealing millions of tonnes of stored
carbon, which they say is at risk of being returned to the atmosphere unless