[ASC-list] Perth; UWA SciComm Friday Seminar - Friday 12 June 4pm at the CLT: Astronomy through the Ages and Public Perception, and The Amazing Things which Happen in a Seagrass Bed

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The Science Communication Seminar for Friday June 12 will be a science
performance show and literature review.


Amrit Kendrick presents "The Amazing Things which Happen in a Seagrass Bed":
a 20-minute show designed for Primary School Students Aged 10.

Come prepared to volunteer and do the demonstrations with the enthusiasm of
Year 5 students.  We will explore photosynthesis, the food web and other
characteristics of these marine habitats.

Amrit is completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Science Communication.  She
has thoroughly enjoyed all her UWA units.  Her science performance
preparations recalled her experience as a national park interpreter in the
USA many years ago.  Since moving to Western Australia in 1988 she has been
a lecturer in Conservation and Land Management, a voluntary breastfeeding
counsellor and the training officer for Greening Australia and the
Department of Environment and Conservation.  This has involved communication
about science as diverse as threatened fauna populations, coastal
geomorphology, human lactation, and sustainable behaviour.

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Literature review: Astronomy through the Ages and Public Perception

Kathryn Abbott's lit review is on the public perception of astronomy as
depicted in popular science books and exhibits. She will be exploring what
such displays and books portray about astronomy and what they leave out, for
example the history of astronomy, and the unseen and unrecognised role of
many women in that history. It could be argued that current communication of
astronomy is more about showmanship and less about real science and what we
hope to achieve through astronomy. While engagement is important, what
messages could we and should we be presenting to the public?

Kathryn is a Master of Science Communication and Education student. She has
a daughter and 2 cats.


WHAT: Amrit Kendrick & Kathryn Abbott

WHEN: 4pm Friday 12 June

WHERE: The University of Western Australia, Crawley campus Centre for
Learning Technology; Ground floor Physics building, near Fairway entrance #1
Enter via ramp between Physics and Geology, go down stairs to basement.

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The Science Communication Seminar for Friday June 12 will be a science
performance show and literature review.


Amrit Kendrick presents "The Amazing Things which Happen in a Seagrass Bed":
a 20-minute show designed for Primary School Students Aged 10.

Come prepared to volunteer and do the demonstrations with the enthusiasm of
Year 5 students.  We will explore photosynthesis, the food web and other
characteristics of these marine habitats.

Amrit is completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Science Communication.  She
has thoroughly enjoyed all her UWA units.  Her science performance
preparations recalled her experience as a national park interpreter in the
USA many years ago.  Since moving to Western Australia in 1988 she has been
a lecturer in Conservation and Land Management, a voluntary breastfeeding
counsellor and the training officer for Greening Australia and the
Department of Environment and Conservation.  This has involved communication
about science as diverse as threatened fauna populations, coastal
geomorphology, human lactation, and sustainable behaviour.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
-- --

Literature review: Astronomy through the Ages and Public Perception

Kathryn Abbott's lit review is on the public perception of astronomy as
depicted in popular science books and exhibits. She will be exploring what
such displays and books portray about astronomy and what they leave out, for
example the history of astronomy, and the unseen and unrecognised role of
many women in that history. It could be argued that current communication of
astronomy is more about showmanship and less about real science and what we
hope to achieve through astronomy. While engagement is important, what
messages could we and should we be presenting to the public?

Kathryn is a Master of Science Communication and Education student. She has
a daughter and 2 cats.


WHAT: Amrit Kendrick & Kathryn Abbott

WHEN: 4pm Friday 12 June

WHERE: The University of Western Australia, Crawley campus Centre for
Learning Technology; Ground floor Physics building, near Fairway entrance #1
Enter via ramp between Physics and Geology, go down stairs to basement.

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REMINDER for THIS WEEK: FRIDAY JUNE 5  4pm

Zarin Salter presents her PhD research proposal on the topic of
Environmental Education. In schools where a well-supported whole-school
approach to sustainable practices is established within the teacher and
student body, the next challenge is to engender the same awareness and
enthusiasm for adopting sustainable practices among the parent body. Parents
and caregivers must become partners in the whole-school approach to support
their children's efforts at home and learn to make necessary behavioural
changes themselves.


WHAT: Zarin Salter's PhD proposal on Environmental Education

WHERE: The University of Western Australia, Crawley campus Centre for
Learning Technology; Ground floor Physics building, near Fairway entrance #1
Enter via ramp between Physics and Geology, go down stairs to basement.

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RELATED EVENTS For JUNE

WHAT: Royal Society of WA event - Meteoritics: Clues to the origin of the
Solar System

WHEN: 7pm Monday 15 June

WHERE: Kings Park Administration Building, off Fraser Ave Kings Park

Professor Alex Bevan (Western Australian Museum) will explore the evidence,
and examine some of the remarkable discoveries made over two centuries of
scientific enquiry. What are meteorites made of? Where do they come from?
How did these materials form and, what do they tell us about the nature of
the infant Solar System?

For more information, visit the RSWA website: www.rswa.org.au

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COMING UP

The schedule of upcoming seminars and events can also be found on the UWA
Science Communication blog: http://uwasciencecomm.blogspot.com

(Please note that some events later in the semester are still tentative but
will be finalised closer to the event date)


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Sonja Bauk
on behalf of the Science Communication Seminar Coordinators
Email: uwasciencecomm at gmail.com
http://uwasciencecomm.blogspot.com


PLEASE DO NOT DESTROY UNTIL ALL SPACES HAVE BEEN USED
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