Scientists' Stories - a parent and student evening

Scientists' Stories Invitation


Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 - 18:00


Tyree Room - The John Niland Scientia Building


Faculty of Science

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High School Students



Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to attend an evening of intrigue. The Australian Academy of Science and the Academy of Technology, Science & Engineering offers a rare opportunity to hear from four inspirational Fellows.

Tyree Room - The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus
6.00pm – Registration
6.30pm – Presentations
8.00pm – Refreshments

Professor Richard Harvey 

Deputy Director and Head, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Sir Peter Finley Professor of Cardiac Research, University of New South Wales
Professor Richard Harvey received his PhD in 1982 from the University of Adelaide, training in molecular biology. He undertook postdoctoral studies in embryology at Harvard University, and then moved to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, establishing an independent group. In 1998, he relocated to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, where he is currently Co-Deputy Director and Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division. He holds the endowed Sir Peter Finley Professorship of Heart Research at UNSW and an NHMRC Australia Fellowship, and is a member of EMBO and the Australian Academy of Science. His research has focused on the genetic basis of heart development and congenital heart disease, and more recently on the biology and origin of adult cardiac stem cells, and cardiac regeneration.
Topic - ‘The awakening heart’ 

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn

ARC Federation Fellow, Sydney Institute for Astronomy 
Faculty of Science Associate Director, The University of Sydney 
Joss Bland-Hawthorn is an astrophysicist and the most recent recipient of a Federation Fellowship at the University of Sydney. He specializes in galactic research and instrumentation. Joss’ main area of interest in astrophysics is galaxy formation and evolution. His approach has been to focus on stellar and gas content of nearby galaxies. For two decades, Joss and colleagues have studied the impact of starbursts and supermassive black holes on the host galaxy. He is an authority on the phenomenon of galactic winds, having identified that this is going on even in our Galaxy.
Topic - ‘Molding the flow of light - photonics in astronomy’

Scientia Professor Aibing Yu

Scientia Professor and Federation Fellow, University of New South Wales
Professor Aibing Yu specialized in process metallurgy, obtaining BEng in 1982 and MEng in 1985 from Northeastern University, PhD in 1990 from University of Wollongong (UoW), and DSc in 2007 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Since 1992, he has been with UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering. Currently he is Scientia Professor and ARC Federation Fellow, directing a world-class research facility “Lab for Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS)”. He is a world-leading scientist in particle/powder technology and process engineering, which is very much related to the mineral/metallurgical/chemical/material industries. He is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards/fellowships including CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship, ARC Queen Elizabeth II, Australian Professorial and Federation Fellowships, Josef Kapitan Award from Iron and Steel Society (ISS), Ian Wark Medal from Australian Academy of Science, ExxonMobile Award from Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers, and NSW Scientist of Year 2010 in the category of engineering, mathematics and computer science. He was elected to Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 2004, and Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 2011, and listed among the Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia in 2011.
Topic - ‘Small particles, big science’

Professor Mahananda Dasgupta

Professor, Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University
Professor Mahananda (Nanda) Dasgupta is an experimental physicist at the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility in the Department of Nuclear Physics of the Australian National University (ANU). She is an international leader in accelerator-based nuclear fusion and fission. Her research has resulted in a fundamental change in the current understanding of these processes.  Professor Dasgupta’s nuclear physics project combines innovative concepts with the development of new Australian capabilities to understand the quantum interactions of stable and unstable exotic nuclei, underpinning opportunities with next generation accelerators. As well as advancing our fundamental understanding of fusion, the formation of elements in the universe, and applications to materials science, her research will provide a unique perspective on the transition from quantum to classical behaviour - a key challenge in future nanoscale technologies.
Topic - ‘Beyond the nano-world: tales of quantum physics, new elements, and the natural environment’
There will be the opportunity to speak with our guest speakers, Fellows of the Academies, and UNSW Faculty of Science staff
Registration is essential. For further enquiries please contact Laura Jiew - T 02 9385 7788 | E