Deborah Smith, the former Science Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, has joined UNSW as journalist in the Faculty of Science, the Dean, Professor Merlin Crossley, has announced.
Deborah, who will work closely with Professor Crossley, has a distinguished career as a science reporter.
She was a finalist in the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism in 2002 and 2004, before winning the award in 2005 for her overall science coverage, including stories on Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny extinct humans whose remains were unearthed in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores.
Her work featured in the inaugural 2011 edition of NewSouth Publishing’s annual anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing.
She has covered the research of many UNSW Science staff in the Herald. Recent stories include:
- a profile of Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons;
- the discovery of a previously unknown group of prehistoric humans, dubbed the Red Deer Cave people, by Associate Professor Darren Curnoe, and;
- a report on Professor John Webb’s astronomical insights.
Deborah said she was excited to be joining the university: “The UNSW Faculty of Science has many great researchers and teachers. I look forward to helping tell their fascinating stories to as wide an audience as possible.”
She has an honours degree in physical chemistry and worked as a forensic toxicologist before becoming a journalist.
Apart from the Herald, she has also worked for the National Times newspaper, the Times on Sunday, the Independent Monthly and the Sunday Age, including a period as foreign correspondent in London.
The current Faculty journalist Bob Beale will remain engaged working part-time on other projects while Deborah progressively takes on the role.
A short interview with Deborah Smith can be found on the Australian Science Media Centre website.