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Dr Pam Rana on Perfection

10/13/2018
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Pam is from the eastern shores of icy Canada, is a medical doctor, a comedian and a passionate environmentalist. She's presented her solo show 'Kim Kardashian is bad for the environment' and her duo show 'Meat Bags' at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Duration:00:15:00

Ella Loeffler on Sylvia Earle

10/13/2018
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Ella Loeffler holds a Bachelors degree in zoology and literature, and is currently completing her honours in wildlife conservation. This means she spends more time than she would like to admit looking at bandicoot poo. She is a mediator at the Science Gallery Melbourne and loves scuba-diving, hiking and reading.

Duration:00:12:08

Dr. Ryan Jefferies on Leonardo Da Vinci

10/13/2018
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Ryan is Head of Programs at Science Gallery Melbourne at The University of Melbourne and curator of the PERFECTION and BLOOD exhibitions. He is a passionate advocate of art and science in equal measures, a champion of creative science communication and is a sometimes taxidermist. Ryan has a PhD in infectious disease research and spent many years studying somewhat terrifying parasites that will happily live in your blood

Duration:00:16:29

Connor McMahon on Clement Wragge

10/13/2018
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Connor is a second year science student at the University of Melbourne. As a Melbournian, Connor was a natural at having no idea what weather would come next. However, his curiosity got the better of him, and he decided to major in Climate and Weather to gain a better understanding of the world around him. A passionate science communicator, Connor has been involved in several science outreach programs, including the National Youth Science Forum, the Young Scientists of Australia, and is...

Duration:00:12:27

Dr Chris Lassig on Chien - Shiung Wu

10/13/2018
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Dr Chris Lassig is a particle physicist and broadcaster, who has recently acquired the delusion of being a comedian. His show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival told the story of his journey from obscurity in Bundaberg, Queensland, to obscurity as a former research physicist. But he eventually learnt to write, and now calls himself a science communicator. Since 2011, Chris has been one of the hosts of the long-running community radio program and podcast "Lost in Science". In...

Duration:00:16:02

Associate Professor Megan Munsie on Sir John Gurdon

9/19/2018
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Over the course of her 20 year career in stem cell research Associate Professor Megan Munsie has combined her scientific expertise – gained through working in academia and industry – with a deep understanding of the issues associated stem cell research and its clinical translation. She has co-authored numerous educational resources for the public, health and educational professionals; contributed to the development of policy at a domestic and international level; and regularly provides...

Duration:00:11:56

Rohan Long on Frederic Wood Jones

9/19/2018
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Rohan Long is the curator of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne. He is a writer, an obsessive birdwatcher, a composer of esoteric music and a paleontologist with many field seasons experience on the early Cretaceous rocks of the Victorian coast.

Duration:00:06:34

Mark Nikolic on Galileo Galilei

9/19/2018
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Mark completed his honours degree last year with a project in zoology and evolutionary-developmental biology (or evo-devo as the cool kids call it). He now works as a specimen registration officer in the entomology and marine invertebrate departments at Museums Victoria; a role in which he has already learned many things, such as what anal forceps are and that there are fly larvae that will burrow into a small child’s scalp. Nightmarish insects aside, Mark loves riding bikes, listening to...

Duration:00:16:15

Dr Lynette Plenderleith on Grace Olive Wiley

9/19/2018
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Lynette is a wildlife biologist by training and has a Ph.D from Monash University, where she studied the ecology of native Australian frogs. She is now a science media specialist, working mostly in television. Lynette is current president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Science Communi-cators and spends her spare time snorkelling, hiking and competing with her dogs at agility.

Duration:00:15:36

Ben Mackenzie on Veronica Megler

9/19/2018
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Ben Mackenzie is a performer, writer, game designer and nerd for all seasons. He’s written and performed stand-up, sketch comedy, theatre and late night museum tours. He’s part of the team behind the award-winning time travel comedy Night Terrace, and currently co-hosts the Terry Pratchett book club podcast Pratchat. His games include the hit live bank heist adventure Small Time Criminals, and (as lead writer) Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown, a PlayStation VR game from Tin Man Games...

Duration:00:17:25

James Hutson on Beatrix Potter

6/19/2018
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James is a visual science communicator using words, pictures & moving pictures to make complex information easier to understand. He's been making science and technology more engaging for 20 years, having started as a researcher with Beyond 2000 in 1996

Duration:00:10:06

Alanta Colley on Jane Goodall

6/18/2018
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Alanta has a Masters in International Public Health and has worked on health programs in Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia and East Timor, around HIV, Malaria, and nutrition. She now works for Engineers Without Borders, taking engineering students to India, Samoa and Cambodia to learn in partnership with rural communities about Human Centred Design. She is also a comedian, delivering her sell out show ‘Parasites Lost’ and 'Days of our Hives' at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She hates puns...

Duration:00:13:40

Edward Brelsford on Albert Einstein

6/18/2018
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Eddie is an engineer / teacher / mathematician who has a love for sci-fi, musicals, stargazing, na-val-gazing, and the human condition. He has worked as an engineer and a teacher, and he apolo-gises on behalf of his fiancé if he puts on his ‘teacher voice’ tonight. He gets overly excited when people talk about maths in normal conversations, and is always disappointed by the representation of scientists in popular culture. He is worried that he isn’t very good at planning for the long-term...

Duration:00:12:55

Aaron Wagen on George Robert Price

5/10/2018
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Dr Aaron Wagen is a trainee in Neurology, and loves all things brains, arts, and sciences, but is particularly thrilled when those things combine in narrative form. Outside of working as a doctor, he has written and performed in comedic plays and live art pieces in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, burnt his eyeballs while blending human brain in the lab, and is an expert at spontaneous meal creation, always named by the dominant ingredient and the word “surprise”. You will probably know him...

Duration:00:18:18

Elizabeth Flux on William of Ockham

5/10/2018
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Elizabeth Flux if a freelance writer and editor who has a health science degree despite not studying health science, and a strangely American accent despite having never been to America.

Duration:00:15:29

Dr Freda Werdiger on Joseph B Keller

5/10/2018
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Dr. Freda Werdiger will never know enough about optics. She was awarded a Ph.D in 2016 for her work in Classical Field theory with the School of Physics at Monash University. Because no one will pay her to find exact solutions to irrelevant things, she is currently on loan to the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University to analyse flow patterns in fibrotic lungs using x-ray imaging. She can intubate a 20 gram...

Duration:00:16:29

Matthew Snelson on Henrik Dam

5/10/2018
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Matthew is in the final throes of a PhD investigating the effects of a processed diet on gut homeostasis and the impact this has on diabetic kidney disease. He has presented his findings at a number of international conferences, each in a location more exotic then the last: Tokyo, Lisbon, Perth. Earlier this year he was a Victorian Finalist in Famelab, a global science communication competition. He has written for The Conversation and has run science classes during National Science Week and...

Duration:00:13:47

Dr Rowan Brookes on David Whyte

5/10/2018
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Dr Rowan Brookes is the Director of Education in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. Rowan has over a decade of experience in teaching and leading educational change initiatives in higher education and the not-for-profit sector. Her absolute love is the creation of whole-hearted education programs for science students. She sits on the Women’s Advisory Roundtable for the Minister for Jobs and Innovation and is the co-lead on the Women in STEM side-by-side program. Rowan is...

Duration:00:13:21

Associate Professor Gretchen Benedix on Sally Ride

2/6/2018
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Gretchen is an astrogeologist who studies meteorites to reveal the secrets of the evolution of the solar system. She’s always been a fan of the stars and space from the time her mother pointed out that there was a person on the moon (the first moon landing) when she was just one year old.

Duration:00:14:34

Dr Sarah Marley on and David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell

2/6/2018
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Dr Sarah Marley recently completed her PhD in dolphin acoustics at Curtin University. Originally from Scotland, she grew up chasing squirrels and watching dolphins before embarking on her zoology career, and has now been studying marine mammals in Australia for seven years. Tonight she will be discussing two of the leading influences on her animal-obsessed life.

Duration:00:20:54