UOW 2014 Annual Review

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EMERGING RESEARCHERS’ BUDDING IDEAS UOW showcased some of its best and brightest early and mid career researchers on the cusp of ‘something big’ at two free community events in May and October 2014.

Budding Ideas, hosted by UOW’s Research Services Office, celebrates the great work being done behind the University’s office doors and lab benches. It features 10-minute talks by emerging researchers as well as a Q&A session. The May session featured dietitian and public health expert, Dr Bridget Kelly, discussing ‘Combating the fat food environment around us’; international policy consultant Dr Quentin Hanich, who presented his idea on preventing overfishing in the Pacific Ocean; water membrane technologist Associate Professor Long Nghiem, who discussed his innovative new system that captures toxic phosphorus from sewage waste and delivers clean water; and atmospheric chemist Dr Jenny Fisher, who is developing a modelling system to help combat climate change; and



neuroscientist Dr Justin Yerbury who spoke about finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease, a devastating neurological disease that took the lives of four of his close family members. The October program featured oral historian and documentary maker, Dr Siobhan McHugh discussing ‘why audio is the new black’; applied microeconomist Associate Professor Peter Siminski on the topic of ‘paint the town red’; materials scientist Dr Shahriar Hossain discussing ‘powering next generation wind turbines’; clinical psychologist Dr Peter Kelly on ‘improving the health of people living with a mental illness’; and biomedical scientist, Dr Lezanne Ooi, discussing ‘ how skin cells are changing the face of media research’.

Speakers at the Budding Ideas Forum included, from left to right: Associate Professor Peter Siminski, Dr Lezanne Ooi, Professor Aiden Sims, Dr Peter Kelly, Dr Siobhan McHugh and Dr Shahriar Hossain