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Game Changers in Science

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Ira Raymond Exhibition Room

Barr Smith Library

North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

Adelaide, SA 5005

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To celebrate National Science Week 2018, academics from the Faculty of Sciences will be presenting how their research is changing what we know about science. This event is open to everyone who is interested to know how the research at the University of Adelaide is impacting the world. Hear what exciting research is happening in the Faculty and network with academics and students! Nibbles and drinks provided.

Monday the 13th of August

6.00pm
A/Prof Gary Hill: A new window on the Universe: neutrino astronomy with IceCube at the South Pole
A/Prof Gary Hill has spent nearly three decades searching for high energy neutrinos from the distant Universe. This search took him to the South Pole 12 times, including a full year "winter-over", and all construction seasons of the IceCube detector, which instruments a cubic kilometre of deep ice. He returned to Adelaide in late 2011 to join the High Energy Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics. In September 2017, one of IceCube's neutrinos was followed-up by other telescopes, which found that the source was a special type of active galaxy, a blazar - likely powered by accretion of matter onto a supermassive black hole in the core of the galaxy. In this talk, A/Prof Hill will discuss how neutrinos are a "new window on the Universe" and how their observation can tell us much about the most exotic objects and processes in the Universe.


6.30pm
Alexandra Stuart: Over the Limit - Using Spectroscopy to Push the Efficiency of Solar Cells Beyond Their Conventional Limit
I'm currently a PhD student in the department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. I have previously completed a BSC (Advanced) at Adelaide, majoring in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, and also a masters degree in Physical Chemistry. My research now broadly focuses on using ultrafast laser spectroscopy and computational techniques to study electronic processes in organic materials. More specifically, I have worked on projects involving investigating polymer nanoparticles for their use in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), and on using polymer nanoparticles to study a process called singlet exciton fission, which could be used to increase the efficiency of solar cells.





Tuesday the 14th of August

6.00pm
Dr Martin White: "Big Data at the Large Hadron Collider and beyond"
Dr Martin White is a particle astrophysicist, using searches in astrophysics and particle physics experiments to find and test new theories of what the universe is made of and how it came to be. He co-leads an international data science initiative in dark matter research (GAMBIT), and is also developing new undergraduate teaching in data science at the University of Adelaide.


6.25pm
Prof David Adelson: "How DNA sequencing will change your life."

Prof David Adelson is the Chair of Bioinformatics, and the Zhengdong Chair of Molecular Traditional Chinese Medicine in the School of Biological Sciences. Prof. Adelson is also Co-Director (with Prof Gary Glonek) of the Bioinformatics Hub. His current research focuses on the non-coding portions of animal genomes, and the computational analysis of repetitive DNA, also known as Junk DNA, in order to understand large scale evolutionary/structural changes in the animal genomes. His group also looks at the complex molecular effects of Traditional Chinese Medical to provide a molecular basis for understanding the mode of action of TCM and support its integration into Western Medicine.

Prior to moving to Adelaide in 2007, Prof Adelson worked at Texas A&M University from 2001, and before that worked for CSIRO from 1988. Prof Adelson obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry), from the John A Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985 and carried out postdoctoral research at Duke University.


6.50pm
Sarah Heinrich: "Where did all the pangolins go? The global trafficking in illegal wildlife".

Sarah has a Bachelors and Master of Science in Biology from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. She came to Australia ~3.5 years ago and started working for Phill Cassey in the Wildlife Science and Invasion Ecology lab. ~2 years ago she started my PhD on international pangolin trade. She's an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group and is generally interested in all things wildlife, nature and conservation.

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Adelaide, SA 5005

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