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TEDxFulbrightPerth’s theme is “Freedom, Education and Peace,” inspired in the following words of Senator J William Fulbright, "The preservation of our free society in the years and decades to come will depend ultimately on whether we succeed or fail in directing the enormous power of human knowledge to the enrichment of our own lives and the shaping of a rational and civilized world order....It is the task of education, more than any other instrument of foreign policy to help close the dangerous gap between the economic and technological interdependence of the people of the world and their psychological, political and spiritual alienation." [In: Prospects for the West]

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Ursula Salmon

2016 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Nuclear Science from The University of Western Australia to Stanford University

Ursula is working towards “creating an army”, particularly around environmental water quality and quantity. After a Chemical Engineering undergrad exchange to Sweden, Ursula stayed on to do a PhD on the environmental impact of mining, and has worked on environmental systems ever since. Projects have included the drought-driven acidification of coastal lakes, how "new" lakes will evolve, and how reactions in soils can impact groundwater and buried infrastructure. Her Fulbright project involved modelling environmental isotopes (e.g., 14C) in groundwater, including the effect of sea level change by ~120m over the last 40,000 y, to assess paleoclimate and improve water resource management tools.

Craig McCormack

2016 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar in Space Architecture from The University of Western Australia to the University of Houston

Since receiving his first space Lego set as a child Craig William McCormack has developed a passionate interest for architecture in outer space. After a terrestrial architectural education in Perth, McCormack spent a 2016 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship as a Visiting Researcher at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture in Houston, conducting research for his PhD thesis concerning the possibility of architecture in outer space. As well as researching and teaching at the UWA School of Design, McCormack is a director of the multidisciplinary felix. Laboratories serving as a member of the creative team behind the Australian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Rebecca Erin Smith

2013 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar in Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts to the Manhattan School of Music

Rebecca is an award winning Australian composer who specialises in collaborative media and concert works. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music New York, she works primarily with orchestra and large ensembles of acoustic instruments, and the full spectrum of the human voice from speech to song. Most recently, her work has been internationally premiered in Japan and Singapore with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and Orchestra of the Music Makers (SG), Canada and the USA with Phoenix Ensemble, and nationally with the West Australian, Tasmanian, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Smith lectures in composition at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University), and holds the role of Sponsorship & Development Manager with WA Youth Orchestras.

Simon O’Rourke

2017 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar in Public Policy from the Western Australia Police to Harvard University

Simon O’Rourke is a career police officer with over 20 years operational experience and a keen interest in technology. He is the recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Western Australia Postdoctoral Scholarship, which saw him appointed as a Fellow at the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School for the 2017-18 Academic Year. His research focused on Police Command at Critical Incidents, including Terrorism. His current role is to develop and prepare Police Commanders for the challenges they will face during a major incident, where they will be required to make critical decisions in a highly complex environment.

Kathleen Heath

2015 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar in Criminal Law from The University of Sydney to Harvard University

Kathleen is a criminal defence lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA), and aspires to help her clients’ stories be told in the courtroom and beyond. She often appears in the Children’s Court, representing children accused of a crime, many of whom have been removed from their families and are in the care of the State. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, where she graduated with the University Medal in Law. With the help of a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her Master of Laws at Harvard University, focusing on criminal justice policy.

Peter Dean

2014 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Strategic History from The Australian National University to Georgetown University

Peter is a strategic studies scholar who specialises in Australian and United States strategy in the Indo-Pacific, the ANZUS Alliance and military operations. He joined The University of Western Australia as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) in 2018. Peter has been a Fulbright Fellow, an Endeavour Research Scholar, as well as a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Before joining UWA, Peter was a scholar at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Australian National University. Peter is the co-editor of the Melbourne University Press Defence Studies series, a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Army Journal and a former managing editor of the journal Security Challenges.

Andrew Lu [MC]

1997 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar in Law from The University of Western Australia to Yale University

Andrew is an experienced lawyer advising insurers, professionals, and Government. He is a partner of HBA Legal with a special interest in preventing and resolving disputes for doctors and hospitals. Andrew has appeared as trial and appellate counsel in the State and Federal courts including the High Court, has published regularly on civil liability and private law, and is adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia’s Law School. A Fulbright scholar with masters and doctoral degrees in law, he loves the Arts and is an active philanthropist. Andrew received the Order of Australia medal in 2008.

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