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The PUBlic Lecture Series- When science-fiction becomes reality

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Buderim Tavern

81 Burnett Street

Buderim, QLD 4556

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Are robots coming to take our jobs? Or will futuristic technology be what saves us from disease and famine? Hear from USC experts about the challenges and opportunities of futuristic technologies, and how humans can use their powers for good.

Topic 1 - 'How to future-proof your career'

Presenter: Dr Erica Mealy joined the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast in February 2016. Erica is a lecturer in Information and Communications Technology in the School of Business. As an accomplished software engineer with 14 years industrial experience alongside her 15 years university teaching experience. Erica has been writing code for over 20 years and has experience in areas as diverse as sports analysis, train control, safety critical software, embedded electronics, databases and the web. Erica’s research interests fall into the broad theme of applied user-centered design. Current projects relate to interface and systems design for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, a user-centered design approach to Entrepreneurship on the Sunshine Coast, wearable technologies, and software engineering support tool design.

Topic 2 - 'Biotechnology and health: The new frontier'

Presenter: Dr. Joanne Macdonald is the 2016 winner of the Rose-Anne Kelso award by Life Sciences Queensland, which was awarded for her outstanding contributions to life sciences and translational research. She previously co-developed a computer out of DNA molecules that can play the game tic-tac-toe interactively against a human opponent, and a drug able to inactivate cocaine that is undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of cocaine overdose. Her current research focuses on rapid biosensing platforms for detection of diseases such as Hendra, Ebola, Dengue and Malaria. She is an Associate Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and recently co-founded start-up company BioCifer Pty. Ltd. to assist with commercialisation of diagnostic technologies.

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