VC's ECR Symposium

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University of Wollongong, Building 20, Lecture Theater 2

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The Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Welling will be visiting the Faculty of Social Sciences to listen to presentations from Early Career Researchers from within the Faculty. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the profile of our exciting research and to highlight the talent from within the Faculty.

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Thursday 19 October, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm (lunch provided)
Location: Building 20, Lecture Theatre 2


Doctor Sebastien Miellet, School of Psychology
Topic: Active vision in reading, social interaction and mobility through the lifespan

Sebastien Miellet is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. He completed his PhD in France and held positions as Research Associate at the University of Glasgow, UK; Lecturer at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University, UK. Sebastien developed an expertise in active vision and designed new methods to track eye-movements and study vision; as well as novel approaches for gaze-pattern analysis and information reconstruction. Sebastien will present how this approach lead to important findings in reading and face processing. Finally, Sebastien will present his most recent line of research centered on mobility through the lifespan with an emphasis on road safety for pedestrians and decline of executive functions with aging

Doctor Vinod Gopaldasani, School of Health & Society
Topic: Supporting healthy lifestyles in the mining industry: a focus on nutrition, physical activity and hydration.

Dr Vinod Gopaldasani is a Lecturer and Academic Program Director of the Work Health and Safety program in the School of Health and Society. He is a physician who worked in Africa within the hospital, private practice and public health sectors. His PhD explored the feasibility of a workplace intervention program in the mining industry targeting the health of miners with a view to improving their diet, getting them engaged in physical activity and staying hydrated. He is currently involved in translating this research to the mining industry in Chile. In collaboration with Dr Brian Davies, he is supervising PhD students on two other research projects: (1.) Reducing exposures to diesel nanoparticles emissions in the mining industry through an emissions based maintenance program, and (2.) Development of a quantitative skin exposure limit for surface heavy metals.

Doctor Scott McKinnon, School of Geography & Sustainable Communities
Topic: ‘Carrying the burden ourselves’: exploring the role of traumatic and marginalised memories in disaster contexts.

Scott McKinnon is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER). His postdoctoral project is titled “Reducing community vulnerability to disasters: what role does collective memory play?” Scott is an historical geographer with a research background in disasters research; geographies of memory; and LGBT history. From 2014-2016, Scott was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, where he worked on the ARC Discovery Project “Queering disasters in the Antipodes: investigating the experiences of LGBT people in natural disasters.” Scott is Vice President of Oral History NSW and of Sydney’s Pride History Group. He is the author of Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of a Gay Male Community (Intellect 2016).

Doctor Lyn Cronin, School of Education.
Investigating children’s perspectives of literacy opportunities as they transition from a prior-to-school setting to their first year of formal schooling

Lyn Cronin has been a Primary School teacher, Reading Recovery teacher and Education Officer with the Diocese of Wollongong. Lyn is currently working as an Associate Research Fellow, Lecturer and Tutor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She has recently worked on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of existing experiences and educational programs in the Early Start Discovery Space at the University of Wollongong.Lyn’s PhD research focused on young children’s experiences with literacy as they transition from prior to school educational settings into the first year of formal schooling.

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University of Wollongong, Building 20, Lecture Theater 2

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