Women in STEMM Event 2019

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Hill Lecture Theatre (Building 450)

Murdoch University

90 South Street

Murdoch, WA 6150

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Please note: Due to overwhelming demand the venue has been changed to Hill Lecture Theatre.

This event will showcase research collaborations led by senior female researchers excelling in science, as well as highlighting the diverse and equitable environments that lead to outstanding research at Murdoch University.

The event will include a keynote address from Dr Ruey Leng Loo. The keynote address will be followed by an international speaker presentation by Professor Sally Kendall from The University of Kent, and research feature presentations from gender diverse research groups led by female researchers:

  • Professor Sue Fletcher (Biomedical Science),
  • Associate Professor Nicola Armstrong (Mathematics), and
  • Associate Professor Tania Urmee (Engineering)

Research feature presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with

  • Senior Lecturer Dr Paola Magni,
  • Associate Professor Phil Nicholls, and
  • Professor Rhonda Marriott

The afternoon will end outside Hill Lecture Theatre where guests will have the opportunity to network with researchers and panelists over afternoon tea.





Professor Sally Kendall

Professor Sally Kendall has 30 years’ academic experience and a background in nursing and health visiting. Her current role as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health is to develop new areas of multi-disciplinary research to extend the scope of CHSS from health policy to implementation and application in community and public health settings. Working with local, national and international collaborators, the work spans the Kent Academic Primary Care Unit (KAPCU) and other CHSS research groups. Through her work in Australia and with the European Primary Care Forum, Prof Kendall is developing the international perspective on community and public health.

Prof Kendall’s research interests are focused on parenting and the impact on child health both in the UK and internationally. She is the Associate Investigator on a major NHMRC project in Australia concerned with the early parenting experiences of Aboriginal parents. Her current work on the parenting self-efficacy measure (www.topse.org.uk) also involves Prof Kendall in studies investigating the effect of psychological support for parents of children with complex health needs, the development of an ante-natal measure of parenting and the evaluation of an app for new parents. She is the UK Principal Investigator for the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Study in collaboration with Yale School of Public Health, working with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Scotland Health.

Professor Tania Urmee

Professor Tania Urmee is a leading expert in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, and has undertaken research and project developments in a wider socio-cultural and geographical context in developed and developing countries. Over the past nineteen years, Tania’s research was focused on Renewable Energy program design, management, implementation and policy analysis, and the improvement of the energy efficiency particularly in the built environment. Currently, Tania is an associate professor at College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education. She has authored/co-authored over 60 referred scientific journal, conference papers and book chapters.

Professor Sue Fletcher

Professor Sue Fletcher completed her first degree at the University of Zimbabwe and PhD at The University of Western Australia. She is currently a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Murdoch University, developing antisense therapies for inherited disorders, with a focus on rare diseases. Sue and collaborator Steve Wilton pioneered the development of a treatment for the fatal muscle wasting disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The novel therapeutic Eteplirsen/ExonDys51, (licensed by Sarepta Therapeutics) is the first, and currently only drug to have altered the natural history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 2012, the contribution of Professors Fletcher and Wilton to research and innovation in Western Australia was recognised by the WA Department of Commerce ‘Mitsubishi Western Australian Innovator of the Year’ Award. In September 2013 they were awarded an Australia Museum Eureka Prize: the NSW Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research Translation for the development of a therapy for DMD. The group are now developing antisense therapeutics for other rare disorders.

Associate Professor Nicola Armstrong

Associate Professor Nicola Armstrong is a statistical bioinformatician who completed her PhD in Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley investigating the process of recombination in meiosis from a mathematical perspective. Her research work is centred on the development of statistical methodology and the application of statistics to problems in genetics, genomics and biomedical research.


EXPERT PANELISTS

Dr Paola Magni

Dr Paola Magni is a forensic biologist with a key focus is on the application of natural sciences (entomology, taphonomy and aquatic biology) to crime scene investigation. Paola is a forensic science researcher/senior lecturer and a practitioner recognised by the Court of Law and the international scientific community. Her research and case work has been presented at major forensic international meetings, she has authored chapters in forensic books and papers in international scientific journals, as well as being the senior editor of a forensic entomology book (2008). In addition, Paola developed the smartphone App “SmartInsects – Forensic Entomology” (2013), which was designed to facilitate the work of law enforcement agencies and pathologists at crime scenes.

Paola has also been involved extensively with Italian and Australian TV and Radio talk shows about science and investigation. She is a forensic character and screenplay consultant for the Italian “C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation” (“R.I.S. Delitti Imperfetti”); continuing to write stories for this production, provide scientific competence and instruct actors how to work/act in the laboratory and at the crime scene in a realistic way. TEDx speaker in Sydney and Fremantle, recently Paola represented Australia at FameLab International Final 2019 after being declared Australia’s National Final winner and audience choice for 2019.

Professor Phil Nicholls

Phil Nicholls’ academic career as a veterinary pathologist and life scientist spans 27 years over 5 universities in Australia and the UK, both public and private. His research activities have typically required engagement with industries small and large, including sitting on industry project steering committees, as well as engaging with other universities and research institutes. He has significant experience in working constructively with national and international accrediting bodies for Murdoch University’s veterinary, chiropractic, laboratory medicine and medical (with the University of Notre Dame) programmes.

Professor Rhonda Marriot

Professor Marriott is an internationally-renowned Aboriginal health researcher at Murdoch University. Professor Marriott has worked tirelessly to identify ways to help Aboriginal families become healthier and more resilient over the course of her 50-year career in nursing, midwifery and academia.

Joining Murdoch University in 2003 as the inaugural Head of the School of Nursing, Rhonda became the first known Aboriginal head of a University School of Nursing in Australia. She has played an important role in Murdoch University’s development in health sciences for many years, and was recently appointed as Murdoch University’s first Pro Vice Chancellor, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership.

In her current role as the inaugural Director of the Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity at Murdoch University, Professor Marriott is developing ways to change the health, educational and social outcomes for Aboriginal families.





If you have any questions about this event please contact the organisers at WomenInSTEMM@murdoch.edu.au.


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Murdoch University

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