15 June 2017:
Dr Nima Sayyadi, CNBP researcher, has undertaken guest judging duties at the 2017 Sydney Girls High School Science Conference.
Each year students at Sydney Girls High School complete a research project as part of the NSW Science Curriculum. This project provides Year 9 students with an opportunity to design and perform an investigation into an area of their choice. The annual Science Conference then gives the students a forum where they can present their research to an expert panel.
The panel not only provides students with feedback relating to their investigation, but also determines the projects worthy of further recognition. The determination considers both experimental design and the ability of the student to communicate their ideas.
According to Nima, the standard of work on display was of an incredibly high standard.
“The way that the young students designed their research projects – the hypotheses and preparation and understanding of data limitations was generally quite remarkable.”
Projects being showcased included DNA extraction from fruits with limited facilities through to the analysis of the plastic waste found in water on different beaches in Sydney.
“It was a great experience for me to meet the students, teachers, and other judges from different universities at this event,” concluded Nima.
“Hopefully the passion that these students show for science continues through High School and into tertiary education and beyond.”
28 November 2016:
University of Adelaide and CNBP Researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has been awarded a 2017 Barbara Kidman Fellowship.
The University of Adelaide Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship Scheme is designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career. The Fellowships are named after Dr Barbara Kidman who, at the time (1940s and 1950s), defied society’s expectations of women in scientific roles.
The Fellowship offers opportunities to enhance, maintain or re-invigorate research momentum, as well as assist successful recipients in applying for, and assuming, enhanced roles in the near future.
Further information on the Fellowship is accessible online from the University of Adelaide web site.
3 November 2016:
CNBP Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson, has presented a talk at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Event on Nanotechnology held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide on the 3rd November 2016.
Attendees at the event, primarily a business audience, heard from three speakers about the latest in nano technology trends, the potential for business model disruption and business opportunities of the future.
Topics covered included nanomaterials being tested for use in food packaging to greatly improve shelf life and safety, and nanosensors being developed to detect food-borne pathogens for food packaging.
2 November 2016:
The Director, CNBP (Professor Mark Hutchinson) has given an invited talk at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine’s Research Day held at the Pavilion Function Centre, Adelaide, on 2 November 2016.
Profesor Hutchinson’s talk was titled, “Using light to measure – creating windows into the body and potential applications for agriculture in the next five years.”
29 September 2016:
CNBP researcher Dr Sabrina Heng was keynote speaker at the 10th Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference at the University of Adelaide on the 29th September, 2016.
Sabrina’s talk, titled ‘Persistence Towards Progress’ was a part of the ‘Pathways to Success’ symposium’ session. The symposium highlighted leaders in diverse areas of excellence (research, outreach, education, entrepreneurship, and clinical translation). Speakers were invited to present their own experiences as well as to discuss their broader observations (on what helps and what doesn’t) in the transitional process of moving from degrees to careers.
16 September 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director has spoken at the inaugural South Australian Cattle Producers Forum on Friday, 16 September 2016, at The Carlton Club in Hahndorf.
The forum was coordinated by Livestock SA, with support from the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and sponsorship from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
Prof Hutchinson’s talk was titled ‘Measurement Technology and Potential Applications for Agriculture in the Next Five Years’. Discussed was CNBP science and the measurement of all things biological at the nanoscale. Of specific focus was the potential of CNBP tools and technology for applications involving livestock. This including developing methods to measure novel traits on animals and on carcasses, including for key eating quality traits such as intramuscular fat.
23 August 2016
CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Michelle Zhang and Sabrina Heng, have undertaken a school outreach session at St. Ignatius College, Adelaide, August 23, 2016.
The scientists spoke to two groups of children in an early-learning program about the science of light and the use of light in medicine. Several hands-on activities were also then run for the children to demonstrate that science can be fun as well as educational.
- the use of UV-sensitive beads for making into a bracelet that was then worn for several outdoor activities
- sunscreen applied to the beads to teach how sunscreen protects against sun-burn
- the use of spectroscopes that can diffract room-light into a series of colourful bands at differing wavelengths (the students were asked to draw what they saw)
- a simple kit that converted youtube videos to holograms
- and CNBP colouring-in sheets that demonstrate life at the nanoscale
Positive feedback from the teachers at St. Ignatius College and also the parents of the children that attended the session was received over the course of a very fulfilling day!
11 August 2016:
After a successful keynote presentation at the 2015 annual ‘Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast’ at Thebarton Senior College, CNBP’s Dr Mustafa was once again invited back to the college to engage with young female students at the 2016 event.
Returning from maternity leave, Dr Sanam Mustafa was in an ideal position to highlight the evolution of male dominated fields towards a more balanced work environment where support was available for women returning from breaks in their career.
Dr Mustafa shared her positive experience at CNBP which she attributed to the nurturing leadership strategy of Professor Mark Hutchinson (a father of two young girls), and the culture of the organisation. She explained that it was important to maintain a channel of communication even during periods of absence so that it was easier to reconnect when coming back to the workplace. Through this open communication, Dr Mustafa was able to negotiate a return to work plan that catered for her new responsibilities as a mother.
The event organisers themselves demonstrated their commitment to engaging women with caring responsibilities by welcoming Dr Mustafa’s 9 month old daughter Zaina to the breakfast event as well.
Feedback from participants was that this STEM focused networking and information session for high-school aged female students was a huge success.
25 July 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, attended UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) Annual Seminar Series and spoke about “Using Light to Measure: Lessons and Examples from Food Innovation to Advanced Systems Biology”.
FII Seminars are aimed at disseminating key discoveries and fundamental advances across all disciplines of the sciences. They are also designed to act as a forum for researchers to engage, promote cutting edge research and to explore collaborative opportunities.
2 June 2016:
We welcome several new team members to the CNBP and the University of Adelaide team more generally.
The first is Mr Bryden Quirk, joining us from Perth and who works alongside Chair of BioPhotonics Professor Rob McLaughlin. Bryden is working on the “fibre optical needle imaging” project and sits in the School of Medicine, CNBP and in the Biological Sensing and Medical Diagnostic Theme at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).
Next up is Dr Jiawen Li, Lecturer, also joining us from Perth, who works with Bryden Quirk and Professor Rob McLaughlin on the project “optical coherence tomography (OCT)” and sits in the School of Medicine, CNBP and in the Biological Sensing and Medical Diagnostic Theme at IPAS.
Welcome! It’s great to have you both on board!