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ASC President 2019

Naomi Oreskes event livestreamed from RiAus Thursday 18/11/10

As you may be aware, Naomi Oreskes is currently touring nationally talking about her book Merchants of Doubt. We are planning to livestream this event on Thursday evening (6pm start time SA time) if any ASC members are interested in tuning in.

To watch: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/merchants-of-doubt

You would be hard-pressed to find any working climate scientist who didn’t think global warming is happening, and has been for some time. But ever since researchers first began examining the evidence that our planet was heating up-and that human activities were probably to blame-people have been questioning the data, doubting the evidence, and attacking the scientists who collect and explain it.

Join science historian Naomi Oreskes as she gives a US perspective on what – or rather who – is to blame for this conundrum. How a cadre of ideologues have clouded the public interpretation of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda, effectively campaigning to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades across a range of issues: denying the link between smoking and lung cancer, CFC’s and the ozone hole or coal smoke and acid rain, skewing the public understanding of some of the most critical issues of our era.

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Science in the media, an editors perspective

In case anyone is interested: http://riausondemand.org.au/event/ascsa-monthly-science-in-the-media-and-an-editors-perspective/

Cheers Lisa

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ASCSA: Science in the media, an editors perspective (Podcast)

Event held at the Science Exchange, Adelaide

Monday 15 November 2010.

The Advertiser is an unusual daily paper in australia in having specialist reporters in science, environment and health.  Editor Melvin Mansell joined us at the November ASCSA event for a discussion on the quantity and quality of science reporting in Australia.

Why does an editor employ specialist reporters in these areas? What benefits do they bring to the paper? Does the addition of specialist reporters give a media outlet additional credibility, and how well do media outlets cover science without reporters with a science background?

Podcast available at


2010 SCRIPT Award for creative writing by scientists and health care professionals

Apologies if someone has already posted this, but may be of interest to ASC members…(I don’t know much about it, leave for you to explore for more info)….


We are pleased to announce the 2010 SCRIPT Award!

The SCRIPT Award is a prize rewarding creative writing by scientists and health care professionals. The task: to write a “Mini Epic” in exactly 100 words. The prize: $1000 (Cdn). Any topic is acceptable, especially those non-scientific.

Details of the award, including deadline and entry fee, are available in the attached poster and online at www.scriptmedical.com/script-award.html. Please feel free to circulate to any eligible writer.

About SCRIPT: SCRIPT was founded in 1998 by Helen Leask. Since then, SCRIPT has grown to a full-service communications agency that provides world-class medical communications to international and Canadian clients.

Best of luck to all entrants!

Yours sincerely,

Abigale Miller


Abigale Miller MSc Project Manager SCRIPT

3042 Yonge Street Toronto, Canada M4N 2K4 Tel: 416-485-7387 Fax: 416-485-9258 www.scriptmedical.com

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Job opportunity: Media Manager, AusSMC

Posted on behalf of AusSMC…

Media Manager
Australian Science Media Centre

Salary: $65,000-$75,000 plus 9% superannuation

12 month maternity leave placement


An opportunity has arisen to join the team at the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) for a one-year maternity leave placement starting in January 2011. We are looking for a media professional with a passion for science and the media to help us make, break and react to some of the biggest science stories in the national news.

The AusSMC is a national, independent, non-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access to evidence-based science and expertise. We aim to better inform public debate on the major issues of the day by improving links between the media and the scientific community. This is not a role for the faint-hearted – but if you can work with a calm head when things are busy and demanding then this is the job for you.

We are looking for someone with at least three years experience in a news environment and ideally a background in science.  The position is based in Adelaide and will require some interstate travel. Relocation costs are negotiable.

Apply with a CV and covering letter to admin@aussmc.org by no later than Friday 19 November 2010.
For a full job description, click here or go to http://bit.ly/cPrpGA

ASCSA Video editing workshop (1/11/10)

1 November 2010
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

ASCSA Video Production Workshop With Josh Cockfield, Rob Morrison, Deane Hutton and Steve Kern


Date: Monday 1st November 2010

Time: 6pm-9pm

Venue: RiAus main auditorium

Video is a powerful communication tool and is no longer the sole domain of TV stations and established production companies.

Cameras are getting cheaper, editing can be done on a basic laptop and the Internet provides an inexpensive way to broadcast the finished product. This provides a fantastic opportunity for teachers, students, scientists and anyone else with an interest in science to create engaging and informative science content. One of the best things about science is that is can be a hands-on activity so it makes sense to use a visual medium to communicate scientific concepts.

But as anyone who has spent time on Youtube knows, there is an awful lot of rubbish out there when it comes to amateur videography. So how do you turn your ideas into something that won’t make people cringe?

Well, you could start by coming along to the ASCSA Video Production workshop! The workshop will be broken up into three segments: script writing, filming and editing. We will set you up in small groups and Josh Cockfield, assisted by Rob Morrison, Deane Hutton and Steve Kern, will guide you through each of these phases to produce a fun bit of science video.

Josh produces children’s science television and documentaries for Network 10. Rob and Deane have more than 65 years of experience between them as TV broadcasters and videographers. That paring of names should be familiar: Deane and Rob were the team fronting the acclaimed educational children’s TV show “the Curiosity Show” produced on Channel 9 from 1972 to 1990. Steve has worked for Warner Brothers, been a producer for Channel 9 and is currently a Senior Programs co-ordinator at the RiAus. He has a wealth of experience writing, directing and producing a range of film, television and documentary projects across digital media platforms.

Bookings: at http://ascsa-video-workshop.eventbrite.com Cost: Free to ASCSA members, non-members $40, Students $25. Payment at the door please. Workshop limited to 15 people.

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ASCSA event: Flinders Centre for Science Education 18/10

18 October 2010
6:31 pmto8:31 pm

Australian Science Communicators SA (ASCSA) Event

The Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century

Speakers: Bob Buxton and Mark Ward MC- Richard Musgrove

Date: Monday October 18th, 2010 Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Venue: RiAus, Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide

Cost: ASCSA members: free* (see why & how to join below) Non-members: $10 Non-member students: $5 Bookings: http://ascsa-flinders21c.eventbrite.com

Event Summary “The Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century (Science 21) works to support decision-making in science education by policy makers, educational leaders, industry and others. Together with professional educators the Centre also draws on research evidence to help generate new ideas and turn these into real innovation through proof-of-concept pilot programs. The vision that runs through all of this work is the improvement of young people’s ability to make the most of the economic educational and social and cultural opportunities that are likely to be available in the future. It is all about creating capacity in a changing world.” Sci 21 Centre 2010 Tonight we will hear from Sci 21’s Mark Ward and Bob Buxton who will cover the Centre’s background, current work and challenges. Mark and Bob will also fill us in on their respective roles, and I’m sure much discussion will follow.

does anyone have a Thermal Imaging Camera to lend?

Hi ASCers,

As part of our upcoming RiAus Spring program we are hosting our flagship lecture for schools with Fiona Wood on the future of emergency medicine (details at http://www.riaus.org.au/events/2010/10/27/emergency_the_future_of_trauma_medicine.jsp).

As part of the lecture Fiona is explaining the different imaging techniques used to examine the body (x-ray, MRI, PET etc etc), and to give a nice demonstration of this I really would like to see if we can borrow a thermal imaging camera from somewhere to do a live demonstration with one of the school kids (looking at the body using tools to get different information, eg temperature).

I would really appreciate any advice anyone on the list would have if you know of anywhere I could borrow one from for a few days.



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should science journalists take sides?

Great article by Ed Yong on discover blogs: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/09/23/should-science-journalists-take-sides/

An evening with ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel, Adelaide 30 Sept

30 September 2010
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

An RiAus special event…

An evening with ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel

Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Elder Hall, North Terrace, ADELAIDE

Free, Book now at http://hansschlegel.eventbrite.com/

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Hans Schlegel is in Adelaide to take part in National Space Camp Woomera (NSCW) 2010. Join Hans for his only public appearance in Adelaide as he shares his experiences of being an astronaut, including training as an engineer on the Russian Space Station MIR, working on Space Shuttle Columbia as a Payload Specialist on the German Spacelab D-2, and taking a seven-hour spacewalk during the 2006 mission to deliver the ESA Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station. A man of many talents, Hans has served as a paratrooper with the Federal Armed Forces (Germany), worked as an experimental solid state physicist, is a certified research diver, and holds a private pilot’s license, including in aerobatics. Hans’ earthly interests include skiing, scuba diving, flying and being a handyman.

In association with the Centre for Australian Space Education, Adelaide Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) , Astronomical Society of SA Inc, Engineers Australia, and NOVA Systems.