ASC pays tribute to Frank Fenner

The Australian Science Communicators pays tribute to scientist Frank Fenner who passed away today aged 95. Besides being one of Australia’s leading scientists he was an effective science communicator.

One of his major contributions was working to develop the myxoma virus to control the rabbit plagues. To allay fears of the virus being dangerous to humans Fenner, along with his colleague, Frank Burnett, and the then head of the CSIRO, Ian Clunies Ross, injected himself with the virus. His later activity in communicating science was less dramatic but equally important as he spoke out on many environmental matters.

Jesse Shore

President, Australian Science Communicators, 2010

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About Jesse Shore

Jesse Shore is passionate about engaging the community with science and in looking for ways to weave together the arts and sciences. He has been developing science based exhibitions and events since 1984, and was President of the Australian Science Communicators from 2010-2012. His business, Prismatic Sciences, produced five travelling exhibitions for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry and he manages the ongoing national tour. He previously worked at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney as an exhibition project leader and Senior Curator of sciences. While at the museum he was one of the founders of the Ultimo Science Festival, a major National Science Week activity. He is currently collaborating with an artist to create artworks which have a science slant.

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