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Some scary frights, nuggets and treasures encountered at this event:

 

Through a Glass Darkly

 

Raewyn Connell’s piece for The Conversation (check the links also, especially this one).

 

Communiqué from an Absent Future

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Brisbane Free University

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Posted: August 17, 2015 in Academy, Events

Challenging the Privatised University.

Posted: June 2, 2015 in Academy, Events, Research, Teaching
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Contested knowledge cultures: the university and the social organisation of academic culture.

via… science.org.au

Judy-anne Osborn is a mathematician interested in education, employed as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Judy-anne did her undergraduate (first class hons) and PhD at the University of Melbourne, where she joined ARC Centre of Excellence “Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems”. Dr Osborn then joined the Mathematical Sciences Institute at ANU as a postdoctoral fellow, followed by a stint as a postdoctoral fellow at Newcastle in the University’s Priority Centre CARMA (Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications) before taking up her present position. Judy-anne has a long-term interest in the notion of mathematics as an exploratory game. This notion influences both her research in combinatorics and her teaching. Dr Osborn has had a number of publications in well-regarded mathematical journals as well as several teaching-related grants, including leading the Newcastle node of a current OLT grant to improve the training of mathematics teachers.

Brad Pitt’s zombie-attack movie “World War Z” may not seem like a natural jumping-off point for a discussion of mathematics or science, but in fact it was my review of that movie in “The Conversation” that led me here.

The Movies and Maths have something in common. Both enable a trait which seems to be more highly developed in humans than in any other species, with profound consequences: the desire and capacity to explore possibility-space.

The same mathematical models can let us playfully explore how an outbreak of zombie-ism might play out, or how an outbreak of an infectious disease like measles would spread, depending, in part, on what choices we make. Where a movie gives us deep insight into one possibility, mathematics enables us to explore, at all once, millions of scenarios, and see where the critical differences lie.

When: Tuesday 4 March 2014
Refreshments from 5.30 pm
Talk and live streaming from 6 pm – 7 pm (http://www.science.org.au/livestream/)
Where: Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
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Cost: $6 entry fee
Contact: Bookings essential – Purchase tickets here
Further information please contact the Events Team.
Email: events@science.org.au 
Phone: 02 6201 9462
Fax: 02 6201 9494

20 August

Posted: August 18, 2013 in Academy, Events, Industry, Politics

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Posted: July 28, 2013 in Academy, Events
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