Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Chemistry Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Stewart Walker

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Stewart has worked on design, development and application of advanced analytical techniques to solve problems in analytical, environmental, industrial, forensic and medical arenas.
He gave fascinating examples of how the detection of isotopes and molecules can help solve problems, including criminal cases through to how humans have impacted the Great Barrier Reef with mercury.

He explained how he is growing his hair as part of an experiment to show that chemicals trapped in hair can indicate which part of the world a person has been to. Everyday chemicals, including those in soap, drinking water and diet can be used to place the whereabouts of a person, down to the number of days they have spent in a particular location. Analysis of Stewart's hair a few years ago accurately showed that  he had travelled from Australia, to Norway for 10 days, then onto New Orleans for 5 days,  Prague for 10 days and then finally back to Australia. This sort of technology could be used to help identify corpses after natural disasters as well tracking the movement of people around the world.

Monday, 3 September 2012


Information Evening for Parents - Study skills and Applying for University

Information Evening for Parents on Thursday 20 September from 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Science Innovation Learning Centre (SILC) Building, Physical Sciences Road, Bedford Park, SA, 5042.  The night is designed to provide parents and families with helpful, practical tips on supporting students in years 10, 11, and 12 with a particular focus on providing support during end of year examinations and the application and selection process. The evening will also cover how to get the most out of an ATAR score, with emphasis on Science and Engineering courses.
The night will feature guest speakers covering a wide range of practical topics and refreshments and light snacks will be provided.  Places for this free evening are strictly limited and bookings are essential.  To reserve your place please visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/events/show/event/science-engineering-parents-information-evening and complete the online application form or call 08 7221 8661.
We will also be holding a Lunch Time Session on Thursday 27 September  from  12.00pm-1.00pm at Flinders University Victoria Square, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000.  The lunch time session is designed to provide parents and families with helpful, practical tips on supporting students in years 10, 11, and 12 with a particular focus on providing support during end of year examinations and the application and selection process. We will also cover how to get the most out of an ATAR score, with emphasis on Science and Engineering courses.
The lunch time sessions will feature guest speakers covering a wide range of practical topics and refreshments and light snacks will be provided.  Places for this free event are strictly limited and bookings are essential.  To reserve your place please visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/events/show/event/science-engineering-parents-information-lunch-time-session and complete the online application form or call 08 7221 8661.

We hope that you will be able to attend one of the sessions with your family.

If you are unable to attend and have any questions or require any further information please contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office on 8201 3074 or email admissions@flinders.edu.au

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