Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Professor Karen Reynolds presented a highly engaging and  informative session on Machines that go PING to the Physics students

Karen Reynolds is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Flinders University. 
She explained that biomedical engineering was a unique mix of engineering, medicine and science, and that it is arguably the fastest growing branch of engineering. Biomedical engineers develop new devices, algorithms, and technologies that improve medical practice and health care delivery. Some notable examples include the heart pacemaker, the artificial hip, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Karen’s main areas of research are in Medical Instrumentation, Simulation for Medical Training, and Imaging and Modelling in Biomechanics.

Karen's list of honours and awards include:
South Australian Scientist of the Year, 2012
Named in Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia, 2012
Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, 2011
Australian Professional Engineer of the Year, 2010

Karen described how two of her honour's students have developed an Epidural injection simulator. This is mean that doctors can have a realistic sensation of what it is like to give an epidural, rather than using an orange, or a potato!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Specialist Maths workshop with Dr Brett Wilkinson and Marissa Milne
May 17

Brett and Marissa (Marketing and  Communication Officer with the Faculty of Science and Engineering) took the Specialist Mathematic students through an exercise which explored the concept, nature and use of recursion. It showed how mathematics can be used to solve a real life problem: how an arborist might more efficiently predict the patterns of growing trees.
Marissa and Brett introducing recursion and the computer program to the students 

Marissa Milne

Brett Wilkinson

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Homo-polar motor construction with Lily Ellis-Gibbings

Lily is a Science Communication Officer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
On 8 May she took the Physics students through a series of experiments where they had to build a simple motor.

The nature of scientific research: Associate Professor Gunther Andersson 

The SMAF Physics students heard about what scientific research is can be like from Gunther Andersson, who is an Associate Professor in Physics, Chemistry and Nanotechnology.
Gunther talked about the machine that he built as part of his PhD which enabled him to gather data on ion scattering spectroscopy. After spending nine months building the machine, he was actually unable to interpret the data that he collected. It was only through many conversations with other scientists, was he able to draw meaningful conclusions. Gunther compared this with the usual route that students might think that research takes: making an observation and then designing an experiment to test a hypothesis.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Associate Professor John Edwards presents to the SMAF Chemistry students
1 May

John is a professionally registered toxicologist, who presented an extremely interesting talk about illegal drug laboratories and the risks from chemicals; community risk assessment from clandestine laboratories; and the assessment and remediation of properties contaminated with chemicals.
He discussed how he is works closely with Housing SA and the SA Police.


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