Wednesday, 14 May 2014

 Professor Karen Reynolds inspired the Physics students with a talk on 
Machines that go PING 

Karen Reynolds is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Flinders University, who was named South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2012 as well as being named in Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia in 2012 and 2013.
In her talk 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 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!

Associate Professor John Edwards presents to the Chemistry students

John, a professionally registered toxicologist, presented an extremely interesting talk about illegal drug laboratories and the risks for the public from the chemicals and methods use to produce them. He also discussed what was involved in community risk assessment of clandestine laboratories (in collaboration with Housing SA and the SA Police) and the assessment and remediation of properties contaminated with chemicals. Of particular interest was the impact these illegal laboratories can have on the health on people living in house, as well as that of their neighbours. 


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