Highlighting the contribution of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Networking Event

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Venue:  Rumours Function Room, Union Building
Register: Coming Soon

Women in STEM Networking Event

This Women in STEM networking event is designed to feature the involvement of Women in STEM, and provide a forum for discussion of career paths at AMSI BioInfoSummer 2016. All are welcome to attend this free event – please join us for lunch, and hear from our panel of speakers about their experiences and provide some advice to their peers.

The University of Adelaide is pleased to have the following speakers join us for this event:

  • Associate Professor Alicia Oshlack (Chair), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Professor Tanya Monro, University of South Australia
  • Professor Julie Owens, The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Robert Saint, Flinders University

Associate Professor Alicia Oshlack, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Women in STEM Panel Event

Dr Alicia Oshlack is the head of Bioinformatics at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute where she leads a cross-disciplinary team of scientists with a range of backgrounds including molecular biology, computer science, physics and statistics.

Alicia started her career with a PhD in astrophysics and then transitioned into bioinformatics as a post-doc in Prof Gordon Smyth’s group. She is most well known for her work on methods for the analysis of RNA-seq data. She proposed the first normalisation method, gene-set testing approach and published the first comprehensive review in the field in the leading journal Genome Biology. She has also made major advances in the areas of epigenetic analysis and clinical sequencing.

Alicia has a number of strong collaborations across a variety of areas related to development and disease including cancer, kidney development, sex determination and rare childhood diseases. She has received several major awards including the Australian Academy of Science Gani Medal for human genetics and the Lorne Genome Conference Millennium award.

Professor Tanya Monro, University of South Australia

Women in STEM Panel Event

Professor Tanya Monro is Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation and ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow, University of South Australia.

Tanya received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, University of Southampton, was the Inaugural Director: Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, University of Adelaide. Tanya’s awards include: Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, the Bragg Gold Medal (best Physics PhD in Australia), South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”, Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, South Australian Scientist of the Year, and the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Tanya is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). She is a Board Member on the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the South Australian Economic Development Board.

Professor Julie Owens, The University of Adelaide

Women in STEM Panel Event

Professor Julie Owens is Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Strategy at the University of Adelaide. She was previously the inaugural Head of the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and earlier, Head of Discipline of Physiology and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Sciences.

Julie joined the University as an ARC QEII Fellow and subsequently an NHMRC Research Fellow, engaged in research into pregnancy and foetal and placental functional development. This continues, extending to the early life programming of obesity and cardio-metabolic health of offspring by paternal and maternal obesity and diabetes and other exposures, funded by NIH, NHMRC, ARC and other bodies. Prof Owens is Deputy President of the scientific society, Development Origins of Health and Disease ANZ, which she helped establish as a chapter of the international society.

Julie also helped establish links with and currently participates in various international research collaborations, including the EU Early Nutrition FP7-Funded Research Program, the MRC University of Bristol Integrative Epidemiology Unit and the International Weight Management in Pregnancy Consortia.

Associate Professor Lesley Ward, University of South Australia

Women in STEM Panel Event

Lesley Ward is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Australia. She earned her BSc Honours degree from ANU and her PhD from Yale University, then held post-doctoral positions at Rice University and MSRI, and a continuing position at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California.  

Her research is mainly in harmonic analysis and complex analysis. She also works in industrial applications of mathematics, carried out through the UniSA Mathematics Clinic, which she directs. Her book “Harmonic Analysis: From Fourier to Wavelets”, co-authored with M. Cristina Pereyra, appeared in 2012.

Lesley Ward is the Chair of the Women in  Mathematics Group (WIMSIG) of the Australian Mathematical Society, and has worked on gender equity issues in STEM disciplines at five institutions and nationally over many years. She has won several teaching awards, notably the Mathematical Association of America’s Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group Website: http://www.austms.org.au/Women+in+Mathematics+group

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