Science and maths in spotlight at JCU
First published 21 August 2012
Scientists and mathematicians in Townsville are being encouraged to attend a function today at James Cook University which recognises the innovative Scientists in Schools program.
The program, which includes the sub-program Mathematicians in Schools, is a national program that creates and supports long-term partnerships between teachers and scientists or mathematicians.
Professor Jeffrey Loughran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of JCU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said the event was designed to acknowledge the 29 JCU scientists and mathematicians already involved in the program as well as to urge others to sign up.
“We have organised an afternoon event to acknowledge those that are already in the program and to encourage more to join plus there will be teachers attending as well,” he said.
“We want to encourage maths and science staff as well as postgraduate students to participate in the Scientists in Schools program.”
Professor Loughran said Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett would also be attending, in his role as Ambassador for Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS).
“During the function, which will be held at the Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct at JCU, Dr Garrettwill share his experiences from his life as a scientist and encourage more scientists and mathematicians to take the opportunity to inspire and engagestudents.
“Several local scientists already involved in SMiS will also share their experiences following Dr Garrett’s address.”
Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools is an Australian Government initiative managed by CSIRO which aims to enthuse students about science and mathematics, helping to circumvent possible labour marketissues in the future.
For more information, visit www.scientistsinschools.edu.au
What: Scientists in Schools Chief Scientist function
When: 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Where: Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct (ATSIP)
Building 145, James Cook University, Townsville.
Scientists in Schools contact: Petreah Carroll, Scientists in Schools Project Officer (NQLD) (07) 4781 6452 or 0420 931 641. Email: email@example.com
JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175