ABC radio interview with Meredith Nash, Mon Jul 3 in the lead up to her Royal Society of Tasmania lecture.
A study of slime moulds (myxomycetes) in Northern Tasmania has found over 10% of the world’s known species including at least one that is new to science.
Slime moulds are ephemeral, unpredictable and intriguing. Their life cycle includes two mobile feeding stages that creep and flow through soil and decaying vegetation devouring bacteria, algae and fungi; and an exquisitely beautiful spore-bearing stage that rarely exceeds 2 mm high. During a seven-year study of acellular slime moulds in the forest surrounding her home, Sarah has amassed more than 1400 collections representing over 10% of the world’s known species including at least one – Alwisia lloydiae – that is new to science.
Sarah Lloyd is a prominent Tasmanian naturalist, writer and photographer whose passion for natural history began in early childhood with a love of birds. Since moving to the wet eucalypt forest at Black Sugarloaf near Birralee in 1988 she has contributed to various bird and fungi monitoring projects and written several popular books on natural history, most recently “The Feathered Tribes of Van Diemen’s Land.” Since 2010 Sarah has been studying acellular slime moulds.
As the winner of the 2016 Clive Lord Medal Dr Reynolds will deliver the Clive Lord memorial lecture.
In histories of the emergence of Australian nationalism little notice is taken of Tasmania. This is unfair to Tasmania and leads to a misunderstanding of nationalism itself. This lecture will endeavour to correct the story and place Tasmania at the centre rather than the periphery of the evolution of a distinctive nationalism.
Henry Reynolds grew up in Hobart and was educated at the Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania. After spending several years overseas he took up a lectureship at the Townsville University College, now James Cook University. He spent thirty years in Queensland before returning to Tasmania in 2000. Much of his work has involved the history of Aboriginal-Settler relations. He has written more than 20 books which have reached a wide audience and have won many literary prizes.
General link: UTAS livestream
Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions. For instance, Australian women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, but just 20% of senior academics in universities and research institutes. This lecture will explore the reasons why gender bias in STEMM matters in more detail by drawing on data from an ongoing sociological study focusing on the leadership experiences of 25 women in STEMM fields who were all participants in a three-week transformational leadership program in Antarctica in December 2016. Key themes for discussion include women’s experiences of sexism and gender bias, sexual harassment and managing caring responsibilities. This lecture will also explore why women in STEMM often internalise the problem of gender equity in STEMM and blame themselves for their challenging organisational experiences.
Dr Meredith Nash is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania. Her research explores the depth and enduring character of gender-based inequalities of position and power. For the last 10 years, her research has engaged specifically with four key sites where gender inequality persists including: reproduction and parenting, organizational culture, media, and leisure/sport. She is the author of Making postmodern mothers: Pregnant embodiment, baby bumps, and body image (2012) and the editor of Reframing reproduction: Conceiving gendered experiences (2014). Her new co-edited book Reading Girls: Postfeminism, feminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television was published this month by Palgrave.
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For over 50 years scientists have been working to understand Antarctica’s contribution to sea level. For much of this time there has been disagreement about if this massive ice sheet is even growing or shrinking. In 2012, advances in data analysis and computer modelling resulted in the first reconciled estimate of change being achieved. This lecture will explain some of the major advances that led to this reconciled estimate, which revealed that Antarctica is increasingly contributing to sea-level rise.
Professor Matt King started focusing on Antarctica during his PhD at the University of Tasmania, where he quantified multi-decadal changes in the motion of a large floating Antarctic ice shelf using surveying data. After 11 years in north-east England, he returned to the University of Tasmania in 2012 as Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of Polar Geodesy. In April 2015 the Royal Society (London) awarded him the Kavli Medal and Lecture for his work that contributed to the first reconciled estimate of Antarctica and Greenland’s contribution to sea-level change. He is currently President of The Royal Society of Tasmania.
Louisa Anne Meredith was a respected botanical artist. On Wed 31 May the Mercury, published on page 24, a page developed by the Royal Society of Tasmania on Tasmanian artist and naturalist Louisa Anne Meredith. This page features some of Meredith’s artwork from volumes contained in the Royal Society’s collection held in the Morris Miller library, University of Tasmania (Sandy Bay campus). Soon after publication, the page will be downloadable free of charge from the Mercury Newspapers in Education website. High quality reproductions of some of Meredith’s artwork can be viewed in the Hadley’s Gallery, Murray St in Hobart.