The Young Tassie Scientists (YTS) program is about raising awareness of the range of career and study options available in science and engineering. YTS is held as part of National Science Week each year.
YTS are dynamic and innovative early career researchers from diverse backgrounds, who interest and inspire a range of audiences with fascinating stories about their research and careers.
During National Science Week 2011, 12 Young Tassie Scientists visited 65 schools, and spoke with over 3600 students around the state. School students had the opportunity to 'react to chemistry' by trying new experiments, learning about chemicals from plants and animals and looking at safety protocols, thanks to Jeremy, Jarrod and Adam from the UTAS School of Chemistry. They heard about seals and shearwaters from Ben and Jaimie, both studying at Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science, and the latest research on the Tassie Devil facial tumour disease and the immune response from Lauren. Claire asked students to demonstrate the nerve pathways in our brain and showed why calcium ions are important. In addition, Nick and Morgan from the Menzies Research Centre discussed why studying DNA is vital for their medical research.
For more information, please see the Young Tassie Scientists website The YTS program is brought to you by National Science Week, the University of Tasmania and the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts.
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
3 May, 2012