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Hooked on science but son is her biggest achievement

Lecture theater with people and Elizabeth Blackburn presenting

Nobel laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn delivered an inspiring lecture to Tasmanian school children from more than ten primary and high schools at the University of Tasmania.

Prof Blackburn shared her passion for science and discovery, showing the audience the path of experimentation, inspiration and study that led her to become the renowned scientist she is now.

Prof Blackburn encouraged students to aim for greatness, citing her Tasmanian education as a great start to her brilliant career. She also stressed the importance of loving what you do and told students about how much fun she and her team have working in the lab together.

Prof Blackburn's lecture was preceded by four brilliant talks by UTAS early-career researchers, Dr Stas Shabala, Dr Jessica Walker, Dr Tessa Vance and Nicholas Blackburn.

The young scientists told the students how their interest in science evolved into a career based in research, teaching and discovery.

UTAS Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen thanked Prof Blackburn for sharing her experiences and expertise and presented her with a framed image of the rare Blackburn's Ghost Moth (Aenetus blackburnii).

It was discovered by Prof Blackburn's great grandfather, the Reverend Thomas Blackburn who was rector of St. Thomas' Church in Port Lincoln S.A. from 1882 to 1886.

It was the first new species named by the Adelaide entomologist Oswald Lower who went on to describe almost 1,000 species of Australian Lepidoptera between 1892 and 1923.

The large image is a female specimen collected on Kangaroo Island in 2009- coincidentally the year Prof Blackburn was awarded her Nobel Prize.

Prof Blackburn also included in her presentation an image of herself with her "greatest achievement": her son Ben.

The event was part of her national tour coordinated by the Wesley Research Institute.

Published on: 27 Jun 2012 10:22am