#23 Nerd Nite – 21 February 2017

We are kicking off 2017 by once again collaborating with The Research Bazaar. You will find us under a large tent outside of Wilson Hall (end of Monash Road) at the University of Melbourne. This will be a very special Nerd Nite where we will be able to congregate under the stars in outdoor tents, whilst we learn from three awesome speakers.

Kick off 7pm, no cover.

*Presentation 1
Testosterone Rex
by Dr Cordelia Fine
Description: We’re all familiar with the idea the men and women have evolved different natures, implemented by biology, that explain sex inequality. But how do the assumptions of this popular and influential story stack up against the evidence?
Bio: Cordelia Fine is Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her latest book, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds, has been described as “a witty corrective” (Nature) and is an Amazon Best Book of January 2017.

*Presentation 2
TIMTAMs: Technology, Innovation and Medicine – Traps and Minefields
by Jason Cheun
Description: How is technology transforming the delivery of modern healthcare? And what are some of the potential risks and pitfalls?
Bio: Jason is a Clinical Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences based at the Austin Hospital Department of Surgery. He is a Specialist Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Jason is Director of Vascular Surgery at Austin Health and is also the Director of the Austin Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory, formed in collaboration with The University of Melbourne Department of Mechanical Engineering. Jason maintains a strong interest in multiculturalism, diversity, safety and quality in healthcare, surgical education, simulation and training, as well as systems innovation and medical device development.

*Presentation 3
Tears, Fears, and Cocaine: a PhD Story
by Isabel Zbukvic
Description:Isabel has just submitted her PhD thesis, investigating what makes the adolescent brain vulnerable to drug addiction and anxiety disorders. In this presentation she will share her findings, as well as her own experiences surviving and thriving during a PhD.
Bio: Isabel is about to complete her PhD at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health and the University of Melbourne. She is a passionate mental health advocate, and developed the Mental Health Representative position on the Florey student society. Isabel is also part of the ResPlat family, working as an Engagement Officer to translate research into online content.

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