Upcoming UoN Public Talks

Filed under Education & Childcare, Event & Venue, News, Science & Research ~ by Press on  2 Jul 2019
STEM champion set to inspire Hunter women

 The X Factor: Why We Need More Women Engineers, will be presented by Professor Elanor Huntington on Thursday 4 July, 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the University of Newcastle city campus, NeW Space, XG18.

To encourage young women to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the University and HunterWISE, will host a free public talk.

Guest lecturer, Professor Elanor Huntington – Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University – will share her passion for women to get involved in STEM related studies.

Professor Huntington believes the next great wave of engineering is coming and we are not prepared. With participation rates of women in engineering remaining stubbornly low, and the need for engineers ever increasing, she asks, what if women are the x-factor engineering needs?

To find out more or to register for the free event, go to visit this link.

Professor Huntington will also share strategies on how women who are already working in STEM fields can progress their careers at a separate public seminar hosted at Callaghan campus (room ES203) from 10am – 12pm on Friday 5 July. 

Public health in a post-truth world: The commercial determinants of health

The role harmful product manufacturers play in shaping public health will be exposed by visiting international scholar Dr Nason Maani Hessari. 

Dr Maani, an expert on the commercial determinants of public health, said there was a wide range of tactics that harmful product industries used to deny, distort or distract from the harms their products caused.

Often this occurs behind closed doors, or under the banner of corporate social responsibility,” Dr Maani said.

When you consider the power imbalance – the marketing budget of Coca Cola alone is comparable to that of the entire World Health Organisation – the impact of such tactics for public discourse, research and policy-making may be far-reaching.”

Dr Maani co-authored a report released earlier this year that revealed emails between Coca Cola and the US public health agency the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showing how the beverage giant tried to influence the World Health Organisation (WHO) to emphasise exercise over diet as the solution to the obesity epidemic.

University of Newcastle behavioural scientist, Associate Professor Penny Buykx, said Dr Maani’s research used innovative methods, such as analysis of Twitter activity and Freedom of Information requests, to better understand how industries acted as ‘corporate’ determinants of health, maintaining and potentially exacerbating health inequalities.

At some point, almost everyone buys products from or is in some other way affected by a potentially harmful industry. Dr Maani’s lecture and the subsequent panel discussion will explore how big business seeks to influence political decision-making and to shape our beliefs about the impact of their products,” Associate Professor Buykx said.

The public lecture will be delivered on Thursday 27 June 4pm-6pm in theatre X101 at the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space. The lecture is free and open for anyone to attend. Please register your attendance.

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