National Science Week is running from 13 to 21 August 2011


Curtin University
would like to invite you to the following
National Science Week events...



For high schools

How your brain knows you've eaten too much!

Date: 19 August 2011
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Cost: Free plus a limited number of $100 transport subsidies available to schools (via redemption from Scitech)
Location: Curtin University, Bentley
To book visit http://nswkschoolscurtin2011.eventbrite.com

Professor Michael Cowley is an internationally recognised physiologist with a strong focus on developing drugs to beat obesity, diabetes and metabolic disorders.

Professor Cowley returned to Australia in 2008 to take up the position of Director at Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute. With over 15 years experience in research and biopharmaceutical drug development, Professor Cowley was the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Orexigen Therapeutics, raising US$ 255M to fund a drug development program.

Professor Cowley’s laboratory provided the source intellectual property and was the inventor of three of the four drugs under development, including Contrave®, an investigational medicine that is currently awaiting FDA approval for the treatment of obesity following its successful completion of Phase III trials.

This is a rare opportunity for keen high school students to hear from one of Australia's top scientists.


For everyone

David Hanson and Hanson Robotics – International Science Speaker
Date:
17 August 2011
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Curtin University, Bentley
To book tickets visit http://curtinscienceweeklecture2011.eventbrite.com/

Hanson Robotics was founded by Doctor David Hanson in late 2003 to bring robots to life, literally. Their goal, to awaken intelligent robotic beings, grant them sparks of true consciousness and creativity, and distribute these beings and their constituent technologies into the world.
 
Since then the Hanson Robotics team of visionaries have introduced a renowned series of the world’s most lifelike intelligent robots, including the world’s first expressive biped robot, Albert-Hubo, heralded by WIRED and PC Magazine as “genius”, and the small Zeno robot, a low-cost child robot who is evolving into a family member.
 
The bold, life-like appearance of life in Hanson robots springs from the synthesis of biology, neurally-inspired cognitive systems, machine perception, artistry of interactive character design, animation, and sculpture, and the expressive quality of Hanson’s patented Frubber ™, a spongy, structured elastic polymer that expertly mimics the movement of real human musculature and skin. These groundbreaking technologies allow Hanson Robotics to understand and model the human being, providing their robots with the appearance of life whilst enabling them to think, feel, perceive people, understand speech and hold natural conversations.

The curse of organic matter: preventative conservation in a public art collection
Date:
17 August 2011
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Curtin University, John Curtin Gallery (Building 200), Bentley
To book email gallery@curtin.edu.au or phone 9266 4155

The speaker will discuss the preventative conservation of artworks, referring to the Curtin University Art Collection. They will consider variables that determine the optimum life of artworks, including biological materials and factors such as humidity, pollution and light.

Developing drugs to beat obesity – talk and networking event
Date: 19 August 2011
Time: 4.15pm for 4.30pm start, refreshments and networking from 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Curtin University, Bankwest Lecture Theatre (Building 200A Room 220) Bentley
To book email events@curtin.edu.au or phone 9266 2563

Professor Michael Cowley is an internationally recognised physiologist with a strong focus on developing drugs to beat obesity, diabetes and metabolic disorders.

Professor Cowley returned to Australia in 2008 to take up the position of Director at Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute. With over 15 years experience in research and biopharmaceutical drug development, Professor Cowley was the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Orexigen Therapeutics, raising US$ 255M to fund a drug development program.

Professor Cowley’s laboratory provided the source intellectual property and was the inventor of three of the four drugs under development, including Contrave®, an investigational medicine that is currently awaiting FDA approval for the treatment of obesity following its successful completion of Phase III trials.

Curtin University Science Hub
Date:
21 August 2011
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Curtin University, Resources and Chemistry Precinct (Building 500 Room 1102) Bentley
No booking required

Get your hands-dirty and brains busy at the Curtin Science Hub. Here you’ll do exciting experiments and investigate interesting science while discovering more about Curtin University! For anyone and everyone.


For more information on National Science Week including other events in WA visit
http://www.scienceweek.gov.au


Gina Pearse
Acting - Science Outreach Coordinator | Faculty Science and Engineering

Curtin University
Tel | +61 8 9266 1021
Fax | +61 8 9266 2021
Office | Building 311 Room 117

Email | scienceoutreach@curtin.edu.au
Web | http://science.curtin.edu.au/outreach
Postal address | GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia, 6845