BOOK LAUNCH: The Explainer

Sat 5th October 5.00pm-7.00pm

The Conversation has arrived on the Australian media scene, bringing with it experts from all disciplines to write about news as it should be covered. Unlike most media outlets, The Conversation uses writers with expertise in the subject area of the topics they’re writing on. This is not hack writing. Not filler pieces. It is not a mouthpiece for big business interests. It is a news and analysis service in the best sense of the term.

One of the most popular sections on their website, Explainer, provides short and to the point pieces on a wide variety of specific subjects that frequently get short shrift elsewhere. So at the time of writing this post, the subjects ‘above the fold’ on the site include: the ethics of ritual slaughter; why is the Hendra virus so dangerous; the chikungunya virus and its risk to Australia; and what is cute aggression?

So it is with great pleasure that Embiggen Books hosts the launch of the book, The Explainer.

The impressive list of contributors is as follows:

Carolyn Allan, Clinical Research Fellow, Prince Henry’s Institute

Nadia Badawi, Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy, University of Notre Dame, Australia

Siobhan Banks, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Sleep Research, University of South Australia

Samuel Baron, Postgraduate Research Student, University of Sydney

Philip Batterham, Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU

Louise Baur, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Sydney

Nan Bernstein Ratner, Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park

Michael J. Biercuk, Senior Lecturer, School of Physics, University of Sydney

David Blair, Director, Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, UWA

Andrew Blakers, Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSES), ANU

Mark Blaskovich, Senior Research Officer, University of Queensland

Jonathan Borwein, Laureate Professor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle

Robert Braun, Chief Scientist for CASS, CSIRO

Jonathan Carroll, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter, University of Adelaide

Clare Collins, Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle

Matthew Cooper, Professor, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland

Mark Creamer, Professorial Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Merlin Crossley, Dean of Science and Professor of Molecular Biology, University of NSW

Tim Crowe, Associate Professor in Nutrition, Deakin University

Peter Daniels, Assistant Director, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO

Tim Davis, Principal Research Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering, CSIRO

Drew Dawson, Director, Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University

Susie de Jersey, Dietitian, PhD Scholar and Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

Andrew Dempster, Professor, School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, UNSW

Nick Dorsch, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Rachael Dunlop, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Technology, Sydney

Lou Farrer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Registered Psychologist, Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU

Ulrike Flierl, Research Officer, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Lyn Griffiths, Professor of Molecular Genetics; Director, Genomics Research Centre; Director, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University

Amelia Gulliver, PHD Candidate & Research Assistant, Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU

Murray Hamilton, Associate Professor in Physics, University of Adelaide

Nick Haslam, Professor of Social and Clinical Psychology, University of Melbourne

Kevin Hennessy, Principal Research Scientist, Marine & Atmospheric Research, CSIRO

Rob Herbert, Senior Principal Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia

Kate Hoy, Research Fellow/Clinical Neuropsychologist, Monash University

Jee Hyun Kim, DECRA Fellow, Behavioural Neuroscience, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Gillian Isoardi, Lecturer in Optical Physics Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Takashi Kubota, Research Fellow in Experimental Particle Physics, University of Melbourne

Leon Lack, Professor of Psychology, Flinders University

Wayne Leifert, Senior Research Scientist, Nutritional Genomics and DNA Damage CSIRO

Neil Levy, Honorary (Principal Fellow), School of Historical and Philosophical Studies; and Neuro-ethicist, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Dyani Lewis, Sexual health researcher, University of Melbourne

Annukka Lindell, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University Mark Lonsdale, Chief, Ecosystem Sciences, CSIRO

Ray Lowenthal, Professor of Oncology, University of Tasmania

Friederike Mansfeld, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Queensland

Paul Martin, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health, Central Clinical School, Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney

Robert McLachlan, Head, Clinical Andrology, Prince Henry’s Institute

Peter Milburn, Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Griffith University

Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of The Professions, University of New England

Steve Morton, Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

Lisa Nissen, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, University of Queensland

Iona Novak, Head of Research, Cerebral Palsy Alliance; and Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Australia

Ian Olver, Clinical Professor of Oncology, Cancer Council Australia

Karlheinz Peter, Professor and Lab Head, Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Anna Phan, Postdoctoral Researcher, Syracuse University

Mitra Rashidian, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Collaborative Research Network for Mental Health, Faculty of The Professions, University of New England

Amy Reichelt, Research Fellow in Neuroscience, University of New South Wales

Dean Rickles, Associate Professor at University of Sydney

Janet Rimmer, Respiratory Physician and Allergist and Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

James Risbey, Researcher, Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO

Scott Ritchie, Professorial Research Fellow, James Cook University

Monique Robinson, Associate Principal Investigator, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia

Michael Rose, PhD Candidate, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle

Gary Sacks, Research Fellow, Deakin Population Health, Deakin University

Darren Saunders, Cancer biologist, Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Garvan Institute of Medical Research; and Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of NSW

Andy Sheppard, Theme Leader, Biodiversity, CSIRO

Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Professor Emeritus, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW

Terry Slevin, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Curtin University; Education & Research Director, Cancer Council WA; Chair National Skin Cancer Committee, Cancer Council Australia

Melissa Southey, Professor of Pathology University of Melbourne

Fiona Stanley, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiologist; Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; Distinguished Professorial Fellow, University of Western Australia

Michael Tam, Lecturer in Primary Care, UNSW

Daniel Tan, Senior Lecturer Agriculture, University of Sydney

Merlin Thomas, Adjunct Professor, Preventive Medicine, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

Lewis Tunstall, PhD Candidate, Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter, University of Adelaide

Michael Vagg, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Deakin University School of Medicine; and Pain Specialist, Barwon Health

Harrison Weisinger, Foundation Director, Optometry Studies, Deakin University

Elizabeth Williams, Research Fellow in Nuclear Physics ANU

Howard Wiseman, Professor in Physics, Griffith University



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