[ASC-media] Media Alert - Australian scientist learns safe sex from plants

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Wed Apr 27 05:44:52 CEST 2011


Hi Asc members
Science at the Shine Dome promises to be full of outstanding presentations on Australian Science - please see media alert about the new Fellows seminar below/attached.
Thanks
Mona

Dr Mona Akbari  Communications and Media Officer
Australian Academy of Science  Ian Potter House, Gordon Street, Acton ACT 2601  |  GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
T (02) 6201 9452  M  0447 679 612  F (02) 6201 9494  E mona.akbari at science.org.au<mailto:mona.akbari at science.org.au>  www.science.org.au<http://science.org.au/>

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AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
MEDIA ALERT

27 April 2011

Australian scientist learns safe sex from plants

La Trobe University Professor, Marilyn Anderson, will explain how plants practise safe sex at the Australian Academy of Science's annual celebration, Science at the Shine Dome, being held in Canberra from 4 - 6 May.

She is one of three women amongst the 17 top scientists being admitted as new Fellows of the Academy this year, for their significant contributions to advancing the world's scientific knowledge.

Professor Anderson will describe how plants reject unwanted suitors and protect their valuable reproductive organs against fungal diseases and insect pests. Her talk will be at 10.25am during the New Fellows seminar being held on 4 May.

Other Australian researchers will also present their ground-breaking research during the day.


  *   Professor John Aitken from the University of Newcastle will discuss human's reproductive future, particularly male fertility treatments and contraception at 10.10 am.


  *   Professor Thomas Maschmeyer from the University of Sydney will speak on catalysts as the key to sustainable biofuels at 12.25 pm.


  *   Professor Emma Whitelaw from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research will explain at 4.00 pm how molecules other than DNA pass information from parents to offspring.


The Fellowship of the Academy comprises over 400 of Australia's top scientists. Each year, scientists judged by their peers to have made an exceptional contribution to their field are elected into the Fellowship.

Further information on all new Fellows and the full program are available at: www.science.org.au/sats2011/<http://www.science.org.au/sats2011/>


Event:              Science at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science's annual event
Date:                4 May 2011
Venue:             The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton, Canberra
Contact:           Journalists are invited to interview new Fellows prior to or during the event. Please contact Mona Akbari (below) to arrange.


[cid:image004.jpg at 01CC04E1.4949AE60]Mona Akbari  |  T (02) 6201 9452  |  M 0447 679 612  |  E mona.akbari at science.org.au

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