[ASC-media] Ambitious future thinking gets an airing by La Trobe researchers, Thursday 22 March - sex education, sports super drugs, the last human species and chemotherapy (from John Myers, La Trobe University)

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Ambitious future thinking gets an airing by La Trobe researchers

La Trobe University researchers will unveil their latest thinking on sex
education, sports super drugs, the last human species and chemotherapy on
Thursday 22 March.
 
The Big FAT Ideas program is designed to challenge Australians to think
differently about an issue of local, national or global significance.
 
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg said the program
will create conversations around new ideas. ŒBig FAT Ideas aims to encourage
audiences to engage with issues and concepts they hadn¹t explored before, or
see familiar issues from a different point of view.¹
 
10 am: Adapt or die: the last human species
Looking at the fate of our long-gone relatives shows us that being able to
adapt to changing conditions is key to ongoing survival. With the reality of
climate change and an expanding population now with us, how will our species
survive and have we become too specialised already?
Dr Andy Herries, Australian Research Fellow, Head of Archaeomagnetism
Laboratory, Archaeology

10.20 am: Sex education that works
Despite worry about the effects of sexualised media content on children, and
a swathe of research that documents a less than healthy state of young
people's sexual health, Australia has still not managed to implement
comprehensive school sexuality education. If it takes a village to raise a
child then what are our respective roles in educating children about matters
of sex, wellbeing and personal safety?
Jenny Walsh, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Heath and Society

11 am: A 'super' drugs in sport policy
Performance enhancing drugs are a part of professional sport and despite
harsh penalties for those who are caught, the incentive to outsmart
detection remains high. Applying economic theory to this problem might help
us develop an effective disincentive to cheat by implementing a
superannuation style delay on prize money.
Dr Liam Lenten, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics

11.20 am: Wear your diamonds on the inside
Chemotherapy can be effective in killing cancer cells but the dosage has to
be just right so as to be lethal to the cancer cells but not the host
person! Monitoring internal conditions in order to make the call on dosage
is currently problematic. Diamond could be the perfect biomedical material
because it is so inert and doesn¹t react with other entities. This big idea
requires an equally large conceptual partner ­ obtaining the diagnostic
information is one thing ­ getting that information to the doctor in real
time is another!
Dr David Hoxley, Lecturer, School of Physics
 

Big FAT Ideas
When: Thursday 22 March from 10 am sharp
Where: CTLC Studio (EDU2, L1), Melbourne campus. Kingsbury Avenue, Bundoora
Vic 3086
 
Media inquiries:  Penny Underwood and John Myers T:  03 9818 8540
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