Chief Scientist of WA shares passion and possibilities with Year 10s
In the lead up to National Science Week, the Centre for Ethics was delighted to present Chief Scientist of WA Professor Lyn Beazley AO. Professor Beazley addressed all Year 10 boys in the Chapel last week sharing an insight into some of the many opportunities in science and engineering in WA.
Head of Science Michael Masterton said Professor Beazley spoke to the cohort at a critical time in their academic lives as they consider their subject selections for Year 11 and 12 as well as possible career paths.
Professor Beazley spoke about some of the exciting opportunities in the areas of science technology and computing, focusing on the Square Kilometre Array and its massive demands for computational power once constructed,” he said. “She talked about alternative energy sources and how Karratha has been identified as one of the best sites in the world for the establishment of a biofuel production facility using algae. She also made reference to Merredin’s wind farm.”
Professor Beazley elaborated on the significance of the oil, gas and mining sectors to WA and the exciting new technologies currently being developed by Western Australian scientists and companies. “She highlighted the expertise that we are developing and how it is a tradable commodity,” he said.
Mr Masterton said her messages, of the importance to our lives, economy and prosperity of science, technology and engineering, were well received by the boys as evidenced by their interest and excitement at the material being presented. Many boys were keen to stay behind for a chat with Professor Beazley, ask questions and have their photos taken.
She also encouraged them to follow her on Twitter at @ChiefSci_WA.
Professor Beazley was appointed Chief Scientist of WA in 2006. A professor of zoology at the University of Western Australia and former leader of the WA Neurotrauma Research Programme, she is well recognised for her work in mapping the pathways through the brain and central nervous system to better understand how to cure neurotrauma.