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There are many ways to get involved with the Young Tassie Scientists program during National Science Week 2006.

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Congratulations 2006 Young Tassie Scientists!

The YTS visited 42 schools state-wide this year before, during and after National Science Week. They also took part in numerous other public talks and events. It is estimated that the school visits were attended by over 1500 students; with an additional 200 people from the general public at public talks and events.

The website attracted over 45,000 hits during the July - September 2006 period. Over 500 votes online were received for the Favourite Young Tassie Scientist competition.

You may also have seen or heard our YTS in the media. Coverage included the Examiner and Mercury newspapers, and ABC Radio's northern Tasmania "Country Hour" (Janine Berechree, Matthew Dickson), ABC 936 News (Elijah Marshall), ABC TV news (Elijah Marshall, Roslyn Malley, Russell McGifford), and the University's Edge Radio (David Burela, Elijah Marshall, Luke Yates).

Thankyou also to the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training and the Department of Economic Development for financial support, and the University of Tasmania's Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology for in-kind support.

Thanks also to our 2006 website developer, Mr David Hughes.

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Visit our online voting facility to vote for your favourite Young Tassie Scientist! Voting opens Friday 11 August and closes at 4.00pm on Sunday 27 August. Just by voting you could win an iPod!

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Artist: Tonia Gretschmann eMerging III
11 - 26 August
Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
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An exhibition by students from the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, inspired by science in collaboration with National Science Week’s Young Tassie Scientist program

Exhibition opening: Friday 11 August at 6.30 pm along with the launch of the book “Plankton: A Critical Creation” (Written by Prof Gustaaf Hallegraeff, School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania)

eMerging III is the culmination of a special art/science winter school co-ordinated by Jane Quon and Lindsay Broughton in conjunction with the Tasmanian School of Art's research group ACME (Art, Communication and Marine Ecology) and the National Science Week’s Young Tassie Scientist program.

The winter school unit – entitled Marine Ecology: Synergies in Art & Science – explored an area that not only possesses enormous environmental and social significance, but also offers exciting possibilities for artistic expression and communication. The unit was conducted during the University’s midyear break and involved a program of presentations by scientists from the Young Tassie Scientist program, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, the Australian Antarctic Division, the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, and the University of Tasmania. These presentations not only provided fascinating information on highly-focussed science projects themselves, but more broadly, they also served to “open up” the whole realm of Science – of Science as “a world” – for the art students. In addition, seminars were presented by three prominent Tasmanian artists – Lynne Andrews, Jane Quon and Yvonne Pagh-Rees - whose work has often been based upon ecological and scientific themes and who themselves have had considerable experience in art/science collaborations. Artist: Tonia Gretschmann

"eMerging III presents the artworks of undergraduate students in Art generated from the knowledge and insights acquired ­- in terms of paintings, prints, drawing, sculptures and multimedia work. Some of the artists’ works are direct responses to the specific scientific projects while others are far more generalised responses. In these, artistic content is not derived from specific scientific enquiry but rather the artworks constitute statements about Science itself, Science as a way of knowing, and of the whole “worlds” that Science reveals to us."
- Lindsay Broughton
Tasmanian School of Art
University of Tasmania

Acknowledgements:
Special thanks go to Professor Noel Frankham, Head of the Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS, Jeannie-Marie LeRoi, Chair of the National Science Week Co-ordinating Committee (Tasmania), Fiona Taylor, Faculty Executive Officer, Science, Engineering & Technology, UTAS, Artist Tonia Gretschmann (art displayed on this page) and to all the artists and presenters.

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YTS Young Tassie Scientists "90 Seconds of Fame" Competition YTS
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To celebrate the start of National Science Week 2006, Bernie Hobbs will host the 90 Seconds of Fame Competition on Friday 11 August, 7.00-9.00pm, in Hobart at Lazenby's Bistro (University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus).

Bernie is best known on television for her role as a judge on ABC's "The New Inventors", but behind that mild-mannered television exterior is a science chick extraordinaire. She was a science teacher and a medical researcher before taking a career change to have fun with science on air and online. You can check out Bernie's latest adventure in her role as one half of the experiMENTALS dynamic-duo at http://www.abc.net.au/science/experimentals/.

90 Seconds of FameBut let's not forget the 90 Seconds of Fame Competition!

The competition is a chance for some our brilliant young Tasmanian scientists to strut their stuff, blow their trumpet and tell the world what that hard work they do really is about - all in 90 not-too-serious seconds. Powerpoint presentations will be strictly banned (this isn't your typical science seminar), but props of any size, shape or description will be highly encouraged. Bernie will host and judge the competition (she may even take bribes). For this mega-star event there will be, of course, a mega-star prize, with the 90 Seconds winner receiving a Dell desktop computer to the value of $2000. All entrants will also receive gifts and our highly sought-after National Science Week Certificate of Participation.

The 90 Seconds of Fame Competition is a free public event but tickets are required for entry. Nibbles will be served and beverages will be available for purchase.

Please contact Annette Young (Annette.Young@utas.edu.au or phone 6226 2125) for tickets and more information.

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