National Science Week 2010

As part of National Science Week [14-22nd August], UMSS have organised two huge events on campus:

Dr Monica Thielking
(Psychologists in Schools Advisor – Australian Psychological Society)
“Student Mental Health: Do Chaplains Have a Role?”

The Australian Psychological Society has warned the government that there are serious risks to students associated with the funding of school chaplains independently of other services carried out by professionals who are both qualified and registered.

Dr Thielking will outline why the Australian Psychological Society is calling on the government to support a more professional and evidence-based service in schools for students dealing with complex mental health issues.

Details:
1:00-2:00pm
Thursday 19th August
Theatre A, Elizabeth Murdoch, University of Melbourne

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Co-presented by National Science Week, the Melbourne University Psychology Association (MUPA) and the University of Melbourne Secular Society (UMSS).

Dr Monica Thielking works at the Australian Psychological Society as the Psychologists in Schools Advisor. Monica chairs a number of committees dealing with issues related to school psychology, develops professional resources for school psychologists, assists school psychologists with ethical and professional queries and lobbies government and other agencies for better standards in student psychological care. Monica has both professional and research experience in school psychology and is passionate about the provision of high quality early intervention services for Australian children and young people.

Kristian Camilleri & Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt
(School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry)
“Science and Non-Science – Where’s the Difference?”

Kristian and Gerhard will attempt to answer what counts as science, why is it difficult to tell the difference between science and non-science and why is it important to know the difference.

Details:
1:00-2:00pm
Friday 20th August
Elizabeth Murdoch, University of Melbourne

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Co-presented by National Science Week and the University of Melbourne Secular Society

Kristian Camilleri is a lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science program in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry. After studying physics and HPS, he completed his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2005. Kristian has published in the history and philosophy of modern physics, and is currently engaged in research on the role of metaphors in science, and the different forms of reasoning historically employed in thought experiments. He is also interested in intellectual history, and in particular the interplay between science, philosophy, culture and ideology. In 2009 Kristian published a book on Werner Heisenberg’s philosophy of physics with Cambridge University Press, entitled Werner Heisenberg and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: The Physicist as Philosopher.

Gerhard Wiesenfeldt is a lecturer at The University of Melbourne in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry. Gerhard studied physics, philosophy and history of science at Hamburg University. He received his PhD for a thesis on experimental natural philosophy in 17th century universities. He has published on early modern Dutch science, the visual culture of experiments, science in popular movies, biographies of fameless scientists and romantic self-experiments.

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