Plants that kill: How climate change is changing our food
Associate Professor Ros Gleadow
School of Biological Science
Ros completed a BSc with Honours in Biology at The University of Melbourne and then a Master of Science in Plant Ecology in 1980. Following this she worked in the agricultural industry for several years and then returned to undertake a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1999 on the effect of climate change on the nutritional value of eucalypts.
Ros came to Monash University in 2005 to coordinate the core science program and now leads the Plant Ecophysiological research group (EcoFizz) which studies the impact of climate change on crops that contain toxic cyanide (e.g. Sorghum and Cassava). Ros is past-President of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists and has served on national committees such as the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food since 2010. Her talk will focus on how environmental change may make some of the world’s more important crops dangerous to eat.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Geometry
Dr Norm Do
School of Mathematical Sciences
Norm is, first and foremost, a self-confessed maths geek! He is also a Lecturer in Mathematics and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Norm's research lies at the interface of geometry and mathematical physics, although he is excited by almost any flavour of mathematics.
People who study geometry like to ask the question: “What is the shape of that?” In this case, the word “that” can refer to a variety of things, from triangles and circles to knots and surfaces, to the universe we inhabit and beyond. In his talk, Norm will examine some of his favourite gems from the world of geometry and provide insights into the interplay between geometry, algebra, and theoretical physics. And the only prerequisite you will need is your imagination!
Supernova explosions: destroyers and creators of habitable worlds
Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway
School of Physics and Astronomy
After completing her PhD in Australia, Jasmina held postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA. She came to Monash University as an inaugural Margaret Clayton Women in Science fellow in 2008.
Jasmina is passionate about learner-centred practices and incorporating the excitement of scientific research into her undergraduate courses. Her astronomy research investigates the physics and chemistry of supernova remnant interactions with molecular clouds. Supernova remnants are products of massive star explosions, which are among the most energetic events in the Universe. These explosions could destroy any planet in their path, but could they be crucial for creating habitable worlds?