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Aboriginal science and art, physics education and Physical Scientist of the Year: Jan - Mar Australian Physics

2 May 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous
  • Exploring the connections between first nations, land, and country through science and art;
  • CSIRO’s Dr Keith Banner named Physical Scientist of the Year;
  • Australia’s contribution to the James Webb Telescope; and
  • Addressing the underrepresentation of women in physics academia and education.

These topics all feature in the first edition for 2022 of Australian Physics magazine.

AIP members can read the edition online here.

The cover of the edition showcases the beautiful artwork of Sean James Cassidy in collaboration with Wiradjuri artists Scott Turnbull and Scott Sauce Towney.

The collaborative artwork depicts two goannas joined at the hip, representing an Elder mentoring a student. The goanna is the totem of the Wiradjuri Nation. The figure eight shape the two goannas make refers to the eight Aboriginal ways of learning, which include story sharing, community links, and learning maps (see Page 20 of the magazine). 

The artwork is part of an installation in the Rotary Peace Park in Parkes, NSW. It also now is proudly displayed on our website, together with our acknowledgement of Country.

The Jan – Mar edition also includes an obituary to former AIP President, Emeritus Professor Tony Klein, AM FAA. He was also the recipient of our 1990 Walter Boas Medal and appointed an Honorary Fellow of the AIP in the late 1990s.

You can also read the #PhysicsGotMeHere career profiles of mathematical biologist Dr James McCaw (University of Melbourne) and paediatric intensive care doctor Dr Rebecca Pearce (Monash Children’s Hospital).

If you are not currently an AIP member and want to receive the Australian Magazine and/or access the latest editions online, you can view membership options here and join here.

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