QASMT is a long time member of Cyberschools and we are delighted that one of their students has been named Australia's 'neuroscientist of the future'. The country's brightest young minds competed in the finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABCC) held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier this month.
ABBC is an initiative of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ).
Jackson beat seven other Australian finalists and two New Zealanders in a
test of brainpower in front of a live audience during a brain-teasing anatomy
exam, doctor-patient diagnosis, written test and a neuroscience quiz.
The runner up was Zelda Perri of Presentation College Windsor, in Melbourne.
Presenting the award, Education Minister Martin Dixon said the finalists were of an extremely high calibre.
"All the finalists have demonstrated an extraordinary talent, and I hope the Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge will inspire them to pursue further study in this vitally important field," he said.
"The community as a whole will be the winners from advances in neuroscience."
The country's only neuroscience competition for high school students, ABBC is a test of knowledge about important facts and concepts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, Alzheimer's disease and stroke, and is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research.
Jackson has earned the right to compete in the International Brain Bee Competition held in Vienna, Austria (TBC) in 2013. He will receive return international airfares, accommodation and spending money for himself and an accompanying adult to attend the prestigious international competition.
The UQ Library congratulates Mrs Janine Schmidt, who was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2013 Australia Day awards.
Mrs Schmidt was honoured for her significant service to the promotion of library services and information sciences, particularly through the development of electronic access initiatives.
She was University Librarian at the University of Queensland from 1993 to 2005 and a Board Member of the UQ Press and Bookshop from 1996 to 2004. Mrs Schmidt left UQ to become Trenholme Director of Libraries at McGill University in Canada.
She has served on the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and has been a board member and mentor for the Aurora Foundation's library leadership program.
Read more about members of the UQ Community to receive Australia Day honours at http://www.uq.edu.au/news/index.html?article=25772
UQ's Academic Scholarship program aims to reward the achievements of outstanding school leavers and gap year students. A significant number of scholarships are awarded each year. If you are a high-achieving student and you are completing Year 12 in 2012 (or you completed in 2011 and you're on a gap year) then you are encouraged to apply.
A minimum of $100,000 in scholarship funding will also be reserved for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage in one or both of the following areas: Financial hardship, Geographic isolation. Click here for more details.
An important event is occurring later this month at The University of Queensland to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers and Storytellers, and the important resource that supports the teaching and sharing of information about this dynamic and exciting aspect of Australian literary culture, BlackWords (part of the AustLit resource).
This symposium will be a great professional development opportunity, especially in the light of the national curriculum. Some of Australia's best known Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers will be speaking, reading and participating in this event. Please see the attached invitation and program for further details. Click here to register for the event.
Nick will also talk with Simon Groth about the changes he has observed in publishing since he started writing. Simon is the Manager of the Institute for the Future of the Book (Australia).
When: Wednesday 8 August 2012
Time: 12pm with a light lunch to follow at 1pm
Where: Library Conference Room, Level 1 Duhig Building, UQ St Lucia Campus
Cost: Gold coin donation
RSVP: Wednesday 1 August 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Word Play, the wonderful program for young readers, writers and illustrators in grades 4-12 is now on sale.
You can book your early bird tickets until Friday 22 June and it really is best to get in quick - these sessions and workshops sell like hotcakes!
The tickets are available for both schools and individuals so, parents, why not bring along your young readers? Word Play is a stimulating and educational program that will inspire your young people and help them continue to develop an appreciation for the ideas and creativity that reading and writing bring to their lives.
Find out more about Word Play and download the program.
Find out how to book.
Queensland State Archives holds many resources within its collection to assist researchers interested in school history:
• locating their own school admission details
• organising a school reunion
• compiling information on the history of a school
• finding teacher records.
The ORBIS website uses modern technology to model ancient world travel costs. How Many Denarii From Roma to Londinium By Ox Cart in January?
This is a fascinating website for teachers and students of history.
This interactive model created at Stanford University calculates the time
(in days) and expenses (in denarii) for travel by various modes (foot, pack
animal, ship, and caravan) between major cities in the Roman Empire. By
simulating movement along principal Roman roads, navigable rivers, and sea
routes, it reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
Click here to access.
Select the 'Mapping ORBIS' heading to set some parameters.
Thanks to Sarah from Research Information Services for passing this on to Cyberschool.