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MONDAY 19 APRIL

7am to 9am: Can democracy and good government thrive in a digital media age?
11am to 12pm: Impact beyond the night sky: a VR experience
1pm to 2pm: The Future of VR series - VR in Education
2pm to 3.45pm: Promises and pitfalls of the influencer industry
5pm to 7.30pm: Research in the Curtin Medical School

Can democracy and good government thrive in a digital media age?

Date: Monday 19 April
Time: 7am to 9am
Venue: Curtin, 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD
Cost: $30

Recent US elections have demonstrated how politics and the media have become rife with disinformation and alternative facts. What role does digital journalism and social media play in today’s political sphere, both at home and abroad and can journalism play a role in keeping politicians accountable?

Explore these topics with former Western Australian Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett, Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP), Professor John Phillimore and Dr Kathryn Shine from Curtin’s School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry as they discuss the current and future state of politics. The panel will be moderated by ABC broadcaster and Curtin lecturer Glynn Greensmith.

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About the speakers

Colin Barnett

Hon. Colin Barnett

Hon. Colin Barnett grew up in the western suburbs of Perth. He served as the Executive Director of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry before being elected as the member for Cottesloe in 1990. He acted as the Leader or Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in every election from 1993 to 2017 and serving as WA Premier from 2008 to 2017. Colin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Curtin University in 2017.

John Phillimore

Professor John Phillimore
Executive Director, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

Professor John Phillimore joined Curtin in July 2007 as the Executive Director of The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP). Prior to joining Curtin University, John worked for many years at senior levels in the Western Australian government including working as Chief of Staff to several Government ministers in the mid-1980s and in the early 2000s.

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Kathryn Shine

Dr Kathryn Shine
Senior Lecturer, Curtin School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

Dr Kathryn Shine is the Discipline Lead and Postgraduate Course Coordinator of Curtin’s journalism program. She is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times Magazine (STM) and previously worked as a journalist for The Australian and The Sun-Herald in Sydney. Dr Shine’s research interests include the representation and inclusion of women in the news, and news coverage of education.

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Glynn Greensmith

Glynn Greensmith
ABC broadcaster; Lecturer, Curtin School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

Glynn Greensmith is a lecturer in journalism at Curtin University, and the host of It’s Just Not Cricket on ABC Radio. He has been teaching and researching journalism since 2012 and is a PhD candidate studying the coverage of mass shootings. He has been a journalist, newsreader, producer, and presenter with the ABC since 2005.

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Impact beyond the night sky: a VR experience

Date: Monday 19 April
Time: 11am to 12pm
Venue: Curtin HIVE

This VR immersive movie explores impacts and collisions between bodies in the solar system, shedding light on the origins of our cosmic backyard. The video is inspired by the work of Dr Katarina Miljkovic, a planetary scientist who specialises in planetary geoscience and space exploration at the Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre.

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About the speakers

Kath Dooley

Dr Kath Dooley
School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

Dr Kath Dooley is a filmmaker and senior lecturer in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. Kath’s research interests include screenwriting, production methodology for traditional and 360 film, screen education and French cinema.

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Katarina Miljkovic

Dr Katarina Miljkovic
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr Katarina Miljkovic joined Curtin in 2015 as a research fellow and is a senior planetary scientist with expertise in impact physics. She leads the only Australian research group that is working on the InSight mission currently active on Mars. Katarina was awarded the Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship and WA Tall Poppy Young Scientist of the Year.

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The Future of VR series - VR in Education

Date: Monday 19 April
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Venue: Curtin HIVE

Imagine yourself being immersed in a molecular world, dragging and rotating a chemical in an enzyme to achieve a desired reaction? Virtual reality is not just visual illusions, it offers a unique, exciting and interactive learning opportunity for participants.

Join Associate Professor Mihye Won as she discusses the application of immersive VR to improve students’ learning outcomes, increase their motivations to learn, and create constructive learning environments.

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About the speaker

Mihye Won

Associate Professor Mihye Won
School of Education

Mihye Won is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Curtin University. Her research focuses on various ways to support students’ conceptual understanding and scientific thinking skills such as creative and critical thinking. She is currently exploring the use of student-generated multiple representations and new visualisation media such as immersive virtual reality.

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Promises and pitfalls of the influencer industry

Date: Monday 19 April
Time: 2pm to 3.45 pm
Venue: Online

Many young people are now vocationally pursuing celebrity on the internet as commercial, cross-platform, and highly relatable Influencers. Influencers today draw in millions of dollars, work with reputable companies, establish their own brands, and influence the development of opinions and decision-making in society. But alongside these promises and potentials are also some pitfalls of the Influencer industry.

Join Curtin researchers as they discuss the socio-cultural, marketing, and legal aspects of the Influencer industry in the Asia Pacific region, in a lunch time moderated dialogue.

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About the speakers

Crystal Abidin

Associate Professor Crystal Abidin
Curtin Centre for Culture and Technology

Associate Professor Crystal Abidin is an anthropologist of vernacular internet cultures, especially influencer cultures, internet celebrity, and social media pop cultures. She is Associate Professor & Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin, and Programme Lead of Social Media Pop Cultures at the Centre for Culture and Technology.

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Mingming Cheng

Dr Mingming Cheng
Senior Lecturer, School of Marketing

Dr Mingming Cheng is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Curtin University. Mingming is an award-winning researcher and educator with an international reputation in digital economy and tourism. He is best known by his highly cited work on peer-to-peer accommodation (e.g. Airbnb) and is a regular contributor to the ABC News, Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.

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Cheryl Foong

Dr Cheryl Foong
Senior Lecturer, Curtin Law School

Dr Cheryl Foong is a Senior Lecturer at Curtin Law School, where she teaches Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Competition Law. She publishes on copyright law in the digital environment, and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. Cheryl has also published The Making Available Right: Realizing the Potential of Copyright's Dissemination Function in the Digital Age (Edward Elgar, 2019).

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Research in the Curtin Medical School

Date: Monday 19 April
Time: 5pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Curtin Medical School

Join us for an exciting showcase of established and emerging research at the Curtin Medical School.

Learn about the wide range of exciting projects, successes and opportunities to collaborate and study with Curtin Medical School researchers.

You will hear about a wide range of topics from Curtin researchers, including:

  • Professor Sandra Eades, Dean of Curtin Medical School
  • Professor Shirley Jansen, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Curtin Medical School; Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, SCGH; Director Heart & Vascular Research Institute, Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute
  • Professor Krish Ragunath, Professor of Medicine, Curtin University Medical School, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Royal Perth Hospital
  • Professor Fraser Brims, Director of Early Years Clinical Skills, Curtin Medical School; Consultant Respiratory Physician and Head of Department, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

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About the speakers

Sandra Eades

Professor Sandra Eades
Professor and Dean of Curtin Medical School

Professor Sandra Eades, a Noongar woman from Mount Barker in WA, joined Curtin University as Dean of the Curtin Medical School in April 2020. Professor Eades previously held the role of Associate Dean (Indigenous) at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne. She is Australia's first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy.

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Shirley Jansen

Professor Shirley Jansen
Professor of Vascular Surgery, Curtin Medical School

Professor Shirley Jansen has been Head of the Dept of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for 6 years. She was awarded a PhD in 1999 and The Sustained Overall Clinical Excellence Award from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2016. Shirley is also Director of the Heart and Vascular Research Institute, Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute.

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Fraser Brims

Professor Fraser Brims
Director of Early Years Clinical Skills, Curtin Medical School

Fraser Brims is a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Head of Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Professor at Curtin Medical School. He is chair of the WA Mesothelioma Registry and is Deputy Director of the Institute for Respiratory Health where he heads the Occupational and Respiratory Health research group.

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Krish Ragunath

Professor Krish Ragunath
Professor of Medicine, Curtin University Medical School

Professor Krish Ragunath moved from Nottingham University, UK to Australia in May 2019 after being appointed as Professor of Medicine at Curtin University Medical School, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. Currently chairs the World Endoscopy Organisation (WEO) Research committee and sits in the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Endoscopy Research steering group.

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Dr Andrew Harper

Dr Andrew Harper is a medical specialist in Public Health Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine within the Australasian College of Physicians. He is a graduate of Sydney and Harvard universities. Andrew currently practices as an occupational physician in Perth and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Curtin Medical School. His principal interest is the patient’s personal experience of illness and how medicine responds to the patient’s psychological, social and cultural circumstances and perceptions.