Uni in the Brewery
Prominent UOW researchers explain their ideas and research in a relaxed and participatory environment over a few foaming ales. To hear about upcoming events, join our Uni in the Brewery mailing list.
"Sex Cells": Using assisted reproductive technologies to save Australia's endangered frogs
Dr Phillip Byrne, School of Biological Sciences, Evolution and Assisted Reproduction Laboratory (EARL)
5:30pm - 6:30pm, Wednesday 28 September
Illawarra Brewery, Eastern Terrace, WIN Entertainment Centre, Cnr Crown & Harbour Sts, Wollongong
Anthropogenic environmental change is responsible for unprecedented rates of species extinction, presenting a global threat to biodiversity. Although high extinction rates have been reported for all vertebrate classes, amphibians have been the most severely affected.
Current estimates report 30.25% (1,917) of all described amphibian species are threatened with extinction. In response to this biodiversity crisis, several biological institutions, have established captive assurance populations of critically endangered species.
While Conservation Breeding Programs (CBP’s) have initially been successful, reproductive rates in many species are too low to maintain viable populations and provide individuals for re-introduction to the wild.
Over the past five years, Dr Phillip Byrne and his team, at the Evolution and Assisted Reproduction laboratory (EARL) at the University of Wollongong have been conducting innovative research aimed at developing sophisticated Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) to enhance the propagation and genetic management of some of Australia’s most critically endangered frog species.
Come along and hear how the UOW EARL team has been manipulating everything from an individual’s sex cells to its diet in an effort to save some of our most iconic endangered species.
Registrations for this free event will be open soon.
Dumpster diving across disciplines: A creative writer and dietitian discuss edible food and the bin
Associate Professors Karen Charlton and Shady Cosgrove
5:30pm - 6:30pm, Wednesday 23 March
In the supermarket, a ripe, juicy tomato gets thrown out to make way for new stock. Later that evening, it's plucked from the bin by someone who uses dumpster food to cook meals in an effort to save waste. Would you do it? Should you do it?
Associate Professor Karen Charlton is an accredited practicing dietitian and registered public health nutritionist. Her research interests include diet and lifestyle interventions across the lifespan. Associate Professor Shady Cosgrove is a practicing writer and creative writing lecturer who's drafting a novel set in a Brooklyn dumpster-diving community. She's gone dumpster diving in Australia and the United States for research, and the experiences have changed her relationship to food waste.
Together, they wrote Dumpster diving for dinner: do you have what it takes to eat 'freegan' food? for The Conversation in September 2015, exploring the culture that is 'freeganism' as well as the issues around food wastage and hygiene.
In this talk, A/Prof. Charlton and A/Prof. Crosgrove expanded on this theme, and described how their unlikely interdisciplinary alliance came about via the topic of dumpster diving. They also dicsussed how taking yourself out of your comfort zone in research can present both opportunities and challenges.