UOW expert commentary (15-19 November)

UOW expert commentary (15-19 November)

UOW academics provide expert comment, opinion and analysis on a range of ongoing and breaking news stories

Medibank cyberattack 

Associate Professor Shahriar Akter can talk about the Medibank cyberattack and ongoing privacy issues. Associate Professor Akter is an expert in artificial intelligence and algorithmic bias, data privacy, and digital innovation. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Marketing, Analytics and Innovation and the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Business and Law.

COP27 and climate change

Professor Kerrylee Rogers can discuss the United Nations Climate Changes conference (COP27) which is currently taking place in Egypt. Professor Rogers’ expertise is in blue carbon, decarbonising and coastal climate change impacts. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences and GeoQuest Research Centre

US midterm results

Associate Professor Markus Wagner is available for interviews about the US midterm results. Professor Wagner has expertise in US constitutional law and politic, and has worked and studied in the US. He teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. Professor Wagner is from the Faculty of Business and Law.

Poppy seed tea 

Professor Eleanor Beck can talk about an increase in emergency department presentations across Australia following the consumption of home-brewed poppy seed tea. Professor Beck is Discipline Leader in Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences

Cryptocurrency regulation 

Dr Paul Mazzola is available for interviews about cryptocurrency regulation after Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, the founder of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, called for more regulatory clarity. Dr Mazzola is a lecturer in banking and finance in the Faculty of Business and Law and has more than 25 years’ banking and finance experience in the Australian, European and Asian pacific markets.  


Dr Celine Kelso can talk about the vape black market. In an article for The Oz Dr Kelso said a lot of young people likely vaped without realising the products contained nicotine and were becoming hooked on the highly addictive substance. Dr Kelso is from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience.

UOW academics exercise academic freedom by providing expert commentary, opinion and analysis on a range of ongoing social issues and current affairs. This expert commentary reflects the views of those individual academics and does not necessarily reflect the views or policy positions of the University of Wollongong.