Delving into the Soil Carbon Black Box – November 24th 2013

Dr Leigh Sparrow, Senior Research Fellow in Soil Science, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS

will present  Delving into the Soil Carbon Black Box in the Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk, 2.00 pm Sunday November 24th 2013

Abstract

By virtue of its cool temperate climate, Tasmania’s soils generally have high concentrations of carbon. Intensive farming, especially frequent cropping, causes carbon concentrations to decrease. Dr Sparrow will outline the principles which govern the amount of carbon expected for any particular combination of soil, climate and farming system, and show how these apply to current Tasmanian situations. The data provide cause for concern about sustainable farming and carbon sequestration in soil, but there is also some good news.

Biography

Dr Sparrow is a Senior Research Fellow in Soil Science with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania. With a background in soil fertility, Dr Sparrow’s early career focused on soil testing and fertiliser management, but he has also studied heavy metal contamination, irrigation management and soil-borne diseases. His recent research includes modelling and measuring changes in soil carbon in different farming systems, with the aim of assessing the capacity of the soil to sustain agriculture. Implications for carbon storage in soil have also been evaluated.

Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students
Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania

To assist us with the organization of this event
RSVP by Thursday 21st November 2013:
Email bookings@qvmag.tas.gov.au or telephone 6323 3798

 

Science Education in Tasmania – a teacher’s perspective – 22 September, 2013

Science Education in Tasmania – a teacher’s perspective.

Presentation by Jane Hall-Dadson
QVMAG – Inveresk
Sunday 22 September at 2.00 pm

 

Jane Hall-Dadson  Advanced Skills Teacher, Mathematics Learning Area,  Launceston College, Tasmania  will present 

Science Education in Tasmania – a teacher’s perspective.

in the Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk at 2.00 pm Sunday September 22nd 2013  

Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students

Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania 

To assist us with the organization of this event

RSVP by Thursday 19th September 2013:

Email  bookings@qvmag.tas.gov.au  or  telephone  6323 3798

Good teaching requires a solid curriculum, engaging activities with relevance to real life and passionate, well- trained teachers, Jane Hall-Dadson says.

Ms Hall-Dadson will outline the recent history of changes in Tasmania’s Science curriculum, showing how students learn scientific concepts, develop scientific skills and understand applications of science in the real world citing innovative programs and inspiring student work.

She will also discuss strategies to enhance uptake of Science subjects beyond grade 10 . 

Jane Hall-Dadson began her career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, working in private pathology, mainly in Medical Microbiology and Haematology/Serology. She completed teacher training  and became a Secondary Science & Mathematics teacher in 1997.

Her work has been recognised in numerous awards including a series of TSTS ANZAAS Science Teacher Awards, the Australian Academy of Science Teacher Award  and  the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Teaching. Ms Hall- Dadson is Vice-president of the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania and represents Tasmania on the Council of the Australian Science Teachers Association.

Fish Health and Seafood (National Science Week special event) – 11 August 2013

The RST Northern Chapter has organized a special event for National Science Week to highlight work currently being carried out by scientists in Tasmania.

Fish Health and Seafood

Fish Health and Seafood will presented by three speakers from the National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability, University of Tasmania, Launceston in the:

Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk at 2pm Sunday 11 August 2013

RSVP bookings@qvmag.tas.gov.au

see attachment below for further details

RST NatSciWk Lecture