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ECU's Aboriginal Science Outreach Program a finalist in Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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Premier Mark McGowan today announced the finalists in the 2017 Premier's Science Awards.

There are 19 finalists across the four categories, representing a range of science disciplines and achievements. 

The finalists have contributed to better treatments for cancer and other diseases, biodiversity preservation, advancements in the mineral and energy sectors, and discoveries about the origins of life on Earth and the beginnings of the universe.

ECU's Old Ways New Ways (OWNW) program is a finalist in the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year category.

OWNW brings together Aboriginal and Western knowledge and perspectives in science. Traditional methods of Aboriginal tool-making and Nyoongar scientific methodologies are celebrated, shared and linked with contemporary scientific methodology and enquiry.

The main achievement of the OWNW outreach program is a significant shift in attitude of participating students towards considering studying and/or working in science in the future.

The team is comprised of: Jason Barrow and Caroline Bishop (Kurongkurl Katitjin) and Dr Kristina Lemson and Dr Magdalena Wajrak (School of Science).

The Premier's Science Award winners and WA Science Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at an awards ceremony on 14 August 2017, during National Science Week, Australia's biggest annual celebration of science.

For more information, visit the Premier's Science Awards page.

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