International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Ms Michelle Neil Ideas Activities
  • Lab Tech, MRACI
    Capalaba QLD, Australia
  • Email
    Tel 0412640954
  • Sector:

  • Organizations:

    CSIRO Scientists in Schools
    Forensic and Scientific Services, Qld Health
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I have a B App Sc (Chem and Forensic Science) from QUT, Australia. I have worked in environmental, neutraceutical and now forensics (Toxicology). I am personally interested in complementary medicines and their interactions with prescription and over the counter medications.

I am also a volunteer with the CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program. Basically this is sort of like "Adopt a cop" except the schools or teachers register to adopt a scientist. It was founded so as to debunk the myth that scientists are old guys in white coats who pay around with glassware and do lots or titrations" OR the whole "CSI factor" (i.e. push a button and you get results).

I actually have 3 schools I am "adopted" by and spend a good portion of my week e-mailing and face to face with my teacher-partners as well as, some weeks, the students. (My husband is a physics major working in sustainability / climate change field so they really have got 2 scientsts for the price of one. ) Currently I am assisting to organise a week long Science Week based on Motion, machines and robots at one (public) school, recently gave a lecture on "a day in the life of a working scientist" at another (private) school and also starting a series of bi-monthly science clubs at my third (public) school.

I was recently asked to interview for a local e-mag for my participation in this sector. That will happen later this month.