She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people (2016) and one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” young scientists (2005). Professor Jahren has also been awarded three Fulbright Scholarships, and currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo in Norway. Responsible for the first extraction and analysis of DNA found in paleosol and the first discovery of stable isotopes existing in a multicellular organism’s DNA, she is in fact an ‘Isotope detective”. Spanning disciplinary boundaries, her research uses stable isotope to answer some of the world’s biggest science questions, including how prehistoric forests can inform us about climate change, how understanding the isotopic composition of plants can tell us about where our food comes from, and how much food, in particular sugar, we are consuming.
Jahren’s work, as well as predicting the environmental impact of heavily fertilized, unsustainable crops on our food supply into the future, can give us an objective measure of how much sugar is actually consumed by a population, informing people and policy to improve health.
Her best-seller, “Lab Girl’’ published in 2016 has established her credentials as a gifted communicator with a passion for science and insight into what allows the best science to happen. Michiko Kakutani, writing for The New York Times said, ” Vladimir Nabokov once observed that “a writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” The geobiologist Hope Jahren possesses both in spades”.
Professor Jahren is to be presented with the ASMR Medal at the event.
Join us for lunch and the Medalist Address to the National Press Club
John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
9am to 5pm
The New Investigator Forum provides students with an opportunity to present their research, network with a variety of their peers and participate in discussion regarding career paths within and outside of science. The conference is open to PhD students, research assistants and early career post-doctoral fellows (<5 years post PhD being awarded) and will be an exciting experience for young scientists embarking on careers in science and beyond. The central theme of the conference is broad-ranging from clinical practice and therapeutics to understanding disease mechanisms in medical science to accommodate the varying backgrounds of the attendees.