National Press Club of Australia – ASMR Medalist 2019
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
11:30 to 1:30pm
Dr Elizabeth Finkel is an award winning Australian science journalist with a background in laboratory research.
After being awarded her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne, Dr Finkel subsequently pursued a research career at the University of California, San Francisco. During this time, her investigation of the genes that sculpt a fruit fly egg into an embryo were published in Nature.
Upon returning to Melbourne she turned to freelance journalism, and since then has written for Science, Lancet, Nature Medicine, New Scientist, The Age and The Monthly among others, and has also broadcast for ABC Radio National. In 2005 Dr Finkel co-founded the popular science magazine, Cosmos, and from 2013 to 2018, served as Editor in Chief.
Dr Finkel also edited the 2012 edition of the Best Australian Science Writing. And she has written two books: ‘Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science’ which not only provides a clear lay explanation of just what stem cells are, but why they are important for medical research and how Australia found itself in the forefront of stem cell research. Her last book ‘The Genome Generation’ which covers genetic developments in diverse areas such as medicine, agriculture, and evolution, clearly contextualises their relevant applications to our society.
In 1982, Elizabeth Finkel was awarded ASMR’s Campion Ma Playoust Award and now, as a distinguished Australian science journalist, we recognise her contributions to science communications as the ASMR Medalist 2019. In accepting our invitation, she said, “I hadn’t been able to express how gobsmacked I was that the sort of things I used to do to fruit flies at USCF – supply them with new genes – are now being done in people to achieve ‘biblical’ results. Toddlers born with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), who should be crippled or dead, are walking. I was thinking I needed a forum to get the message out: this is where blue sky research leads. Now I have one”.
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