Aspiring to be a writer? Get your thinking caps on now! The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2021 opens for entries April 20. Below, we list this year’s five judges to tell you a little bit about them.
Proud Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt is the CEO and founder of DeadlyScience, which gathers donations of science resources and sends them to remote schools around Australia. Corey is engaged with over 100 schools around Australia. In a recent survey, these schools showed a 25% increase in engagement in STEM-related subjects. In some schools, attendance has increased by 40%.
Corey has been honoured by receiving many prestigious awards including the NSW State Recipient of the Young Australian of the Year in 2020.
He devotes his time to making tomorrow a better day, and telling kids and people about the First Scientists our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. When Corey isn’t doing DeadlyScience, he plays rugby and finds reptiles. He also started sponsoring a rugby team in Fiji in 2018 by providing young men with boots and jerseys.
Ceridwen Dovey is a fiction writer and essayist based in Sydney. She’s the author of several works of fiction (Blood Kin, Only the Animals, In the Garden of the Fugitives, and Life After Truth), and non-fiction (On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers and Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others).
Her essays have been published by newyorker.com, the Smithsonian Magazine, WIRED, The Monthly and Alexander. She won a prestigious 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Award for her long-form essay critiquing the commercial push to mine the Moon, and she won the 2020 UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing for her essay on Moon dust.
Dyani Lewis is a freelance science journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. She has reported news and feature articles for local and international outlets including Nature, Cosmos Magazine, UnDark, Science, The Guardian, The Monthly, and Smith Journal.
Her passions include human evolution and the tensions between conservation and society, both of which have taken a temporary back seat to report on COVID-19. She is the editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2021.
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Heather Catchpole is a business owner and communications expert with wide experience in collaboration, startups, science and technology sectors. She is the CEO of Refraction Media, a STEM specialist content company that has worked with the Australian Academy of Science, Chief Scientists Office, Cooperative Research Centres, Australian Council of Deans of Science, Google, Atlassian, CSIRO and many more.
Heather excels at distilling complex messages, onboarding stakeholders, facilitating mentorship and promoting a culture of collaboration.
A journalist, presenter and producer, Heather has experience working with media, universities, government, educators and large finance, science and technology corporations. She is the founder of the Careers with STEM brand, promoted by Barack Obama’s 2016 CS for all initiative and responsible for distributing 2 million free STEM careers magazines to high school students in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Heather’s wide-ranging background includes creating a virtual tour of a nuclear reactor and reporting for ABC radio from fossil digs and live volcanoes. She is the author of a number of children’s books, including most recently Ready, Set, Code!
Brad Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a diploma in Education (Bsc Dip Ed). His specialist areas are Biology and Earth and Environmental Science. He has 25 years of teaching experience and is nationally accredited as a Highly Accomplished Teacher with NSW Education Standards Authority (ATA NESA). His current school is Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Sydney.
He is passionate, committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and determined to strive, to succeed, and to teach to the highest standards to all students in his care. His goal is always to inspire, engage and share his love of Science as a rewarding lifelong and meaningful learning experience.
Interested in submitting your essay?
We will be keeping you posted with the launch of the Bragg Student Science Writing Competition from 20 April 2021 and the judges will share top tips with you. So why wait? Get yourself thinking and apply next week! You can sign up to the e-newsletter for updates, and check out previous year’s Bragg Prize Winners here.
Author: Dr Astha Singh
Astha is the Managing Editor at Refraction Media. She is a STEM Marketer and holds a Honors, Masters & PhD degree in Science. She has been producing STEM marketing content for over 10 years and is an avid advocate of Diversity in the STEM industry.