We wish to announce the retirement of A/Prof David Russell from the University of Tasmania and his role as National Director, PICSE as of 4th January 2013. David instigated and developed PICSE over a period spanning 14 years, working with and across a vast array of organisations and industries.
We wish to acknowledge David's unfailing commitment, dedication and passion for the program which have undoubtedly taken it to the heights of success that we see today. We wish him well in his retirement and any future ventures.
We warmly welcome Mr Gordon Stone into the role of PICSE Program Manager, assisted by Mrs Debbie Worley, Executive Assistant and Mrs Kay Lembo, National Manager: Delivery & Quality Assurance comprising the PICSE Senior Leadership Team. The Senior Leadership Team will continue to move PICSE forward into the future, on the solid foundations that have already been established.
For further information regarding PICSE, please contact Debbie Worley at PICSE.Admin@utas.edu.au or telephone (03) 6430 4935.
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New funding for initiative encouraging students to become scientists
The Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) has been awarded $642,000 in Federal funding to help today’s students become tomorrow’s scientists.
The national program, titled Maximising Student and Teaching Engagement with Science Professionals to Address the Shortage of Qualified Science Professionals, received $642,000 through the Federally funded Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program. It will be delivered through PICSE, a program driven by the University of Tasmania in collaboration with a range of national and regional partners.
PICSE Program Manager, Mr Gordon Stone, said the funding allows continuing support for encouraging students to pursue science based careers.
“Australia is extremely well-placed to capitalise on the ‘knowledge economy’, and science provides real opportunities for today’s young thinkers to become tomorrow’s thought leaders,” Mr Stone explained.
The PICSE project will expand a proven national program that addresses the shortfall of students, especially in regional areas, taking science from high school and into university by:
The PICSE National Office is based at UTAS Cradle Coast Campus in Burnie, North West Tasmania and the PICSE program operates through a range of Activity Centres based in regional locations around Australia.
The PICSE Science Education Officers, based predominantly at Australian partner universities, are looking forward to continuing engagement with local teachers and students to support the promotion of science based careers.
Mr Stone highlighted the critical nature of the project’s focus on supporting the professional development of teachers, as well as direct engagement of both regional and urban students and creating direct connection with innovative employers.
National Media contact: PICSE Program Manager, Gordon Stone, on 0408 063 229
PICSE contact: Debbie Worley, Exec Asst, National PICSE Office: (03) 6430 4517
Science Taking You Place Magazine has been launched! The magazine profiles PICSE program graduates to illustrate the dynamic career opportunities within Australia’s Primary Industries. Just click here or the image below. Enjoy.
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