Unwell

Mike McRae In Conversation with Professor Ian Chubb AC

Saturday 25 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
The Terrace Room
National Portrait Gallery

Nostalgia used to be a serious nervous condition, being left handed was often beaten out of you and emotional women were often recommended to have an orgasm. Unwell is an insightful look at the ever-changing nature of illness using humour, research, historical anecdotes and personal stories.  Mike McRae was a medical scientist and high school science teacher and is now the editor of the CSIRO's children's science publications.  Join him in Conversation with former Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb.

Mike McRae  started his science career more than twenty ago in a hospital medical laboratory. With a passion for education he took to teaching science in London’s east, followed by a year entertaining children across Australia with Questacon’s Science Circus. Mike has been writing science for over a decade, working with the CSIRO, ECOS, ABC Radio National and the Australian Museum to produce educational materials, to inform, and to entertain. Today he writes for the popular online news service ScienceAlert and contributes regularly to a variety of science news and education publications. Mike is the author of Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs & Bad Ideas. He lives in Canberra.

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AO was Chief Scientist for Australia from May 2011 to January 2016. Prior to that, Professor Chubb was Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University from January 2001 to March 2011; Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia for six years and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University for two years. In 1999 Professor Chubb was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 2006 a Companion (AC) in the order for “service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy”. Professor Chubb was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was the ACT’s Australian of the Year in 2011. He was Awarded the Academy Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and elected Fellow of the Academy in 2017.