Indigenous 
Science 
Network 
Bulletin

August 2009
(Volume 12, Number 4)
ISSN  1449-2091

Editor:
Michael Michie

Tiwi designs by Jennifer Coombs
Munupi Arts & Crafts Association,
Pirlangimpi, Melville Island, NT

Indigenous Science Links


NEWS and VIEWS

RESOURCES

CONFERENCES

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NEWS and VIEWS

CDU, BIITE join forces in $30m Indigenous education centre


EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

The latest issue of the EURASIA Journal has just been released. Please visit
www.ejmste.com to view and download past and current issues and articles free!

Aboriginal astronomy

Paul Curnow. (2009). Adnyamathanha night skies. Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, 118(6), 12-14 (June 2009). For a copy of the paper, contact Paul.

 

IHPST Newsletter

The June newsletter of the IHPST group is on the web at http://www.ihpst.org/newsletters.html

1.    Science & Education Latest Number (Vol.18 No.6-7, ‘Science, Education & Worldviews)

2.    IHPST Tenth International Conference, June 2009

3.    Science & Education Journal Report

4.    Journal Special Issue: Pseudoscience in Society and Classroom

5.    Journal and Newsletter Book Review Editors and Reviewers Required

6.    Anthology: Science, Worldviews and Education

7.    HPS&ST and NOS Course Outlines and Materials

8.    Teaching Evolution: Theoretical and Pedagogical Issues, GEITONAS School, Athens, 7-8 November 2009

9.    XXIII International Congress of History of Science and Technology,

26 - 31 July, 2009, Budapest, Hungary

10.   5th Greek Conference, History, Philosophy &Teaching of the Natural Sciences, University of Cyprus, Nicosia,  11-14 June 2009

11.   Opinion

12.   Book Notes: John H. Sceski, Popper, Objectivity and the Growth of Knowledge (Reviewed by Peter Slezak)

13.   Current Research

14.   Publications for Sale

15.   Coming Conferences

16.   IHPST Executive

17.   IHPST Graduate Students

18.   IHPST Email List

19.   Newsletter Items


Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education

We would like to bring your attention to the launch of the Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education (JASTE). This open-source, community-reviewed journal will be published twice a year. The journal is online at: http://www.wepaste.org/journal.html. The first issue contains an editorial and 8 articles:

·         Editors' introduction (Steve Alsop & Larry Bencze) (PDF)

·         Putting your money where your mouth is: Towards an action-orientated science curriculum (Derek Hodson) (PDF)

·         Activism or science/technology education as byproduct of capacity building (Wolff-Michael Roth) (PDF)

·         Science teacher activism: The case of environmental education (Michael Tan) (PDF)

·         Transcending the age of stupid: Learning to imagine ourselves differently (Leo Elshof) (PDF)

·         Globalisation and learner-centred pedagogies: Some thoughts (Lyn Carter) (PDF)

·         Globalization, food security, public health and prosperity focus on India (Shiv Chopra) (PDF)

·         Anti-capitalist/pro-communitarian science and technology education (Larry Bencze & Steve Alsop) (PDF)

·         Feeling the weight of the world: Visual journeys in science & technology education (Steve Alsop, Sheliza Ibrahim and members of Science and the City) (PDF)


Please consider participating and inviting others interested in socio-political activism to do so too!


Darwin Festival - The First Astronomers?

Something for those of you who are residents of Darwin, from amongst the Darwin Festival Program.

Workshop: Science and/or Lore

Senior custodian of the Wardaman people Bill Yidumduma Harney and UK born and educated CSIRO astrophysicist Ray Norris, discuss their festival project – The First Astronomers? in which they explore their separate, yet hauntingly similar notions of the question: who were the first astronomers? 

Presented by Darwin Festival and Charles Darwin University. Supported by Northern Territory Library.

Date: Fri 21 August
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Northern Territory Library, Parliament House
Duration: 60 mins
FREE

Performance: The First Astronomers?

Under the night sky, two worlds collide in this fascinating, very special and singular performance where scientific theory meets traditional belief.
Enchanting and interactive, two great characters - senior custodian of the Wardaman people Bill Yidumduma Harney and UK born and educated CSIRO astrophysicist Ray Norris, explore their separate, yet hauntingly similar notions of the question: who were the first astronomers?  They provoke theories, unravel mysteries and bust myths with humour, charisma and years of experience.

Like music and art, astronomy can build a strong bridge of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians - we all share the same sky.

Date: 22 & 23 August
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 70mins
Venue: Enter the Water Garden at the rear of the Museum & Art Gallery NT through the museum's front entrance.
Book: 08 8980 3333
Price: $20/$15


Border Stargaze
Albury - Wodonga (Australia)
19-22 August 2009

As part of this National Science Week 2009 event, John Morieson will be presenting two items on Indigenous Astronomy.

Friday 7:00 – 9:00pm Indigenous tour of the night sky (Laser), Saturday 9:45 – 10:45 am

John Morieson has worked with Aboriginal communities in Victoria for four decades, first in welfare, then in education and now in nonmainstream cultural heritage research. Through wide reading in several disciplines he attempts to place the sites in the landscape into their original context and to read the night sky as the people once did. His main work in Indigenous astronomy is interpreting the night sky of the Boorong clan of the Wergaia people of north-west Victoria. John has described the forty phenomena recorded by their friend William Stanbridge in a small manual titled Stars Over Tyrrell which has been passed on to Aboriginal families in Swan Hill, the nearest Indigenous community to Lake Tyrrell. Otherwise, John's work appears in conference papers from Flagstaff, Arizona; Washington DC; and Klaipeda, Lithuania and can be found on the Bendigo and District Astronomical Society website or by Googling his name. John lives at Carlsruhe in Dja Dja Wurrung country and is currently assisting the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to retrieve significant elements of their culture that have survived. The fascinating journey of exploration of the Boorong night sky is the basis of John's presentation on Saturday morning.

For more information visit http://www.asaw.org.au/.

The emu in the sky

The webpage, The emu in the sky, is part of Ray Norris's website on Australian Aboriginal Astronomy. Visit it at http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/AboriginalAstronomy/Examples/emu.htm, then go to the home page to look at the rest of the site.


CONFERENCES

Stronger Smarter Summit
Brisbane, Australia
28-29 September 2009

The inaugural Stronger Smarter Summit will create a space for people from across Australia to come together to engage with inspirational leading educators who have delivered on the promise and commitment of providing quality education outcomes to all Indigenous children.

Over the last 3 years the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute (IELI) has worked closely with education and school community leaders implementing and supporting the Stronger Smarter philosophy. The Stronger Smarter Summit will bring together many of these leaders from  primary, middle and senior schools located in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan Australia. 

The summit is not about theories on education, it is about stories from educators in schools talking about how they are delivering on the promise of a stronger smarter future for Indigenous children in their schools today.

Be inspired to take up the challenge and commit to become Stronger and Smarter in your school community environment.

Confirmed keynote speakers at the Stronger Smarter Summit include:

  • Hon Julia Gillard MP, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations; Minister for Education; Minister for Social Inclusion
  • Professor Mick Dodgson, 2009 Australian of the Year (via video link)
  • Mr Tom Calma, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
  • Ms Catherine O’Sullivan, DEEWR Manager, Queensland
  • Dr Chris Sarra, Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute

The power of the Stronger Smarter Summit will be in the conversations with educators who are doing it “on the ground”. Workshop sessions will be presented by School and Community leaders from across Australia, leaders who have taken up the challenge of making a difference in their schools. These include principals, teachers and other educators from remote, rural and metropolitan schools from across Australia.

In workshop sessions School and Community leaders  will tell their stories of the specific issues confronting their unique situations – be it in a large inner-city high school, a small rural school on a former “mission” or a college school in remote areas. They will share how they deal with the hard and challenging issues as well as the successes and achievements; flagging the key strategies of turning the tide of low expectations and producing better outcomes for Indigenous students in every context.

The workshop sessions are built around the key points in the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute's (IELI) Stronger Smarter philosophy:

  1. Acknowledging, embracing and developing a positive sense of Aboriginal identity in schools;
  2. Acknowledging and embracing Aboriginal leadership in schools and school communities;
  3. ‘High expectations’ leadership to ensure ‘high expectations’ classrooms, with ‘high expectations’ teacher / student relationships;
  4. Innovative and dynamic school models in complex social and cultural contexts; and
  5. Innovative and dynamic school staffing models, especially for community schools.


The Stronger Smarter Summit will be a positive, inspiring and constructive experience for participants. The summit will be FUN – participants will leave with a strong sense of solidarity with those engaged in the challenges of creating a Stronger Smarter future for Indigenous students in Australia.

For more information visit www.strongersmarter.qut.edu.au/.




Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA): Broken Hill 2009


The 2009 AURA Inter-Congress Symposium, celebrating AURA’s first quarter of a century, will be held in Broken Hill on the 17–18 October 2009.

Academic sessions
As the Symposium is celebrating 25 years of AURA, authors are requested to consider what has happened over the past 25 years in relation to their present research. Comparisons of field and theoretical developments from the early 1980s and now are encouraged.

A second, and timely, request is for papers on the impact of fire on rock art. Over the past 20 years many of us have had firsthand experiences of the impact of fire on rock art site.

Descriptions of the types of damage, causes, and recommendations are particularly invited so that an Australian-wide synopsis can be collated. The presentation of other studies of fire behaviour in relation to rock art sites is also encouraged.

Other than these, there will be no prescribed thematic preferences and any subject connected with rock art may be addressed.

For those unable to attend in October, a summary of their work can be posted to the convener at the address below for inclusion.

It is anticipated that all suitable papers will be included in a celebratory monograph.

Presenters will have the choice of using either a digital projector (preferably PowerPoint presentations) or a traditional slide projector. Whiteboard/blackboard and overhead projector will also be available. All presentations will be followed by questions and debates.

Current research posters
As well as the academic papers, we would like to get an overview of ALL rock art studies being undertaken in Australia in 2008–2009 (ongoing or proposed). A ‘where, what, and with which Community’ tally will be mapped out during the session. While papers would be preferred to describe completed research, posters or casual discussions of on-going research would also be of interest. It is envisaged that a summary of all work will be compiled for inclusion into the celebratory monograph.

Titles and abstracts for inclusion in the symposium program (50 to 100 words long) must be sent before 31 July 2009 to:

R. G. ('ben') Gunn
329 Mt Dryden Rd
Lake Lonsdale, VIC 3381
Australia
E-mail:
gunnb@activ8.net.au

Registration
To register for the AURA Inter-Congress Symposium in Broken Hill, please use the registration form provided.

Registration fees are $A130.00 for members of AURA, $A60.00 for student and retiree members of AURA, and $A180.00 for non-members. Membership with AURA can be obtained at the registration desk. Registration covers a conference satchel and contents; coffee, tea, orange juice, biscuits and cakes during session breaks; refreshing buffet luncheons; conference dinner on Sunday evening; and field trip participation and literature. It excludes Saturday dinner, transport and accommodation. The Registration Desk will be open on Saturday morning from 8 am. Academic sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Please direct any queries to:
AURA
P.O. Box 216
Caulfield South, VIC 3162
Australia,
or to
auraweb@hotmail.com


National Association for Research in Science Teaching Conference
Philadelphia, PA, USA
20-24 March 2010

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2010 NARST Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA from March 20 – 24th , 2010. The theme for the conference is “Research into Practice: Practice Informing Research.”

Deadline for receipt of proposals is August 15, 2009. The proposal submission directions are attached to this email announcement, and also posted on the NARST Abstracts and Proposal Home Page at www.narst.org/abstracts2010/ .

If you submitted a proposal last year, please use the same Username (email address) and Password. In the event you have forgotten your password there is a link for you to click on and your password will be emailed to you. If you are a first time proposal submitter, please create a new Login account. Please make sure you Edit Your User Information (contact information and volunteer options—discussant, preside, and assessor).

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to seeing you in Philadelphia, PA.


GLOBAL STUDIES CONFERENCE
    

Pusan National University     

Busan, South Korea    

21-23 June 2010    

http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com    

We are excited to be holding the Third Global Studies Conference in Busan, South Korea. Busan the second largest South Korean city and, as one of the busiest world's ports, is significantly involved in globalizing processes. Busan's growing financial services sector promises to increase its involvement in globalization, as does its commitment to international sport. In 2002, Busan was a host city for both the Asian Games and the FIFA World Cup. In addition, it has submitted a bid to be the host of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Busan is also a center for higher education, and includes the distinguished Pusan National University, the host of the Global Studies Conference.

The Global Studies Conference and Global Studies Journal are devoted to mapping and interpreting new trends and patterns in globalization. The Conference and Journal attempt to do this from many points of view, from many locations in the world, and in a wide-angle kaleidoscopic fashion.

As well as impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the  Global Studies Journal. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this refereed academic Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the Call-for-Papers (a title and short abstract) is 9 July 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website - http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com.


EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE HUMANITIES     

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA    

29 June - 2 July 2010     

http://www.HumanitiesConference.com/

We are very pleased to be holding this year's conference in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the United States, attracting immigrants and visitors from around the world to its wide range of attractions, activities and professional opportunities. Although Los Angeles is perhaps most well recognized as the center of U.S. movie and television production, its cultural role exceeds that of its most famous industry. Its music, literary and visual and performing arts communities, for instance, reflect the diverse perspectives of Angelinos and are internationally influential. The Los Angeles area is home to some of the best galleries and museums in the country and to distinguished centers for humanities research, such as the Getty Center, the Huntington Library and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The city is also a center of higher education, boasting many of the finest colleges and universities in the United States, including the host of this year's International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The Humanities Conference provides a space for dialogue and for the publication of new knowledge that builds on the past traditions of the humanities whilst setting a renewed agenda for their future.

In addition to an impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Humanities. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 13 August 2009.  Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date.  Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website - http://www.HumanitiesConference.com/.





CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This is mostly a summary of upcoming conferences. More details may have been given above or in previous bulletins as shown. A web-based contact is usually included. Inclusion of conferences in this list is not to be read as an endorsement of the conference.

2009

August 2009

7-11 August: GARMA Festival, Nhulunbuy, NT http://www.garma.telstra.com/ (April09)

15-23 August: National Science Week (Australia)

31 August - 4 September: European Science Education Research Association Conference, Istanbul, Turkey  http://www.esera2009.org (Oct08)

September 2009

28-29 September: Smarter Stronger Summit, Brisbane, Queensland www.strongersmarter.qut.edu.au/ (Aug09)

October 2009

1-2 October: UniServe Science Annual Conference, University of Sydney http://science.uniserve.edu.au/workshop/conference.html (April09)

17-18 October: 2009 AURA Inter-Congress Symposium, Broken Hill http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/home/aura/web/index.html (Aug09) 


21-23 October: 1st East Asian Association for Science Education, "Science Education for Tomorrow: Voices of East Asia", Taiwan. http://esciedu.nctu.edu.tw/ease/index.php (Dec09)


November 2009

1-3 November: ICASE Asian Symposium XI, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, P.R.China www.risechina.org (April09)

10-12 November:
Third International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd) 
2009. RECSAM, Penang http://www.recsam.edu.my/cosmed/index.html (Feb09)

24-26 November: 2nd International Science Education Conference (ISEC 2009) Science Education: Shared Issues, Common Future National Institute of Education, Singapore. http://www.nsse.nie.edu.sg/isec2009. (April09)

24-27 November: ANZCIES 2009 Entering the Age of an Educational Renaissance: Ideas for unity of purpose or further discord? University of New England, Armidale, NSW (Australia) http://www.anzcies.org/ (Jun09)


2010

January 2010

5-7 January: Sixth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Cuenca, Ecuador http://www.SustainabilityConference.com (Jun09)

7-10 January: 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education,Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa / Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel Honolulu http://www.hiceducation.org  (Jun09)

9-11 January: Third World Universities Forum, Davos, Switzerland http://universitiesforum.com (April09)

March 2010

20-24 March: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual conference, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA http://www.narst.org/annualconference/2010conference.cfm  (Aug09)

June 2010

21-23 June: Global Studies Conference, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com (Aug09)

28 June - 2 July: ICASE World Conference 2010, Tartu, Estonia http://www.worldste2010.ut.ee/ (Oct08)

29 June - 2 July: Eighth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. http://www.HumanitiesConference.com/ (Aug10)

30 June - 3 July: Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), sponsored by University of Newcastle (NSW). Venue: Shoal Bay Resort, Port Stephens (north of Newcastle) http://asera.org.au/

July 2010

2011

April 2011

2-6 April: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual conference, Orlando FA, USA

2012

March 2012

24-28 March: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual conference, Indianapolis IN, USA


Last updated: 26 July 2009

 

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