Science is the study of the nature and behaviour of natural phenomena of the world around us. As the world continues to change, it is the sciences that are at the forefront of this change, as they engage with the understanding of human impact and innovation. Sciences are the most powerful discipline to create change, understand the consequences of our decisions and act on a global scale. A study of sciences at Claremont College will open your eyes to the detail around you and interaction of all life and the physical and chemical aspects of the universe.
PROGRAMS FOR PATHWAYS
There is a wide array of science courses which specifically target future pathways and prepare you for life after year 12 in the workforce and further academic study.
HIGHLY SKILLED TEACHERS
Be taught by highly skilled staff that have vast experience and expertise in their fields.
Participate in excursions that take you to the depths of the ocean or the strata layers of the local surface geology.
COLLABORATION AND TEAMS EVENTS
Work collaboratively to enhance the science learning of primary school students or participate in the National Titration competition.
DR EMMA EATON
After graduating from Claremont College in 2001, Dr. Emma Eaton went on to earn a Bachelor of Science with a double major in chemistry and biochemistry. This was followed by honours in biochemistry and a PhD in Medicine, with a focus on neuroscience. Emma’s graduate work focused on novel therapeutics for treating Alzheimer’s disease and led to a licencing agreement between the University of Tasmania and the biotechnology company Alzhyme Pty Ltd. Emma’s postdoctoral research in stroke looked at using human stem cells as a screening tool for potential stroke treatments. After a career change, Emma now works as an analytical chemist in the mining industry and works as part of a team that monitors production and environmental samples at Nyrstar Hobart smelter.
DR ANDREW PHIPPS
Dr Andrew Phipps is a neuroscientist and media resources officer working at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, at the University of Tasmania. The Wicking Centre is at the forefront of translational research, teaching and support for issues confronting people living with dementia and their carers.
Andrew recently completed his PhD studying epigenetics in the brain. The epigenome regulates gene transcription for all cells; allowing each cell to have the same DNA, but be functionally different. Andrew’s research provided evidence to show that the neuronal epigenome changes as we age. He also identified widespread epigenetic dysregulation to be occurring in neurons prior to pathology-onset in a model of Alzheimer’s disease. This dysregulation also changed as the disease progressed. His work provided insight into the epigenetic modifications occurring in neurons throughout the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, which may lead to future therapeutic targets for the disease.
Andrew also manages a photographic business called Eagle Eye Tasmania, where he has a passion for wilderness and landscape photography, and creates film to support the protection of Tasmania’s wild places.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES – FOUNDATION 2
Students studying Physical Sciences Foundation develop basic understanding of the principles of Physics and Chemistry. The integrated laboratory work imparts practical skills and students gain an appreciation of good experimental design.
Biology is a great course for students interested in or curious about the living world. You will learn all about living things and how they work, including what is going on in the smallest of cells and how the systems in our body work together to keep us alive. There is a large practical component for this unit and students will also learn how to design valid experiments.
Through the study of Chemistry, students at Claremont College, perform practical work such as experimental procedures, participate in State and National Level Titration competitions and use chemical knowledge to suggest solutions to address human challenges.
Environmental and ecological issues are at the forefront of human debate in all areas society. Have the skills and evidence to engage in public debate about contemporary environmental issues and make decisions that can shape the natural and constructed world into the future.
EXCELLENCE THROUGH EXPERIENCE
Satwinder holds a Master of Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications, Bachelor of Science (Hons), Bachelor of Education from Punjab University, India, Master of Arts (English), Punjabi University, India, and Master of Science from Annamalai University,
Satwinder embarked upon her teaching journey in the year 1997 at Kharar, a small town in India where she taught Years 7 to 12 a range of subjects from 1997 to 2009. She won the award for the Best Teacher in the region. Her keenness to explore new opportunities encouraged her to cross the geographical, cultural and social boundaries and move to Australia. She has a particular passion for Science and Mathematics and has been teaching these subjects across years 1-12 in Tasmania since 2009. Satwinder is committed to excellence in teaching, and with her expertise and vast experience in her craft, she is passionately working at Claremont College since 2015, embracing her role as a Science and Maths teacher and empowering her students for their future.
DR GREG TIMMS
Greg has been teaching Maths, Science and Computing at Claremont College since 2017. Prior to this he worked as a scientist and scientific manager for 20 years at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Greg completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Sydney in 1993 and 1997 respectively, and a Master of Teaching degree at the University of Tasmania in 2017. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation from the University of Tasmania.
During Greg’s scientific career he had the privilege of undertaking field work in many locations from the tropics to the Arctic and he was able to work in collaboration with the mining, communications and marine industries. He has authored over 100 scientific publications and his work has received over 500 citations in the scientific literature. He is also a keen amateur astronomer and astrophotographer.
Greg is passionate about sharing his love of science, maths and computing with the next generation and encouraging them to take opportunities that come their way. He is grateful for the chance to work with students at Claremont, finding their creativity and sense of humour inspiring.
DR MEGAN O’ROURKE
Megan completed a Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research at UTAS in 2012, followed by honours in 2013. She completed a PhD in Medical Research with the Menzies Research Institute in 2018, where she studied in the Glial Research Team, a lab which aims to better understand the supporting cells of the brain and spinal cord and their role in normal function. While completing her PhD Megan was able to experience the world of biological research firsthand, conducting research and publishing her results, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Australian Society for Medical Research Postgraduate Student Award.
During her PhD candidacy Megan realised that she found more joy working with the work experience students that came through the lab and explaining the research she was undertaking to the public than in analysing data and writing scientific publications. She submitted her PhD thesis on a Friday and commenced her Masters in Teaching at UTAS the following Monday, graduating in 2019
Megan is fascinated by the living world, and the ways that living things adapt to even the most hostile of environments and hopes that she can instil the same fascination in her students. She is also passionate about improving scientific literacy and helping students gain a better understanding of the statistics and science presented to them by the media and make informed decisions about their lives.
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