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Dr Mirella Atherton

Course Coordinator

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary

Biography

Mirella Atherton is Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor of Chemistry and Life Sciences for the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC). Mirella began teaching Open Foundation in 1998 while embarking on her PhD. She then left the University of Newcastle to work for the Australian Government  in the National Analytical Reference Laboratory. Mirella gained detailed knowledge of chemical structures while working with a wide range of pesticides, drugs and steroids. Synthesis of narcotic drugs and steroids led Mirella to an interest in the law. She completed her law degree specialising in criminal law and tort law through Macquarie University in 2014. Mirella now teaches in Law and calls on experience as a volunteer for the Criminal Justice Support Network who assist interlectually disabled people at police stations and at courts.

Research Expertise
Mirella Atherton (as Mirella Keane) has research experience in organic chemistry. She began working with the anticancer activity of analogues of Cantharidin in 1994. This developed into the synthesis of specialised pesticides, drugs and steroids. Mirella Atherton's current research involves assessing enabling student confidence in science subjects using "the third person effect". Mirella is actively involved in measuring student engagement in the online and on campus environments. Mirella is currently evaluating the emerging tort of educational malpractice in Australia.

Teaching Expertise
Mirella Atherton began teaching in the Open Foundation program in 1998 and has participated in teaching a range of topics and subjects. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Chemistry
  • Educational Malpractice
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Student Confidence
  • Student Engagement

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130103Higher Education40
130303Education Assessment and Evaluation40
180126Tort Law20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
15/06/2015 - 18/12/2015Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
5/01/2015 - 18/12/2015Course CoordinatorUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
14/07/2014 - 19/12/2014Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
1/01/2014 - 31/12/2014Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
1/01/2014 - 20/01/2014Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
4/12/2013 - 6/12/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
29/07/2013 - 29/11/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
6/05/2013 - 28/06/2013Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
1/01/2013 - 12/07/2013Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
18/06/2012 - 2/07/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Atherton MA, 'Measuring confidence levels of male and female students in open access enabling courses', Issues in Educational Research, 25 , 81-98 (2015)
2014Atherton MA, Bailey A, 'Assessing disadvantaged student confidence in learning: A case of enabling pathway programs.', Journal of Institutional Research (South East Asia), 12 41-53 (2014) [C1]
2002Sakoff J, Ackland S, Baldwin ML, Atherton MA, McCluskey A, 'Anticancer activity and protein phosphatase 1 and 2A inhibition of a new generation of cantharidin analogues', Investigational New Drugs, 20 1-11 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 61Web of Science - 53
Co-authorsStephen Ackland, Jennette Sakoff, Adam Mccluskey
2002McCluskey A, Atherton MA, Walkom CC, Bowyer M, Sim A, Young D, Sakoff J, 'The first two cantharidin analogues displaying PP1 selectivity', Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 12 391-393 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 39Web of Science - 38
Co-authorsAdam Mccluskey, Jennette Sakoff, Michael Bowyer, Alistair Sim
2000McCluskey A, Atherton MA, Mudgee L, Sim A, Sakoff JA, Quinn R, 'Anhydride modified cantharidin analogues. Is ring opening important in the inhibition of protein phosphatase 2A?', European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 35 957-964 (2000) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 41Web of Science - 38
Co-authorsAlistair Sim, Jennette Sakoff, Adam Mccluskey
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Dr Mirella Atherton

Positions

Course Coordinator
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Teacher
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Teacher
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Emailmirella.atherton@newcastle.edu.au

Office

LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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