Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:45 am — Thursday, 11 May 2017, 12:30 pm

Who: UON Researchers

When: 10:45am – 12.30pm Thursday 11 May 2017

Where: Room CS219, Ourimbah Campus

Limited spaces - register now via Discover

Guest Presenters:

Doctor Emma Beckett, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health

Doctor Janet Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Oral Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Mr Scott Levi, Day Shift, ABC Central Coast


  • How do I work proactively with the media to get my research out in the community?
  • What steps do I take to get my research in the media space?
  • If I want to be known as an expert in my field of research - how should I proceed?
  • How do I use Twitter to promote my research?

Dr Emma Beckett

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, School of Medicine and Public Health

Molecular nutritionist Dr Emma Beckett is exploring the genetic secrets behind microbiomes and whether you really are what you eat.

Along with her research, Emma is passionate about science communications and outreach. She’s a committee member of Pint of Science Australia and presented at the sold out premiere event in Newcastle in May 2016 – one of many researchers sharing science in pubs around the globe.  Emma is also sought after as a media commentator and in October 2016 featured on ABC’s Ockham’s Razor busting the myths of superfoods.

“It’s not just that I have a passion for science,” Emma explains. “I’m very passionate about appropriate use and communication of science. I get quite distressed when science gets twisted by marketing, or when people use bad science to make money or take money off people. And nutrition is an area where there’s a lot of misinformation, and a lot of twisting of information, and a lot of money to be made. The whole ‘dieting’ industry is a huge industry where a lot of money is made.”

Doctor Janet Wallace

Senior Lecturer in Oral Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Dr Janet Wallace is a registered Oral Health Therapist with qualifications in dental therapy, dental hygiene, business management, tertiary teaching and a PhD in Oral Health. Janet has extensive clinical and oral health management experience in private and public dental practice and spent many years working for Northern Sydney, Central Coast, Area Health Service in various roles including; Manager Child Dental Services, Community Dental Health Programs Officer, Health Promotions Manager and Acting Director Community Dental Services.

Janet was instrumental in identifying the need to redevelop the oral health program to include dental therapy and during 2014, Janet worked with Associate Professor Jane Taylor to write the curriculum for the new Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program.  This new program combined dental hygiene and dental therapy to offer a more relevant practitioner known as an 'Oral Health Therapist' with an adult scope of practice.  In September 2015, Janet was appointed as the Program Convenor for the new Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program.

Janet is a committed advocate for preventive oral health care for the elderly, is a keen Twitter user, is regularly quoted in media and has featured in several industry publications including the September 2015 issue of the Bite Magazine. She regularly provides guidance for dentists, oral health therapists and dental hygienists who wish to implement “Senior Smiles’ in their local communities and is focused on ensuring that ultimately ‘Senior Smiles’ is delivered in all Residential Aged Care Facilities Australia wide.

Mr Scott Levi

Breakfast, ABC Central Coast

Scott Levi presents the Breakfast shift on ABC Central Coast.

With 20 years of radio experience under his belt, Scott now returns to where he grew up, on the shores of Lake Macquarie at Eleebana. After a short stint with BHP, Scott kicked off his radio career at 2KO in Newcastle, then 4AY Townsville where he met his dearest darling Catherine.

In Townsville, Scott became involved in theatre and undertook an AMEB Speech and Drama course. He has acted in a number of plays including the Australian premiere of Steven Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. More recently Scott has performed professionally in the Christmas pantomime Cinderella (as an ugly sister!).

Along the way, Scott has worked as programme director and breakfast presenter at 4LM Mt Isa, 2MC Port Macquarie, a short stint in the newsroom at 2WS Sydney, 6IX in Perth, 2WG in Wagga Wagga and most recently as a producer with ABC Riverina. During his time in Wagga Wagga, Scott has won a prestigious RAWARD (Commercial Radio Award) and received the Premier's Award for Community Service.

Scott has also dabbled in television, presenting three bicycle-touring documentaries shown on Channel 7, Ten-Capital, Prime TV and The Lifestyle Channel - involving another one of his passions, cycling. The move back to the Central Coast has rekindled fond memories of summer nights dragging for prawns at Canton beach and swimming at Shelley Beach as a youngster.

As a young man, Scott's love of rock fishing took him to the rugged coastline between Catherine Hill Bay and Norah Head. Fishing at locations like Fraser Park and his secret spot "the pulpit", although these days he prefers the safer waters of Tuggerah Lakes and Lake Macquarie.

The son of well known Newcastle journalist Vic Levi, one of Scott's more disturbing childhood memories was spending the night in a 'Ghost House' near Wiseman's Ferry when his father was writing a series of newspaper articles on haunted houses. The house was later used as the setting for the horror film The Inn of the Damned.

Scott and his dearest darling Catherine have four children; Emily - a Bio Medical Science student at Ourimbah Campus; Alexander; Charlotte; and baby Harry, born on the 4th of April 2007 at Gosford Hospital.

Scott is an active Patrol Member of Terrigal Surf Lifesaving Club and loves nothing better than hanging 10 on his longboard off Avoca Point but usually falls off before getting those "toes up on the nose"