A new APProach to nutrition education in pregnancy wins 3MT competition
Condensing months of research work into a three minute explainer, some of the University’s brightest rising research stars competed for first place at the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final, held last Friday.
Captivating the audience with her doctoral research on technology to improve the nutrition knowledge and food skills of pregnant women, nutrition and dietetics PhD student, Hannah May Brown was awarded first place.
The University’s Dean of Graduate Research, Professor Lucy Johnston, said the three minute thesis competition provided a valuable opportunity to showcase the excellent, innovative and exciting research being done by Higher Degree by Research candidates.
“In a three minute time frame and using only one power point slide, students must articulately explain their research in terms of what they are doing; how they are doing it; and why they are doing it.
“Ranging from a new link between inflammation and cardiac fibrosis to potential reproductive DNA damage in males who consume hot chips, the research presented is helping to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges.”
Fifteen finalists, representing the top three contestants from each of the faculty heats, presented to academics, students, donors, members of the University council and members of the community at The Conservatorium on Friday 24 August.
The judging panel comprised of 2NUR FM Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Wright; Smart City Coordinator at Newcastle City Council, Dr Nathaniel Bavinton, and Co-founder and Company Director of Ampcontrol, Peter Cockbain AM.
The winner, Hannah, will represent the University at the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition in Brisbane later this year and will receive $5,000, for research-related expenses with thanks to the major sponsor, UniBank.
First place - $5,000
Hannah May Brown
A new APProach to nutrition education in pregnancy
Second place - $2,000
Chip off the old block: Multigenerational impact of paternal acrylamide exposure
Third place - $1,000
Andreas Kromik Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (Mechanical Engineering)
Metallic glass – driver of the future
People’s choice award
ECM1 – A novel link between inflammation and cardiac fibrosis