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Three Minute Thesis Final 2016

The Three Minute Thesis final was held at the University of Newcastle (UON) on Wednesday 20 July.

15 finalists had battled through the faculty heats to make it to the fiercely competitive final.

The finalists had just three minutes to capture an audience’s attention and explain their thesis research. In front of a capacity audience, and led by Master of Ceremonies Professor Lucy Johnston, Dean of Graduate Studies, the finalists informed and inspired the crowd.

Topics ranged from Aboriginal knowledge and its links to social justice and mathematics to self-driving cars and Council regulation of festivals, concerts and markets.

The judge’s (Mr Todd Williams, Professor Liz Burd, Sharon Grierson MP) deliberations were extensive, but the winners were finally presented by Professor Kevin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

The winners were:

Chloe Goldsmith took out first place with her fascinating insight into a potential pancreatic cancer treatment. Noting that around half of cancer treatments are taken from nature, Chloe has been examining the potential of Oleuropein, an olive leaf biophenol with anti-pancreatic cancer activity.

Chloe received $5000 for research-related expenses and a fully-paid trip with their supervisor  to attend the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition at the University of Queensland on 30 September 2016.

The Runner-up was Lucy Bryant who received $2000 for research-related expenses. Lucy’s 3 minutes were spent exploring aphasia, a condition where people are lost for words. Her research aims to help reduce the isolation experienced by sufferers?

Third prize was won by Mieko Omura who received $1000 for research-related expenses. Mieko examined what happens when silence is NOT golden – and when a lack of assertiveness by nurses can lead to a patient’s death. Her research aims to reduce silence in such situations and hence reduce unnecessary deaths

Master of Philosophy/Pre-Confirmation Candidates:

The winner of this division was Anne Hermann who won $2000 for research-related expenses and she also took out the people’s choice prize of a $150 Co-Op Bookshop gift voucher. Anne spoke about the importance of cancer patients feeling supported to make informed decisions and how this can be achieved.

First prize - Chloe Goldsmith

Second prize -Lucy Bryant

Third prize - Mieko Omura

Master of Philosophy/Pre-Confirmation Candidates:

Anne Hermann

View all our 3MT finalists at the University of Newcastle's YouTube page.

The 2016 UON 3MT finalists were:

Anne Herrmann: PhD Behavioural Science - Faculty of Health & Medicine "Decision Support in Healthcare. How can we help someone like Mary?"

Sinead Francis-Coan: PhD Leisure and Tourism - Faculty of Business & Law "Exploring Land Use Conflict"

Hao Qin: PhD Civil Engineering - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment "Risk Assessment and Mitigation for Australian Housing under Extreme Winds"

Amber Hughes: PhD Education - Faculty of Education & Arts "Aboriginal knowledges, Social justice and mathematics: Exploring the realms of possibility"

Rahul Thakur: PhD Food Science - Faculty of Science & Information Technology "Edible films and coatings for improving postharvest quality of horticulture produce"

Asif Shah: PhD Physics - Faculty of Science & Information Technology "Storm Time Energetic Particles and Satellites"

Angelica Quatela: PhD Nutrition & Dietetics Faculty of Health & Medicine "Is regular breakfast cereal consumption an effective strategy to prevent diabetes?"

Haleh Allameh Haery: PhD Mechanical Engineering - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment "Perlite-based foam composites"

Clare Weeks: PhD Fine Art - Faculty of Education & Arts "Illness narratives: experiencing and expressing body and self"

Chloe Goldsmith: PhD Food Science - Faculty of Science & Information Technology "Oleuropein, an olive leaf biophenol with anti-pancreatic cancer activity"

Joel Ferguson: PhD Electrical Engineering - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment "Control of self-driving cars"

Kylee Brand: PhD Accounting & Finance - Faculty of Business & Law "Corporate Governance and the Extent and Quality of Corporate Internet Disclosures"

Mike Omura: PhD Nursing - Faculty of Health & Medicine "Is silence golden?"

Garry O’Dell: PhD Leisure & Tourism - Faculty of Business & Law "What, Which, Whose My Rules? Local Council Regulation of Festivals, Concerts and Markets"

Lucy Bryant PhD: PhD Speech Pathology - Faculty of Education & Arts "Lost for worlds… A problem in isolation"

If you would like to view more Three Minute Thesis Finalists from this year and previous years, these are available on the University of Newcastle's YouTube page.

For more information on the competition please see our Three Minute Thesis webpage.

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