By Hamish Clark
What does science have to say about zombies? And why do we need to sleep? Springwood and Winmalee Neighbourhood Centres are inviting all Blue Mountains residents to the next Science at the Local event at Springwood Sports Club on Sunday 24 July from 2:30 pm.
First, Dr Luke Hesson, a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Australia and a Senior Genetics Scientist at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology will discuss the science of zombies. By day, Luke is a cancer researcher and geneticist with over 50 publications investigating genetics of bowel cancer. By night, he is a zombie fanatic determined to survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Then, Dr Kerri Melehan, a sleep scientist who works at the Royal Prince Alfred Sleep Unit and Sydney University will talk about why all animals, including humans, sleep. Kerri has studied sleep for almost 20 years, and her talk will uncover many of the known functions of sleep, including the effects on hormones, memory, growth, and also some of the new understanding of sleeps role in brain waste management.
Where: Springwood Sports Club
When: Sunday July 24, 2:30pm – 4pm
Science at the Local is free and presented by the Blue Mountains Science Hub, a regional focal point for science communication and engagement activities in the mountains led by Winmalee and Springwood Neighbourhood Centres.
To get involved, go to www.facebook.com/ScienceAtTheLocal or follow @SciAtTheLocal on Twitter. The initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.
Dr Hamish Clarke is a climate researcher and the co-founder of Science at the Local and the Blue Mountains Science Hub.