Science and Indigenous education awards

Staff at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga Campus have received awards for their work in science communication and for initiatives in Indigenous education.

Dr Susan Lawler, Head of Environmental Management and Ecology at La Trobe’s Albury-Wodonga Campus, received a University Community Engagement and Partnership award for her work in communicating and teaching biology and evolution to the general public.

Dr Lawler developed and presented a program for VCE Biology classes that was taught to nearly 300 students from 14 schools in 2014, and supported a collaborative program with Tallangatta Secondary College that received $15,000 funding from the NAB Schools First Program.

She is also a regular media commentator and contributor to news website The Conversation. She has written over fifty articles for the website that have reached more than 66,000 readers. 

Dr Lawler said it was vital that scientists shared the thrill of discovery with children, teenagers and the broader public.

‘Scientific literacy becomes more important every year and I want to make it easy and fun for everyone to enjoy stories about science,’ Dr Lawler said.

Dr Pettina Love, Indigenous Student Services Officer at the Albury-Wodonga Campus, received an award for initiatives in Indigenous education.

‘The most exciting initiative was the inaugural La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga NAIDOC Awards that we hosted earlier in 2013,’ Dr Love said. 

‘The awards were an opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic role models that we have in the local Aboriginal community and the amazing work that so many in the community are engaged in every day.’

The awards recognised the staff members’ contributions to achieving the goals of the University’s strategic plan. 

‘La Trobe University values excellence, and these staff members have been recognised for excellence in their diverse fields,’ said Dr Guinever Threlkeld, Head of the Albury-Wodonga Campus.

‘Their effort directly benefits students and makes this campus a great place to study and to work, as well as contributing to the wider community.’

Media contact

Suzi Macbeth, Media and Communications: T 03 9479 5353 | E

Image: L-R Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar, Dr Pettina Love, Dr Susan Lawler.