Science gets snappy at #CDUODay

18-Aug-2017

(From left) Tertiary Enabling Program bioscience lecturers Jillianne Segura and Dr James Valentine will assist theme leader George Lambrinidis in dissecting a crocodile at Open Day on Sunday, 20 August. Photo: Julianne Osborne

(From left) Tertiary Enabling Program bioscience lecturers Jillianne Segura and Dr James Valentine will assist theme leader George Lambrinidis in dissecting a crocodile at Open Day on Sunday, 20 August. Photo: Julianne Osborne


If you’ve ever wanted to explore the inner workings of a saltwater crocodile and live to tell the tale, then look no further than Charles Darwin University Open Day on Sunday, 20 August.

The crocodile dissection, led by Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) lecturers, will return to Casuarina campus this year, with a 1.7m specimen to go under the scalpel at 11.30am. 

TEP theme leader and biological scientist George Lambrinidis, who will conduct the dissection assisted by bioscience lecturer Dr James Valentine, said he hoped to educate people about the strength and power of the predators.

“This event will offer Open Day visitors the opportunity to learn about the biology of one of the most fascinating native creatures in the Northern Territory,” Mr Lambrinidis said.

“We hope a showcase of our work will help to inspire young people to pursue tertiary studies in the fast-growing field of science.”

Closed shoes are compulsory and visitors should register to attend the workshop, which will be held in building Yellow 2, via the Open Day planner at W: openday.cdu.edu.au. 

Open Day will offer a raft of entertainment, workshops and course showcases, including a talk on “Why it’s important to build useless things”, a plant sale in Horticulture, the VET team’s telescopic boom lift, a performance by CDU music students, interactive cooking displays, and Chinese Lion Dancers.

People interested in Information Technology can test their problem-solving skills in the “Defend Your Network” cyber security game. 

IT lecturer Dr Bharanidharan Shanmugam said the aim of the game was to defend a company that is under an increasingly sophisticated cyber-attack and outwit malicious hackers.

“This game is designed to raise awareness, to encourage interaction and to pique interest in the IT security industry that continues to offer new and varied employment opportunities,” he said.

People who register and use the online Open Day planner to scope their day will go in the draw to win a $1000 travel voucher. Visit W: openday.cdu.edu.au or download the CDU Events App (Apple devices only). 

Open Day will run from 10am to 2pm.