ESV Team

Mark

Mr Mark McTier
Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Nanotechnology

What are your areas of interest in science? Zoology & Epigenetics

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV? The interactivity of teaching students from around Victoria.

What is an interesting fact about you? Before I was a teacher I was a zoologist.

 

 

Lisa

Ms Lisa Pizzol
Frontiers of Physics, Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

What are your areas of interest in science? I love everything about astrophysics. From the always popular black holes all the way to our marvelous Sun.

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV? I love teaching ESV because I get to meet so many young talented science students who enjoy exploring the universe just as much as I do.

What is an interesting fact about you? Hmm… Most people don’t know that I grew up in the country. In a small town called Wonthaggi (near Phillip Island). I feel so privileged to be able to teach other rural students astrophysics, as this was something I never experienced until I moved to the city.

 

Cameron

Mr Cameron Senn-Sanger
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Biotechnology

What are your areas of interest in science? Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Science enquiry

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV? Meeting students from all across the state

What is an interesting fact about you? My body is full of organic nano-machines that keep me alive 🙂

 

 

Melanie

Dr Melanie Denney
Brainstorm – BIG ideas in Neuroscience

What are your areas of interest in science? Love it all, but I do have a soft spot for chemistry.

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV? I love that we get to share some really exciting and unusual scientific ideas and applications with students that otherwise might not get a chance to hear about them. I also think that it is great that we give the students a range of tools in collaboration that they can take and use in future studies and beyond.

What is an interesting fact about you? I have a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and have worked in labs in Australia, Netherlands, USA and Germany, hence the soft spot for chemistry.

 

Vernon

Mr Vernon Cook
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

What are your areas of interest in science? I am interested in many fields of science!

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV? It is a new medium and gives us opportunities to reach a wider audience, and opportunities to innovate.

What is an interesting fact about you? When I am not doing science or teaching science I enjoy surfing, paddle boarding and swimming with sharks.

 

 

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Ms Lianora Bay
Brainstorm – BIG ideas in Neuroscience

What are your areas of interest in science? I get super excited about anything living, anything to do with rocks, and the history of things. I really like to explore the details of how things work as they are and how they came to be that way. I believe in interdisciplinary science, and enjoy learning more physics and chemistry and how they relate to and enhance my specialist fields.

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV? We get to cover content that we don’t always have time to explore in other classes. We get to practice different teaching strategies due to its online nature, such as the green screen and creating digital discussions. It is often the first time students have come across some of the concepts or ideas, and it’s refreshing to see the varied ways that students approach them; they often respond from different angles to what I expect, and I value that element of risk-taking in their responses.

What is an interesting fact about you? I used to work as an exploration geologist and was able to travel to various remote parts of Australia as well as remotely create structural geological maps of parts of Mozambique in Africa from multiple datasets. I was always very interested in interpreting the history of an area, what had happened and what evidence was there. My next big dream is to travel to Antarctica and make geological maps there.

 

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Mr Luke Bohni
Frontiers of Physics, The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

What are your areas of interest in science? I’m an astrophysicist/mathematician at heart and love investigating weird and wacky ideas like multi-dimensional geometry and the mathematics of magic tricks.

What is the best thing about teaching in ESV?  ESV is a great opportunity to spread the word about the really cool things that are going on in the world of physics and mathematics. I love getting to know new students and getting them excited about the cool concepts and ideas that are covered in our ESV classes.

What is an interesting fact about you? My favourite colour is green which means that I have a strong attraction to using the ESV green screen whenever I can. I am also credited with the discovery/creation of the most important mathematical concept known as Bohni’s Constant. This is currently the number one constant in the world.

 

Mr Peter Palankay
ESV Studio Technician

What are your areas of interest in science? Audio Visual Technology

What is the best thing about ESV? Helping students to learn.

What is an interesting fact about you? I have a passion for music and the arts.

 

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