Category Archives: Social

Dinner at Parliament House

Fresh off a plane from the US, Jess and I travelled to Canberra for the Fulbright Dinner at Parliament House. We celebrated the 2013 Scholars and caught up with past US and Australian Fulbright recipients. Unfortunately, it was the day of the Labor leadership spill, so Prime Minister Gillard didn’t make it to dinner, but it was great to chat to US Ambassador Bleich again. Here’s some of what he had to say:

“The Fulbright Program was the first treaty between our nations, even before our ANZUS Alliance. And Fulbright’s spirit remains the bedrock of our relationship. We are bound by common values. In a world with billions of people, there will never be enough laws, or guns, or fences, or bombs to keep us secure. It is the social ties – the faith that other people value their lives and their children and want peace just as we do – on which humanity’s future rests. These things are not legislated – they are formed through what Fulbrighters do – the thousands of interactions and tender connections among people.”

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Welcome Reception for Consul-General Karen Lanyon

I attended the Welcome Reception for LA’s incoming Consul-General, Karen Lanyon, at the Official Residence just off Sunset Blvd. Lots of interesting people, including those Aussies making it big in the US! It was also a night for celebration, with the announcement that Australia had won a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Click for more.

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Best Presentation at 21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences

I attended the 21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences in Hobart, Australia where I gave the Fingerprint Discipline Keynote, “Evidence for Expertise and Accuracy in Fingerprint Identification.” I took out the Best Oral Award and was given a few goodies at the conference dinner. My colleagues, Gary Edmond, Kristy Martire, and Glenn Porter, also won awards. On the social side, we were treated to a reception with the Governor of Tasmania, Peter Underwood AC, and an awesome masquerade ball at the Museum of Old and New Art. Click for more.

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European Academy of Forensic Science Conference 2012

I attended at the the 6th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice, The Netherlands. I presented, “Evidence for Expertise in the Matching Performance of Human Fingerprint Examiners.” In addition to the scientific program, we enjoyed some time at the beach, dinner in a beautiful church, and a visit from Queen Beatrix. Click for more.

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Drinks at the US Embassy

Ambassador Bleich hosted the annual Fulbright reception at the Residence in Canberra and Jason Tangen and I went along. I met the Afghan Ambassador—Nasir Ahmad Andisha (also a Fulbright Scholar)—and the US Ambassador—Jeffrey L. Bleich—and lots of other impressive (though mostly grey-haired!) people. The Australian-American Fulbright Commission and Program is marking it’s 62nd Anniversary. Signed in 1949, it was amongst the first treaties signed between Australia and the U.S.

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Invited talks at UC Irvine and U Lethbridge

I was invited to speak at the University of California, Irvine—by Associate Professor Simon Cole—and the University of Lethbridge in Canada—by Professor John Vokey. I was then treated to dinner by Professor Elizabeth Loftus. Beth is best known for her pioneering work on the misinformation effect and the implications for eyewitness testimony. Loftus sits half way down a list of the 100 most influential researchers in psychology of the 20th century (just below Posner and Broadbent). Click for more.

 

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