Last time IC spoke to Natasha Hurley-Walker she had just completed the world’s most extensive radio astronomy survey of the universe, producing a catalogue of more than 300,000 galaxies, containing countless stars.
It now looks as though Dr Hurley-Walker is on the fast track to becoming a star, herself.
The early-career research fellow from the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy was officially recognised yesterday as one of the brightest science communicators in the country when she was selected in the ABC RN and UNSW’s 2018 Top 5 scientists initiative.
Top 5 aims to give emerging scholars the media skills they need to best share their specialist knowledge with the general public and includes a two-week boot camp at Aunty’s Sydney HQ next month.
ABC science editor Jonathan Webb has been to the Murchison Widefield Array, where Dr Hurley-Walker completed her galactic survey, and said he was “thrilled” about her Top 5 selection.
“Previous winners have co-presented ABC podcasts, appeared on Catalyst and presented iView series,” Dr Webb said.
“We’re trying to establish a new generation of science spokespeople and role models and Natasha definitely belongs among them.”