Lindy is a teacher and researcher in science communication.
She has qualifications in science communication, history and biology. Her current research projects look at public science discourse in colonial Sydney, and the impact of the television series Doctor Who on its viewers' thoughts and feelings about science.
Prior to discovering science, Lindy spent much of her time researching, writing and agitating in regard to public policy issues, working in student representative and community organisations. Find out more at lindyorthia.com.
Lindy's current research interests are the history of science communication over the past three hundred years, particularly in Australia, and the ideological characterisation of science in popular culture.
- Autumn: SCOM2003 - Science in Popular Fiction
- SCOM1001 - Science Communication 1: Science and Public Awareness
- SCOM3003 - Science Communication Research Project
- SCOM6003 - Science in Popular Fiction
- SCOM7000 - Masters Research Project (for M Sci Com only)
- SCOM8014 - Communicating Science with the Public
- McKinnon M. & Orthia L.A.* (2017). Vaccination communication strategies: What have we learned, and lost, in 200 years? Special issue ‘History of science communication’, Journal of Science Communication, 16(03), A08. *Joint first authors.
- Orthia L.A. (2016) What’s wrong with talking about the Scientific Revolution? Applying lessons from history of science to applied fields of science studies. Minerva, 54(3), 353-373. doi: 10.1007/s11024-016-9299-4.
- Orthia L.A. & Morgain R. (2016) The gendered culture of scientific competence: A study of scientist characters in Doctor Who 1963-2013. Sex Roles, 75(3), 79-94. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0597-y.
- Orthia L.A. (2016) Democratizing science in the eighteenth century: Resonances between Condorcet’s Sketch (1795) and twenty-first century science communication. Journal of Science Communication, 15 (04), A04.
- Orthia L.A. (2016) ‘Laudably communicating to the world’: Science in Sydney’s public culture, 1788–1821. Historical Records of Australian Science, 27(1), 1-12. doi: 10.1071/HR15018.
- Li R. & Orthia L.A. (2016) Communicating the nature of science through The Big Bang Theory: Evidence from a focus group study. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement 6(2), 115-136. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2015.1020906.
- Donkers M. & Orthia L.A. (2016) Popular theatre for science engagement: Audience engagement with human cloning following a production of Caryl Churchill's A Number. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement 6(1), 23-45. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2014.947349.
- Dobos A.R., Orthia L.A. & Lamberts R. (2015) Does a picture tell a thousand words? The uses of digitally produced, multimodal pictures for communicating information about Alzheimer’s disease. Public Understanding of Science, 24(6), 712-730. doi: 10.1177/0963662514533623.
- McKinnon M., Orthia L.A., Grant W.J. & Lamberts R. (2014). Real-world assessment as an integral component of an undergraduate science communication program. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(5): 1-13.
- Orthia L. (ed.) (2013) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books.
- Orthia L.A. (2013) Savages, science, stagism and the naturalized ascendancy of the Not-We in Doctor Who. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 269-287.
- Orthia L. (2013) Introduction. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 1-11.
- Orthia L. (2013) Conclusion. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 289-296.
- Orthia L.A. (2013) Negotiating public resistance to engagement in science and technology. In J.K. Gilbert & S.M. Stocklmayer (eds.) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 74-90.
- Li R. & Orthia L.A. (2013) Are people inspired by The Big Bang Theory to find out more about science? Results from focus group-based audience research. Proceedings of 4th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference, Brisbane, June 24-26, 2013, pp. 248-257.
- Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2013) Communicating endometriosis with young women to decrease diagnosis time. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 24: 151-154.
- Orthia L.A. (2012) Science Fiction. In R. Gunstone (ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer, online. Print version forthcoming 2015.
- Orthia L.A., Dobos A.R., Guy T., Kan S.Z., Keys S.E., Nekvapil S. & Ngu D.H.Y. (2012) How do people think about the science they encounter in fiction? Science students investigate using The Simpsons. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement 2: 149-174.
- Orthia L.A. (2011) “Paradise is a little too green for me”: Discourses of environmental disaster in Doctor Who 1963-2010. Colloquy 21: online.
- Orthia L.A. (2011) Antirationalist critique or fifth column of scientism? Challenges from Doctor Who to the mad scientist trope. Public Understanding of Science 20: 525-542.
- Orthia L.A. (2010) “Sociopathetic abscess” or “yawning chasm”? The absent postcolonial transition in Doctor Who. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 45: 207-225.
- Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2010) Students publishing in new media: eight hypotheses - a house of cards? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 18: 43-54
- Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2009) Motivate students by having them publish in new media: an invitation to science lecturers to share and test. Paper presented at the 2009 UniServe Science Conference: 'Motivating science undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions', Sydney, October 1-2, 2009.
- Wilkins C.F., Orthia L.A. & Crisp M.D. (2009) A new species of Pultenaea (Mirbelieae: Fabaceae) from Kundip, Western Australia. Nuytsia 19: 191-196.
- Orthia L.A., Cook L.G. & Crisp M.D. (2005) Generic delimitation and phylogenetic uncertainty: an example from a group that has undergone an explosive radiation. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 41-47.
- Orthia L.A., de Kok R.P.J. & Crisp M.D. (2005) A revision of Pultenaea (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae): 4. Species occurring in Western Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 149-206.
- Orthia L.A., Crisp M.D., Cook L.G. & de Kok R.P.J. (2005) Bush peas: a rapid radiation with no support for monophyly of Pultenaea (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae). Australian Systematic Botany 18: 133-147.
- Bickford S.A., Laffan S.W., de Kok R.P.J. & Orthia L.A. (2004) Spatial analysis of taxonomic and genetic patterns and their potential for understanding evolutionary histories. Journal of Biogeography 31: 1715-1733.
- Orthia L.A., Garrick R.C. & James E.A. (2003) Genetic comparison between Victorian and Tasmanian populations of Prasophyllum correctum D.L. Jones (Orchidaceae). Muelleria 18: 79-87.
- Garrick R.C., Orthia L.A. & James E.A. (2003) Genetic comparison of populations of the endangered Gorae Leek Orchid, Prasophyllum diversiflorum Nicholls (Orchidaceae). Muelleria 18: 89-97.
- Orthia L. & Brown H. (1998) Women's autonomous organising and the law: exemptions from the Equal Opportunity Act. Australian Feminist Law Journal 10: 137-146.
- Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2014) Communicating endometriosis with young women to decrease diagnosis time. Paper presented at 12th World Congress on Endometriosis, São Paulo, Brazil, 30 April-3 May 2014.
- Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2014) Communicating endometriosis with young women. Poster presented at 12th World Congress on Endometriosis, São Paulo, Brazil, 30 April-3 May 2014. Also presented at the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting, Canberra, 12-15 August 2014.
- Orthia L.A. (2011) Cross-dressing blokes can’t reason; man-hating chicks can’t weld: The gender politics of incompetent scientist characters in Doctor Who. Paper presented at PopCAANZ 2nd Annual International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, June 29-July 1 2011.
- Orthia L.A. (2010) “Paradise is a little too green for me”: Discourses of environmental disaster in Doctor Who, 1963-present. Paper presented at Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, Monash University, Melbourne, August 30-September 1 2010.
- Orthia L.A. (2010) The ginger temp’s deficient brain: Doctor Who and public engagement with science. Paper presented at Aussiecon4: 68th World Science Fiction Convention, Melbourne, September 2-6 2010.
- Orthia L.A. (2009) Inspiring teaching - inspiring teachers to teach. Presentation to the ANU Festival of Teaching, June 2009.
- Orthia L.A. (2006) Boundedness, Relationality and Evolution in Biological Systems. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and Art: "Evolution: Biological, Cultural, and Cosmic", New York, November 9-12, 2006. Download pdf (40k)
- Orthia L.A., Crisp M.D. & Cook L.G. (2003) Mangled Little Boxes: squeezing the Mirbelia group (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae) into a stable genus level classification. Paper presented at the 150 Years Conference: Celebrating 150 years of plant research in Australia, Melbourne, September 29-October 3 2003.
- James E.A., Orthia L. & Garrick R. (2002) Comparing Victorian and Tasmanian Prasophyllum correctum. Are they the same species? Paper presented at the Mutual Gains Symposium, Melbourne, October 16-18 2002.
- de Kok R.P.J., Orthia L.A. & West J.G. (2001) An investigation into the phylogeny of the Australian endemic genus Pultenaea Sm. (Fabaceae). Paper presented at Legumes Down Under: the Fourth International Legume Conference, Canberra, July 2-6 2001.
- Ingles C. & Orthia L.A. (2016) A New Synthesis on the Geology of Middle-earth: Genesis, Orogeny and Tectonics. Canberra: Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University.
- Coonan E., Orthia L.A., Bloomfield F., Horst J., Pascoe A., Schiffl K. & Axelsen S. (2013) Regular viewing of a television drama series affects responses to science ideologies in it: a focus group-based study of 'Bones'. Canberra: Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University.
- Caulfield L., Coffey B., La Nauze J., Narayan I., Orthia L. & Whitehead A. (2006) Submission to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council River Red Gum Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.
- Orthia L., LoCascio A., Neville A. & Neville H. (2003) Grazing and Fire Hazard: A submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Bushfire Disaster. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.
- Narayan I., Orthia L. & Barker P. (2002) Barmah-Millewa National Park: Proposal and Briefing Document. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Melbourne Barmah-Millewa Collective.
- Orthia L.A. (2002) Evidence from the scientific literature supporting the environmental component of the Yorta Yorta Management Plan for the Barmah-Millewa forest ecosystem. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Melbourne Barmah-Millewa Collective. Download pdf (300k)
- Orthia L. (1998) The Stop Violence Handbook. Melbourne, La Trobe University Students' Representative Council.
Popular Media (selected)
- Orthia, L. (23 May 2016) The science issues this election are as old as the Australian media. The Conversation.
- Morgain R. & Orthia L. (19 May 2016) Ahead of its time: Doctor Who's 56 inspiring female scientists. The Conversation.
- Orthia L. (1 November 2013) ‘The Doctors, the Daleks and the dangerous to know: Doctor Who’s mad scientists.’ Presentation at Questacon SciNight.
- Orthia L. (23 May 2013) A very good googly - race in Four to Doomsday. Doctor Who and Race. http://doctorwhoandrace.com/2013/05/23/a-very-good-googly-race-in-four-to-doomsday/
- Orthia L. (4 May 2013) Doctor Who - science win or science fail? Presentation to the Canberra Skeptics, CSIRO Discovery.
- Orthia L.A. (2012) Ghost Light: Only the mad see clearly. In R. Smith? (ed.) Outside In. Baltimore: ATB Publishing, pp. 406-408.
- Orthia L. (20 June 2012) Bad movie science: a snooty pleasure. Science By Fiction. http://sciencebyfiction.net/archives/film/bad-movie-science-a-snooty-pleasure/
- Orthia L. (May 2012) Why did I publish a paper with undergraduate students about science in The Simpsons? Yliopistolainen, the Helsinki University’s staff magazine, section 'Top 100', 8.
- Orthia L. (27 January 2010) Queer scientists in television science fiction. Diffusion. http://diffusion.weblogs.anu.edu.au/2010/01/27/queer-scientists-in-television-science-fiction/