Dr Lindy Orthia

BSc (Hons), GCertHist, PhD, SFHEA
Senior Lecturer

Lindy is a teacher and researcher in science communication. 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 was an activist who spent much of her time researching, writing and agitating in regard to diverse public policy issues, working in student representative and community organisations.

Qualifications

  • 2015 Graduate Certificate in History, ANU
  • 2010 PhD in Science Communication, ANU
  • 2003 Honours 1 in Biological Science, ANU
  • 2001 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), La Trobe University

Professional Awards and Honours

  • 2014 recognised as Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2013 Winner: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2013 Winner: ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2012 Winner: Colleges of Science Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2009 Winner: ANU ResearchFest Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating

 

 

For more information visit Lindy's website.

Research interests

Lindy's current research interests are the history of science communication and the ideological characterisation of science in popular culture. She has two major continuing projects serving these interests.

History of science communication at the time of the invention of science

This project studies diverse aspects of science communication history, particularly in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when modern, western science was invented institutionally, ideologically and professionally.

Publications and presentations so far emerging from this project are:

Ideologies of science in Doctor Who

This project involves ongoing analysis of ideologies of science within the long-running science fiction television series, Doctor Who (1963-89, 2005-present).

Publications and presentations so far emerging from this project are:

Projects

Peer-reviewed

Other

Conference papers

  • Orthia, L.A. (2017) Reclaiming the origin of science for science communication and science studies. Paper presented at Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy & Social Studies of Science Biennial Conference, Wollongong, 22-24 November 2017.
  • 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.

Research reports

  • 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.

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