Battle of the Brains

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU College of Business & Economics, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science, ANU College of Law, ANU College of Health & Medicine and ANU College of Science

Head to Battle of the Brains and help decide which academic discipline reigns supreme. Seven of our brightest representing the primary academic areas at ANU, will each have four minutes to convince you why their discipline rules. Professor Marnie-Hughes Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will referee. Don't miss this entertaining battle of words and the opportunity to cast your vote. 

The following academics will be representing their academic areas:

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Jason Payne is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at ANU. He holds a Bachelor in Social Science (Criminology), a Graduate Diploma in Languages (Japanese), a Master of Public Policy (Policy Analysis) and PhD in Criminology. Jason specialises in quantitative criminological methods, developmental and life-course criminology and drugs and crime. 

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Dr Meera Ashar is a Lecturer at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. She is also the Deputy Director of the South Asia Research Institute (SARI) and the Secretary of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA). Meera's research interests lie at the intersection of history, political theory and literary studies. Her work addresses questions about identity, self-representation, colonialism and postcolonialism. 

ANU College of Business and Economics

Dr Emma Schultz is Deputy Director (Research) and a Senior Lecturer in Finance within the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics. She holds a PhD in Finance and a Bachelor of Commence with First Class Honours in Finance. Emma has undertaken research in a number of areas, with her interest centred on issues in corporate finance, capital structure, corporate governance and dividend policy.  

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Steve Blackburn's research interests are centered on the challenge of making software run faster and more power-efficiently on modern hardware. His primary interests include: microarchitectural support for managed languages, fast and efficient garbage collection, and the design and implementation of virtual machines. 

ANU College of Law

Elizabeth Lee is a Lecturer at ANU Legal Workshop teaching in the areas of professional legal skills, civil litigation practice, commercial practice and the Legal Aid Clinic. Elizabeth's research interest areas focus on simulation and technology in professional legal education and wellbeing in the legal academy (law students and law teachers) and the legal professio

ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Dr Sophie Lewis is a climate scientist interested in understanding climate change and variability, in the past, present and future. She is currently working on several research projects focusing on the attribution of extreme climate events, the evaluation of climate models and reconstructing past climatic change. 

ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Science

Dr John Debs research works towards improving the performance of atom-based inertial sensors, for potential applications in inertial navigation, geodesy, and resources exploration. His research interests include the production and studies of atom-lasers and their use in atom interferometers; the application of atom interferometers to inertial sensing and to fundamental tests such as the universality of free fall; and inquiry-based teaching methods to enhance, motivate, and inspire student learning.