A long-standing University of Waikato academic and science communicator has been named an Honorary Fellow of the University.
Dr Alison Campbell, who is fondly known as the “skull lady” by high schools in the region, received her award at a ceremony last night held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley, says Dr Campbell has demonstrated a high level of dedication to her field during her time at the university.
“Her promotion and communication of the discipline of science, and her service to the University and wider community, are the reasons why she is being honoured with this award.”
Dr Campbell has served the University of Waikato for 23 years in her capacity as Senior Tutor, then Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, as Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) for Science Engineering, as a University Council member and as a Faculty representative on many of the University’s committees.
In the wider community, she has been an advocate for science, encouraging those outside academia to engage in scientific investigation and using science to explain topical health issues.
“While my qualifications are from Massey, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato has been ‘my’ University for a long time now, and I’ve always valued its support and encouragement for my outreach activities,” says Dr Campbell.
“It’s an enormous honour to receive this award, and I’m so happy to be continuing my association with the University.”
Dr Campbell is well known for promoting science to community groups and schools. She established Café Scientifique in Hamilton and reaches a wide audience with the Sciblogs-syndicated blog, Bioblog.
Dr Campbell was an organiser of the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad program, has judged the Waikato region KuDos Awards, contributed year on year to the University’s participation at Fieldays and has been a keen supporter of women in science.
She has been a peer reviewer for journals in science education research, has worked on the secondary school national science curriculum and assessment, and has been a reviewer of science programmes for other New Zealand universities. She remains a member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.