Creating Change With University Of Queensland

Group photo of students with Dr Gurion Ang (centre, who is in black outfits).  Dr Gurion Ang delivering the possible education pathways to enter University of Queensland.
On January 24, 32 students in KDU were privileged by the presence of the bubbly and energetic Dr Gurion Ang, a PhD graduate of Biological Sciences from University of Queensland. Championing in the research of insect-plant interactions, Dr Ang shared his day-to-day life as an entomologist. From relationships of behavioural and chemical ecology in the lab to stories of farm visits, students were showered with a wealth of information regarding exciting careers from unconventional pathways in science.

The informative talk that was held in Blackbox, KDU College in Damansara Jaya campus, kick started with an entertaining video featuring the wonder of ecology, agricultural and health sciences. As students were delivered useful information regarding science subjects, they also feasted their eyes on the beautiful light purple flowers of Jacaranda plants.

A highlight on the diversity of University of Queensland was also emphasised as students were exposed with amusing facts on the demographics of international students. Moving on, Dr Ang delivered a segment that debunked the myth of scientists as nerds that are copped up in labs. Instead, students were wowed with the work that scientists do that are directly related to our everyday practicality.

After a series of showcase on the mind blowing sceneries of University of Queensland as one of the most breath-taking campuses in Australia, Dr Ang proceeded to yet another fun segment. Students then had the opportunity to uncover the myriad types of green plants of the cabbage family. From broccoli, bean sprout, cabbages to kale, students picked up the fascinating differences of plants utilisation between Westerners and Asians.

While students laughed gleefully at the Westerners’ approach of focusing on one specific part of a plant as compared to Asians who maximise utilisation on all parts of a plant, they took away the great lessons on the intricacy of plant science. Aside from plants, Dr Ang also revealed his role as a scientist in the contribution of wasps and horses.

The biggest takeaway for all students is perhaps on the fact that everyone gained an understanding on science as a field that is not only interesting but also highly collaborative. As quoted by Ken-G, who is currently a student in A-Level programme, “Never would I have imagined that an entomologist will extend to working with a vet in order to help an ill horse. Hearing that from Dr Ang really made me realise the job of a scientist also largely involves working with people from all walks of life”.

The talk eventually came to an end with another brief session on the job prospects for science graduates from University of Queensland along with sharing on the types of occupations that are required for skilled migration to Australia.