Maths and Science Ambassador a perfect post for Adam Spencer

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Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer has been appointed as the University of Sydney's Mathematics and Science Ambassador, the first time such a role has been created at an Australian university.

Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney said, "Adam's rare blend of media expertise and maths and science knowledge makes him the perfect choice for this role.

"A first-class honours graduate in pure maths from the University of Sydney, he has gone on to have a varied and successful career, while always maintaining his curiosity and excitement about maths and science.

"He has a deep appreciation of their relevance to every aspect of our lives and of why it is essential that we keep students interested in these areas throughout their education."

The Dean made the official announcement in February at the national Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME) conference, hosted by the University of Sydney.

The event addressed the concern of teachers and academics about how insufficient maths knowledge is leaving high school students poorly prepared to pursue tertiary studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"It is fitting to be announcing Adam's position at this conference as he will inspire students to realise both the enjoyment and opportunities maths offers."

Commenting on his appointment Adam Spencer said, "The position of ambassador is a thrill and an honour - my years studying mathematics at Sydney were stimulating and extremely formative. I can't wait to spread the gospel of the importance of mathematics and science education."

"Now more than ever Australia needs to build its knowledge economy and at the heart of this will be mathematicians and scientists. I'll be doing everything I can to encourage talented young Aussies to get on board."

Adam Spencer has been a popular media presenter for almost twenty years, most recently as the host of ABC breakfast radio.

His passion for science led him to host ABC television programs Quantum and FAQ. In partnership with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney, Adam has presented the TV series Sleek Geeks, which combines comedy and groundbreaking science.

The Sleek Geeks are performing a special sold-out live show My Geek Rules at Sydney Town Hall to celebrate the start of the National Science Week 2014.

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