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Published on 22 May 2014

Hot brains, young drinkers, homework stress and smart phones all hit the headlines when a University of the Sunshine Coast researcher was invited to share his expertise with regional media.

USC Associate Professor in Education Michael Nagel was one of eight scientists from around the nation to be chosen for the Australian Science Media Centre’s Scientist in Residence program earlier this year.

He was selected for his expertise in child and adolescent development issues and his ability to communicate science in a way that engaged the public.

Dr Nagel said his residency with the APN Group (publishers of the Sunshine Coast Daily) was an excellent opportunity to share USC research into education and psychology.

“It was good to work with the Daily’s news team,” Dr Nagel said.

“It was fascinating to see how the media operates and to work with journalists through the process that develops an idea into a published news story.”

Dr Nagel said the residency was an effective way to take a healthy discussion of important issues out into the wider community.

“We brainstormed ideas for articles relating to child and adolescent development that we knew would engage the community and generate interesting debate,” he said.

Topics addressed during the residency included: children’s reliance on technology, how hot classrooms affect brain function, the benefits of school uniforms, and raising the legal drinking age.

Sunshine Coast Daily Editor-in-Chief Darren Burnett said the news stories were well received by readers.

“We were rapt with the residency,” Mr Burnett said.

“Mike provided us with excellent expert comment on several stories. He is an invaluable source and stories featuring his expert comments were very well read in print and online.”

As well as being published in the Sunshine Coast Daily, the stories generated during Dr Nagel’s residency appeared in APN Group newspapers from Gladstone to Coffs Harbour.

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