Tiki Swain's CV

Full name: Tamara Rachel Swain (preferred name: Tiki)
Citizenship: dual Australian and United States

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Educational background, qualifications and certificates

Recent work experience

January 2006 - present Programmes Officer / Presenter, Scienceworks, Museum Victoria, Melbourne
Duties including presenting public shows, education shows, organising and running children's activities, and general assistance with visitor programmes.

July 2005 - present Freelance science writer/communicator, Melbourne
Contracts including conference organiser for the 2005 Users Meeting of the Australian Synchrotron Project, and science writer for media communications company Science in Public. The latter has involved several projects including media release writing, website redesign, background research and newsletter preparation. I am currently assisting them with communications for the Australian Institute of Physics.

Dec 2003 - April 2005 Communications Systems Operator, Fire and Emergency Services Authority Western Australia
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2002-2003 Community friends group representative (volunteer) to the Environmental Liaison Advisory Group of the Town of Victoria Park Council (within the Perth metro area, W.A)
This group held representatives of the major environmental interests in the town - bushland, water catchment, animal rescue, the Urban Weed Council among others - and two councillors with relevant experience and interests. We met monthly to consider environmental issues in the town and what projects the council should be considering, such as the CCC accreditation process or the reduction of plastic bags. We also were kept informed of the progress Councilís Infrastructure/Parks Management were making in the joint metropolitan council recycling station being built, with the opportunity to feed back environmental issues we felt might arise. In particular I represented the interests of Hillview Terrace Bushland, and I did the original legwork preparing possible plant lists for a public campaign to encourage gardeners to plant local natives to cut down on water and fertiliser use. This campaign was run after my time in ELAG.

March 2002 - Dec 2003 Freelance science communicator and technical writer, Perth, Western Australia
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2000 - 2004 Science and mathematics tutor for girls in years 10-12

February 1999 - January 2005 Volunteer Guide at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
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January 1996 - December 1999 Schools Liaison Officer, Department of Applied Physics, Curtin University of Technology
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1995 - 1998 Casual science demonstrator and presenter, Physics Roadshow
Part of a team presenting physics-based demonstrations in schools tagged as having many underprivileged students who were not reaching their potential. The aim was to promote interest in science and physics from years 8 to 12, be that to assist the 12s with concepts in the university entrance exams, to encourage the 8-10s to turn up to class and not truant, or anything else that the teachers felt would assist them.

February 1993 - January 2000 Volunteer producer, production assistant and presenter, Curtin University Radio 6NR
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Recent relevant publications

Professional memberships

Australian Science Communicators and Australian Association of Environmental Educators

Computer packages and software Iím familiar with

Microsoft Office and Word, Wordpad, StarOffice, vi, Netscape, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Lynx, Mutt, various webmail clients, Outlook Express, Frontpage, Lotus Notes. Iím familiar with and comfortable in both Unix / Linux environments and Windows / Dos environments, both text-based and GUI-based. I can write HTML code.

Hobbies, interests, other skills

Local ecologies and environment, plants and gardening, native birds and animals, primitive skills (e.g. survival, tracking, toolmaking), climate and weather, theatre and drama, backstage work, costuming, sewing and clothing design, drawing, painting, the science-art interface, music, singing, dancing, martial arts (particularly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Aikido), travel, languages, vegetarian cooking, science fiction/fantasy, radio, cryptography and codes, Linux/Unix, photography.

Last modified on 19 May 2006
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