Using the media to further academic pursuits – Dr Xanthe Mallett

Published 08 October 2013

Xanthe MallettHighly regarded academic, criminology expert and media star, Dr Xanthe Mallett, will deliver a special public lecture at the University of New England this week on how to better utilise the media to progress the academic role.

Most people would recognise Dr Mallett from her leading role in the BBC Television series History Cold Case, or alongside Sandra Sully and Matt Doran in the new Channel 10 program Wanted. In Wanted, Dr Mallett will be using new techniques as yet untested in Australia to assist in finding information on cold cases.

Dr Mallett’s lecture, An academic’s role: Using the media to advantage, will describe how the media can be a strong tool in furthering research goals and sharing the results with a far wider audience.

“Many academics shy away from using the media to reach a wider audience, but used wisely, the media can be our friend,” Dr Mallett said.

“I will share my own experience with the media and discuss how becoming more involved with media outreach can help us achieve our career goals.”

Xanthe began her career in archaeology in the UK, but moved to forensic anthropology, a career change that led her to Australia in early 2012.

Her main areas of expertise are in forensic anthropology, human craniofacial biometrics, behaviour patterns of paedophiles, and the use of the Internet in child sexual abuse.

She is now a Lecturer in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at UNE.

The seminar, jointly run by the School of Humanities and the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, will take place in Lecture Theatre A3, UNE Arts Building from 4.30pm on Wednesday 9 October 2013. Staff, students and the general public are all welcome.