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Orthia L. (ed.) (2013) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Book chapters

Orthia L. (2013) Introduction. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 1-11.

Orthia L. (2013) Conclusion. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 289-296.

Orthia L.A. (2013) Savages, science, stagism and the naturalized ascendancy of the Not-We in Doctor Who. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 269-287.

Orthia L.A. (2013) Negotiating public resistance to engagement in science and technology. In J.K. Gilbert & S.M. Stocklmayer (eds.) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and DilemmasOxon: Routledge, pp. 74-90.

Orthia L.A. (2012) Science Fiction. In R. Gunstone (ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer, online. Print version forthcoming 2014.

Journal papers

Donkers M. & Orthia L.A. (2014) Popular theatre for science engagement: Audience engagement with human cloning following a production of Caryl Churchill’s A Number. International Journal of Science Education Part B. Prepublished online 12 August 2014. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2014.947349.

Dobos A.R., Orthia L.A. & Lamberts R. (2014) Does a picture tell a thousand words? The uses of digitally produced, multimodal pictures for communicating information about Alzheimer’s disease. Public Understanding of Science. Prepublished online 27 May 2014. doi: 10.1177/0963662514533623.

Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2013) Communicating endometriosis with young women to decrease diagnosis time. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 24: 151-154.

Orthia L.A., Dobos A.R., Guy T., Kan S.Z., Keys S.E., Nekvapil S. & Ngu D.H.Y. (2012) How do people think about the science they encounter in fiction? Science students investigate using The Simpsons. International Journal of Science Education Part B 2: 149-174.

Orthia L.A. (2011) “Paradise is a little too green for me”: Discourses of environmental disaster in Doctor Who 1963-2010. Colloquy 21: online.

Orthia L.A. (2011) Antirationalist critique or fifth column of scientism? Challenges from Doctor Who to the mad scientist tropePublic Understanding of Science 20: 525-542.

Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2010) Students publishing in new media: eight hypotheses – a house of cards? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 18: 43-54

Orthia L.A. (2010) “Sociopathetic abscess” or “yawning chasm”? The absent postcolonial transition in Doctor Who. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 45: 207-225.

Wilkins C.F., Orthia L.A. & Crisp M.D. (2009) A new species of Pultenaea (Mirbelieae: Fabaceae) from Kundip, Western AustraliaNuytsia 19: 191-196.

Orthia L.A., Cook L.G. & Crisp M.D. (2005) Generic delimitation and phylogenetic uncertainty: an example from a group that has undergone an explosive radiationAustralian Systematic Botany 18: 41-47.

Orthia L.A., de Kok R.P.J. & Crisp M.D. (2005) A revision of Pultenaea (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae): 4. Species occurring in Western AustraliaAustralian Systematic Botany 18: 149-206.

Orthia L.A., Crisp M.D., Cook L.G. & de Kok R.P.J. (2005) Bush peas: a rapid radiation with no support for monophyly of Pultenaea (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae)Australian Systematic Botany 18: 133-147.

Bickford S.A., Laffan S.W., de Kok R.P.J. & Orthia L.A. (2004) Spatial analysis of taxonomic and genetic patterns and their potential for understanding evolutionary historiesJournal of Biogeography 31: 1715-1733.

Orthia L.A., Garrick R.C. & James E.A. (2003) Genetic comparison between Victorian and Tasmanian populations of Prasophyllum correctum D.L. Jones (Orchidaceae). Muelleria 18: 79-87.

Garrick R.C., Orthia L.A. & James E.A. (2003) Genetic comparison of populations of the endangered Gorae Leek Orchid, Prasophyllum diversiflorum Nicholls (Orchidaceae). Muelleria 18: 89-97.

Orthia L. & Brown H. (1998) Women’s autonomous organising and the law: exemptions from the Equal Opportunity Act. Australian Feminist Law Journal 10: 137-146.

Conference papers

Li R. & Orthia L.A. (2013)  Are people inspired by The Big Bang Theory to find out more about science? Results from focus group-based audience research. Proceedings of 4th Annual PopCAANZ Conference, Brisbane, 24-26 June 2013, pp. 248-257. [Peer-reviewed]

Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2009) Motivate students by having them publish in new media: an invitation to science lecturers to share and test. Paper presented at the 2009 UniServe Science Conference: ‘Motivating science undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions’, Sydney, October 1-2, 2009. [Peer-reviewed]

Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2014) Communicating endometriosis with young women to decrease diagnosis time. Paper presented at 12th World Congress on Endometriosis, São Paulo, Brazil, 30 April-3 May 2014.

Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2014) Communicating endometriosis with young women. Poster presented at 12th World Congress on Endometriosis, São Paulo, Brazil, 30 April-3 May 2014. Also presented at the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting, Canberra, 12-15 August 2014.

Orthia L.A. (2011) Cross-dressing blokes can’t reason; man-hating chicks can’t weld: The gender politics of incompetent scientist characters in Doctor Who. PopCAANZ 2nd Annual International Conference, June 29-July 1 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.

Orthia L.A. (2010) “Paradise is a little too green for me”: Discourses of environmental disaster in Doctor Who, 1963-present. Presented at ‘Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe’, Monash University, Melbourne, August 30-September 1 2010.

Orthia L.A. (2010) The ginger temp’s deficient brain: Doctor Who and public engagement with science. Presented at Aussiecon4: 68th World Science Fiction Convention, Melbourne, September 2-6 2010.

Orthia L.A. (2009) Inspiring teaching – inspiring teachers to teach. Presentation to the ANU Festival of Teaching, June 2009.

Orthia L.A. (2006) Boundedness, Relationality and Evolution in Biological Systems. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and Art: “Evolution: Biological, Cultural, and Cosmic”, New York, November 9-12, 2006. Download pdf (40k)

Orthia L.A., Crisp M.D. & Cook L.G. (2003) Mangled Little Boxes: squeezing the Mirbelia group (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae) into a stable genus level classification. Paper presented at the 150 Years Conference: Celebrating 150 years of plant research in Australia, Melbourne, September 29-October 3 2003.

James E.A., Orthia L. & Garrick R. (2002) Comparing Victorian and Tasmanian Prasophyllum correctum. Are they the same species? Paper presented at the Mutual Gains Symposium, Melbourne, October 16-18 2002.

de Kok R.P.J., Orthia L.A. & West J.G. (2001) An investigation into the phylogeny of the Australian endemic genus Pultenaea Sm. (Fabaceae). Paper presented at Legumes Down Under: the Fourth International Legume Conference, Canberra, July 2-6 2001.

Research reports

Coonan E., Orthia L.A., Bloomfield F., Horst J., Pascoe A., Schiffl K. & Axelsen S. (2013) Regular viewing of a television drama series affects responses to science ideologies in it: a focus group-based study of ‘Bones’. Canberra: Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University.

Caulfield L., Coffey B., La Nauze J., Narayan I., Orthia L. & Whitehead A. (2006) Submission to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council River Red Gum Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.

Orthia L., LoCascio A., Neville A. & Neville H. (2003) Grazing and Fire Hazard: A submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Bushfire Disaster. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.

Narayan I., Orthia L. & Barker P. (2002) Barmah-Millewa National Park: Proposal and Briefing Document. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Melbourne Barmah-Millewa Collective.

Orthia L.A. (2002) Evidence from the scientific literature supporting the environmental component of the Yorta Yorta Management Plan for the Barmah-Millewa forest ecosystem. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Melbourne Barmah-Millewa Collective. Download pdf (300k)

Orthia L. (1998) The Stop Violence Handbook. Melbourne, La Trobe University Students’ Representative Council.

Popular media (recent only)

Orthia L. (1 November 2013) The Doctors, the Daleks and the Dangerous to Know: Doctor Who‘s Mad Scientists. Invited presentation to Questacon Science Fiction SciNight.

Orthia L. (23 May 2013) A very good googly – race in Four to DoomsdayDoctor Who and Race

Orthia L. (4 May 2013) Doctor Who – science win or science fail? Invited presentation to the Canberra Skeptics, CSIRO Discovery.

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Orthia L.A. (2012) Ghost Light: Only the mad see clearly. In R. Smith? (ed.) Outside In. Baltimore: ATB Publishing, 406-408.

Orthia L. (20 June 2012) Bad movie science: a snooty pleasure. Science By Fiction.

Orthia L. (May 2012) Why did I publish a paper with undergraduate students about science in The Simpsons? Yliopistolainen, the Helsinki University’s staff magazine, section Top 100, 8.

Orthia L.A. (March 2012) Doctor Who’s mad scientists. People and Science, 23.

Orthia L. (27 January 2010) Queer scientists in television science fiction. Diffusion.
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