<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Rk4huPV8kVA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">Sign of the Times</h2><a href="/node/2064" class="button">Read more</a>

If you want to learn a new language, the common wisdom says the best way is by immersing yourself in it.  But how do you immerse yourself in a language that isn’t spoken by a majority anywhere? And what do you do if most classes that are available to you are taught by non-native speakers?  That is the situation usually faced by students who want to learn Australian Sign Language, or Auslan.   With an increased demand for this kind of learning, Visions takes a closer look at the Auslan studies being offered to future teachers in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in conjunction with Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.  

3 min 43 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/22ij8YPt9qU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">When Art Meets Science</h2><a href="/node/2044" class="button">Read more</a>

Researchers at the University's Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation are combining art history knowledge with chemistry and physics to conserve Australia's cultural heritage.

Visions explores the emerging field of technical art studies with a close look under the microscope of Arthur Streeton's 'The domes of St Mark's' to examine what that can teach us about art, and its preservation.

2 min 46 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vlkorYu5RDE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">Envisioning Vision</h2><a href="/node/2029" class="button">Read more</a>

Eye tests are an acknowledged and important way for assessing the sight of adults and children alike…but why do we use the tests that we do, and how do they work?

In this special edition of Visions produced by Masters students at the University of Melbourne who are completing science communication studies, we take a closer look behind the scenes of OPSM’s recent “Penny the Pirate” eye-test book for children and analyse the science involved.

3 min 5 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eVUp5hH906Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">Dog Anxiety Study</h2><a href="/node/2007" class="button">Read more</a>

Researchers at the University’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences are working on a measure for dog anxiety.  While anxiety was once useful for dogs as a survival mechanism, in the modern world it can manifest as a dog behavioural problem requiring medication. Visions speaks with Dr Dennis Wormald, an animal behaviourist about the study that is addressing the need for a consistent test that can be compared across clinics and measure canine anxiety. 

3 min 0 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ufg88Q14A6w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">Supporting Sport</h2><a href="/node/1985" class="button">Read more</a>

After numerous years of planning, renovation and development, the University’s new sports pavilion on the main oval was officially opened on the eve of the VAFA football finals by the Hon Alex Chernov AO, Governor of Victoria.

3 min 40 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0bk2GsmtZOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">Indigenous Languages and Linguistics</h2><a href="/node/1969" class="button">Read more</a>

Linguists at the University of Melbourne have been going into Indigenous communities to record and better understand Indigenous languages. One of the languages Associate Professor Rachel Nordlinger has researched is Murrinh-patha, spoken in the Northern Territory community of Wadeye. This language has some unique features that reveal a lot about the community’s shared perspective and experience. 

3 min 14 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1Y81LCtPzNE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">The muscle behind meat science</h2><a href="/node/1950" class="button">Read more</a>

Professor Robyn Warner is a founding member of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Scientific Committee and she solves scientific problems from paddock to plate for the meat industry. Professor Warner and her colleagues at CSIRO and Canada wanted to understand the broad variations in meat tenderness. So they cooked a single muscle fibre (cell) under a confocal microscope and it led to a new theory on muscle shrinkage during cooking.  It has changed the current meat science dogma that it is driven by connective tissue.

3 min 12 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IE1JnmgQAa8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">Thunderstorm in a laptop</h2><a href="/node/1920" class="button">Read more</a>

It used to be that computer models of weather events such as thunderstorms could only be run using supercomputers. But now these kinds of models can be run on the humble laptop. Visions explores this democratisation of weather modelling using the example of a spectacular thunderstorm called 'Hector the Convector', a daily occurance off the coast of Darwin.

3 min 46 sec
<iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dmvu4BhGjoU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">The hype, hope and reality of medical tourism</h2><a href="/node/1911" class="button">Read more</a>

Is medical tourism all that it appears?  

Visions takes a closer look at the trend of people seeking experimental treatments overseas that are currently not approved in Australia. Some of these include patients paying for stem cell treatments for diseases as varied as cancers, MS and Parkinsons. 

Such experimental treatment can be risky with little reward, according to University of Melbourne Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, the Director of the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute and the Centre for Neuroscience Research.

3 min 45 sec
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZJNdfg4uOeU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><h2 class="node-title">The Art of Sport</h2><a href="/node/1894" class="button">Read more</a>

Visions takes a closer look at the fourth iteration of the Basil Sellers Arts Prize, one of Australia's richest prizes.

3 min 34 sec