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The University of Melbourne Voice

Issues, views, debate, University news and events, fortnightly

Vol. 6, No. 5, 3 May - 13 June 2010

Cover Story

Our medical future
In a world of ever increasing computer capacity and population growth, a new realm of computational and mathematical methods is being applied to a range of societal issues as diverse as traffic management, flight simulation, drug development and health prevention. By Rebecca Scott.

Live work and play
Work is crucial to our health and well being. Associate Professor Anthony D. LaMontagne looks at means of protecting us from its harmful effects and optimising work’s health-promoting aspects.

Reading recovery for deaf
Deaf children tend to have lower levels of literacy than hearing children, despite a wide range of learning interventions in place in specialist schools and early learning centres, a disparity which tends to carry through to adulthood. Two initiatives from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education are now tackling the problem. Catriona May reports.

Cities fear-free, organic and symbiotic
Three University of Melbourne projects from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning are among those set to showcase what they believe may point to the forms of future cities as part of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. By David Scott.

News

Fruits of the loom
The Founding Director of one of Australia’s most successful arts organisations has been awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Melbourne. By Katherine Smith.

From waste to health
Melbourne researchers have truly applied the old adage ‘waste not want not’, turning fruit by-products into a rich source of antioxidants for human health. Nerissa Hannink reports.

Vale Sir Edward Woodward – a truly remarkable Australian
Around 400 members of the University community, Melbourne legal fraternity and friends and family attended a commemoration celebrating the life of Sir Edward Woodward AC OBE QC, a former Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, who died on 15 April, aged 81 years. By Christina Buckridge.

From the Vice-Chancellor
The Parkville Precinct

Changing role of doctors
Geoff McColl (MB,BS, BMedSc, MEd, PhD, FRACP), Professor of Medical Education and Training and Director of the Medical Education Unit, reflects on the changing nature of our health system and the doctors of the future.

Life-saving drugs to the poor
Every five months, the equivalent of Melbourne’s population dies because they do not have access to life-saving medicines. Professor Doris Schroeder, a Professorial Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, considers possible solutions.

Lab-based nursing PhD – a Melbourne First
Zoe Nikakis talks to Fiona Newall about combining clinical nursing work with laboratory-based research.

Feeding Billions
Food staples with low concentrations of micronutrients cause chronic nutritional problems for people in many areas of the world. Erin Wilson reports on research into the development of new cereal varieties which can provide essential micronutrients that are often lacking in human diets.

Indian Train Journey
Winding through the Indian countryside for several weeks on a train with 400 young people visiting innovative and successful social sector organisations was the summer holiday experience of two University of Melbourne students. Genevieve Costigan reports.

Reviews and Previews

Life inside the Ghetto
Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto, a play about the story of Dr Emmanuel Ringelblum. By Silvia Dropulich

Celebration of Scottish song
Faculty of the VCA and Music - School of Music (Parkville) voice teacher and singer Vivien Hamilton arrived in Australia as an immigrant with her family in 1977, but in her heart holds a special place for her native land of Scotland. Katherine Smith reports.

Religious concerns
While it was not intended as a formal theme religion concerns many of the contributors to the Autumn 2010 Meanjin.By Silvia Dropulich.

Burlesque and Butoh in Trans-mute
Student performers are throwing their bodies and minds into Trans-mute, a Union House Theatre show using Butoh and cabaret. By Katherine Smith.

Knowledge Transfer

Doing more with less
At a time when farmers in the drought-ravaged Campaspe district have voted to abandon irrigation and some have made the decision to leave the land altogether, the University of Melbourne has gone back to the farm to find out the best ways to do more with less water. By Gabrielle Murphy.

Trawling past climate
South-eastern Australia is in the grip of one of the worst droughts in recorded history. A project to improve our understanding of the historical impacts of climate extremes will assist with planning for a hotter and drier future. Gabrielle Murphy reports.

Profiles

Time for change
Women have long been active participants in the Royal Society of Victoria and Professor Lynne Selwood has been elected its first female president. Zoe Nikakis reports.

Alumni

Climate change fight began at university
Ellen Sandell, who jointly won the Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award for 2009, first started acting on environmental issues while studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. She is now Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in Victoria (AYCC).

Roll of honour
Ms Keran Howe, Victorian Women with Disabilities Network Executive Officer and University alumna was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in March. The Honour Roll celebrates and publicly recognises the achievements of remarkable women across Victoria. Ms Howe studied at the University of Melbourne and pursued a career in social work following a car accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury. Ms Howe talks to Emma O’Neill.

Sport

Well orientated
Elite athletes of a different kind will represent Australia and the University of Melbourne at the World University Orienteering Championships this July, reports David Scott.

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