The University of Melbourne Voice
Issues, views, debate, University news and events, fortnightly
Vol. 5, No. 6, 14 September - 11 October 2009
Walking the regulatory tightrope
No country has escaped the effects of the Global Financial Crisis, but Australia’s regulatory system has lessened pain here compared with that experienced in the US and the UK. David Scott asks whether now that the smoke is clearing, is it time to reform the system all over again?
Piecing it together
We see models everywhere in everyday life – model trains, model houses, art models – that are used as the basis for something bigger – a new home, an amazing painting or even a new transport network. Zoe Nikakis reports on University of Melbourne modelling projects across a range of disciplines.
Caucasus treasures uncovered
Gold jewellery, glass, remnants of a temple and ritually buried human remains – all more than 2000 years old – have been unearthed by archaeologists, including 14 University of Melbourne students and staff, in the Georgian Caucasus. Katherine Smith reports.
There is more to adapting to climate change than just understanding how the climate will change.
From the Vice-Chancellor
The rankings puzzle
New Provost’s Model view
Melbourne’s second Provost brings a commitment to curriculum reform, a love of teaching and research with leadership experience in academia and legal practice.
Way out Westwood
Studying under Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the holocaust, Professor Saul Friedlander, was just one of the highlights of Arts student Natasha McNamara's exchange year at UCLA where she picked up the university’s Teague-Melville-Elliott Essay Prize for superior achievement in undergraduate writing in the humanities.
Innovation with paint
Innovation, ideas and paint were high on the agenda as the University played host to ‘Entrepreneurship Week’ in August, as David Scott explains.
Reviews and Previews
Getting under your skin
For Asialink’s resident artists the experience continues to resonate.
The truth about Mother
The conflict of a mother and daughter unresolved in life finds resolution only in death.
Footy passion play
Emotions run deep in footy fans and a new book by Melbourne academics Dr John Cash and Professor Joy Damousi explains just why.
The psychology of dehumanisation
Why do people perceive others as less than fully human? Professor Nick Haslam found plenty of evidence but little research or theory to guide his curiosity.
PM Editor shock!
Melbourne Commerce alumnus, author and senior journalist at The Australian, George Megalogenis, wonders how PMs Hawke, Keating, Howard and Rudd might have rated had they taken the plunge into journalism.
Melbourne’s a better place
The University in partnership with Better Place Australia will pioneer electric car technology.
Over the moon with India
Much still remains to be done to both widen and deepen the research linkages and engagement between India and Australia says Professor John Webb OAM, Deputy Director of the Australia India Institute at The University of Melbourne
Alumni talent at work
What do Robert Menzies, Judith Brett and Robert Manne have in common? Answer – they all edited Melbourne University Magazine during their time at Parkville.
On the path to success
A stellar 2009 has Marieke Guehrer well set on the path for future success, writes David Scott.
The University of Melbourne in Community Sporting Events
October brings with it two of the most widely participated in community events on Melbourne’s sporting calendar. Whether you’re a runner, a rider or both; there is something to suit your age, fitness and commitment levels.
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