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Under the Microscope

University of Melbourne academics and researchers have experienced much on some amazing journeys – and share them here.

  1. 2 June 2017 – Art, Sculpture, Teaching, Victorian College of the Arts

    Laura Woodward: The power of public art

    Dr Laura Woodward, an award-winning kinetic sculptor and artist at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, explains becoming an artist.

  2. 24 March 2017 – Engineering, Sanitation, Wastewater, Water, Water Management

    Taking the sludge out of wastewater

    Finding better ways to separate liquids from solids when treating wastewater means the costs of sanitation can be reduced, making it globally available.

  3. 9 March 2017 – Competition Law, Stolen Generations

    From the bar to the supermarket: Life as a competition lawyer

    Working on the Stolen Generations case was "life transforming" for former Barrister and competition law expert Professor Caron Beaton-Wells.

  4. 12 January 2017 – Civil War, Conflict, Education, Languages

    Using education to create cohesion from conflict

    Professor Joseph Lo Bianco learned at a young age how language could divide communities. He now uses it to help opposing sides in conflicts find common ground.

  5. 20 December 2016 – Authors, Children, Parenting, Wellbeing

    It takes two to write and laugh

    Sisters Lisa Gibbs and Bernadette Hellard have found fun and success in writing children's books that aim to build the resilience of younger readers.

  6. 27 October 2016 – Mindfulness, Psychology, Social Media, Wellbeing

    Positive psychology much more than ‘Happyology’

    Lifelong wellbeing is determined more by our patterns of behaviour over a trajectory rather than by any particular critical event.

  7. 24 October 2016 – Big Data, Disease, Global Health, Mortality

    Saving lives by counting deaths

    Professor Alan Lopez says big data can revolutionise global health policy as more people die from non-communicable diseases than infectious diseases.

  8. 14 October 2016 – Development, Environment, Frogs, Urban Ecology

    Frogs and the City

    Cities can be more than concrete and glass – they can be places that provide space for native animals and plants to thrive, says Dr Kirsten Parris.

  9. 20 September 2016 – Music, Performance

    Monique diMattina: ‘I wanted to be the best jazz piano player ever’

    Singer/songwriter, radio personality and in-demand session pianist Monique diMattina discusses her life and upcoming performance at the Big Blowout festival.