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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. 12 October 2017 – Birth, Cognitive Development, Education, NAPLAN, Pregnancy

    When economists have babies

    After both his children were born via C-section, University of Melbourne researcher Dr Cain Polidano investigated how caesarians impact cognitive development.

  2. 27 July 2017 – Alcohol, Beer, Brewing, Dookie, Viticulture

    How a longing for ‘real beer’ turned a hobby into a career

    University of Melbourne students can study the art and science of beer brewing, thanks to a passionate lecturer who brews his own English-style ales.

  3. 12 July 2017 – Autism, Behaviour, Education, Schools, Teaching

    Struggling in school: Helping every student learn

    Dr Shiralee Poed from the University of Melbourne has spent her career in special education. She now focuses on supporting students with behavioural issues.

  4. 10 July 2017 – Agribusiness, Agriculture Technology, Dairy, Robotic Dairy, Robotics

    Meet the cow whisperer

    The University of Melbourne's own cow whisper is Kenny Oluboyede who oversees the award winning research robotic dairy at Dookie in rural Victoria.

  5. 16 June 2017 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Closing The Gap, Indigenous, Indigenous Health

    A rolled gold genius

    The University of Melbourne's Professor Ian Anderson's determination and upbringing has earned him the Order of Australia for his service to Indigenous Affairs.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.