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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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 9 September 2016 – Climate Change, Environment, Geography, Sustainability

    Hope and grief for our environmental future

    Head of the School of Geography, Professor Lesley Head talks about taking a new direction in the fight about climate change

  8. 5 September 2016 – Film, Theatre

    All the stage is a world if you work in theatre

    Matthew Delbridge, Head of Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, talks motion-capture technology and the skills needed by Australia's emerging actors.

  9. 31 August 2016 – Indigenous, Indigenous Performers, Opera

    Come behind the scenes of Short Black Opera

    Deborah Cheetham, proud Yorta Yorta woman and one of Australia's leading sopranos, reflects on the journey her opera Pecan Summer took to the Sydney Opera House

  10. 29 August 2016 – Music, Performance, Victorian College of the Arts

    All we are saying is give beats a chance

    World-renowned drummer David Jones discusses meditation and music in the run-up to his Peace Lounge series of concerts at the Victorian College of the Arts.