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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. 31 May 2018 – Acting, Drama, Opera, Performance, Theatre

    The Crucible reborn

    Theatre director and University of Melbourne alum Adena Jacobs explains her modern take on The Crucible and looks forward to her UK operatic directorial debut.

  2. 30 May 2018 – Drama, Performance, Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts, Writing

    Putting cross-cultural stories centre stage

    University of Melbourne masters student Kim Ho has won the prestigious Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for his play Mirror’s Edge - set near Lake Tyrrell.

  3. 4 May 2018 – Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Antarctica, International, Women In Science

    If we could talk to the animals

    Animals, like people, are more productive when they are treated well; a University of Melbourne researcher finds it also benefits the people who work with them

  4. 27 April 2018 – Art, Ballet, Choreography, Dance, Victorian College of the Arts

    At the cutting-edge of choreography

    University of Melbourne choreographer Gideon Obarzanek began dancing as a teenager, but it's his work as a choreographer that he's most proud of.

  5. 11 March 2018 – Chemistry, Feminism, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Women, Women In Science

    Trailblazing for women in science

    The University of Melbourne's Frances Separovic was Victoria's first female chemistry professor and has now been included on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

  6. 15 December 2017 – Aboriginal, Architecture, Design, Indigenous, Urban Design

    Connecting to country through architecture

    Jefa Greenaway is an architect and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, who is passionate about integrating Indigenous knowledge with architectural practice

  7. 29 November 2017 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Education, Higher Education, Indigenous, Sciences

    Expanding young, indigenous, scientific minds

    University of Melbourne volunteer and mentor Adriana Zanca talks about working with young indigenous scientists towards an exciting future.

  8. 3 November 2017 – Academics, Antarctica, Climate Change, History, United States

    The winding road to Yale

    University of Melbourne PhD candidate Emma Shortis is the first University of Melbourne student to receive the prestigious Yale Fox International Fellowship.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.