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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 25 August 2016 – Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Music, Music History, Opera

    Instrumental reward of the harpsichord

    Dr Erin Helyard has been praised as a virtuosic soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor. Here he talks opera, harpsichord and music education.

  9. 15 August 2016 – Film, Geography, India

    Stories from the Indian Himalayas

    Researcher Jane Dyson spent years living and working in a remote, high-altitude village in the Indian Himalayas, and tells the story of its people through film.

  10. 25 July 2016 – Architecture, Community, Design, Environment, Sustainability

    Building a society that thrives, not just survives

    We need to move beyond the concept of sustainability in relation to the built environment, and think about ways our society can not only survive, but thrive.