A new modelling tool gives a better understanding of how effective welfare payments are, write Associate Professor Ben Phillips and Professor Matthew Gray.
Alexandra Catling indulges in her passion for scientific research on a trip to south east Asian forests. And discovers leeches.
A passion for gender equity brought two eminent people together to deliver this year’s inaugural Foundation Day lecture – former ANU Chancellor Emeritus Professor Peter Baume AC and ANU Alumna of the Year Dr Susan Ryan AO. Here are edited extracts of their speeches.
Her career has taken her far and wide around the world, not following a typical path. Ross Peake reports.
Dr Jodie Ward, BSc (Hons) ’03, PhD ’07, discusses her path from a childhood fascination with zoology to leading the way in DNA identification for missing persons. Eva Medcalf reports.
Dr Matthew Brookhouse, BSc (Forestry) ’97, PhD ’08, loves to peer back through time by examining the growth rings from trees. Yes, he’s a dendrochronologist. And he’s made an amazing discovery about a Henry VIII portrait. Ross Peake reports.
Amy Chin-Atkins, BSc ’92, PhD ’98, and David Atkins, BSc ’93, EMPA ’18, PhD ’98, began dating when they were studying science.
Dr Liz Allen, M SocRes ’08, PhD ’15, is a demographer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. Here she reflects on an important day in her career and the nation’s history.
When ANU student Thomas Larkin travels to New Britain, he discovers his research can make a real difference to the local economy.
In this lecture, delivered at ANU, Dr Virginia Marshall poses the question: Are Australia's frameworks, laws and policies robust enough to ensure Aboriginal communities can exercise cultural and economic control in light of the principles of self-determination? Here is an edited extract of her speech.
India’s foreign policy elites are grappling with a wide array of strategic challenges as the country’s power rises, writes Dr David Brewster, PhD ’10.
Richard and Celia Anderson, BA ’13, met when he was an exchange student from the UK and they were both on the Burton and Garran Hall residents' committee. After a long-distance relationship, visa application process and two weddings, they recently gave up a smashed avocado lifestyle to buy their first house together.
Following a 40-year fascination with the political situation in Afghanistan, Professor William Maley AM has released his third book on the country, Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding. The book explores the difficult task of statebuilding after severe disruption, and seeks to identify what has gone wrong and why.
ANU archaeologist Dr Catherine Frieman recently excavated an untouched Bronze Age barrow near the town of Looe in south-east Cornwall. The project was a huge success, with the discovery of an intact 4000-year-old human cremation. Her 14-day dig was the first time such a site in the area had been excavated to modern archaeological standards. Here she reflects on a typical day in the field, when the team discovered a jar that is definitely not prehistoric.
She has devoted her career to plant science and won worldwide recognition for her research. Natalia Bateman-Vargas reports.
Isabel Mudford, BA (Hons) ’16, reflects on the success of a retreat to build networks among young queer people.
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is an annual meeting of some of the most influential people in the world. From CEOs and heads of state to social entrepreneurs and academics from leading universities, the meeting brings together diverse individuals and organisations to discuss global challenges and make concerted efforts at ‘improving the state of the world’.
Andrew Harper AO, BA ’87, ANU International Alumnus of the Year 2018, is Head of Programs for the UN Refugee Agency in Geneva, overseeing the agency’s refugee camps. He has dedicated his career to helping refugees and those suffering in the face of natural disasters, including leading the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan. Andrew’s sister, Virginia Harper, shares her perspective on the impact the boy from a sheep farm in Wagga has had on the world.
Policies on the Murray-Darling Basin have cost Australian taxpayers billions. Quentin Grafton and John Williams ask, where did the money go and what did taxpayers get in return?
Jessa Rogers, PhD ’18, has a passion for education and its role in the empowerment of Aboriginal women. In the keynote speech to this year’s Commencement, she told students and staff about the challenges in her life and how they made her strong. Here is an edited extract of her speech.
Jacqueline Bian, MBus ’11 and Mark Ma, MFinMgt ’11 first met as international students from China studying at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE). Today, they are not only happily married but are business partners in their translation company WordsTalk.
This year has been frenetic for Deputy Head of the ANU School of Sociology Dr Gavin J D Smith. Here he reflects on a typical day in the life of a snake-catching sociologist.
These days the former ANU students have a small farm in Gippsland that’s ‘mostly wombats’.
The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD, MA ’74, Dr h. c. ’17 has had a remarkable career advancing equal opportunity legislation and policies for women as well as the rights of older Australians. She was the first woman to hold a cabinet post in a federal Labor government and Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner. In recognition of her achievements she has been awarded the 2018 ANU Alumna of the Year.