Alexandra Clare, LLB ’12, was honoured as the University’s 2019 Young Alumna of the Year for her contribution to humanitarian advocacy through creating opportunities for youth in conflict-affected countries across the Middle East. She is the co-founder of Re:Coded, which runs coding boot camps and creates professional opportunities in the technology industry.
This year Professor Tony Dreise became the first Indigenous Director of the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australia’s foremost research body in this area. He spoke to Adam Spence and Kaya Kaihe* about his new role.
In the 2019 International Women’s Day Lecture at ANU, Dr Sam Mostyn, HonLLD ’18, LLB ’89, BA ’86, spoke about her experiences in maledominated boardrooms. This is an edited extract of her speech.
Theoretical physicist Professor Susan Scott was part of a global effort that detected, for the first time, ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves. The discovery came from the collision of two black holes, 100 years after the existence of gravitational waves was predicted by Albert Einstein. This triumph of physics has led to a new age of space discovery, which will allow scientists to unlock many secrets of the Universe.
Christina Lee, a third-year Law and Arts (Human Rights) student, has already experienced the power of university students to change the world.
Former political journalist Mark Kenny has become a Senior Fellow at the Australian Studies Institute. But he still goes to Question Time. He spoke to Ross Peake about his new role.
Jochen Prantl is researching how countries can wield influence on the UN Security Council.
Indonesian tradition would never have allowed Tony, a Briton, to marry Yohanni, who is a Mingangkabau. Adam Spence reports.
The best known research of Dr Vanessa Pirotta, BSc ’10, is the use of drones to collect whale snot for an assessment of whale health.
Australian musician, environmental campaigner and former Cabinet Minister Peter Garrett AM was awarded an Honorary Doctorate earlier this year. Here is the speech he delivered at the conferral ceremony.
If you enjoy your next visit to the Museum of Australian Democracy, the person to thank is Katrina Power, BA (Art History and Curatorship) (Hons) ’97.
Biomedical Engineer Dr Kiara Bruggeman, PhD ’17, has developed a new type of hydrogel, a material that mimics healthy brain tissue. This new technology could be used in stroke patients to administer drugs directly to the damaged area of the brain. These drugs have traditionally been administered by a permanent needle or canula, which the brain doesn’t recognise. By mimicking healthy brain tissue, the hydrogel allows the drugs to be readily accepted by the brain. Here’s a day in her life.
Alison Alder, Head of the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design, immerses herself in political art.
Australia’s defence policy has always been a tight focus for Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO, although he has approached it from many different angles during his diverse career as an intelligence analyst, journalist, ministerial staffer, senior public servant, think-tanker and academic. He spoke to Olivia Wenholz.
Historian and lexicographer Dr Amanda Laugesen, BA (Hons) ’97, PhD ’01, is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, which is co-funded by ANU and Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand to research Australian English and edit Oxford’s Australian dictionaries. Its main research project is the Australian National Dictionary, a dictionary of Australian words and their origins. February is always a busy time for Centre staff, as dictionary projects are often in their copy-editing stage. Here Dr Laugesen reflects on a typical day in which the search for new words continues.
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.