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06 April 2017

On my desk: Matthew Todd

Associate Professor Matthew Todd promotes online, open source drug research where anyone can contribute to creating molecules that might one day treat conditions like Ebola and Zika virus. Here, he gives us a tour of his desk.

06 April 2017

My favourite: Shila Ghazanfar

Shila Ghazanfar works in the evolving field of statistical bioinformatics which looks for genetic relationships that might give new insights into diseases like cancer. She loves her work. She also loves a few other things.

06 April 2017

Books that changed my mind

She's the Professor and Associate Dean dedicated to advancing gender equality. He's the award winning researcher finding new treatments for a range of brain disorders. Both were influenced by books they read early.

06 April 2017

Dawn of the artificial employee

A tsunami of change is already arriving. Artificial intelligence is now capable of doing desk jobs that were previously safe from automation. The social and economic effects remain to be seen, but is AI what we think it is?

06 April 2017

On my mind: Ranjit Voola

Ranjit Voola has a message for big business. The future belongs to the companies that rethink their single-minded drive for profit, and instead look to developing countries for opportunities to make money, while improving peoples’ lives.

06 April 2017

Devil of a problem

A contagious cancer is threatening to wipe out the Tasmanian devil. A big problem is that the devils are all so genetically similar. Breeding programs and genome mapping are underway, and there have already been surprises.

06 April 2017

The jacaranda we all knew

When it was planted in 1928, no-one could have known that the small, jacaranda sapling in a corner of the Quadrangle would become one of the most beautiful and beloved parts of the University campus.

06 April 2017

Sound with vision

It’s often called the bionic ear, but Professor Graeme Clark first thought of it as the cochlear implant. His invention has now been changing the lives of deaf people for decades, but it faced strong, early opposition from the medical establishment.

06 April 2017

A woman of the world

She used to be an engineer talking to machines. Now Olivia Wellesley-Cole is an aid worker talking to relief organisations, governments and some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. The work can be confronting, but it matters.

06 April 2017

In a class of her own

Donna Loughran is a school principal and one of the most successful and respected teachers in NSW. An unlikely outcome for someone who used to habitually skip school to work in a shop, and failed her year 10 exams.