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Dispatches from a Dark Universe

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There’s more to the Universe than we can see – even more than we can ever see. I’ll give a tour of the edges of our knowledge of the cosmos, including where the frontiers are, and what might remain unknowable forever. Come for the Big Bang, stay for the possibility of the ultimate destruction of all of reality! This session is being run as part of the Final Frontier Festival, a fiveday celebration of space hosted by the Melbourne Space Program. Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical ast...

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Molecular pathogenesis of Plasmodium liver infection

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The first stage of malaria infection occurs when Plasmodium parasites deposited by an infected mosquito penetrate through host protective barriers to access and infect hepatocytes. Dr Boddey’s laboratory studies functional genomics of Plasmodium infection of the mosquito and human hosts. His laboratory is interested in identifying essential parasite and host proteins that are required for successful transmission to mosquitoes and subsequent liver infection as a potential means to develop inte...

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What It’s Really Like to Live in Space?

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So you want to be an astronaut? From vacuum powered toilets to performing cuttingedge science, to the reality of living in microgravity, this talk will turn your thinking upsidedown. Find out the answers to questions such as Why do astronauts grow taller in space? Why does their eyesight get worse? Find out what astronauts eat, what they might eat in the future and what it is really like to live in space. Lisa Stojanovski is a science communicator currently based in Perth, Australia. She is ...

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Training the Youth to Aim for the Stars

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There is nothing more exciting than your very own space mission – and at Quberider, the team is working to make that dream a reality for Australian youths. By showing students just how exciting and cool science and technology really is, we can show them that the sky is no longer the limit – and that a space mission is within their reach if they choose to aim for it. In this talk, we’ll explore how all the essential modern STEM skills of the 21st century are utilised in the Quberider space mis...

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VCE Winter School: Australian History

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The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce its 2016 VCE Winter School programs for VCE students and teachers. This year we will be offering a series of inspiring lectures, seminars and tutorials in three VCE subjects: Literature, History: Revolutions, and Australian History. We are also offering a new professional study day for VCE Literature teachers for those keen to prepare key texts on the new 2017 syllabus. The program is developed in consultation with VCE experts and examiners, and tau...

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Australia Decides: The inside story on the Australian Election 2016

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Australia finds itself at the crossroads, with huge decisions awaiting the next government. Our panel of top “insiders” can help you make sense of the issues before Australia votes on 2 July. Peta Credlin, Former Chief of Staff to PM Tony Abbott Ben Hubbard, Former Chief of Staff to PM Julia Gillard Barrie Cassidy, Host of the ABC’s “Insiders” program Ellen Whinnett, National Political Editor, Herald Sun Andrea Carson, Lecturer in Media and Politics, University of Melbourne Moderated by N...

My Imaginary Friends

A collaborative, projection event that includes work by VCA Animation, VCA Dance and MCM Interactive Composition students.

Annual Winter School Program Launched

Victorian College of the Arts has just launched its annual 2016 Winter School Program for 15 – 20 year olds. There are courses are available in Film and TV, Music Theatre, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance and are perfect for VCE students. The program takes place on the Southbank campus and early bird discounts are still available.

The Glory that Was Greece: Greek Art & Architecture

This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC. It also looks at how Greek art changed in the 4th century BC and the radical transformations which occurred as a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great, which extended the Greek world over the whole eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Each session includes two 50minute evening lectures with Q&A and a break with light refreshments. Co...

It's a Gas! Dentistry & Cartoons

This exhibition traces the history of dentistry through illustrations and cartoons from Europe and Australia dating from the seventeenth century to now. Themes include fear, relief, pain and vanity. The cartoons come from private and public collections including the University of Melbourne print collection and the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum. It’s a gas! explores the story of dentistry through humour. Come along and laugh out loud. IMAGE: James ‘Jimmy’ Charles Bancks (Australian, 1...

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Thursday, 30 Jun 2016

What's poverty got to do with human rights?

Why it is that the world’s major human rights groups largely ignore poverty, and why the key actors in addressing global poverty, such as the World Bank, insist that human rights are irrelevant to their work. What would the agenda be if poverty we...

Marketing vs Animal Welfare Science: Who's Really Winning in the Free Range Egg Debate?

Recent decisions by egg suppliers in the US and Canada to use only cagefree eggs by 2025 demonstrate the power of public animal welfare campaigns in the 21st century. It also allows these companies to avoid the negative publicity associated with c...

VCE Winter School History: Revolutions

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce its 2016 VCE Winter School programs for VCE students and teachers. This year we will be offering a series of inspiring lectures, seminars and tutorials in three VCE subjects: Literature, History: Revoluti...

Friday, 1 Jul 2016

NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter

On July 4, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will enter polar orbit around Jupiter. It will be a daring encounter in dangerous new territory: Jupiter lies in the harshest radiation environment known. This amazing spacecraft will peer below Jupiter’s swirlin...

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Gender Equality and the Final Frontier

The words “astronaut” and “rocket scientist” still conjure up images of white men for many people, despite the fact that women have played an integral role in both space travel and in space. Sophia will be discussing the often forgotten history of...

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How All of Humanity Can Benefit From Space Mining

Space enthusiasts speak in utopian terms of the benefits for humanity of exploring the Final Frontier. Advocates of space mining speak of trillion dollar checks and riches beyond our wildest dreams. But beyond the rhetoric, how exactly will humani...

What’s Space Ever Done for Me?

You may not realise it, but space technology touches your life every day. From the food on your plate and the GPS in your smartphone to the daily weather report and live global 24hour news, satellite networks and spinoff technologies from space ex...

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Celebrating 100 years of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: Lost planets, Australian Eclipses and warped space

Over the years 1915 and 1916 Albert Einstein presented his magnificent General Theory of Relativity. The product of years of toil, it took expeditions to observe total solar eclipses visible from northern Australia in 1922 to confirm the theory. ...

Saturday, 2 Jul 2016

OzQube-1: The Rise of DIY Satellites

OzQube1 is one of a growing number of a new generation of tiny satellites. It is unique in that it’s being developed in Australia, but not by the government, a company or even a University. It’s a solo project that was conceived and developed by i...

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How Do You Do a Space Business?

Building any business is a difficult, timeconsuming and expensive task. It’s no wonder that 90% of all entrepreneurs fail. And a business for space is considered especially difficult because it is owned by very large established players, not to me...

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The story of Australis OSCAR 5: Australia's first satellite

In 1965 Australia had not built a satellite. That year, a nerdy lot of students from this university asked Project OSCAR, a California group that had built 4 amateur radio satellites, if they could get an Australian one launched. They said "maybe....

The Science of Aboriginal Star Knowledge

Like many Indigenous peoples of the world, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures use the stars to inform navigation, calendars, and social structure. Within their complex astronomical traditions, the properties of stars play an important ...

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The brain and space travel: How does travelling into outer space influence the space between our ears?

Travelling into space and how it influences our minds has been the stuff of science fiction. With extended stays on the International Space Station and plans for colonising Mars on the horizon, it has become more important to understand how our br...

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Monday, 4 Jul 2016

Haematopoietic cytokines and their receptors

Maintenance of the haematopoietic and immune systems are controlled by the secretion of cytokines. Cytokines are small, soluble glycoproteins that initiate an intracellular signalling cascade in their target cells, leading to proliferation, differ...

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Wednesday, 6 Jul 2016

Inside knowledge on research ethics

Savvy researchers know they must think about their ethics applications from the perspective of the reviewing committee. This seminar will provide insight into how ethics committees review applications. Some of the topics covered will include: the...

Taking it to Heart: Exploring Immune Solutions to Curb Rheumatic Heart Disease in Aboriginal Australians

The 10year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and nonIndigenous Australians is one of the most pressing health concerns of this nation. Contributing solutions to closing the gap has been a growing priority at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institut...

Alzheimer’s Disease: the latest research and a search for a cure

In this presentation, Professor Ashley Bush will discuss the research he and his Oxidation Biology Unit are looking at with regards to how key proteins interact inappropriately with metals in the brain to cause oxidative stress in diseases includi...

Take Heart: The Quest to Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic heart disease threatens the lives of over thirty million young people around the world, and is 100% preventable.This provocative documentary lifts the lid on this largely invisible disease. The first peoples of Australasia have among t...

The Dark Frontier

Astrophysical and cosmological observations tell us that the matter described so well by the Standard Model of particle physics is only 5% of the content of the Universe. Another 25% is the mysterious dark matter, which may be provided by unknown ...

Yinga-bul: Stories of a Song Man

Playright, poet, scriptwriter, filmmaker, author and musician Richard J Frankland is a master storyteller, passionately inspiring audiences around the world with his unique voice and strong views. In this special Salon performance he is joined by...

The Thorax and Whole Body Function

The thorax forms the largest region of the spine and trunk and is essential for respiration, while ensuring effective transfer of loads for optimal whole body function and performance. There are multiple mechanisms by which a dysfunctional thorax,...

Thursday, 7 Jul 2016

VCE Winter School: Study Day for Literature Teachers

This year we are also offering a new professional study day for VCE Literature teachers for those keen to prepare key texts on the new 2017 syllabus. We will explore and develop the different critical perspectives and theories required by the ‘Int...

Friday, 8 Jul 2016

Portliness Amidst Poverty: Evidence from India

Much of the health economics literature in India has focused on the pervasive problem of malnutrition and infectious diseases. However, a topic that has garnered considerably less attention is the rising phenomenon of obesity in the country. The p...

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The Discovery of Gravity Waves: The Breakthrough by LIGO

The 2016 announcement of the experimental observation of gravity waves from space is the latest confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory and comes after decades of work developing the incredibly sophisticated observatory. Member of the internati...

Monday, 11 Jul 2016

Closing the gap on indigenous health

Associate Professor James Ward will speak on closing the gap on indigenous health. James Ward is the Head of Infectious Diseases Research and Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in Adelaide and is a le...

Historical perspective of red blood cell and platelet formation

Haematopoietic development in the embryo occurs in a sequential process, during which primitive erythropoiesis and progenitor formation occurs in the yolk sac. Once this first wave of haematopoiesis is established HSCs are then formed; this is a c...

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Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016

Contingent Academic Employment in Australian Universities

Over the past two decades Australian universities have growth substantially, teaching more students and producing more research each year. This has coincided with a shift in employment practices away from secure employment in combined teaching and...

Tracking the spread of malaria in the South West Pacific

Research in the Barry Laboratory is focused on dissecting the genomic diversity of malaria parasites, which is providing insights into transmission patterns, antigenic diversity and the development of naturally acquired immunity in the host. In th...

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Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016

The Glory that Was Greece: Greek Art & Architecture

This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC. It also looks at how Greek art changed in the 4th century BC and the radical transformations which occ...

Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016

It's a Gas! Dentistry & Cartoons

This exhibition traces the history of dentistry through illustrations and cartoons from Europe and Australia dating from the seventeenth century to now. Themes include fear, relief, pain and vanity. The cartoons come from private and public collec...

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