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Australia part of international primary health care study

Published in Australian Medicine, 7 May, 2012. http://ausmed.ama.com.au/australia-part-international-primary-health-care-study Australian doctors are being invited to take part in a landmark study using data from 34 countries to enable accurate international comparisons of primary health care systems. Researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Western Sydney are calling for doctors, specialists and other primary … Continue reading

An Interview with Chris Pigram

One of the benefits of being a scientist is that sometimes you get to discover new things and if you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to get them named after you. RSES alumnus Chris Pigram, who is also the current Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia is lucky enough to have done both. … Continue reading

Forcing the Earth into shape

“Whilst we know a great deal about where the tectonic plates have moved, we know little about the forces that contribute to these shifts,” says Giampiero Iaffaldano from the Research School of Earth Sciences. “These forces are responsible for deformation of the Earth’s crust, the rise of large mountain ranges and the seismic behaviour at … Continue reading

It’s not just about socks and sandals

A new blog run by students from the Research School of Earth Sciences is being launched this week. The blog, OnCirculation: it’s not just about socks and sandals, is aimed at encouraging discussion about the Earth sciences in the community and engaging the next generation of Earth scientists, says regular blogger PhD student Kelly Strzepek. … Continue reading

O boy! A gay sex scandal!

Originally published in Woroni Magazine, May 2012 It’s a titillating tale isn’t it? A new Speaker, Peter Slipper, is appointed the chair after a controversial defection from the Coalition. An openly gay man, James Ashby, begins working in his office. As the months go on, Ashby starts to feel like he’s being harassed. He alleges … Continue reading

Food for thought as China’s cities grow

Published in the ANU ‘Environment and Sustainability Fenner Research Highlights’, 2011. The growth of China’s cities is increasing wealth in the country, but it’s coming at a cost. The economic boom is forcing farmers to move aside and make room for city dwellers. Professor Xuemei Bai is investigating the impact of China’s unprecedented rate of … Continue reading

Saving homes, saving lives

Published in the ANU ‘Environment and Sustainability Fenner Research Highlights’, 2011. Bushfires are a natural part of the environment. They have a positive impact on many ecosystems, with plants having evolved to regenerate and reproduce around fire events. However, bushfires can also destroy homes and result in the loss of life. As human population density … Continue reading

An open research environment

“ANU is very open in terms of the research that you want to do,” says Chris McKay. Before coming to ANU, Chris studied a Bachelor of Biotechnology at the University of Wollongong and spent a number of years in the public service. He is now studying his Master of Science Communication through the Australian Centre … Continue reading