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Melbourne University Visions Video Podcast



A podcast about research, personalities and cultural offerings at the University of Melbourne



 



Supporting Sustainability

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:21:50 +1000

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The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning are working closely with industry representatives to find ways to increase urban greenery in the city.  Visions takes a closer look at the ways in which such greenery benefits society and what barriers exist that prevent it being incorporated more widely as a sustainable element of construction.
Duration: 4 min 3 sec



Teachabout

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:17:34 +1000

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A group of University students have founded Teachabout, a not-for-profit organisation that runs a school holiday program for children in the remote Aboriginal community of Minyerri. Twice a year, the Teachabout team travel to Minyerri to run literacy, numeracy and cultural activities and Visions was there for the most recent trip.
Duration: 3 min 26 sec



Music Matters

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:16:08 +1000

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Can music affect the wellbeing of students in schools?  We look at an innovative program run by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music that's analysing whether music in all classes – not just musical instruction – can help students overall.  
Duration: 4 min 32 sec



Fire and wildlife

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:03:53 +1000

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Bushfire has always been an integral part of the Australian landscape, with many plant and animal species relying on fire for survival.  So a burn near Lorne in Victoria earlier this year, provided a unique opportunity to study the relationship between bushfire, landscape, plants and animals, both before and after fire activity.  The results will help inform habitat and landscape management as well as future planned burn programs.
Duration: 3 min 44 sec



Accelerating Ideas

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:56:51 +1000

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With just a few weeks to go until Open Day, we take a closer look at just one of the many opportunities that exist for students at the University, beyond simply classes, exams, essays and tutorials.  The episode looks at the Melbourne Accelerator Program, a start-up accelerator for staff, students and alumni looking for a hand in developing their idea, and we talk to the founder of Swatchmate to find out how the program has helped his big idea.
Duration: 4 min 8 sec



Venom: fear, fascination and discovery

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:19:47 +1000

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Visions goes behind the scenes of an exhibition at the University's Medical History Museum, "Venom: Fear, Fascination and Discovery".  On display from now through Open Day, the exhibition looks at the power of venom and the quest for a universal antidote against some of the worlds most feared poisons.  
Duration: 3 min 56 sec



Guiding Government

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:37:49 +1000

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Visions visits the launch of the Melbourne School of Government and talks to some of the key players involved in the new School about the future of politics in Australia. This new graduate school will help nurture future political leaders and public servants and provide a platform for informed and independent debate on key public policy challenges.
Duration: 3 min 52 sec



To Russia With Love

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:17:10 +1000

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The World University Games, this year held in Russia, kick off in under a month and the University of Melbourne will have four athletes there.  Selected as part of the UniRoos Australian squad, Barak Mizrachi and Tim Nguyen will be trying to push Australia into medal contention in table tennis.  
Duration: 3 min 42 sec



Perfect Harmony

Fri, 31 May 2013 14:50:48 +1000

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A world-first study launched recently will investigate the genetic basis of singing in twins.  Led by the University of Melbourne and the Australian Twin Registry, the study will explore if it is nature or nurture that most influences whether we can sing a pitch-perfect tune. 
Duration: 3 min 26 sec



Device Predicts Epilepsy Seizures

Fri, 17 May 2013 14:47:00 +1000

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Visions takes a closer look at a small device that when implanted in the brain can accurately predict epilepsy seizures in humans.
Duration: 3 min 27 sec



Tunnel Vision

Fri, 03 May 2013 14:30:35 +1000

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Visions takes a look at The Walter Bassett Aerodynamics laboratory housed in the Melbourne School of Engineering. This is a world-leading centre for experimental research on understanding turbulence in air and water. A wind tunnel and a tow-tank for simulating water movement is providing new insight into fluid mechanics.
Duration: 4 min 0 sec



World first Australian wallaby ultrasound

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:40:34 +1000

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A new international study has shown for the first time the movements of the tiny Australian tammar wallaby fetus in its mother’s uterus - which could shed light on human development and assist in conservation of animal species. Using high-resolution ultrasound, a team of scientists, led by the University of Melbourne and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany, has visualised the developing tammar wallaby two weeks before birth and up to delivery.
Duration: 3 min 47 sec



New Dimensions in Engineering

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:33:12 +1100

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Visions looks into how 3D printers at the University of Melbourne's School of Engineering are bringing ideas to reality, allowing students to design, print and modify product prototypes.  
Duration: 3 min 34 sec



Preparing for Coursera

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:55:44 +1100

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The University is just days away from having its first Coursera offering go live. But how did it get to this point? Visions goes behind the scenes to talk to some of the key players.
Duration: 3 min 55 sec



Green Roofs Growing Research

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:15:34 +1100

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As climate change and growing urban populations place increasing pressure on our cities, Visions takes a closer look at innovative ways we can make our towns more liveable, such as green roofs. 
Duration: 3 min 55 sec



On Country Learning

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:05:15 +1100

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A pioneering University of Melbourne indigenous learning program which takes students out of the classroom and 'On Country' to learn about Aboriginal history and culture is celebrating its 10th year.
Duration: 3 min 46 sec



Creative Artplay

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:44:31 +1100

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Visions visits Artplay at Birrarung-Mar to find children, their parents, educators and practicing artists interacting in fun and creative ways.  Artplay is a City of Melbourne project with input from arts educators from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.
Duration: 3 min 50 sec



Princess Mary boosts twins research

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:33:02 +1100

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Visions celebrates the announcement of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark becoming the International Patron of the Australian Twin Registry (ATR), based at the University of Melbourne, as well as the Danish Twin Registry.  We talk to twin members and researchers at the ATR about the significance of the announcement for raising awareness of the benefits of twins research.
Duration: 3 min 3 sec



Negative Campaign Comparisons

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:31:44 +1100

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When it comes to election campaigning, French politicians get personal and American politicians get nasty.  Visions trawls the web to find the best (and worst) campaign ads from this years French and US presidential elections, and speaks to researcher Dr Jacob Groshek about just how negative politicians are prepared to get in the chase for the vote.
Duration: 3 min 53 sec



She Can Create

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:13:16 +1100

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She Can Create, a program led by undergraduate students from the University of Melbourne, is a series of creative workshops for culturally diverse girls from refugee and migrant backgrounds.  Visions tags along to an animation workshop to see how it all works.
Duration: 4 min 52 sec



Engineering The Big Picture

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:53:47 +1100

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The Melbourne School of Engineering is a world leader in nano and biomolecular engineering and a recent investment in the latest imaging tools is helping researchers achieve high resolution pictures. This advance, powered by computers, is set to fast-track a range of new discoveries.
Duration: 3 min 44 sec



Teachers Tackling Rugby

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:03:57 +1100

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Teachers tackle the finer points of rugby sevens in the latest episode of Visions.  We go behind the scenes of a new project from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education that aims to give PE teachers of the future the opportunity to really test their skills in curriculum development and student engagement, by getting them to develop and implement a program for high schoolers based on the soon-to-be Olympic sport.  
Duration: 3 min 36 sec



How Hip Hop Joins Communities

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:09:16 +1100

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Visions looks at how a team of University of Melbourne researchers harness the power of popular music and dance to test how big screens erected in public spaces can create a sense of connectivity between disparate communities.
Duration: 3 min 7 sec



Common Cold in 3D Motion

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:42:48 +1100

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Visions talks with Melbourne researchers are using Australia’s fastest supercomputer to simulate, for the first time, the 3D motion of the complete human rhinovirus, the leading cause of the common cold. 
Duration: 3 min 15 sec



The Character of Home

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:00:29 +1000

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Landscape architect Associate Professor Ray Green talks with Visions about his work that's looking at the changes growing numbers of tourists and sea-changers have had on Victoria's coastal towns, and how to preserve these towns' unique character as part of new development.
Duration: 3 min 32 sec



Sixty Years of the Law Revue

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:19:46 +1000

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This year marked the 60th anniversary of the University of Melbourne Law Revue and also 30 years since Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitchs' first Law Revue together – the young students who went on to form Working Dog Productions and became icons of Australian film and television.  Joined by Santo, Tom and a collection of other comedy legends, Visions takes a look at how great talent springs from university revues.
Duration: 3 min 47 sec



Seeking the Higgs Boson

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:36:28 +1000

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Visions talks to the University of Melbourne physicists who have contributed to the discovery of a particle similar to the elusive Higgs boson, which could explain the origin of mass and the beginnings of the universe. The discovery was announced via satellite from CERN Switzerland, home of the giant underground Large Hardron Collider, and beamed to the 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics, hosted by the University of Melbourne.
Duration: 4 min 18 sec



Vets in training

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:07:57 +1000

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With the University of Melbourne's 2012 Open Day just around the corner, it's worth remembering that it's not just at the Parkville Campus where students can study for a Melbourne degree.  With over 19,000 patients each year and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in Werribee is an ideal place to train future vets.  Visions visited the Veterinary Hospital in Werribee to meet some of our vets in training.
Duration: 3 min 55 sec



Open Day: preparing students for the future

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:38:53 +1000

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On August 19, thousands of students will descend on the University of Melbourne's Open Day to discuss their future, pick their courses and experience at least part of what uni life has to offer.  But what happens after their University studies are completed? Visions talks to the people in the know about career planning for post uni life, and teaching for jobs that don't even exist yet.
Duration: 4 min 35 sec



Making Doctors for 150 Years

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:38:49 +1000

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This episode looks at two unique programs within the Melbourne Medical School that shape the way our medical students are prepared to for the changing 21st century health landscape. As students begin their training, they are reminded at every point that they are entering medical professions to address the needs of patients and communities. In looking at the present, we also celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne.
Duration: 4 min 1 sec



Combating diabetic blindness

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 08:05:19 +1000

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A $3million partnership between the University of Melbourne and The Fred Hollows Foundation will help reduce diabetes related blindness and combat chronic disease amongst Indigenous Australians in remote communities.
Duration: 3 min 6 sec



Telescopes in Schools

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:22:23 +1000

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A unique outreach program by the University of Melbourne Astrophysics Group in the School of Physics is helping secondary students learn more about the universe and be inspired to study science. The Telescopes in Schools program provides research grade telescopes to schools in the Northern and Westerns suburbs of Melbourne and brings together students, parents, teachers and University researchers in a social and educational setting.
Duration: 3 min 1 sec



Study explains viral video success on You Tube

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:32:36 +1000

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Researchers at the University of have identified a formula to understand why some YouTube movies go viral. More than 130 viral YouTube movies were used for the study to identify why some movies are watched and passed on more than others. Visions takes a look, and speaks to Brent Coker from the Faculty of Business and Economics to explain the theory behind this new holy grail of Marketing.
Duration: 3 min 10 sec



Fair trading on campus

Mon, 21 May 2012 17:05:08 +1000

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The University of Melbourne has officially gone Fair Trade on campus! Visions spoke to some of the people involved in the accreditation process to find out what the move means for the University, consumers and producers.
Duration: 3 min 8 sec



Mesopotamia comes to Melbourne

Mon, 07 May 2012 15:52:44 +1000

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The wonders of ancient Mesopotamia – largely covering modern day Iraq - have gone on display at the Melbourne Museum. The University of Melbourne VISIONS has gained rare access to more than 170 artefacts on loan from the British Museum.
Duration: 3 min 14 sec



Breast Cancer Gene Discovery

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:06:21 +1000

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An international team of researchers, led by the University of Melbourne, has used new technology to fast track the discovery of a new breast cancer risk gene. The finding could assist in the discovery of other cancer risk genes.
Duration: 3 min 22 sec



Farms, Rivers and Markets

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:08:57 +1000

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Visions looks at the Farms, Rivers and Markets project, a major water efficiency study undertaken in the Broken River Catchment and at the University of Melbourne's Dookie campus.  University researchers and their collaborators found innovative ways to use water more effectively, and produced a framework to inform a balance between agricultural and environmental water needs.
Duration: 4 min 4 sec



Turning 40

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:06:37 +1000

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This episode celebrates the 40th birthdays of two of the University's cultural centres - the Victorian College of the Arts and the Ian Potter Museum of Art.  Visions was on hand to see the opening of the Potter's 40th Birthday exhibition Visions Past & Present: Celebrating 40 years, which included the donation of a John Brack painting "The Queen".  And not long after that, the cameras were rolling again to take in the sights and sounds of the VCA's Street Party, which saw hundreds of students, staff and alumni party the night away. 
Duration: 3 min 18 sec



Next Gen Learning Spaces

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:20:40 +1100

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Visions takes a closer look at the work being done around the university on learning spaces.  This episode examines how we can better consider the role of design in education and how technology is just one part of the solution.
Duration: 3 min 43 sec



Testing Taste

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:38:27 +1100

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Visions takes a closer look at a University of Melbourne study currently taking place across a number of Melbourne hospitals that is investigating the influence of chemotherapy on taste function and food enjoyment.
Duration: 3 min 33 sec



Gifted Children

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:44:34 +1100

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A University of Melbourne researcher is using her knowledge of gifted children in their formative educational years to help better inform and teach these bright youngsters. Visions talks to Dr Anne Grant, a former pre-school teacher, who followed the lives of seven gifted children for one full academic year in Melbourne watching them interact and integrate into preschool and prep. She also talked with parents and teachers to gain a full understanding of how gifted children manage and integrate in their first years of formal education.
Duration: 3 min 56 sec



Cool Roofs

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:21:08 +1100

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Want to keep cool indoors this summer?  Maybe you should consider painting your roof white!  Visions looks at new research launched by the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne has assessed the benefits of white roofs and aims to help residential, commercial and industrial building owners determine if white roofs are suitable for their buildings and guide them through the best materials to use.
Duration: 3 min 22 sec



Musical Futures

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:43:20 +1100

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University of Melbourne academics from the Graduate School of Education have been working with the Australian Music Association and Sound House to evaluate the impact of an exciting new music in schools program – Musical Futures.  Visions takes a trip to Trafalgar Primary School in Gippsland to see how it all works.
Duration: 3 min 57 sec



The Chemistry of Art

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:32:42 +1100

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The very different disciplines of art and science have come together on a major new conservation project at the University of Melbourne.  A team from the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and the Centre for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University are working to understand how modern artworks age, and how to best protect them for the future.
Duration: 3 min 54 sec



The Great Unwashed

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:10:10 +1100

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A Masters student studying at the Melbourne School of Design, Tullia Jack, has undertaken an unusual and innovative study that investigates alternative laundering practises to make clothing more sustainable. Her study involved 30 participants who wore the same pair of jeans, five days a week for three months, without washing them. The research sought to find out how this would impact upon how they were treated by others and the participant’s perception of their own cleanliness.
Duration: 3 min 51 sec



Cultural Collections: turning a new page

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:58:14 +1100

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Visions unravels the story behind a fragment of the Gutenberg Bible, recently purchased as part of the University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections.  The Gutenberg Bible was the first book to ever be printed and represented a major step in the democratisation of knowledge.
Duration: 3 min 18 sec



Eyecare Clinic Training Australia's Best

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:09:09 +1100

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Visions takes a closer look at the University of Melbourne’s newly expanded EyeCare clinic, which is providing real world clinical training for the next generation of Australian optometrists.  The state of the art clinic in Melbourne's Swanston Street provides the one of the largest full-scope training clinics in the Southern Hemisphere for students in the current Bachelor of Optometry program or the forthcoming Doctor of Optometry, the first doctor of optometry program in Australia.
Duration: 3 min 14 sec



Wombat Forest Flux Tower

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:00:47 +1100

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In Victoria’s Wombat State Forest, Melbourne School of Land and Environment researchers and their collaborators are studying the impact of climate change on forests. The unique experiment uses a 35 metre flux tower and soil chambers to learn how much carbon the forest absorbs and releases into the atmosphere.
Duration: 3 min 32 sec



Global Interdependence Day

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 13:44:20 +1000

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The University recently hosted the Australian launch of Global Interdependence Day, and Visions was there to take in all the presentations. The event brought together students, academics and members of the public to discuss how to make the world more united and interconnected.
Duration: 4 min 2 sec



World University Summer Games

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:47:28 +1000

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This week, Visions dons Australia’s green and gold to talk to student athletes involved in the World University Summer Games (Universiade), recently held in China. Eleven University students participated as part of Australia’s most successful team ever, competing in everything from swimming to water polo, cycling to tae kwon do, tennis to volleyball
Duration: 3 min 28 sec



Nurturing Giftedness

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:07:59 +1000

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Visions looks at giftedness in child musicians and showcases the talents of fourteen year old concert pianist Tiffany Poon.  We speak to Professor Gary McPherson, Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium, who has been researching the psychological and personal qualities and environmental contexts of children who exhibit extraordinary skill and artistry in music performance.
Duration: 3 min 23 sec



Open Day 2011 Preview

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:21:13 +1000

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The flags have gone up. The brochures have been printed.  With only a few days to go until Open Day, Visions has a preview of what it's like to be a University of Melbourne student at all stages of their educational journey, and what they can expect on the day.
Duration: 4 min 55 sec



The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Competition

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:34:44 +1000

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The University of Melbourne played host to an unusual battle at the end of July, with  dominoes and marbles the unlikely tools wielded in the Amazing Spaghetti Machine Competition. Organised by the Melbourne School of Engineering, teams of high school students engineered and constructed so called ‘Spaghetti Machines’ which are deliberately designed to do a simple function in the most complex way.  The students used everything from solar panels to toy trains to try and make a simple cup of instant coffee!
Duration: 3 min 53 sec



Construction for Community

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:10:19 +1000

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This week, Visions crosses the Nullarbor to look at a new interdisciplinary design studio in WA. Master's students from the Melbourne School of Design and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education have designed and built an early childhood learning centre with the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, and put in place an innovative education curriculum to provide effective and high quality early education and care in remote regional Australia.
Duration: 3 min 53 sec



Hybrid Possum Creates Hope

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 12:11:15 +1000

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Visions takes a look at the work the University of Melbourne is doing along with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to save one of Australia’s most endangered species: the Mountain Pygmy-possum. In a conservation breakthrough Dr Andrew Weeks from the Bio21 Institute describes how a translocation strategy is reinvigorating the species after two genetically isolated populations bred in the wild for the first time. 
Duration: 4 min 1 sec



Penguins and Probability

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:19:24 +1000

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University of Melbourne mathematicians have teamed up with researchers from Phillip Island Nature Parks to analyse the local penguin population to discover more about the lives of the local birds. In this special science student report, Visions uncovers Victoria's very own March of the Penguins.
Duration: 3 min 7 sec



Episode 101: Development and Illicit Drug Use

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:39:40 +1000

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Recent United Nations statistics show that more than 250 million people globally consume drugs.  And despite global efforts to combat the production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs, their use is increasing, particularly in countries surrounding Afghanistan which includes Pakistan, Iran and Central Asia. This episode of Visions explores a new report which provides evidence of strong links between drug production, conflict increased poverty and poor development. Visions advises that viewers may find some of the images in this episode confronting.
Duration: 3 min 56 sec



Episode 100: Ideas about Identity

Fri, 20 May 2011 11:40:32 +1000

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As Visions turns 100 episodes young, we take a look at one of the most siginificant ongoing debates in Australian society: the construction of identity.  Looking ahead to the second Festival of Ideas in June, we take a look at the role the local landscape has played in representing and informing our ideas on identity and belonging. 
Duration: 4 min 3 sec



Episode 99: Dreaming Up A Song

Mon, 09 May 2011 09:36:51 +1000

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VCA Music Theatre students have recently staged a wholly student-made production, titled Dreamsong.   The show takes a satirical look at a US-style evangelical mega-church in financial trouble after the GFC, which stages a second coming of Christ.  Jesus turns out to be something of a rock star!  
Duration: 3 min 7 sec



Episode 98: Wildlife Watch

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:02:53 +1000

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Imagine trying to monitor the movement of 250 wild black swans or 300 wild kangaroos? It's a challenging task for a small group of researchers!  But zoologists from the University of Melbourne have come up with an ingenious way to manage the problem. They have enlisted the help of an army of citizen scientists – members of the public who contribute information to scientific projects via the internet!
Duration: 4 min 12 sec



Episode 97: Laugh Out Loud

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:08:15 +1000

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Seven University of Melbourne students from the faculties of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, Commerce and Arts, were recently awarded a Dreamlarge Student Engagement Grant to produce a magazine called ‘Laugh out Loud’.  Developed in association with the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Education Institute, it brings together stories, pictures and other creative material from a wide range of young people at the RCH.  The project was designed to enrich young people’s hospital experiences and provide a learning tool for the students involved.
Duration: 3 min 11 sec



Episode 96: Exploring Green Education

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:35:40 +1100

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It’s never too early to learn how to be green!  Visions visits the Early Learning Centre at Abbottsford, a research and demonstration kindergarten of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.  Teachers and students there are exploring the idea of a sustainable world, and educators are inspired by an awareness that education for sustainability couldn’t occur at a more crucial time of life.  
Duration: 3 min 13 sec



Episode 95: Melbourne's Dr Dolittle

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:35:26 +1100

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It may be heading towards cold and flu season in Melbourne, but it's not just humans that needing a helping hand when they're unwell. Dr Glenn Edwards, from the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Veterinary Science is an experienced veterinary surgeon with a passion for zoo animals. Dr Edwards was recently called to the Melbourne Zoo to complete surgery on a 32 year old orangutan who had a growth on her backside. Visions was given exclusive access to the surgery, and in this episode we take you behind the scenes with Dr Edwards to give you an idea of what it is like to be a zoo animal surgeon.
Duration: 3 min 11 sec



Episode 94: Grand (Digital) Designs

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:22:53 +1100

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What can bamboo teach students about digital design?  Visions goes behind the scenes of the ‘Digital Design + Fabrication’ Workshop, run over summer for Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning students.  We look at how digital and computational design is evolving, and how a simple bamboo tripod joined by cable ties came to be a 40 metre installation at the recent St Kilda Festival.
Duration: 3 min 33 sec



Episode 93: Fish Behaving Badly

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:22:15 +1100

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Can the contaminants in water pollution affect fish behaviour?  Visions takes a closer look at new research by the University of Melbourne and the Department of Primary Industries that examines how the pollution that is threatening much of Victoria’s marine ecosystems might be affecting fish on a cellular level.
Duration: 3 min 15 sec



Episode 92: Stem Cells Discovery

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:03:27 +1100

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For the first time in Australia, researchers from University of Melbourne and Monash Institute of Medical Research have converted diseased skin cells into stem cells.   
Duration: 3 min 19 sec



Episode 91: Livestock Emissions

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:29:28 +1100

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In the final episode of 2010, Visions takes a closer look at research by the University of Melbourne and the Department of Primary Industries who are investigating ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Duration: 3 min 5 sec



Episode 90: Egg Allergy Discovery

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:26:40 +1100

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University of Melbourne researchers are involved in a Murdoch Childrens Research Institute led study which revealed the rate of egg allergy significantly increases among toddlers who are introduced to the food after 12 months of age.
Duration: 2 min 56 sec



Episode 89: Behind the scenes of an elephant birth

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:26:43 +1100

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Visions goes behind the scenes of the birth of Melbourne’s 142kg baby elephant, Ongard. Medical scientists from the University of Melbourne joined forces with Melbourne Zoo and Gribbles Veterinary Pathology to ensure both the mother, Kulab,  and her baby were safe during the pregnancy.  The team managed to custom design a test that accurately predicted when Kulab was going to go into labor, allowing keepers, vets and reproduction experts to be on hand at the birth.
Duration: 3 min 49 sec



Episode 88: Cultural Treasures Day

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:01:13 +1100

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On Sunday November 14 from 10am-4pm the University will throw open the doors of its museums and collections to the general public.  Visions takes a look at some of the curiosities and wonderful heritage items that will be showcased on the day, from talks, tours, demonstrations and activities for the whole family.
Duration: 4 min 4 sec



Episode 87:Global Perspective Summit

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:28:15 +1100

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A group of students at the University of Melbourne helped celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 with the inaugural Global Perspectives Summit.  The summit, which ran for three days, had the theme “Youth + Vision = Future” and provided students with an opportunity to actively demonstrate leadership qualities by debating major issues affecting our world, and formulating real policies and motions that effectively address them. 
Duration: 4 min 13 sec



Episode 86:Three Minute Thesis

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 11:36:12 +1000

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, designed to encourage science communication skills, brings together graduate researchers from across the University of Melbourne to explain their project in a simple but engaging way.  And all in just three minutes!  Hundreds of researchers from across the University entered in the hope of becoming the new 3MT champion at the University, and Visions speaks to this years winner.
Duration: 2 min 56 sec



Episode 85: Making of a Media Box

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:20:07 +1000

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Visions spends time in the Northern Territory with 15 Masters of Architecture students who helped build two new community centres out of old shipping containers.   The students, participants in the 2010 Bower Studio in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, spent ten days with the local communities at Gudorrka and Kunckies Lagoon outside of Darwin outfitting the buildings, landscaping the sites and preparing them for use.
Duration: 3 min 48 sec



Episode 84: Our Energy Future

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 12:52:11 +1000

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The world’s energy needs have significantly increased as a result of industrial development and population growth, and our limited supply of fossil fuels is failing to meet demand. University of Melbourne researchers are among many working toward a solution to this energy crisis and in this episode of Visions we take a closer look at various alternative energy research projects.
Duration: 4 min 30 sec



Episode 83: Behind the scenes of the Moot Court

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:53:36 +1000

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Visions goes behind the scenes of the University's Law School Mooting teams to take a closer look at exactly how a moot is a run.
Duration: 3 min 43 sec



Episode 82: Meet Your Future at Open Day 2010

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:56:17 +1000

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Visions previews the 2010 University of Melbourne Open Day, coming up on August 15 at the Parkville Campus. We take in the sights and sounds of the day from last year to get a feel of what to expect, and ask some of the student volunteers what it is they like about the uni and why future students should check out Open Day!
Duration: 3 min 28 sec



Episode 81: Australian Partnership on Accelerator Science

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:17:47 +1000

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Visions looks at the The University of Melbourne's involvement as a member of the new, landmark collaboration between Australian science organizations, called the Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science (ACAS). 
Duration: 3 min 59 sec



Episode 80: Books on Demand

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:28:51 +1000

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The Custom Book Centre using the 'espresso book machine' is a collaborative project between the University Library and Melbourne University Bookshop which makes it possible for books to be printed literally on-demand to store-quality at a low price in around ten minutes.  
Duration: 3 min 30 sec



Episode 79: Aussie kids loving growing their veggies

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:18:07 +1000

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The University of Melbourne and Deakin University have released a research report evaluating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and confirmed that it has created positive health behaviour change in primary school children.
Duration: 4 min 16 sec



Episode 78: Vet Students at the Equine Centre

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:40:53 +1000

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Each year, the University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Hospital sees over 17,000 patients. Of these, around 2,000 animals are seen at the Equine Centre. In this episode of Visions we look at the work of the Centre and its unique relationship with the Diamond Valley Donkey Shelter. The partnership provides veterinary care for the donkeys, and a valuable hands-on training opportunity for vet students.
Duration: 3 min 41 sec



Episode 77: Exit Fees Sting Consumers

Mon, 31 May 2010 17:14:20 +1000

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As Australia's housing bubble continues unhindered, Visions talks to Professor Ian Ramsay from the Melbourne Law School about his new research into home loan exit fees.  His study shows that consumers are vulnerable to large fees when refinancing or terminating their loan depending on the type of institution providing the loan.
Duration: 3 min 58 sec



Episode 76: Physio Exercise Prevents Baby Blues

Fri, 14 May 2010 13:11:35 +1000

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A University of Melbourne and Angliss Hospital study has revealed physiotherapy –led exercise undertaken 3 months after giving birth can reduce the risk of Postnatal Depression and increase wellbeing for new mothers.
Duration: 4 min 8 sec



Episode 75: Wilson Hall - Centre & Symbol

Mon, 03 May 2010 11:07:57 +1000

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Since construction of the original building in 1882, Wilson Hall has played a crucial role in the life of the University, hosting exams, graduations and other ceremonies.  This week, Visions visits a new exhibition on the history of this iconic building. 
Duration: 2 min 58 sec



Episode 74: Luffman Pond Renovation

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:21:46 +1000

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For over 100 years, the University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus has been the leader in Australian horticultural education. Visions has followed the renovation of one of Burnley’s key design features- the Luffman Pond- back to its original design, from a century ago.
Duration: 3 min 41 sec



Episode 73: Bionic Eye In Sight

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:01:18 +1100

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More than 50,000 Australians suffer from severe vision loss, and blindness has a profound effect on the quality of life for sufferers and their families. To help improve the lives of sufferers, researchers from the University of Melbourne have joined Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), a national consortium of retinal surgeons, vision clinicians, neuroscientists, biomedical and electrical engineers working together to develop an advanced bionic eye. BVA was launched at the University of Melbourne by Prime Minster Kevin Rudd this week, where the consortium also unveiled their prototype bionic eye, a wide-view neurostimulator concept.
Duration: 3 min 52 sec



Episode 72: Childhood leukaemia discovery

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:46:07 +1100

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Scientists at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital have discovered the cells that cause a common type of childhood leukaemia – T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (T-ALL). Targeting of these cells may lead to improved treatments for this disease and help prevent relapse.
Duration: 3 min 26 sec



Episode 71: US Marines in Wartime Melbourne

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 09:10:36 +1100

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Battle-weary and in poor health following the grueling Guadalcanal campaign, the men of the 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps were shipped to Melbourne in January 1943 for nine months recuperation leave. Greeted with warm hospitality, these 15,000 young American men found a ‘home away from home’. Visions soaks up the stories and experiences portrayed in the exhibition ‘Over-Paid, Over-Sexed and Over Here?: US Marines in Wartime Melbourne 1943.’ The exhibition is running until 30 April in the City Gallery at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Duration: 3 min 39 sec



Episode 70: A Hearty Snack

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:33:31 +1100

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Bachelor of Commerce student Joshua Engwerda talks about his project to grow perfect heart shaped strawberries...and how he slept for 24 hours straight after Valentines Day!
Duration: 2 min 40 sec



Episode 69: Radar on a Chip

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 12:22:24 +1100

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Since 1925 there have been more than 178,000 deaths on Australian roads, and on top of the social impact of these tragedies the annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia is estimated at $18 billion annually.  Such a toll could be reduced however, thanks to a tiny microchip being developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne’s department of electrical and electronic engineering in collaboration with NICTA, Raytheon, IBM and GMH. 
Duration: 3 min 15 sec



Episode 68: Journey Of Your Genes

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:03:42 +1100

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The Genographic Project, a landmark global research initiative by National Geographic and IBM, is studying particular sections of our DNA to better understand our genetic roots and discover how we got here today. In October, 2009 Professor Philip Batterham from the Bio21 Institute/Genetics hosted a public sampling event as part of the project, and the results were recently revealed.
Duration: 3 min 54 sec



Episode 67: Mateship in Marysville

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 13:49:13 +1100

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Two University of Melbourne doctors haved helped out a University mate rebuild the Marysville Medical Clinic after the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.
Duration: 3 min 52 sec



Episode 66: Architecture Exhibited

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:28:05 +1100

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In May 2008, the coastal town of Chaitén in the Patagonian region of Chile had to be evacuated when a nearby volcano erupted.  This year, Masters students from the Melbourne School of Design had a chance to give their thoughts on the redesign of the town. 
Duration: 4 min 2 sec



Episode 65: Lost & Found

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 17:51:40 +1100

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The full transcript of evidence from the 1939 Black Friday Bushfires Royal Commission was recently rediscovered at the University of Melbourne’s Creswick campus, providing a compelling insight into the Royal Commission and fire management practices of 70 years ago.  The similarities and differences between the fires, and the past and current Royal Commission were discussed at a recent public seminar, and Visions was there to capture the examination. 
Duration: 3 min 0 sec



Episode 64: Improving Communities

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:07:05 +1100

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Visions looks at three projects which won 2009 Dreamlarge Knowledge Transfer Awards, including a student project researching low cost prosthetic knee joints in Cambodia.
Duration: 3 min 26 sec



Episode 63: A Royal Gift

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 11:03:28 +1100

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The World Tipitaka - the Romanised edition of the Theravada Buddhist scriptural canon - was recently presented as a ‘royal gift of peace and wisdom’ to the University  of Melbourne.   Members of the Dhamma Society of Thailand made a pilgrimage to Melbourne to present the Tipitaka, joining a ceremony and celebration with the University of Melbourne Thai Students Association, and members of the University and Melbourne Thai communities.
Duration: 2 min 45 sec



Episode 62: Milestones - Rowers, Robots & Records

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:32:52 +1100

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It's been a month of milestones at the University of Melbourne, with the boat club celebratating 150 years and a group of Engineering students breaking a world record involving robots.
Duration: 3 min 35 sec



Episode 61: Say Cheese

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 14:01:27 +1000

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What makes cheddar cheese crumble? Visions talks to Dr Sally Gras from the University's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering/Bio21 Institute about her team’s work to understand more about the cheese making process. Dr Gras is working with Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and dairy production companies to apply this knowledge to further increase cheese quality and allow greater control during manufacturing.
Duration: 3 min 25 sec



Episode 60: Exercise for Healthy Ageing

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:49:14 +1000

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Two University of Melbourne led studies are investigating the impact of exercise on reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Osteoporosis.
Duration: 3 min 48 sec



Episode 59: Driving the World to a Better Place

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 17:30:34 +1000

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Ending the world’s dependence on oil is becoming more and more important for both the environment and economy as we approach "peak oil". Electric vehicles are one solution, and the University of Melbourne is exploring the political, social and environmental impact of this through a partnership with Better Place Australia.
Duration: 2 min 32 sec



Episode 58: Mudfest11

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 09:42:20 +1000

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This August, the Parkville campus has played host to one of Australia's largest student arts and culture festivals, Mudfest11. With the theme of 'Hidden Spaces', staff, students and visitors have had the opportunity to sample student created poetry, performance art, painting and everything in between.
Duration: 2 min 6 sec