eGazette - October 2014 issue

Monash Egazette

Much of our planning over the past few years is bearing fruit. The new chemical sciences building is about to open, our new program - the BSc Global Challenges - is being hailed a great success by students and external supporters; and we are welcoming many new high calibre academics to our faculty. We have built a new school - Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, are planning new Masters programs and continuing to create dynamic learning spaces and areas for students to interact. My focus has also been on expanding my own research program, Eliminate Dengue, in parts of the developing world. Please join me too, in welcoming President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO to Monash.

Scott O'Neill

Dean's Message



Kate Miles
An Australian Laureate Fellowship for Kate
Of 16 Australian Laureate fellowships awarded this year two researchers are from Monash  - and one from the Faculty of Science. Professor Kate Smith Miles - an applied mathematician  and inaugural Director of MAXIMA - is the first female professor from Monash to be awarded the Laureate Fellowship. Read moreKate speaks about her work.



Michael Fuhrer
Looking at the future through graphene
Monash physicist, Michael Fuhrer 's new light detector could revolutionise chemical sensing and night vision technology. In the journal Nature Nanotechnology, Michael shows how graphene can be used to build a detector of long wavelength (far infrared or terahertz) light that is as sensitive as any existing detector, but far smaller and more than a million times faster. Read more.



Phil Hall
Meet Phil Hall, our new head of maths
Our new Head of Mathematical Sciences, Professor Phil Hall, who hails from the UK, has just hosted a conversation seeking advice from maths alumni who work in industry, as the School scopes a new Masters in Financial Mathematics. Learn more about Phil. Read more.



Open Day alumni guests
Alumni panel on Open Day
This year our alumni were involved in Open Day for the first time, participating in a career panel. The graduates spoke to prospective students about how studying science can lead to a broad range of careers. Our alumni stories and the Alumni in the World profiles gathered during 2014, were well received. View photos. Watch video. Letters to the editor.











Ros Gleadow
Researcher feeds the future
Associate Professor Ros Gleadow – a plant- Physiologist – explores how rising carbon dioxide emissions affect the nutritional value of food crops in developing countries. Watch her story.

Roger and Lesley Gillespie
Philanthropy for dengue research
The Melbourne-based Gillespie Family Foundation is now supporting the Eliminate Dengue: Our Challenge research program which is working to curb the spread of the deadly disease. Read more.

Researcher in the field
Love on Mars, in Victoria
Hailing from NASA, Sasha Wilson, from our School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, is helping students learn about Mars by wading through Victoria's salt lakes. Read more..





Simon McCarthy
Scientific research for soldiers
Simon McCarthy – Chief Scientist at HemCon Medical Technologies in Oregon - never would have predicted his Science degree would see him developing cutting edge materials such as novel wound treatments for soldiers. Read more.

Yap Soo Huey
From Science lab to politics
Yap Soo Huey walked away from a lab career to pursue politics in Penang, Malaysia. Her science background has served her well in her new career, helping her manage the information deluge that has come with her life as a politician. Read more.

Svetozar Kovacevic
Connecting worlds via science
Svetozar Kovacevic, microbiologist, is now working in the diplomatic space as Science and Innovation Officer with the British High Commission. He helps build scientific collaborations between the UK and Australia.
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Earth, Atmosphere and Environment School created

The new school of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment has brought together staff in the former School of Geosciences; the School of Mathematics' Atmospheric group; and the physical geography group from the Faculty of Arts' School of Geography and Environmental Science. Read more.


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Our first ever printed Gazette was mailed out to more than 30,000 alumni worldwide earlier in the year.  It showcased alumni doing amazing things all over the world and an update on the new BSc Global Challenges. Our next edition will focus on research. Read our GazetteKeep your contact details up to date












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