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Macquarie’s Dr Victoria Flanagan (inset, far right) is joined by acclaimed young adult authors at the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Festival sponsorship not just fantasy
Dr Victoria Flanagan from the Department of English moderated the panel “Is this just a fantasy?”, on the prevalence of dystopian literature for young adult readers, at the All Day YA series of events sponsored by Macquarie University at the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival last week. The festival is one of the largest of its kind worldwide, attracting hundreds of Australian and international writers. Overall attendance at the festival reached nearly 110,000 at the 300 live events in and around the city and Walsh Bay.

In addition to Dr Flanagan, a number of other Macquarie academics were involved with various events at this year’s Festival, and the University’s sponsorship allowed one of our third-year Arts students to take up a coveted internship opportunity with the event.


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[Left to right] Carol Bryant (Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie University Hospital); John Alexander OAM, MP; Hon. Karen Andrews MP; Professor Patrick McNeil (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). Photo credit: Jonathon Ward.

MPs on campus to learn about our innovative research
The Assistant Minister for Science the Hon. Karen Andrews MP and Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM MP visited the University earlier this month to learn about the innovative research and clinical work within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Human Sciences, the Macquarie University Hospital (MUH) and the Australian Hearing Hub. The two were introduced to many influential members of the University and the MUH, including Professor Patrick McNeil (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), Professor David Gillatt (Director of Medical Services), Carol Bryant (Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie University Hospital), Professor Simon Handley (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences), Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain (Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders) and Professor David McAlpine (Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research).


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Brazilian Ambassador visits Macquarie
The Brazilian Ambassador was recently on campus for a roundtable meeting with senior executives and to give a presentation to Global Leadership Program (GLP) students on foreign policy and bilateral relations between Australia and Brazil as part of the GLP’s Foreign Affairs series. Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), chaired the meeting that was to prepare for a Research Delegation to Latin America.

The Ambassador was accompanied by the Consul General and another diplomat from the Consulate General in Sydney.


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A million metres for MND
Over the weekend one of Macquarie’s researchers in the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) space took part in the Million Metres for MND bike ride, hosted by the MND and Me Foundation – a strong supporter of the Macquarie Motor Neurone Disease Research Centre. The ride was set up to pay tribute to two men diagnosed with MND, Scott Sullivan and Ian Davis, who challenged themselves to ride the same distance in 2013.

The heroic MND and Me team rode 1 million metres from Brisbane to Sydney, raising more than $140,000 to date. Macquarie’s Dr Nicholas Cole joined the cyclists for the 6.30am start on Saturday, riding the cold and breezy 135km from Newcastle to Manly in just over eight hours. Dr Cole said the event was exhausting but exhilarating, and that he was glad to take part to raise awareness and funds for MND research.

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