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 The gift of reading

The gift of reading

Most of us take the ability to read for granted, but it’s something too many school children have difficulty with – and something their parents cannot always afford to change. It’s heartbreaking to see children struggling with something so fundamental to achieving in all areas of life. At the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, experts know what these children need and what works –...

RESEARCH
 A shared wisdom

A shared wisdom

The Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri (meaning ‘we study the country’ in Kriol) research team is a unique collaboration between Ens, Ngandi Elder Cherry Wulumirr Daniels, the Yugul Mangi rangers, Ngukurr School and community members from the remote Aboriginal community of Ngukurr. The team is discovering new species; finding new populations of threatened species; preserving culturally signifi...

RESEARCH
 Power and the past

Power and the past

“Events from the distant past can still offer an insight into the modern world,” enthuses Dr Karin Sowada, an expert in the interaction between Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean during the Early Bronze Age (3100–2000 BC). Citing the economic development of five land and sea routes out of China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Department of Ancient History’s Sowada says, ...

RESEARCH
 It’s about time

It’s about time

Timing is everything, and nowhere is this more so than in the groundbreaking work of Dr Kira Westaway, Director of ‘Traps’ MQ Luminescence Dating Facility. “Dating has become a game changer. It goes from being a rock to something significant in our understanding of human history,” says Westaway. “There are no records for prehistory, but with the light-sensitive dating method opti...

ALUMNI FOCUS
 2018 Macquarie University Alumni Awards – Dr Anthony Field AM, Dr Greg Page AM, Dr Murray Cook AM

2018 Macquarie University Alumni Awards – Dr Anthony Field AM, Dr Greg Page AM, Dr Murray Cook AM

CATEGORY: EDUCATION You know you’re encountering a truth when you receive the same information and sentiment from different sources. This is certainly the case in speaking with Dr Anthony Field, Dr Greg Page and Dr Murray Cook from The Wiggles, who all studied early childhood together at Macquarie. While much has been made of their extraordinary accomplishments and popularity, Page ...

ALUMNI FOCUS
 2018 Macquarie University Alumni Awards – The Hon Dr Rob Stokes MP

2018 Macquarie University Alumni Awards – The Hon Dr Rob Stokes MP

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT The reaction from the Honourable Dr Rob Stokes MP on receiving an alumni award isn’t surprising given his history with Macquarie and his passion for the environment and the law. “This award is a humbling encouragement that the hard work to promote the cause for conservation and sustainability is supported by an institution I love,” says Stokes. It is easy to s...