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 Transforming surgical innovation

Transforming surgical innovation

Operating theatres can be hotbeds of innovation – witness the giant forward leaps in health care that arose from inventive techniques like organ transplants and laparoscopic surgery, and from the development of devices like pacemakers and stents, which have all saved and improved millions of lives. But an operating theatre can also be a very risky place to try something new. One slip of t...

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 Creating a kinder world

Creating a kinder world

Macquarie alumnus Professor Joseph Pugliese (BA/DipEd 1985) has spent his career focusing on social justice issues, exploring deep themes like the relationship between knowledge and power, the way discrimination and injustice are meted out in today’s world, the concept of state violence and institutional racism, and ideas around regimes of colonialism and empire. Today, Pugliese is the Pr...

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 Shocking film

Shocking film

In the famous Milgram experiments in social psychology, performed over 50 years ago, subjects were instructed to give electric shocks of increasing intensity to another person (an actor pretending to be another subject) each time the person failed an experimental task. Prompted by the defence of Nazis who claimed they were just following orders, the experiments were designed by Yale Univers...

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 The year of light

The year of light

Light is fundamental to our lives, powering everything from photosynthesis to the internet. As light-based technologies are poised to take on an ever-greater role in our lives, Macquarie’s alumni are at the forefront of the field of photonics. “Where electronics moves electrical particles (electrons) in wires to convey information, photonics transfers packets of light (photons) along op...

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 School’s in

School’s in

Driven by alumni, the business of learning reaches far beyond the university campus, with innovative, research-backed thinking that is transforming the lives of students of all ages. Literacy organisation MultiLit – short for Making Up Lost Time In Literacy – has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Many MultiLit staff, including the Literacy Centre director, tutors and members of the ...

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 Research briefs

Research briefs

Macquarie University has a tradition of breaking the mould, of being a centre where high levels of research engagement are strongly encouraged and where a pervasive research culture spanning all academic levels provides the opportunity for innovative breakthroughs. Some of the most intriguing stories are below. Healthy reefs Planet of the bugs Transforming surgical innovation Creat...