Macquarie researchers Ajay Narendra, Theo Colin, Fleur Ponton, Jaco Le Roux, Maciej Maselko with the Hon. John Alexander MP and Robby Miller, Macquarie Fauna Park Manager.
Pests no match for Macquarie science
The Hon. John Alexander MP stopped by campus recently to officially hand over Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment grants to Macquarie researchers working on improved methods for pest control.
Dr Maciej Maselko will lead a team of Macquarie staff in a collaboration with the NSW Department of Primary Industries using genome editing technologies to introduce mutations in a beneficial species to make them resistant to specific pesticides. Dr Fleur Ponton and Dr Ajay Narendra will work on a project improving control methods for small hive beetles – a major pest to honeybees in Australia.
Congratulations also to Associate Professor Jaco Le Roux – part of a team led by the Royal Botanic Gardens who will use weed genomics to improve lantana biocontrol.
From fighting bugs to fighting cybercrime
Macquarie students Benjamin Zhao, Jake Garth, Charlotte W., Liam I. and Andréane Laurin (pictured) – together with their supervisor Associate Lecturer Ed Moore – took part in the first ever Cybercrime Think Tank hosted by the NSW Police Force.
The students were faced with real life challenges, from identifying the ultimate beneficiaries of proceeds of crime received as cryptocurrency to how individuals can identify their vulnerabilities to cyber attacks – a perfect way to put their knowledge into practice to combat cybercrime.
Education agents wowed by campus developments…
Macquarie International hosted a series of exclusive events in late April for the University’s Australia-based education agent network – key influencers and valued partners in positioning Macquarie as a university of choice for international students.
The two-day event included a showcase of recent campus developments, including the new Central Courtyard precinct, student accommodation, the Ainsworth Building, our new Computer Lab at 4 Research Park Drive and the stunning Arts Precinct. The partners were highly impressed and will now share their positive impressions with prospective students and colleagues located in their home countries.
…while refugee students get a taste of uni life
The LEAP UP Macquarie Mentoring program recently held its first ever Virtual University Experience Day, giving high school students from refugee backgrounds an opportunity to experience uni life and meet Macquarie staff and mentors.
Participants heard from students in the Macquarie University Refugee Transition Program, went on a virtual campus tour, undertook science experiments with Associate Professor Joanne Jamie and her PACE students, experienced a mock lecture with Dr Alex Simpson, and enjoyed subject taster sessions facilitated by LEAP mentors in person at the mentees’ schools.
Celebrating our hero nurses
Macquarie University Hospital celebrated International Nurses Day on May 12 with a BBQ breakfast and pizza lunch and dinner to all the nurses, a bed-making and lolly-guessing competition and the Annual MUH Nursing Awards which recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contribution our nurses make.
“We thank our wonderful nurses and student nurses for their amazing, inspiring work ethic and commitment to our patients and each other”, says Deborah O’Neill, Executive Director of Nursing at MQ Health. “Their talent and compassion enables us all to provide the highest evidenced based quality care to our patients, their families and each other with empathy, trust, care and integrity.”
Fun in the field
Dr Kerrie Tomkins, Dr Scott Wilson and Dr Tim Ralph and supervised a two-day postgraduate field trip with to the Blue Mountains in late April for ENVS8403 (Science in Environmental Management). In addition to enjoying great views, the students honed practical skills including measuring water quality and analysing macroinvertebrates.