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3MT tests HDR students' conciseness

UNE's 3MT contentants (L-R): Michal Smielak, Vincent Blokker, Fran Zewe (2nd placed), Arvind Iyengar (3rd placed), Shalini Lata, Kanar Hamza, Miranda Caryne Cannon and Maria Cecilia Catubig.  

UNE’s success largely depends on the strength of the research we develop and conduct, and much of this research is supported by the tireless work of our higher degree research students.
A selection of the University’s HDR students had the opportunity yesterday to present their research projects at this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition in the Lewis Lecture Theatre.
It was a competitive field of contestants, presenting on topics from climate change in the Pacific, to ageing gracefully and maintaining our place in community, to monitoring the behaviour of wild cats.
In the end, first year PhD student in ERS, Michael Curry  – the only student to present over Skype – took the top prize and will now represent UNE on the national stage in October in Brisbane
Michael delivered an engaging talk on his efforts to recreate the Thylacoleo carnifex, also known as the Marsupial Lion, using 3D modelling methods from Medicine and Engineering. More on Michael's project can be found here.
Congratulations to all HDR students who participated and we wish Michael the very best in Brisbane on 2 October.

What's On

10 Aspects of Antiquity Public Lecture, by Prof John Oakley
10 Sir Frank Kitto Public Lecture, Emeritus Prof Ron McCallum AO
10 Science Investigation Awards
10 30th Annual Russel Ward Lecture, presented by Dr Carolyn Holbrook
11 School of Humanities Research Series, by Prof John Oakley
15 Sir Robert Madgwick Lecture, delivered by Andrew Jaspan from The Conversation
23 UNE Annual Sports Awards
25 International Leaving Celebration

Nonviolence Month Public Lecture, presented by Emeritus Prof Magnus Haavelsrud
Remember to submit your event for inclusion in the UNE Events Calendar.
Writing for The Conversation

Next Tuesday (15 Sept) evening the director of The Conversation, Andrew Jaspan, will deliver the 21st Sir Robert Madgwick Lecture, in honour of UNE's first vice-chancellor, on the topic, "The World Information Order: Seismic Changes and Good News for UNE".

Andrew will be back on campus the following morning (16 Sept) to run an informal session on publishing with The Conversation. This will be an excellent opportunity for those interested in engaging the media in their research and building a public research profile.

Staff and postgraduate students are invited to both events. Those interested in the Wednesday morning session, from 9.30 to 10.30 in the Lewis Lecture Theatre, must RSVP to by next Monday, 14 September.
Ethernet Orchestra

A group of UNE musicians will be performing at the Parramatta Lanes festival from 6 to 9 October.

However, they will do so via somewhat unconventional methods. S
plit between Armidale and Parramatta, the group will be performing a coordinated live set via a high-speed internet connection.

The practice run was a huge success, promising to be an impressive display of the technological capabilities at UNE, with enormous implications for the University's music program, according to Senior Lecturer in Music, Dr Donna Hewitt.

The Ethernet Orchestra will play at 7pm on Wednesday 7 October, and at 6.30pm and 8pm on Friday 9 October. 
The Dig Sig

Ever wondered what Senior Administrative Assistant in Education and all-round personality, Ruth Strutt, does in her lunch breaks?

Last Wednesday she battled, innovated and conquered the Digital Signature. You'll never believe how. See above.

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Professional Development Opportunities
UNE in the News
A selection of media stories featuring UNE
Superstar CEOs no substitute for diverse leaders. The Conversation. UNE's Professor John Rice and a colleague from ANU, Dr Nigel Martin, question CEOs' typically large salaries: "In all organisations, it is important to consider the importance of diverse skills within senior management teams, of rotating leadership and consensus approaches to big decisions and their implementation."

New dinosaur is Australia's largest carnivore. Australian Geographic. A new carnivorous dinosaur, with unusually long claws, has been revealed from a series of fossil bones discovered by opal miners in the outback town of Lightning Ridge. UNE academic Dr Phil Bell is the lead author of the study detailing the find.

GALLERY: Chief scientist Chubb at UNE. The Armidale Express. Australia's chief scientist, Ian Chubb, joined UNE vie-chancellor Annabelle Duncan at the launch of the Virtual Institute for Teaching and Learning centre last Thursday.

Lunchtime gigs in UNE courtyard forge better town-gown links. The Armidale Express. Last Wednesday was a special day for singer and keyboardist Sherona Ingersoll. The 20-year-old was lucky enough to be performing her first paid gig in the University of New England courtyard.
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