University of Melbourne Magazine

In brief

  • A world of possibility

    World-changing research was at the centre of an innovative University promotion that came to life in Melbourne’s city centre in November. Fourteen projects were highlighted by the Made Possible by Melbourne campaign during a month-long exhibition. Dedicated installations provided prototypes, audio and visual demonstrations of research breakthroughs as diverse as robotic arms and organs grown outside the human body.

    Australian studies boost in London

    A new fellowship hosted by King’s College London and the University of Melbourne has bolstered Australia’s presence in international academia. The Joint Distinguished Fellow in Australian Studies will expand analysis of Australian politics, culture and society in the United Kingdom. Anti-tobacco advocate Dr Bronwyn King (MB BS 1999), is the inaugural appointee to the role.

    Dr Bronwyn King

    Gift to address inequality

    Social inequality will be addressed as part of the largest philanthropic gift in the University’s history. The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity program is a multi-partnered initiative that will address the broad issues underpinning inequality in Pacific-region indigenous societies. The program is a US$50 million investment from Atlantic Philanthropies, the US-based philanthropic organisation founded by entrepreneur Chuck Feeney. Starting this year, up to 25 fellowships will be awarded each year, with the University one of several partners committed to developing 500 social change agents, influential leaders and innovative thinkers.

    Building named after Professor

    The late Professor Peter Hall was honoured in December by having his name attached to the School of Mathematics and Statistics Building. Professor Hall – a leading authority in non-parametric statistics – was world-renowned for his contribution to statistics and probability theory.

    Flinders Street Station

    Station returns to traditional hues

    Forensic analysts from the University have worked to uncover the original colours used on Flinders Street Station’s iconic façade. The current building – which dates back to 1910 – will return to its original colour scheme as part of a $100 million upgrade.

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