Episode 37: Reinvigorating the World Trade Organization
Political scientist and Warwick Commission member Prof Ann Capling demystifies the World Trade Organization (WTO), and suggests how it might reinvigorate itself in a changing global trade environment. With podcast host Eric van Bemmel.
Episode 48: Researching Indigenous Health in Australia and New Zealand
Professor Ian Anderson discusses contemporary approaches to health research and education for indigenous Australia. We also hear a New Zealand angle from Assoc Prof Papaarangi Reid of the University of Auckland. With host Jacky Angus.
Episode 65: Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity
Prof Ary Hoffmann and Dr Michael Kearney discuss the effects of climate change on biodiversity, and how our quality of life could be adversely affected. With host Shane Huntington.
Episode 66: Understanding Cooperation through Behavioural Economics
Behavioural Economist Dr Nikos Nikiforakis explains how Behavioural Economics challenges one of the fundamental premises of traditional Economics - the rational, self-serving Homo Economicus. Through laboratory and field experiments, Nikos also develops a model for understanding social cooperation. With host Jennifer Cook.
Episode 67: 400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes
Astrophysicist Prof Rachel Webster discusses the evolution of the astronomical telescope - from Galileo's version in 1609 to the iconic Hubble space telescope, and then onto a sneak peek of the upcoming James Webb space telescope which will be parked so far from earth that it can't be repaired. Every improvement to the telescope has extended our understanding of the univer
Episode 70: Drug Use, HIV and Harm Reduction in North East India
Manipur and Nagaland are two states in North East India that share a border with Burma. While these states are so remote that few foreign nationals have visited them, they are beset with high rates of HIV infection and injecting drug use. Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann, Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Institute for Global Health take us on their journey of imp
Episode 71: Widows of Injecting Drug Users in North East India
In the conservative societies of Nagaland and Manipur, widows of injecting drug users are often HIV positive, poor and stigmatized. Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Insitute for Global Health discuss an intervention program to improve mental health of these women. With host Jennifer Cook.
Episode 74: Broadcasting hope among refugees in East Africa
Elias Nyatete describes how Tanzanian media outlet Radio Kwizera has been an important source of information and hope for refugees in recent and current East African conflicts. With host Jacky Angus.
Episode 88: Tuberculosis Resurgent
Infectious diseases expert Prof Graham Brown gives the facts on tuberculosis (TB) and explains why the danger of "the neglected disease" is anything but diminished in the 21st century. We also speak with public health physician Dr Abuchahama Saifodine on site in Mozambique, where he is researching TB's prevalence and devastating effects. With host Jen Cook.
Episode 92: Cleaning Up The Mess: Bioremediation in Antarctica
Dr Kathryn Mumford explains how bioremediation is being used to handle waste and spillage problems associated with the human presence in Antarctica. With science host Shane Huntington.
Episode 107: Getting it on the grid: Integrating renewable energy into our power supplies
Energy and climate change analyst Dr Roger Dargaville weaves together diverse technical, economic and environmental factors to produce a model for better, smarter use of our energy supplies. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.
Footballers behaving badly: Changing attitudes towards women
Allegations of sexual misconduct by sportsmen seem to appear in the Australian news media on a disturbingly regular basis. Why is it that male athletes of major sports like football and rugby are often linked to incidents of bad behaviour toward women? Do men's sports breed a negative attitude toward women? And what can be done to change how players relate to women in off-field situations? How can feminist thinking and action play a role in changing sportsmen's attitudes toward women?
Active Transport in Insect Malpighian Tubules
The Malpighian tubules of insects are an excellent model for examining the properties of secretion in a transporting epithelium. In this exercise students expose tubules from cockroaches or crickets to chlorophenol red and visually estimate the dye concentration in the lumen. By adding metabolic inhibitors and competitors or by substituting ion-free media they can demonstrate competition, specificity, and energy- or ion-dependence of active transport. Advanced students can design their own exper
Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom
In this lecture Dr Guy Pearse will spoke about the mindset that sees Australia's greatest asset as its mineral and energy resources - coal especially, asking how has this distorted our national politics and our response to climate change and what happens now that our coal-fired resources boom has gone bust? He also discussed the future of the coal industry and argued with the current economic orthodoxy. He looks at the shadowy world of greenhouse lobbyists; how they thin
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