Student Feedback Semester 1 2014

BIOL10004 SES feebdback wordcloud, Semester 1, 2014

BIOL10004 SES feebdback wordcloud, Semester 1, 2014

Here is a word-cloud summary of the student feedback for first year biology, for the question  What did you like best in the subject. I lectured for only 2 of the 12 weeks, but the students must like what I do.

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A successful cookery experiment

The price was right so we bought a whole rump. We decided to give low-temperature roasting a go – having vague recollections of Heston’s Feasts advocating this approach. So we dumped 3 kg of the rump in an oven bag at ~90 C for about 4 hours. It turned out very tender and juicy. I suspect it would have been a bit tough with a standard roasting.

The remaining 2 kg we turned into a stew in the slow cooker. Also turned out tender.

Dinners for the forseeable future will be reheated stew or roast…

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Kangaroos are upside down, down under!

Interviewed by Mx newspaper… Apparently a celebrity comedian made some “rood” comments about kangaroo genitals … they called me to check the facts!

MX-Interview-Kangarooclick image for readable format

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Student Feedback for Biology 2013

Just for interest I pasted the student  feedback “what did you like best about this subject” question into a wordcloud package (Tagxedo: http://www.tagxedo.com/). Makes a pretty picture.

Student feedback Biology Semester 1, 2013

Student feedback Biology Semester 1, 2013

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Article on our Koala work

Coming out soon in the UoM Research Review 2013

It is a catch 22 situation: koalas are prolific breeders but relocating them to new habitats eventually leads to habitat saturation. So how do you treat the koalas kindly and protect the environment at the same time?

The solution is in a University of Melbourne research project entitled Development of Contraceptives for Management of Overabundant Koalas, conducted by Professor Marilyn Renfree, Dr Kath Handasyde and Professor Geoff Shaw, all from the Faculty of Science. Continue reading

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National Health and Medical Research Council funding

We were thrilled to learn that our application to the NH&MRC for research funding has been successful.

 Prof Marilyn Renfree , Prof Geoffrey Shaw ,  A/Prof Andrew Pask, Emeritus Prof Jean Wilson, Doctor Hongshi Yu. Hypospadias and control of urethral closure $707,950

Hypospadias, the ectopic opening of the penile urethra, is a common defect in humans, affecting 1 in every 125 live males born in Victoria each year. However, the cause(s) of over two-thirds of these cases cannot be explained. Our studies using marsupials show that this process is mediated by 5alpha-androstanediol, a hormone with previously undetermined physiological function. This study will provide novel data on the interactions of the genes and hormones that result in defects of phallus development.

http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/outcomes-funding-rounds

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Gnu now 30 years old

GNU is now 30 years old today. GNU is a collection of free software that sits on top of the Linux kernel to provide the operating system and applications. [ Celebrate 30 years of GNU! ]

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More press coverage for our Ultrasonography paper

Some of the German press have made quite long articles on our ultrasonography study. Here are links to PDFs :

20130511.SM10SA-SM11SA Kängurus_StuttgarterZeitung

Kängurus[_KölnerStadtanzeiger

Kängurus_StuttgarterZeitung.

Here is a web link to a shortened online version of one. http://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/inhalt.biologie-klettern-in-der-gebaermutter.0ec501e8-9ae9-4282-84d7-278165daaa32.html.

 

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Parabolic reflector to boost 3G phone/dongle signal in remote areas

I work in remote areas sometimes, where 3G internet and phone connections are too weak to use.  My solution was a simple, DIY, parabolic reflector. By pointing the reflector towards the nearest tower there is a significant boost in signal strength. In the situation of my remote area work, we are over 50 km from the nearest antenna (and the antenna is over a ridge). There is no usable signal most of the time without the reflector, but we can get acceptable 3G download speeds using the reflector (weather conditions permitting – I guess we need a bounce from clouds or something of the sort to get the radio signals over the ridge). Continue reading

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Wallabies do ‘Australian crawl’ in the womb

ABC News picked up our ultrasound paper:

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/03/18/3718274.htm

and

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-19/wallabies-do-27australian-crawl27-in-the-womb/4580586

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