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Do we see refugees fleeing persecution today as people who need help, or as problems to be pushed away?

We speak with researcher Prof. Uma Kothari about how we're influenced by representations of refugees in the media, and how we can form a more humanitarian response.

From the podcast studios of The University of Melbourne.

Are refugees fleeing persecution today generally seen as people who need help, or problems to be pushed away? Migration and refugee researcher Prof. Uma Kothari discusses how media representations of asylum seekers influence us in how we attend and respond to the plight of individuals and groups fle...
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We chat with positive psychology researcher Dr Lindsay Oades about taking the science of well-being to a systems level.

From the podcast studios of The University of Melbourne,

Research psychologist Associate Professor Lindsay Oades explains how positive psychology and wellbeing literacy, once largely focused on the individual, are being taken to a group level to promote healthier, more skillful interactions in organisations and human networks. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath...
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We talk with nitrogen guru Professor Mark Sutton about the growing health and environmental dangers posed by our "nitrogen footprint". Plus what does it mean to be a "demitarian"?

From the podcast studios of The University of Melbourne.

Environmental physicist Prof Mark Sutton explains how our fast growing 'nitrogen footprint' from agriculture and industry is reaching crisis levels as reactive nitrogen pollutes our air and soil and is a direct threat to human health. A leading researcher and advisor on nitrogen policy, Prof Sutton…
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Viruses can jump from animals to humans, but what risk do we pose to animals?

New on Up Close podcast, from The University of Melbourne and The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

Virologist Eddie Holmes explains how viral and bacterial pandemics of the type that spawned the Black Death and Ebola remain an unpredictable and inevitable part of our future. Professor Holmes describes how new technologies like genomic sequencing help us explore the origins and evolution of pathog...
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In our first podcast of 2017, we talk with internationally renowned virologist Prof Eddie Holmes about human pandemics, and how technologies are evolving to allow us to peek into diseases of the ancient world as well as help contain inevitable future outbreaks.

From the podcast studios of The University of Melbourne and The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

Virologist Eddie Holmes explains how viral and bacterial pandemics of the type that spawned the Black Death and Ebola remain an unpredictable and inevitable part of our future. Professor Holmes describes how new technologies like genomic sequencing help us explore the origins and evolution of pathog...
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Our annual PhD research episode. This time around young researchers Anne Aulsebrook and Mitchell Nothling tell us about their work on the impact of city lights on bird behavior, plus learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.

From the podcast studios of The University of Melbourne. With help from Science at Melbourne and Engineering and IT at The University of Melbourne.

In our annual PhD episode, we chat with two young researchers on their diverse investigations. We hear from bioscientist Anne Aulsebrook, who is looking at how urban lighting and light pollution is impacting the health and behaviour of wild birds that make their home in our cities. We also speak to…
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When is a state guilty of a crime and what, if any, are the consequences?

We speak to criminologist Prof Penny Green from International State Crime Initiative.

From the podcast studios of The University of Melbourne.

Criminologist Penny Green explains how states, entrusted to define crimes and enforce the laws that deter them, can themselves be complicit in the worst social harms. Professor Green is director of the International State Crime Initiative, which seeks to understand how states can become perpetrators...
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How do we deal with threats to food security from livestock and crop diseases? Virologist and infectious diseases guru Prof John Fazakerley weighs in with the latest.

From The University of Melbourne and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley details the myriad threats to the global food supply from pathogen infestations in crops and livestock, and how new genetic and surveillance technologies are lending hope to keeping them check. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.
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What's the health cost of living in cities, and how does urban and transport design factor in? The evidence is in from global cities health researcher Mark Stevenson.

From The University of Melbourne and MSD - Melbourne School of Design.

Urban public health researcher Prof Mark Stevenson describes the better human health outcomes to be had in cities that emphasize active transport modes like cycling and walking, while discouraging dependence on cars. Presented by Lynne Haultain.
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What are your chances of a full recovery after a stroke? We speak to stroke rehab guru Prof. Julie Bernhardt on the latest research into factors that maximize the odds of overcoming the physical and mental aftermath of stroke.

From The University of Melbourne and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Stroke rehabilitation researcher Prof. Julie Bernhardt discusses the state of the science in stroke recovery. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Prof Bernhardt and her team develop and test new exercises and rehabilitation measures that aim not only to reduce disability but promote recovery. This...
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As our societies age, what will be the place and plight of older workers in the workforce?

We speak with elder law and industrial relations scholar Prof Mia Rönnmar.

From The University of Melbourne.

As populations in the developing world continue to age due to longer life expectancies and lower birth rates, what will be the impact on the workplace? Is there a place for positive age discrimination at a time of high youth unemployment, or should the rights of all workers -- regardless of their ye...
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How do we tell phony claims from legitimate ones?

We speak to psychology researcher Prof Scott Lilienfeld (of Emory University) on pseudoscience and how it can fool us into believing it as real.

From The University of Melbourne.

In a world with a bewildering mix of fact and fiction, and in which social and mainstream media only add to the confusion, how do we separate out false or dubious claims from the well-founded and evidence-based? Research and clinical psychologist Prof Scott Lilienfeld joins science host Dr Andi Horv...
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Can we ever shake the harmful ideologies -- like racism or sexism -- that persist in our societies?

We talk to MIT's Prof Sally Haslanger about why they linger, and how we might seek to combat them. From The University of Melbourne.

Philosopher and social theorist Prof Sally Haslanger outlines the persistence of ideologies like racism or sexism that entrench injustice or privilege, and how we might best combat deeply embedded misconceptions that endure in our societies in defiance of evidence or reasoned argument. Presented by…
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How marketers use our love of nature and the natural to get us to buy, buy, buy. One from our archives. From The University of Melbourne.

Marketing researcher Dr Robin Canniford discusses how consumers -- through their pursuit of outdoor activities often involving sophisticated equipment -- seek to assemble romantic experiences of natur
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We speak with int'l law expert Naz Modirzadeh and political scientist Andrew March about how both western governments and non-state Islamist forces use and abuse the law to justify their military actions. New from The University of Melbourne.

International law expert Prof Naz Modirzadeh and political scientist Assoc Prof Andrew March explore how the United States and other governments contort and stretch international and domestic laws to accommodate the waging of war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces themselves invoke I...
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So how are Millennials faring on the job? A recent episode from our archives. From The University of Melbourne.

Human resources researcher Assoc Prof Eddy Ng discusses how the workplace is changing with the entry of Generation Y into management roles. Find out how workers and managers from Baby Boomer and Gener
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We chat with earthquake expert Dr Mark Quigley about quake geography, how to better prepare for quakes in regions at risk, and how to better inform people in those regions. From The University of Melbourne. Note: we recorded this shortly before the devastating quake in central Italy this week.

Earthquake researcher Assoc Prof Mark Quigley explains the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes into how to better prepare regions at risk, the value of strong science communication to affected populations during crisis, and the importance of developing appropriate building codes in anticip...
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