Here are the highlights from this week’s new job listings on CareerHub: Digital producer / project manager intern, HCF This paid internship is ideally suited to someone who is studying a Media, IT, Commerce or Engineering degree, and who has experience with CMS, basic HTML/CSS Skills. You will work on a state-of-the-art Content Management System – Adobe Experience […]
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As part of the Central Courtyard Precinct works, the Campus Hub (Buildings C9A and C10A) closed permanently on Friday and will soon be decommissioned. Due to these planned works, the following parking and road closure changes will be in effect from 4 December 2017 to 18 February 2018: Gymnasium Road will be closed to all traffic (except […]
Don’t ever be late for a lecture, tute or meeting again! Just grab one of Reddy Go’s fleet of bright red share bikes from existing bike racks around campus and you’re on your way! The bikes arrived over the weekend and are available for you to use on campus from today, and feature built-in GPS, 3-speed […]
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With the first ball of the 2017-2018 Ashes series between England and Australia being bowled today in Brisbane, we asked Dr Keith Rathbone from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations to explain the origin of the iconic term and what the head-to-head record is!
On September 2nd, 1882, the British sports paper, The Sporting Times, published a satirical obituary following Australia’s first cricket victory over England at The Oval in South London. The English team, much embarrassed by their stunning defeat to their own colony, promised to go to Australia to “bring those Ashes home".
The ad read: "In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29 August 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances R.I.P. N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."
In spite of the infamy of The Sporting Times obituary, the name “The Ashes” did not catch on until almost 20 years later when the celebrated Australian all-rounder, George Geffen, used the term in his autobiography 'With Bat and Ball'. The 1903 test series in Australia again included an English captain, Pelham Warner, who promised to return to England with “The Ashes” and the term has remained popular since that time, said Dr Rathbone.
"The current head-to-head record of the Ashes is tied: both England and Australia have 32 series wins with five ties. The close series record obscures the fact that since 1882, Australia has held onto the Ashes for 79 of those years. Australia also boasts a slight edge in Test victories: 130 victories, 106 defeats, and 89 draws. Whether England retains the Ashes or Australia brings home the Ashes, the winner of the 2017-2018 series will hold onto bragging rights until 2019," he said.
With Amazon.com soft-launching their Australian arm today ahead of Black Friday sales, we reached out to Professor Martina Linnenluecke from the Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies for her take on the impact the tech giant will have on the Australian retail landscape.
"Overseas experience in the European markets has shown a remarkable boom in online shopping. While some medium-sized online retailers have seen significant sales growth, the majority of small online retailers have experienced a difficult time.
"Amazon, due to large sales volumes, has been able to drive down costs. It is likely that the Australian market will follow a similar pathway to overseas markets, especially if Amazon rolls out its full-service offering. Customers will benefit from lower prices and increased service delivery, but many retailers are rightfully concerned about the implications of increased competitiveness.
"The traditional brick and mortar store is not dead, but needs to carefully think about the basis for competition, and offer a superior in-store service that will attract customers to visit the physical store. There are also plenty of products that customers find difficult to purchase online, especially cosmetics, clothing or other personal items. Here, traditional stores can win customers over with the actual experience of trialling goods."
Volcano watch! Our expert volcanologist Associate Professor Heather Handley has this update on yesterday's explosion of Bali's Mt Agung.
“The Volcano hasn't truly erupted yet as it was just a steam-driven and not magma-driven explosion. This type of eruption occurs when groundwater or surface water is heated by molten rock (magma) or hot volcanic rocks.
“Earthquake activity has not increased at the volcano and the Indonesian authorities have not increased the alert level, which remains at level 3 (on a scale of 1-4). An exclusion zone of 6-7.5 km from the summit is still in place.
“The Authorities are urging people to remain calm, and at present, there is no impact to air travel. However, the situation is considered 'dynamic' and could change at any time so people are urged to keep in contact with airlines, information from local authorities and the Australian Government's Smart Traveller web advice.”
Collaboration is key to saving our species! Biodiversity Node at Macquarie University has won a very prestigious national award - the BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit (Non-Economic) for their work to protect #biodiversity in a changing climate.
The Department of Geography and Planning was established at the beginning of 2015. It brings together the disciplines of Human Geography and Urban Planning with an interdisciplinary approach to relations between people, place, and culture in terms of social and environmental justice, sustainability, development and professional practice.
This year, a group of nine students (doing the Human Geography capstone unit GEOP380: Human Geography in Action) and two teachers, traveled to Bawaka in North East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory!
The undergraduate students apply to go on the field trip, which has been set up as part of a long-term research relationship between human geography academics and Yolngu women from Bawaka. As part of their 6-credit point unit, students learn about doing ethical and reciprocal research and focus on their own research topics around issues of Indigenous self-determination and cultural tourism.
The team has created a blog to share their journey with you! Read more: http://macq.it/2AYwXUz
"Those first five years of life are absolutely critical. If you don't do well in those first years of life, you're already on the back foot in terms of everything from academic achievement to whether you're more likely to be incarcerated...and even things like your propensity to maintain a sustained committed relationship."
This week on the Pioneering Minds podcast, Dr Yeshe Colliver from the Department of Educational Studies talks about the most effective ways to teach children and the sense of play that's so important in developmental learning.
$499,000 grant to reduce Macquarie Park congestion.
Macquarie University and the City of Ryde have been awarded a $499,000 technology grant to reduce congestion and improve connectivity at Macquarie Park. The grant was announced by Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor as part of the government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
On top of the tech grant, Macquarie University and the Council of the City of Ryde will each provide $250,000 in co-funding to see the project become a reality.
Read more: http://macq.it/2ixDJtr | Photo: Adam Ward
Louise is on the front line in the fight against the next generation of superbugs. Having completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Research, she is now a PhD candidate researching how low levels of antibiotics in our environment encourage antibiotic resistance in common bacteria that could become, or create, the next superbug. Internships during her Masters program gave her the chance to try out different research areas, but once she started working in Professor Michael Gillings’ lab, she was hooked. Louise always loved science when she was at Cumberland High School and couldn’t wait to get started in research. She still has that passion today. Kick-start your career in Science at Macquarie University: http://macq.it/2jFThi9
Congratulations to Professor Richard Kefford and Professor Ian Wright! Both researchers have been named a Web of Science 2017 Highly Cited Researcher, meaning they are among a distinguished group of the most frequently cited researchers in the world.