Join us for this week's roundup of inspiring Scholar news...
Adapting to climate change in a COVID-19 world
Dr Arjuna Dibley, 2016 Woodside John Monash Scholar, is a lead author of the Adaptation Gap Report 2021, published by the UN environment programme. In the UN’s Ask a scientist YouTube series, Arjuna was featured in a recent episode which answers some of the major questions on how we can adapt to climate change in a COVID-19 world. His work has also been cited in The Brussels Times, highlighting how countries are missing an opportunity to use the fiscal recovery from the pandemic to prioritise resilient and green recoveries, which will help nations adapt to climate impacts such as floods, droughts, storms, and wildfires.
Congratulations Dr Brett Shannon
On the 3rd of November, Dr Brett Shannon was awarded the RACP Jameson Investigator Award for Research related to Indigenous Health Issues. Dr Brett Shannon, 2021 Australian Universities’ John Monash Scholar, has been working closely with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to advocate for Indigenous occupational health. Part of this ongoing work involves a constitutional reform of the RACP encompassing Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori knowledge and values. Currently juggling three research papers, Brettis excited to share his latest publication with us by the end of the year.
How can we secure Australia’s economic future?
William Witheridge, the 2018 Commonwealth Bank John Monash Scholar has some great ideas on how to secure Australia’s economic future. Currently completing a PhD in Economics at New York University, a large portion of his research is based on public infrastructure spending to boost productivity and economic growth. Williamwears many hats as a mathematician, statistician and data analyst to discern the optimal mix of taxes and borrowing required to support the growth of public infrastructure and best serve society. Read about his future plans to deliver the very best human, environmental and economic outcomes.
Research suggests a global pandemic treaty
The Lancet has published a new article - How an outbreak became a pandemic: a chronological analysis of crucial junctures and international obligations in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-authored by Dr Alexandra Phelan, 2013 Pratt Foundation John Monash Scholar, this research reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic exploited gaps in current disease detection, alert and response mechanisms. The research suggests the development of a global pandemic treaty that will demand a universal commitment to rapid detection, transparent and timely communications and subsequent responses.
Boardrooms in the bush stimulate regional economies
The Exchange is a co-working space, launched by Jillian Kilby 2013 BHP John Monash Scholar. In a drive to stimulate the regional economies of Dubbo and Narrabri, The Exchange has launched a new “Boardrooms In The Bush” initiative. Commonwealth Bank Regional and Agribusiness Leadership Team, Cleanstar Ventures and the senior team of Woolworths are just a few of the organisations that have committed to hosting regional meetings at The Exchange next year. In a recent article by the Daily Liberal, Jillian said "By hosting your business meeting in Dubbo or Narrabri with us, you are supporting The Exchange to provide regional business owners with the space to connect, the room to grow, the opportunity to learn, and the support they need to succeed.”