Join us for this week's roundup of inspiring Scholar news...
Why sustainable investment means investing in advocacy
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published the combined writings of Reuben Finighan, 2016 Commonwealth Bank John Monash Scholar, and Alan Schwartz AM, one of our Victoria State Panellists for the Scholarship Selection Process this year. Their articlediscusses combining traditional investment approaches with investment advocacy. They suggest this approach is the only way businesses and investors can fuel meaningful social and environmental progress.
Making cultures count
Congratulations to Dr Sarah Bourke, 2013 BHP John Monash Scholar, who has won the 2021 Stanner Award. Her academic manuscript Making Cultures Count: Transforming Indigenous Health Data in Australia was assessed by a panel of independent judges as the best submission for the year. Sarah was motivated to tell the story behind the research of the Mayi Kuwayu Study. Having her work published to a wider audience means that more people can learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders do research in their own way for the benefit of their communities.
The grave challenge of managing digital extremis
Marking the impact of 9/11 two decades on, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) have hosted a webinar that discussed the evolution of counterterrorism and extremism. Major General Roger Noble AO DSC CSC, 2008 John Monash Scholar was a panellist at this event. The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Home Affairs made the opening speech. During the webinar conference, Major General Noble discussed the key challenge for managing counterterrorism as being the online proliferation of digital extremism. Watch the full conference on the ASPI website.
Kia Ora from Dr Matt Baker, on Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand has recently interviewed Dr Matt Baker 2005 John Monash Scholar. Matt opens his interview by discussing the recent advocacy initiative by 60 individual John Monash Scholars, who wrote a compelling letter with reasons why we should increase our intake of Afghan refugees. Matt speaks eloquently about his Scholarship from the Foundation, the military legacy of John Monash and his wish for avoiding a mad loop of history repeating itself in the Middle East. Matt also shared his new discovery about elephants and discussed DNA data storage.
Challenging the catalogue imperatives at the Met
Macushla Robinson, 2015 Myer Foundation John Monash Scholar, is compiling a poetic book documenting 181 works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection that have the word ‘rape’ in the title or cataloguing data. The intention of her book is to start a conversation about how catalogue imperatives fail to grapple with the subject of sexual violence. Her work is not affiliated by the Met Museum and is meant to represent a more global and complex project that critiques traditions within the subject of art history for normalising and glamorising rape.
Australia’s MyHealth to blow US health data out of the water
HISA – Australia’s Digital Health Community, is an online media channel that loves to talk to members and stakeholders from the digital health community. They have recently interviewed Dr Martin Seneviratne, 2017 Roden Cutler NSW John Monash Scholar. In this interview Martin discusses how the innovation of the MyHealth Record and the Australian Digital Health Agency will blow the US out of the water from a health informatics perspective, as the establishment of our national and digital health system will open a vast array of opportunities.
Hollywood powerbrokers plan to empower Australian screenwriters
Impact Australia 2 is a program that has been created by Hollywood's Ron Howard, Brian Grazier and Tyler Mitchell. The program pairs screen writers, with mentors from Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts. 2020 Lee Liberman John Monash Scholar Jessie Hugheshas been selected to participate in this program, alongside a handful of other Australians who have demonstrated remarkable talent. The program aims to discover, cultivate, and empower Australian screenwriters.
How we live alongside birds
Art Guide Australia is a print and online magazine exploring contemporary Australian Art. They have recently interviewed Fernando Do Campo, 2014 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholar. In the interview, Fernando discusses his fascination for exploring how we live alongside birds every day, being a large inspiration for his artistic works. Birds have featured in much of his work, and bird watching has been a hobby since his early childhood, where he grew up in Argentina.