Join us for this week's roundup of inspiring Scholar news...
Congratulations Alies Sluiter
The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced their nominees for the 54thAWGIE Awards. Alies Sluiter, 2015 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholar has been nominated for her thesis short film. Entitled Ayaan, this story is about an escaped asylum seeker and her baby, who encounter an Aboriginal man who becomes her only hope for rescue. The AWGIE Awards are judged solely by writers, based on the written script, thereby judging the writer’s intention rather than the finished product. Ayaan has also recently won the prestigious New Zealand Show Me Shorts award for Best International Film. Congratulations Alies!
Turning the conversation to fossil-fuel production
Dr Fergus Green, 2012 John Monash Scholar, has recently been published in The Conversation. In his article, Fergus suggests that measuring fossil-fuel infrastructure and projects are the most effective way to measure a country’s commitment to achieving net zero. Fergus is currently a Lecturer in Political Theory and Public Policy at the University College London.
Creative Technology and the Future of Story
Inspired for Impact is a podcast that explores what inspires and what can be used for inspiration. They have recently interviewed Jessie Hughes 2020 Lee Liberman John Monash Scholar for an episode that discusses the digitisation of the art industry. Topics include digital humans, also known as avatars and NFT’s which are non-fungible tokens stored on the blockchain which can protect digital art assets.
Combating Climate Change with Chemistry
SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) is hosting a COP26 Youth Panel Event on Thursday the 4th of November. Dr Brett Parkinson, 2017 Woodside John Monash Scholar, will be a guest speaker alongside other young scientists working on climate change solutions. The event will focus on fuels of the future, turning waste into gold and engineering nature. Brett currently works for C-Zero in California, a hard-tech startup that works on the decarbonisation of natural gas. He also received an SCI Scholarship for his research, a high-profile award that specifically supports early-career scientists.
Imbalances of power
The National Indigenous Times has published an opinion piece co-authored by Sarah Schwartz, 2019 Roden Cutler NSW John Monash Scholar. The article discusses recent evidence suggesting that certain practices in prisons could lead to an imbalance of power, which can be particularly traumatic for people who are marginalised or with previous trauma. Sarah is currently a Senior Lawyer and Advocate in the Wirray Practice at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
It is our pleasure to invite you to the virtual 2021 John Monash Oration proudly hosted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.