WOAE047 Egyptology and Archaeology, Naguib Kanawati

Professor Naguib Kanawati is Director of the Australian Centre for Egyptology at Macquarie University. He explains his fascination with the Old Kingdom and why he considers that researchers should have hands-on experience of archaeological digs. Professor Kanawati has an inspirational personal story of pursuing what he loves doing.

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Video game development in Australia

The education sector in Australia is producing five times as many graduates of video game development courses than there are jobs in the industry. Many of the graduates end up working for poker machine companies. Jeremy Ray discusses his research on this subject for a feature article published in Game Informer magazine.

You can hear an unedited version of this discussion and a longer conversation about video games and the gaming industry in the original podcast episode here.

WOAE046 Video Games, Jeremy Ray a.k.a. Junglist

A discussion of gaming and the video game industry with Jeremy Ray a.k.a. Junglist. Jeremy is best known as a video game critic and a journalist with interests in game and industry development. Among his accomplishments, Jeremy co-created Good Game on ABC television and 5 inch Floppy for GameArena and he recently became Managing Editor of FANDOM in Australia.

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WOAE045 Astronomer Benjamin Pope

Often the first question people ask astronomer Ben Pope is whether Pluto should be a planet. Ben shares his thoughts on this and how it relates to different approaches to astronomy. He also explains his own research of astronomical imaging. Ben has a DPhil in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford and is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney. He’s been awarded a NASA Carl Sagan Fellowship to pursue research at NYU.

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WOAE044 Economics of breast milk, Julie Smith, ANU

A discussion of human milk sharing and emerging markets in breast milk with Dr Julie Smith from the Australian National University. Julie was formerly a senior economist for Australian and New Zealand governments, an advisor to the World Health Organisation, and a breastfeeding councillor and board member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

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September 11 terror attacks

There are not many people who can say they were in counter terrorism during the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. Nick O’Brien, who worked for Scotland Yard for thirty years, was on duty in charge of international intelligence and operations in Special Branch and he recalls the gravity of that moment.

You can access the full conversation with Nick O’Brien about counter terrorism here.

WOAE043 Counter Terrorism, Nick O’Brien, CSU

Nick O’Brien is Associate Professor of Counter Terrorism and Head of the Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security at Charles Sturt University. Nick worked for Scotland Yard for thirty years, and on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks he was in charge of international intelligence and operations in Special Branch. We discuss issues related to terrorism including the impacts of community relations and possible future implications of climate change on migration and security.

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