Around this time of year you see plenty of articles (such as this one) reflecting on notable technologies and events of the year now gone. Such pieces will also attempt to predict the events of the year just started.
Confucius philosophised that if you find the job you love you'll never work a day in your life. Although inspirational and, on first glance, straightforward, the sad truth is that doing what you love is the dream of many, but the reality of few. Approximately one year ago I went from being one of many to one of the select few.
Recently I went to see the movie Red Dog, which is set in the Pilbara, a place very close to my heart.
This gentle film captured not just the joys of living with a cheeky kelpie who does exactly as it pleases (also close to my heart) but how the shimmering horizon beckons, where blue sky sweeps across a red and yellow landscape and where the red dust gets under your skin - and just about everywhere else.
Alarming increases in obesity and the accompanying concerns of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer have triggered warning bells among the nation's policy makers. The need to do something is obvious - exactly how to approach this complex and contentious issue is less clear.
For many years Western Australia has been a leader in Australia in sleep medicine - this new facility provides a unique opportunity for Western Australia to now be at the forefront of sleep research and sleep education.
Recently there has been widespread discussion of the new ERA (Excellence in Research in Australia) ratings. This has been a positive development, providing greater transparency about the nature and extent of world-class research output, university by university, discipline by discipline. There is a risk, however, that we are in danger of losing focus on the diverse missions of Australia's 39 universities.