Throughout May we celebrated excellence in teaching and
learning at our University. This is a tradition that was established 21 years
ago when our Student Guild first initiated the Excellence in Teaching Awards.
I'm coming back from what I believe was a successful
lecture, when I run straight into one of my students whom I know was supposed
to be in the class.
I ask the student: "Why were you not there in my riveting
calculus class?" The response ... "I no longer bother to attend lectures; it is
a better use of my time to watch the recorded lecture that is posted later
online for free viewing ..."
Serious work can also be serious fun for physicist Danail Obreschkow.
While the Research Associate Professor at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research is floating around and having fun at zero gravity, his team's experiments are helping them to understand how to harness the energy that is concentrated in a bursting bubble.
You may not know it, but you are using and eating products with seaweed in them every day.
A derivative from seaweed called carrageenan is used as a thickening or stabilising agent in dozens of everyday products including toothpaste, lipstick and diet soft drinks. The farming of seaweed is a multi-billion dollar industry and it is growing.