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17 Mar 2023Is China becoming a peacemaker?

Professor Nick Bisley, La Trobe Asia

14 Mar 2023South Asian students need support to find jobs

Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh, Professor Hannah Holmes, Dr Sabrina Gupta

10 Mar 2023Royal commission exposes Robodebt

Dr Darren O'Donovan, La Trobe Law School

08 Mar 2023Crocodiles are protected against fungal infections

Scott Williams PhD Candidate and Professor Mark Hulett, Head of Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry

03 Mar 2023Gen F-d: policies favour rich, older people

Alison Pennington, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

27 Feb 2023Southeast Asian movies are having their moment

Dr Nasya Bahfen, Department of Media and Communication

23 Feb 2023Chronic fatigue informing long Covid treatment

Dr Sarah Annesley, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cell and Molecular Biology, Dr Elisha Josev Senior Research Officer and Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist at Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Dr Michelle Tavoletti Adjunct Research Officer, La Trobe University

14 Feb 2023Government not yet shown foreign policy know-how

Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri

06 Feb 2023Nurse practitioners could help rescue rural health

Professor Jane Mills, Dr Fiona Burgermeister and Associate Professor Leesa Hooker

31 Jan 2023How to learn to work with AI and not avoid it

Associate Professor Daswin De Silva, Deputy Director of the Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition

30 Jan 202320 minute neighbourhoods are more than proximity

Dr Hulya Gilbert Lecturer in Planning and Human Geography at La Trobe University, and Dr Ian Woodcock, University of Sydney

27 Jan 2023The 1881 Maloga petition

Professor Julie Andrews and Emeritus Professor Richard Broome

24 Jan 2023Fantasy football highs and lows of IRL players

Dr Luke Wilkins, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

23 Jan 2023How to talk to someone about conspiracy theories

Dr Mathew Marques, La Trobe University, Professor Karen Douglas, University of Kent and Assistant Professor Daniel Jolley, University of Nottingham

23 Jan 2023Hearing the Voice over the noise

Dr Dominic Kelly, Honorary Research Fellow Politics

19 Jan 2023The history of the word 'queer'

Associate Professor Timothy W. Jones, history

18 Jan 2023New housing models could prevent shocking abuse

Adjunct Associate Professor Di Winkler

13 Jan 2023Archivists' tough calls have consequences

Adjunct Professor Stuart Kells, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

09 Jan 2023‘Masking’ and ‘camouflaging’ autism and ADHD

Beth Radulski, PhD Candidate and Neurodiversity Project Manager

22 Dec 2022Pubs tiled because patrons would pee? Not exactly.

Tanja Luckins Historian, Department of Archaeology and History

15 Dec 2022Snakes have a clitoris

Dr Jenna Crowe-Riddell, Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroecology

13 Dec 2022Is it ok for journalists to lie to get a story?

Professor Andrea Carson, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University and Denis Muller, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Advancing Journalism, The University of Melbourne

07 Dec 2022From marriage equality to the Voice

Professor Dennis Altman, VC Fellow - Emeritus Professor Vice Chancellors Office

06 Dec 2022Men are slowly losing their Y chromosome

Jenny Graves, Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Vice Chancellor's Fellow

01 Dec 2022The Angels back in the spotlight

Janelle K Johnstone, PhD Candidate

28 Nov 2022Tourism campaigns often perpetuate stereotypes

Senior Lecturer Dr John Taylor, Anthropology La Trobe University; Senior Lecturer Dr Tarryn Phillips, Crime, Justice and Legal Studies La Trobe University; PhD Candidate Edward Narain, RMIT University and Research Fellow Philippa Chandler, University of Melbourne

25 Nov 2022Nick Cave overture to 2026 Comm Games

Paul Strickland, Lecturer - Tourism, Hospitality and Events

23 Nov 2022Invertebrates: our ecosystem's backbone

Peter Contos and Heloise Gibb, La Trobe University

23 Nov 2022Captive lyrebirds lose their culture

Alex Maisey, Postdoctoral research fellow, Research Centre for Future Landscapes

22 Nov 2022COVID IP waiver should be expanded

Deborah Gleeson, Dianne Nicol, James Scheibner

21 Nov 2022Discussing autism diagnosis with kids

Josephine Barbaro, Marie Camin

21 Nov 2022APEC winds up, ‘summit season’ successes

Nick Bisley, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations

16 Nov 2022Growing food on the moon

Kim Johnson, Harvey Millar, Matthew Gilliham

11 Nov 2022North Korea's missile tests raise alarm

Dr Ben Habib, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

09 Nov 2022Would co-CEOs be best for every company?

Professor Suzanne Young, La Trobe Business School

07 Nov 2022Australians must learn from Robodebt

Dr Darren O'Donovan, La Trobe Law School

07 Nov 2022Engineers wanted: sport depends on them

Professor Chris Stoltz, Professor of Practice, Engineering, La Trobe University

04 Nov 2022We asked NDIS participants how to fix it

Adjunct Associate Professor Di Walker and Dr Mark Brown

01 Nov 2022Domestic violence and the Melbourne Cup

Dr Kirsty Forsdike, Dr Anne-Marie Laslett, Associate Professor Leesa Hooker

25 Oct 2022Sherpa: Stories of Life and Death

Ruth Gamble, historian of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya

24 Oct 2022Xi cements power, exposed on economy

Tony Walker, Vice-chancellor's fellow

18 Oct 2022Food's an issue to chew over

Tony Bacic, Director of the La Trobe Institute for Agriculture & Food (LIAF)

17 Oct 2022People are shivering in cold and mouldy homes – how did that happen?

Adjunct Research Fellow Rachel Goldlust, Archaeology and Heritage La Trobe University

17 Oct 2022A World Heritage system reform catalyst?

Associate Professor Anita Smith, Archaeology and Heritage La Trobe University, and Helen Marsh, Emeritus Professor, Environmental Science, James Cook University