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Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:00

Many moments in Myanmar…. Part 2

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About 3 months ago you saw a blog from me about moments in Myanmar and I guess this is the sequel… I’m going to be writing a blog about once a month over the next year on what I’m doing in Myanmar. Before I go any further I thought it might be a good time to introduce myself, which I neglected to do in my previous blog. My name is Jenny, I have now been working in Myanmar for just over a year. Before I moved to Myanmar I was working for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)…
Ever since I did agriculture at university I wanted to make a difference in the world and on that journey I found that even though you go out into the world to change others the one that you change the most is yourself. My first year after University had me teaching Agriculture as a volunteer on the island of Savaii in the country of Samoa.  I was straight in the deep end teaching not only ag but a range of other subjects that I didn’t have a great deal of experience in, my theory in life is that you only…
August, 2013. A veterinary clinic consulting room in Sydney. An irate woman is demanding to know why her Bichon Frise no longer looks Bichon-y after his hair cut. No amount of apology, explanation or gentle persuasion will calm this woman down. After all, the hair on his ears is going to take WEEKS to grow back. Don’t get me wrong – there are many great aspects to being a small-animal veterinarian. Having a unique role in nurturing the strong bond between a pet and its owner is a privilege that only some get to experience in their lifetime. But on…
Friday, 05 December 2014 11:00

Happy World Soils Day

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Today we celebrate World Soils Day and look forward to the International Year of Soils in 2015. Since last week’s blog you have been thinking about how soils are the foundation of everyday life. Now is the perfect time to consider your career and the opportunities in soil science. Today I spoke with Dr Robert Edis about what is happening in soil science and where it can take you. The short answer is a lot and anywhere in the world. Soil science degrees can lead to work in a wide array of industries including agriculture, mining, natural resource management, waste…
Friday, 28 November 2014 11:00

Knock-off Time

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It’s Friday afternoon, 5:00 pm. For the past 4 hours you’ve been sitting at your computer thinking about the moment you can finally shut it down and embrace the weekend. For many of us, we celebrate this momentous occasion by cracking open a cold beer, perhaps a glass of red wine accompanied by a slice of cheese or two. Well, before you get too excited, I ask you to ponder just one question. It shouldn’t be too difficult or take up too much time, but it’s rather important you take a moment to give it some thought. The question is:…