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Madaline Healey has a chat with plant pathologist and international agricultural researcher Lester Burgess Tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in country NSW. My father was a headmaster in small one-teacher schools until I was 14 when we moved to Campbelltown, near Sydney. My formative years were spent in a village near Mudgee in the central west. The school residence was surrounded by wheat fields and sheep paddocks. My grandparents had mixed farms in the Crookwell and Yass districts. My first pocket monies came from selling rabbit skins and picking up potatoes (spuds). I developed a love…
Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

Your thesis, your future

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Chris Barlow, Fisheries Research Program Manager, ACIAR Chris Barlow is the Fisheries RPM at ACIAR and recently shared his pearls of wisdom with the 2016 John Allwright Fellows during their training workshop in Canberra. Chris previously featured in an episode of “10 minutes with”, where he talked about his career in International Ag R4D. Today’s advice from Chris covers three areas: Writing a thesis - What to do AND what not to do, and building a career beyond your studies. Writing a thesis – what to DO 1. Start now Do not plan to write the whole thing or even…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

Gifts from the Golden Land

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By Ania Peterson “Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…” I am in a hotel lobby in Meiktila, Myanmar, singing a deeply expressive Sound of Music duet with my lecturer. Loudly! The proprietor of the hotel continues to chant his Buddhist mantras, pretending he doesn’t mind that his lobby has been turned into a makeshift laboratory, complete with centrifuge and 60 cattle blood samples. My colleagues are running an ad hoc tutorial on making blood smears for the Myanmar veterinary students, while periodically stopping to join us in song as we make our way through the entire Julie Andrews back…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 00:00

Working with children

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Dr Stephen Ives, Research Fellow, UTAS. The underlying objective of conducting research for development in Asia, the pacific and Africa is to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children. Children are our future – are they not? But aren’t they also our present? More often than not, children in the developing economies are involved in the day to day activities of a smallholder farming enterprise. However, up until recently our research endeavours have focussed on ‘farmer’ engagement and participation, which implies working with a senior member of the family to improve the productivity and profitability of the farm.…
My husband Alex is a passionate coffee drinker, a tragic addict. Being from Spain, he is in constant pursuit of the ‘café cortado’. It’s not a latte, it has less milk and it’s not an expresso, it has some milk.  He prefers it if the milk is warm, not added as an after-thought like it sometimes is at hotel breakfasts and definitely not a scalding 2000⁰C which is common in some parts of the world. The perfect coffee experience. Christmas day 2015 in Vientiane, Laos.  Like any addiction, there are highs and lows to the coffee experience and these are…