The University of Newcastle, Australia

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New attacks melanoma with the common cold

New turns the expected on its head, inspiring with its ingenuity. In researching how to use potent viruses to attack and kill tumours, Associate Professor Darren Shafren and his team realised they needn’t look far. In fact, one of the most common viruses of them all turned out to be the key to his ground-breaking discovery: that of the common cold.

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New captures the imagination

New is an art—and a science. And no one better represents the combination of both than engineering graduate Yasser Hamed. Yasser is currently a Crowds Animation Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His work is visible in global box office hits like Moana, Zootopia, and Big Hero 6, and will be seen in the upcoming sequel to Frozen. But he started his journey as a Mechanical Engineering student, right here at the University of Newcastle.

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New brings life to the virtual world

New looks at challenges through fresh eyes. That’s especially true for midwife Dr Donovan Jones and his team, Shanna Fealy and Associate Professor Rohan Walker. With the assistance of Craig Williams of the IT Innovation team they seek to bring Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality to the age-old experience of childbirth—and through these technologies, teach future midwives to save newborn lives.

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New turns a sea sponge into a solution

New is bringing a sea change to the way we treat pancreatic cancer. It all began with the simple sea sponge, and the perseverance of Associate Professor Chris Scarlett from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences.

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New gives him a voice

New gives a voice to those who need it most. In her role as Head of the Speech Pathology Program, Dr Sally Hewat gives the gift of expression to people in developing communities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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New powers a better tomorrow

New is courageous. While global warming and the energy crisis threaten our planet’s future, the odds don’t faze University of Newcastle Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Dr. Jessica Allen. Step by step, Jess and her team are reinventing the way we produce energy and materials—with the potential for a profound positive impact on our environment.

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New asks what others don't

New is a challenger with purpose. Professor of Management Daniel Nyberg shines a light on how corporations could be doing more to fight climate change—a crisis to which they themselves contribute.

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New collaborates

New unites passion and purpose. Dr. Graeme Browne, a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the UON Port Macquarie campus, proves his passion for community health through an incredible breadth of activities and initiatives. Early in his career, Graeme saw a gap in the ability of clinics to serve community health needs and was determined to be part of the solution.

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New inquires

New asks the questions no one else is asking. When Gunilla Haydon, registered nurse and lecturer at UON’s Port Macquarie campus, launched Australia’s first study of the experience of cardiac arrest survivors, she was surprised to discover many untold stories.

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New transcends

As the world grows more complex and interconnected, so do our problems. Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds believes the key to tackling those big problems is empowering students and teachers to become active, engaged global citizens.