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Seriously Social helps you understand your world. Each week listen to in depth, intelligent insights from Australia’s best social scientists. We talk human society, our social relationships and the world in transition. Brought to you by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
 
Join our Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) community as we share behind-the-scenes insights on the innovation and collaboration taking place on campus. On this podcast, we share conversations with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other guests. Visit our website at kgi.edu and follow us on social media @KeckGrad.
 
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With Covid rates remaining stubbornly high and a huge pent-up demand for hospital care, the UK’s National Health Service faces a tough winter. Intensive care wards are the canary in the mine, reports Rachael Jolley. Mark Toshner: We can make beds, but what we can’t make are specialised staff to run those beds. The accident and emergency department …
 
In this Industry Talk, Andrey Zarur, PhD, discusses "Conquering COVID: Gaps in Global Vaccine Strategy”. Zarur co-founded GreenLight Biosciences in 2008 to develop advanced biological solutions to overcome some of the biggest challenges faced by the human race, including sustainable food production, response and preparedness for pandemics, and glob…
 
KGI Professor Dr. Animesh Ray and Associate Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Jeniffer Hernandez have been selected as 2021 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Transformative Research Award recipients as part of the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. This fund supports inherently risky and untested proje…
 
Ever cut your own hair then speed dialled your hairdresser for a fix? Regretted a spot of DIY? If so, you’ll have a new respect for experts. But now that everyone has a platform, which voices can we trust to keep us informed? Or are we happier just listening to anyone willing to tell us what we want to hear? Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Fol…
 
Go on, admit it. When Prince Harry and Megan Markle left the UK – you took note. Ok, maybe YOU didn’t, but millions of others did. But why, in modern society, are monarchies so persistent? Guided by declared republican Professor Dennis Altman, we look at monarchies from a global perspective: the ones that work, the ones that don't, and the ones tha…
 
If you hooked up with your partner in recent years chances are, you met online. For those who spent their early years of dating ‘old school’, the shift to online dating came with some bias. But what is the impact of internet dating on human relationships? Hear from Emerita Professor Christine Beasley, author of Internet Dating: Intimacy and Social …
 
Can money right a wrong? How hard is it on victims going through the court system seeking money justice? In this episode, Turia Pitt talks frankly about why she pursued a financial settlement; Professor Kathleen Daly explains money justice and its roots; and lawyer Josh Bornstein gives an insider's perspective on the road he’s seen victims travel i…
 
Can you trust your memories? Ever wondered if your earliest recollections really happened the way you remember them? Professor Amanda Barnier helps us explore the strengths and challenges of memory: how it works and how others can help us to remember better. Plus, Professor Kate Darien-Smith helps uncover how historians shape memories on everyone’s…
 
Feeling old? Good news: you’re trending. Globally, there are now more people over the age of 65 than five and under. By 2050, there’ll be more over 65s than under 21s. But in Australia, where 1 in 10 Australian companies will not hire people over 50, ageism is rife. So what’s the cost of excluding older people, and what are some solutions to our ag…
 
How will you retire well? How much money will you need to maintain your standard of living once you’re not working, particularly in your last 20-30 years of life? With help from our guest Professor Andrew Podger from the Australian National University (ANU), you’ll learn when to throw money into superannuation (and when to supercharge your efforts)…
 
In this summer speaker series, we hear from Ankit Lodha, MBS ’13, Director Data Science Portfolio Management, Janssen Research & Development. Lodha executes various AI/ML models in supporting the execution of clinical trial portfolios. He worked on the COVID-19 vaccine program to build a data-driven COVID-19 Vaccine Development approach for Janssen…
 
With travel bans and canned plans, negotiating travel in the time of COVID is proving tricky. We’ll talk to experts about where the industry is at now, learn what’s happened to those dependant on the industry for their career, and explain why tourism is so stuck negotiating the present it’s almost impossible for those in it to plan for the future.…
 
Whether or not your own business – or your own employment situation – was impacted directly, nobody could ignore seeing the financial impact of COVID-19 start to unfold last year. Podcast host Ginger Gorman reviews her 2020 interview with Economics Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald Ross Gittins, who stated that Australia's recession was “complet…
 
It’s not about individual countries. It’s not about individual regions. It’s not even about blocks. This doesn’t work unless we vaccinate everybody. But is geopolitics getting in the way of good public health policy as we strive to overcome COVID-19? In this podcast, Rachael Jolley, former editor-in-chief of Index on Censorship and research fellow …
 
What's involved in forecasting the Federal Budget, COVID-19 daily case numbers, or Australia's electricity needs? Join expert Professor Rob Hyndman as he explains the art of prediction. This episode also features guests Jehan Ratnatunga (Who Gives A Crap) and leading economist Stephen Koukoulas.Bởi Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
 
In this Industry Talk, KGI featured Douglas Jackson, who serves as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately four semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and c…
 
The death of writer and activist Nawal el Saadawi has just been announced. In 2011 Tess Woodcraft interviewed her at a conference organised by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Right Organisation for Pod Academy. We reproduce it here. Typically, and at 80 years old, she had stopped off at the Occupy encampment around St Paul’s Cathedral on her way fr…
 
This Industry Talk features Bonnie H. Anderson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veracyte, a leading genomic diagnostics company that leverages deep genomic insights to transform care. Ms. Anderson’s career spans over 30 years in regulated diagnostics and life science markets. She cofounded Veracyte in 2008 and served as the company’s Pr…
 
Toxic masculinity and rape culture are in the headlines again. And women are furious. So how can we reset masculine norms? We met two men working to help others embrace an expression of masculinity that is healthy for all genders. We also look to the past to understand the present as Professor Pauline Grosjean explains how gender imbalance in the a…
 
Dr. Barbara Fortini joins DNA Today host Kira Dineen to discuss the growing career opportunities in genomic data analytics. Fortini is the program director for KGI's Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics program. She also teaches their genetic counseling students. Her research interests focus on colorectal cancer, the third…
 
Journalism has sometimes been a dangerous profession during the pandemic, but there has been real innovation, too. In this, the third part of our series on Journalism in the Pandemic, Rachael Jolley, former editor-in-chief of Index on Censorship and research fellow at the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield considers how …
 
Have you ever used humour in a potentially inappropriate situation? Did it help? Humour does more than provide a giggle or two. It's an energiser, an icebreaker and a team builder. In this episode, Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu, Dr David Cheng and the 2020 cartoonist of the year Cathy Wilcox explain its purpose and provide some laughs along the way …
 
Authoritarian restrictions on the press, attacks on journalists in the streets and more accusations of ‘fake news’ – it’s like a war zone out there. Rachael Jolley looks at the dangers of reporting during the Covid -19 pandemic. Jolley (@londoninsider) has developed a series of podcasts for Pod Academy on News in the Pandemic, this is the second in…
 
Do you have an image you just can't get out of your mind? Something from the news or a current event? Did it impact how you thought about that issue - maybe for decades? According to Professor Roland Bleiker (and at least one Ethiopian taxi driver) visual politics is a real thing, and it's twisting our perceptions every day.…
 
Local newspapers have been in decline for years, but the decline has been massively exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. Can a new type of hyper-local journalism be the answer for local news and local democracy? And how will it be funded? Rachael Jolley (@londoninsider), research fellow @sheffjournalism and former Editor-in-Chief of Index on Censorsh…
 
We're excited to share the audio from a webinar presented by KGI Dean of Research Larry Grill on December 14, 2020. The webinar focused on the body’s immune response when it’s infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the different types of vaccines that fight virus diseases, and how AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna are developing their COVID-19 va…
 
The TV show, Neighbours, premiered in 1985. Since then, you’re likely to know half as many neighbours as you did in the mid-1980s. So, how did your community help you get through 2020? And why is something Professor Andrew Leigh terms “an ugly term for a beautiful concept” (social capital) so important?…
 
As a partner with KGI, the Biocon Academy recently celebrated seven years of imparting knowledge to more than 700 students in the life sciences sector. On November 25, they hosted a special webinar featuring KGI's President Sheldon Schuster and other experts from the biotech industry. Speakers for the session included: Sheldon Schuster, President, …
 
Do you have a family recipe that keeps you together? Most of us have at least one dish in our repertoire that holds decades of memories - or even family history. Did you revisit that recipe this year? One of Australia’s eminent food historians shares how food keeps us together, even when we are apart – both in good times and times of crisis, and wh…
 
In this episode, we are featuring KGI student government leaders Erik Wehse, Divij Gulati, and Narine Kareptyan. Through the interview, they discuss how they became interested in science and healthcare, their KGI experience, how COVID-19 has impacted their learning, and their career aspirations. We encourage you to connect with KGI Student Governme…
 
As part of KGI's Industry Talk series, this episode features Rob Tenerowicz, Senior VP of Global Supply and Planning at BioMarin. Rob Tenerowicz joined BioMarin in September 2011 and serves as Senior Vice President, Global Supply and Planning. His responsibilities include supply chain, engineering, program management, and strategic network planning…
 
How much would you pay to claw back some extra time? Would the answer be different now that, as one of the few silver linings of COVID 19, you can work from home a lot more? Would it be $10 a week? $20 a week? Transport expert Professor David Hensher actually knows the answer. (Spoiler: It’s a lot!) The death of commuting is making many of us happi…
 
How far would you go to right a wrong? Would you crowdfund your way to the High Court? That’s exactly what Professor Jenny Hocking did when she realised Australians were being kept from accessing the real history behind the historic 1975 Whitlam government dismissal. We take you behind the scenes to the treasure hunt for those 200 explosive Palace …
 
As part of KGI's Industry Talk Series, our most recent guest was Neelu Gibson. Gibson serves as the Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Medication Management Solutions (MMS), at BD Medical. She is proud to lead a dynamic team of global professionals in creating and executing regulatory strategies and submissions facilitating the availabil…
 
This KGI Industry Talk features Ravneesh Sachdev, the Vice President and Head of Business Development at Sage Therapeutics, based in Cambridge, MA. Sage is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing novel therapies with the potential to transform the lives of people with debilitating disorders of the brain, including Zulresso™, the first F…
 
As part of KGI's Industry Speaker Series, Trustee Ross Grossman interviewed two Regeneron leaders: Dr. Lisa Purcell, Senior Manager, Clinical Sciences, Immunology and Inflammation, and Dr. Alina Baum, Senior Staff Scientist. Lisa Purcell joined Regeneron in 2008 and is a Clinical Scientist in Immunology and Inflammation. She received her PhD from M…
 
Ross Gittins, Economics Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald, has seen both sides of three recessions. This one is the fourth he’s worked through. So why is this one “completely different” and why does this experienced commentator say it will it be harder to get out of? Listen in as Ross and host Ginger Gorman discuss the ins and outs of our strugg…
 
As protests and riots continue in America over police brutality and persecution of people of colour, Australia’s own injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must also be subject to public scrutiny. Join Aboriginal Australian activist and human rights lawyer, Megan Davis, alongside host Ginger Gorman as they reflect on the si…
 
Pyjamas, commuting from bed to your desk just minutes after waking up, no boss looking over your shoulde­r–working from home sounds like a dream. But what about the pressures from family, bad technology, and lack of support from colleagues? Professor Sharon Parker, from the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University, and Laureate from the Austra…
 
Male socialisation and ideals of masculinity already have a devastating effect on the health and well-being of men across the globe. With the added pressures from COVID-19, and forced isolation, this issue is turning into another kind of pandemic. Join Professor Jane Pirkis, Director of the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne sp…
 
Australian higher education institutions are caught up in the fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But closing borders to international students has had an unintended outcome: it’s highlighted faults in the system and raised new questions around higher education in Australian society. How can we best support our international students? Should h…
 
When is a health crisis not just a health crisis? When it’s a global pandemic and it shows up the weak points that already existed in society. But could COVID19, for all its problems, be part of a much-needed reset for Australia’s health and other systems? Former Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Stanley explores the opportunity to build a be…
 
Why do CEOs get paid so much? Why are we so discriminatory about mental illness? And where would the Federal Government’s dollars be best spent in our efforts to reset the economy? Economist, lawyer and former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Professor Allan Fels AO has spent much of his career fighting for the battler. …
 
As Australia reels from the catastrophic bushfires and deals with COVID-19, these moments have revealed the fragility of our infrastructure including supply chains and telecommunications. This episode of the Seriously Social podcast explores Artificial Intelligence and what it means for humanity. Join host Ginger Gorman with cultural anthropologist…
 
In this event, KGI Dean of Research Larry Grill interviewed David Robinson, Deputy Director, CMC Vaccines Development and Surveillance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Robinson and his team work with internal and external partners to develop and execute CMC strategies and harness advances in science and technology that enable vaccine dev…
 
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