public policy

Episode 50      21 min 27 sec
Criminal Investigation and Your DNA

Jeremy Gans

Assoc Prof Jeremy Gans discusses the benefits, limitations and privacy implications of using DNA in criminal investigation. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 49      26 min 18 sec
How We'll Fare in the Global Food Crisis

Snow Barlow
Rajinder S. Sidhu

Prof Snow Barlow, the University of Melbourne, backgrounds the sharp rise in food prices, and looks at how science and technology may provide solutions in feeding an ever growing global population. Also, Prof Rajinder S. Sidhu from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, discusses the impact of elevated food prices on Indian society. With Science host, Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 48      28 min 54 sec
Researching Indigenous Health in Australia and New Zealand

Prof Ian Anderson
Assoc Prof Papaarangi Reid

Professor Ian Anderson discusses contemporary approaches to health research and education for indigenous Australia. We also hear a New Zealand angle from Assoc Prof Papaarangi Reid of the University of Auckland. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 46      23 min 36 sec
The Human Hand in Climate Change

Prof David Karoly

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Prof David Karoly calculates the human-caused contribution to climate change. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 41      21 min 27 sec
Drinking The Same Water Twice -- Potable Water From Waste

Prof Peter Scales
Prof David Fox

Prof Peter Scales demystifies the process of recovering potable water from waste water, while Prof David Fox compares the cost of recycling with desalination. With Up Close science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 34      16 min 08 sec
Cities and Extreme Events

Assoc Prof Priyan Mendis
Assoc Prof Nick Haritos

Assoc Profs Priyan Mendis and Nick Haritos reveal how cities stand up to extreme events like explosive blasts and tsunamis. With Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 31      13 min 22 sec
Genetic Testing and Young People

Dr Rony Duncan

Dr Rony Duncan discusses the ethical issues surrounding genetic testing of young people. With host Dr Shane Huntington. This episode concludes our "Summer Season of Science". Up Close will resume its regular programming with the next episode.

Episode 28      28 min 17 sec
Post-Natal Depression Across Cultures

Assoc Prof Jane Fisher
Dr Tran Tuan

Post-natal, or perinatal, depression is found beyond the wealthy, Europeanised societies with which this phenomenon is usually associated. In this podcast, Assoc Prof Jane Fisher of the Key Centre for Women's Health discusses PND and its incidence in poorer countries, especially Vietnam. With host Sian Prior.

Episode 22      31 min 12 sec
Geopolitics of Climate Change

Dr Peter Christoff

Dr Peter Christoff explores the global politics of climate change with Sian Prior.

Guest: Dr Peter Christoff, School of Social and Environmental Enquiry.

Topic: Geopolitics of Climate Change

Episode 20      26 min 43 sec
Genetically modified (GM) crops: the wheat from the chaff

Prof Rick Roush

Professor Rick Roush examines the realities and myths around Genetically Modified (GM) or transgenic Crops. With Dr Shane Huntington.

Guest: Professor Rick Roush, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Resources.

Topic: Genetically modified crops: the wheat from the chaff