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On the Move | February 2017

Freshwater takes reins at UWA The University of Western Australia has elevated one of its senior executives to vice-chancellor. Professor Dawn Freshwater, who was acting vice-chancellor after professor Paul Johnson announced his departure from the role, has been selected as ...

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Strictly speaking | Solastalgia

The suffix –algia comes from the Greek word meaning ‘pain’, and is normally used in medical terms that  categorise physical distress, as in myalgia (‘muscle pain’) and odontalgia (‘toothache’). By contrast, the less specialised word nostalgia refers to mental anguish, ...

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Strictly speaking | Connectography

This word owes its origin to one person’s creative thinking, in the title of Parag Khanna’s Connectography: Mapping the future of global civilization.  It was published less than a year ago (April 2016) along with a TED Talk, and with ...

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On the Move | January 2017

Hill headed  for ECU Professor Angela Hill will soon join Edith Cowan University from James Cook University where her most recent appointment has been dean of learning, teaching and student engagement. ECU says Hill’s portfolio will encompass the Centre for ...

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On the Move | December 2016

TDA chair steps down After more than 11 years leading TAFE Directors Australia, chief executive Martin Riordan will be stepping down from the organisation’s helm in March 2017. TDA chair Mary Faraone said Riordan had spoken to the board and outlined ...

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Strictly speaking | Phubbing

Creating new words is an unpredictable business. How was Lewis Carroll to know that amongst the brillig, gimble and uffish of “Jabberwocky”, chortle would gain popular acceptance? Did we really need a new term for laughing? Advertising agency McCann thought ...

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On the Move | November 2016

PhD researches FOOTBALL, and plays it A PhD student from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, whose work could benefit football players, has been selected to play for Carlton in the first AFL Women’s League draft. Kate Gillespie-Jones was picked 14th among the ...

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Strictly Speaking | LUXED and LUSH

An international hotel advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald invites readers to get luxed on a stopover in Singapore. Those old enough to remember the ubiquitous bar of Lux soap might wonder if this is just an upgrade on the ...

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OTM | October 2016

UC picks gender equity leader The University of Canberra has appointed women’s advocate, journalist and ABC News presenter Virginia Haussegger to the new position of director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation. The gender-equality initiative will be based within UC’s ...

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Strictly Speaking | Atas

English has always extended itself with words from other languages. Recent additions to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) have a certain East Asian flavour to them. Literally, in some cases, with the inclusion of plenty of culinary words such as ...

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