As the first 20 years of the 21st century draw to a close, Monash is firmly established as one of the top 100 universities in the world. It continues to broaden its global influence, finding solutions to some of the most challenging issues our societies face.
This is often the result of our initiatives having an impact in local communities in Australia, then being translated to communities abroad. But it is also due to our international campuses and partnerships, which were established with a clear purpose to add value to the regions in which they are situated, in research, education and through complex, interdisciplinary projects.
Our extensive alumni network, now numbering over 380,000, is integral to our success. In this edition of Monash Life we showcase the outstanding achievements of our alumni and find out more about what motivates them to help change the world, for good.
In Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology – affectionately known as ‘the BOM’ – is every Australian’s source of information on weather and water. Graham Hawke is the BOM’s chief strategy officer and shares his insights about his role and the organisation’s work. Another feature interview on weather and climate in this edition is with Dr Kathryn Bormann, who works as a snow scientist at NASA in California, helping predict water flows from snow melt. There is also the familiar face – to Victorian based alumni – of ABC TV’s weather presenter, Paul Higgins.
Other alumni who are making an impact around the globe include pharmacist Thomas Ko (China), independent music entrepreneur Charles Caldas (UK), and anti-modern slavery advocate Kimberley Cole (Hong Kong).
We also celebrate the work of Dr Sandro Demaio – who many will recognise from Ask the Doctor – and his mission to encourage us to adopt healthier diets.
I recommend our interview with performing arts and law graduate, and now actor and playwright, Tom Molyneux, who has written a one-man show titled The Mission about his Indigenous great-great uncle, who served at Gallipoli and Beersheba.
I hope you enjoy delving into the wonderful alumni stories in this edition of Monash Life, and that it inspires you to continue your engagement with the University, or become more closely involved for the first time.