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In the last episode of Visions for 2014, we take a closer look at the University's newest building, the new home of the Melbourne School of Design, which officially opens this week after years of planning, an international design competition, and many stages of construction.  Sustainability is a key focus of the building, both in its construction and in its purpose, as a space to teach future architects. 
If you want to learn a new language, the common wisdom says the best way is by immersing yourself in it.  But how do you immerse yourself in a language that isn't spoken by a majority anywhere? And what do you do if most classes that are available to you are taught by non-native speakers?  That is the situation usually faced by students who want to learn Australian Sign Language, or Auslan.   With an increased demand for this kind of learning, Visions takes a closer look at the Auslan studies being offered to future teachers in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in conjunction with Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.  

India’s economic development represents a strategic partnership for Australia in the Indian Ocean region.

The G20 summit held in Brisbane, Australia on 15-16 November 2014 was a massive logistical exercise involving the arrival of 30 State jets, 4,000 world leader advisors, 3,000 national and international media and the creation of a no-go "Red Zone" for the host city and surrounding suburbs.

Researchers at the University's Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation are combining art history knowledge with chemistry and physics to conserve Australia's cultural heritage.Visions explores the emerging field of technical art studies with a close look under the microscope of Arthur Streeton's 'The domes of St Mark's' to examine what that can teach us about art, and its preservation.
Eye tests are an acknowledged and important way for assessing the sight of adults and children alike…but why do we use the tests that we do, and how do they work?In this special edition of Visions produced by Masters students at the University of Melbourne who are completing science communication studies, we take a closer look behind the scenes of OPSM's recent “Penny the Pirate” eye-test book for children and analyse the science involved.

Joko Widodo's presidency breaks the mould as he is the first non elite figure in Indonesian politics to be democratically elected, but it remains to be seen how he governs without his party's control in the Indonesian Parliament.

Researchers at the University's Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences are working on a measure for dog anxiety.  While anxiety was once useful for dogs as a survival mechanism, in the modern world it can manifest as a dog behavioural problem requiring medication. Visions speaks with Dr Dennis Wormald, an animal behaviourist about the study that is addressing the need for a consistent test that can be compared across clinics and measure canine anxiety. 

Given the complexity of any potential conflict and the lack of viable alternatives in Iraq and Syria, it may be better to contain the threat of the Islamic State (IS) rather than attempt to destroy it.

The protesters in Hong Kong are driven by frustration at the crises that have hit the territory since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule and the lack of responsiveness to its needs from the government in Beijing.

 

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