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Visions this week takes to the high seas with researchers from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, who work with disabled patients and teach them how to sail. Professor Norman Saunders and PhD Candidate Maree Ellul are helping disabled people to sail, working with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and Docklands Sailing Club.  

Pro-Russian forces in the Ukraine ignored the government's ultimatum to leave government buildings in the east of the country on Monday. Professor John Langmore from the Melbourne School of Government told ABC News 24 that it was important for both parties to maintain a dialogue if the situation is to be resolved without violent conflict.

Corruption scandals are likely to cost President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party of Indonesia in the country's parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Visions takes a closer look at a unique cultural partnership between the University Library, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the State Library of Victoria which showcases the two libraries' collections of works by 18th Century Printmaker and Architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The collections are the largest of their kind in Australia, and the resulting exhibitions, "Rome: Piranesi's Vision" at the State Library of Victoria and "The Piranesi Effect" at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, explore Piranesi's work and its impact on artists, writers and architects in his time and in ours.  

Claiming people have "a right to be bigots" undermines the rights of equality with dignity and non-discrimination, says Dr Mark McMillan, who sued columnist Andrew Bolt in 2009 under the Racial Discrimination Act.

New research has found English-speaking white people are more likely to 'self-segregate' or 'stick together' in public spaces.The study explored the role of public spaces in promoting understanding and contact between different racial groups through short-term observation in three localities across Melbourne.A total of 974 people were observed, with most occurring in sports settings (40.7 per cent), shopping centres (24.9 per cent) and libraries. It was found that public spaces within Australian communities encouraged social dynamics that reinforce racial segregation and isolation of racial minority groups.

American scholar Dr Patricia Galloway, the world's foremost expert on megaprojects and gigaprojects, spoke at the University of Melbourne recently on the evolving concept of the megaproject with a particular focus on the Asian region.

In the wake of the referendum for Crimean independence from Ukraine, both Europe and Russia will have to find compromises which will not be welcomed in Kiev.

Leadership has long been identified as a crucial ingedient for a productive and innovative worplace. SKY News Business spoke with Professor Peter Gahan (Director, Centre for Workplace Leadership) about how 'leadership' is defined, devloped and demonstrated. 

VISIONS takes a tour of the new Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences which is dedicated to training the scientists of tomorrow. 

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