The impact of journalism on international affairs, including migration across EU and US borders

June 23, 2016

Highly acclaimed journalist, author and Associate Professor in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, Giovanna Dell’Orto brought us fascinating insights into the changing face of journalism and how foreign reporting can impact, or fail to impact, on international affairs and policy.

Based on 61 interviews with foreign correspondents who have covered all continents since WWII, Giovanna explored what it takes for journalists to cover the world, the impact of what they report on international affairs, their evolving practices in the social media age and the grave constraints that they increasingly operate under as they seek to expose false narratives and give a voice to the voiceless.

You can find an interview with Giovanna by Radio New Zealand (July 3, 2016) here.

Atomic Lego: the Ultimate in Small-scale Engineering

June 27, 2016

What’s possible when we can control atoms, the basic building blocks of our world? Dr Mikkel Andersen from the University of Otago explained how he is turning the periodic table of elements into a box of Lego blocks from which he can build absolutely anything. Read this review of Dr Andersen’s talk published by the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies in their Annual Symposium newsletter in June 2016.