12 November 2014
The latest anonymously published scientific satire – Duronimus Karlof, Critical Mass – successfully ridicules big science and research politics while demonstrating that sometimes bold ideas deliver, writes Merlin Crossley.
09 July 2014
Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells' haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. Finding an effective treatment would eliminate the need for lifelong blood transfusions, writes Merlin Crossley.
22 May 2014
The unique scientific features of Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station were showcased, and a new artists' studio opened, during a recent visit by senior staff to the remote UNSW property near Broken Hill.
23 April 2014
One hopes and expects that our governments will listen to the people they have honoured, even when they reveal inconvenient truths, writes Merlin Crossley.
31 March 2014
Science and business have more in common than some may want to admit, but it is the differences that make collaboration worthwhile, writes Merlin Crossley.
25 March 2014
Discoveries in biology will underpin advances in agriculture, environmental science and medicine that are vital for a strong economic future, writes Merlin Crossley.
26 February 2014
'Good deed' research rarely makes money or generates revenue, but it is in our children's interest, and our own, to fund it, writes Merlin Crossley.
15 January 2014
The ARC's Future Fellowship scheme has been a well executed initiative to invest in and build the intellectual capital of our country, and its termination would be very damaging for Australia, writes Merlin Crossley.
14 January 2014
Under the leadership of distinguished geneticist Professor Merlin Crossley, the Faculty of Science is one of the success stories of UNSW.
06 January 2014
It is not an inability to understand science that undermines its power: it is the ability to deny it whenever it involves inconvenient truths, writes Merlin Crossley.
06 November 2013
Mission-directed research has become dominant but it is curiosity-driven research that leads to breakthroughs, making long-term commitment to both vital, writes Merlin Crossley.
27 September 2013
The challenges posed by global environmental issues are very great indeed, but if all voices are heard and respected one can continue to hope that we may find the right way forward, writes Merlin Crossley.
26 September 2013
UNSW Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has become patron of the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales.
11 September 2013
Just looking at the title of a research proposal is no way to decide its relevance and impact on society; a deeper analysis is needed, writes Merlin Crossley.
27 August 2013
Stable investment in research and development is vital to Australia's economic future, yet only the Greens so far have released a dedicated policy, writes Merlin Crossley.
07 August 2013
Massive open online courses will improve university teaching by revealing how well students engage and by allowing lecturers to assess different approaches, writes Merlin Crossley.
07 August 2013
An evening of science and humour with some of the world’s top online science communication celebrities – including Facebook phenomenon, Elise Andrew – will be a highlight of National Science Week.
27 June 2013
UNSW Dean of Science, Merlin Crossley, has called for a National Teaching Post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme to encourage PhD graduates to become science and maths teachers in schools.
25 June 2013
Three UNSW academics including the Dean of Science have been chosen to discuss the state of maths and science education at a public symposium in Canberra.
17 June 2013
Higher university entry scores for teaching and greater financial rewards on graduation are among the changes needed to address a shortage of top science teachers, writes Merlin Crossley.
12 June 2013
With the federal election approaching, policies are needed that end funding uncertainties and consolidate investment in research, writes Merlin Crossley.
01 May 2013
The mystery of why some people get fat eating high-fat foods while others can stay skinny on a diet of burgers and chips is closer to being solved.
24 April 2013
Qualified science and maths teachers in schools should get a salary boost, and new money from the Gonski review could help pay for it, writes Merlin Crossley.
23 April 2013
Science is expensive but cutting spending will be more costly in the long run, warns Professor Merlin Crossley.
17 April 2013
It's impolite to draw attention to a comb-over, but the time has to come to speak about the cleverly disguised shortages affecting research funding, writes Merlin Crossley.