In this edition


Welcome to the second edition
of Monash Magazine for 2008.

Professor Richard Larkins, AO
Vice-Chancellor and President

In this issue we explore some rich examples of teaching and learning excellence at Monash University.

With the recent development of the Monash Passport model by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Adam Shoemaker, it is an opportune time to record and celebrate the skill, dedication and passion of teaching and research staff at Monash University.

Our feature on respected teacher and dedicated mother Dr Jane Tracy details her work to increase awareness among the medical profession of people with a disability.

We go into the studios of the Faculty of Art and Design's architecture course, the first new Victorian architecture course in 30 years.

You meet the man who loves teaching mathematics and uses some off-beat methods to inspire that interest in students.

Research excellence is the other pillar of Monash University's reputation. Read how our scientists are collaborating with colleagues in India on issues of common concern, while others work with Chinese industry to determine the composition of the next era of light metals, used to build the cars, planes and spacecraft of the future.

We also investigate the complex theories of dark matter being developed by Monash astrophysicists.

This edition continues to celebrate Monash University's 50th anniversary and details some recollections of staff and students since 1958.

The first Monash graduate to become a professor at the University, Professor Richard White reflects on the changes to teaching practice.

Also we show images that capture the diversity and global reach of Monash University.

Read how philanthropy is changing the lives of young scholarship recipients and discover the success stories as told by some of Monash University's 225,000 graduates. I hope that you enjoy this latest offering of Monash Magazine.