Sunday, 29 June 2008

UWA delivers flexible learning to students by featuring lectures on iTunesU

Various lectures, tutorials and publications from the University of Western Australia (UWA) have now been made available for free downloading on iTunes under the “iTunesU” subsection. This service will enhance the conventional iLecture (Lectopia) service provided by UWA for its students. The service will also cater for UWA students with additional interests and for non-UWA students aswell. Currently, the iTunesU – UWA service provides free educational content to anyone who has access to iTunes and includes modules on self-development, sample lectures in various disciplines and recordings of invited speakers. UWA is the first western Australian university to participate in this initiative following the trends of other Australian universities including the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne).

Follow the links below in iTunes to reach the UWA - iTunes site:
iTunes store --> iTunesU (located under iTunes STORE in a LHS panel) --> Universities & Colleges (located under Find education providers --> The University of Western Australia (located under the T subheading).


Saturday, 28 June 2008

ENDO 2008

I recently returned from the 2008 ENDO meeting in beautiful San Francisco where I was given the opportunity to present my PhD results to date in a poster presentation. The meeting in its 90th year was held at Moscone Center and attracted over 7000 attendees, which was a record for ENDO. Held over four days the meeting showcased scientific sessions ranging from plenary talks, oral and poster sessions, workshops, conversations with researchers, debates, symposias and the dozens of pharmaceutical/biotechnology sponsorship booths. I was pleasantly surprised as the meeting really did offer something for everyone including presentations which were left of centre eg. Art in endocrinology. Although most presentations were intensely focused there were several which targeted the lay audience and many that were indirectly applicable and crossed-over with my work. The meeting, while attracting a couple of the big names in my field, did not pull in as many experts as I had hoped for. Nevertheless it was a great opportunity to meet with these experts, receive their feedback, establish contact and put a face to a name.
Whilst in San Francisco, I also had a chance to do some sightseeing and discover what the city had to offer. Below are some pictures from my trip (for more pics see my Flickr website).

The Moscone Center, San Francisco, where ENDO 2008 was held.

The relaxation station for ENDO attendees....a necessity for ENDO as the abstract book alone weighed 1.5 kg!(How do i know this? The abstract book tipped my luggage over the 20 kg baggage allowance limit).

My feet being massaged while waiting in line to get my back massaged at the relaxation station.

One of San Francisco's ridiculously steep streets. This one is so steep that the sidewalks had to be made into steps!

One of many beautiful murals in Berkeley.

San Francisco as seen through one of the arched windows of Coit tower. Do you see the Golden Gate bridge in the horizon?

The current political landscape in the USA.

A tram on Market Street in downtown San Francisco.

A rainbow flag flying high and proud over the Castro district in San Francisco. June 17th 2008 marked the first full day that gay and lesbian couples could get married in the state of California. The city will put on the 38th annual gay pride festival parade this weekend (29th June). The theme for Sunday's pride parade is "United by Pride, Bound for Equality".