Message from the Vice-Chancellor (dKin Times alumni newsletter - November 2019)

Alumni news
19 November 2019

Alumni, what a year it has been!

As we race towards the end of 2019, I hope you will join your community at one of your end of year events around the globe. These events are opportunities for us to gather and celebrate our achievements and happy memories of 2019, and explore what 2020 has to offer.

Before we rush off into 2020, I strongly encourage you to read the latest edition of dKin Magazine. Each year, we select some of our compelling research and alumni around the world and share their stories with you. We have stories from close to campus in Melbourne and Geelong, and from further away in the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This year, our researchers also explore what happens to the social media accounts of the dead, the science behind pill testing, and how virtual reality can help those with dementia. You can also find out how platypus milk may be the next step in fighting antibiotic resistance, how fire helps dingoes and Australian native animals, and the importance of bird song for survival.

You can read this year’s dKin Magazine online or request a print copy by emailing our alumni team at

At this time of year it may seem that there is never enough time, but there is still plenty of time to enter our final competition for the year. You could win one of three $1000 travel and accommodation voucher, supplied my Bendigo Bank Business Banking and Deakin University Community Bank®. For more information on how to enter and terms and conditions, visit the Deakin website.

Regardless of how you commemorate this festive season, I wish you a joyous and peaceful time with your family and friends. I look forward to my first Christmas ‘Down Under’ – it will be quite different to the white Christmas I am familiar with.

Best wishes,


Professor Iain Martin

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