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Scope 45 - News under the microscope

22 July 2011

Wellington Friends Winter Cocktail Party

The very impressive Premier House was the setting for a recent fundraising event organised by the Wellington Friends of the Malaghan Institute. Over 150 people gathered at the beautiful premises in Wellington on the evening of June 9 for a winter cocktail party. Sean Plunkett was MC for the evening and guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle while listening to pianist Jennifer Timmings.  The night was a huge success with over $7,000 raised for the Institute.  A special thanks to all our generous sponsors: Spy Valley Wines, Zibibbo Restaurant & Bar, Lion Nathan, SHOTT Beverages, Marianne Muggeridge and Inspire Photography.


Malaghan PhD Student Shines in 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Janice Cheng, a PhD student in our Immunoglycomics research group, recently won the ‘English as a second language’ category of VIctoria University’s 3 Minute Thesis competition.  The competition invites postgraduate students to present a three-minute speech on their thesis topic and its significance to the wider community.  Janice says that the biggest thing she has learnt from this experience is the power of effective communication. "While we know that the research we are doing here at the Malaghan Institute is something very special - and so are happy to give up our weekends and evenings to continue it - this is of little value if we cannot communicate its significance to people outside the Institute."  On behalf of everyone at the Malaghan Institute we congratulate Janice and look forward to more scintillating talks.