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Northern Institute Director Professor Ruth Wallace says the IWD event will aim to encourage young Indigenous women to consider research careers
Prominent Indigenous women will share stories about their work “on country” at an annual International Women’s Day (IWD) event at Casuarina campus on Friday.
NT Minister for Women’s Policy Bess Nungarrayi Price will present the opening address at the IWD Event, which is being organised by the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University.
Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace said the event would focus on encouraging young Indigenous women to consider a career in research.
“This event provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the research achievements of local Indigenous women, many of whom are leading researchers,” Professor Wallace said.
“It is hoped that showcasing such achievements will inspire young Indigenous women to embark on their own careers in research academia.”
CDU Chancellor and former NT Administrator Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC will also attend the event as one of its ongoing supporters since 2011.
Attendees can find out about potential research career pathways at information booths, which will be set up by the Northern Institute, the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education and the Batchelor Institute.
Senior students from schools, including Kormilda College and Marrara Christian School, have been invited to attend the public event.
The theme for this year’s event worldwide is “Make It Happen”, which will aim to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women.
The IWD morning tea will be held at the Mal Nairn Auditorium at Casuarina campus on Friday, 6 March from 9.30am until 12 noon. For registration details visit W: cdu.edu.au/northern-institute/iwd_morningtea2015
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A pup from the wolf pack. Photographer: Itamar Yairi
A Churchill Fellow has journeyed through thick snow to a minefield in Israel’s Golan Heights in search of an elusive wolf pack.
Charles Darwin University researcher Dr Arian Wallach said the minefield was a sanctuary for wolves, such as the Itamar Pack, because it was too dangerous for humans to enter.
She travelled to the region as part of her fellowship trip around the world, during which she is investigating how losing or recovering big predators was impacting on ecosystems.
Dr Wallach said landmines in the region along the Syria border were not designed to be triggered by a wolf’s weight.
“Wolves of the Itamar Pack spend the day in the safety of the minefield and then emerge at night under the cover of darkness to hunt outside,” Dr Wallach said.
She said the poisoning of wolves was outlawed in Israel, but it occasionally happened in the Golan region, which significantly impacted many different species.
“When wolves are killed in the region, their deaths have heavy consequences for every facet of the Golan ecosystem,” she said.
“This includes the jackals the wolves dominate and the animals they prey on, such as gazelles and wild boar.”
Dr Wallach said the Itamar Pack was closely monitored by wildlife photographer Itamar Yairi, who accompanied her during her trip to the minefield.
She said wolves were powerful ecological players due to their strong social ties, living together in extended family units, cooperating in hunting, territory defence and raising young.
Dr Wallach plans to compare her findings on big predators from around the world, with her research on dingoes as part of her Churchill Fellowship project.