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EVENTS

WORKSHOP

International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies

Sun, 7th Apr 2019 — Wed, 10th Apr 2019
Noah's On the Beach (Newcastle, NSW)

The 34th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies (IWWWFB) will be held in Newcastle in 2019. Please visit the workshop website for more information.

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NEWS

CARMA dominating Mahony-Neumann-Room Prize for best ANZIAM paper

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Promotion success

More promotion success this year, with long-time members Jeff Hogan and Michael Coons being promoted to associate professor. Congratulations!

Statistical Society of Australia service award for Peter Howley

Congratulations to A/Prof Peter Howley who has received word from the President of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) advising that he has been awarded the 2018 SSA Service Awar... [READ MORE]

HIGHLIGHTS

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It was time to leave, but not before raising one last subject. Obama started his campaign in the shadow of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln had delivered his famous "House Divided" speech, warning that the nation could not survive half-slave and half-free. Now, as he prepared to return to Washington, his transition team had announced plans for him to follow the last part of Lincoln's train ride to Washington before his inauguration. We wondered how Lincoln, an Illinois lawyer with little national experience, affected Obama's thoughts about his own presidency as another young Illinois lawyer with limited national experience soon to take his oath of office.

"Lincoln's my favorite president and one of my personal heroes," he answered. "I have to be very careful here that in no way am I drawing equivalence between my candidacy, my life experience, or what I face and what he went through. I just want to put that out there so you don't get a bunch of folks saying I'm comparing myself to Lincoln."

He paused. "What I admire so deeply about Lincoln -- number one, I think he's the quintessential American because he's self-made. The way Alexander Hamilton was self-made or so many of our great iconic Americans are, that sense that you don't accept limits, that you can shape your own destiny. That obviously has appeal to me, given where I came from. That American spirit is one of the things that is most fundamental to me, and I think he embodies that.

"But the second thing that I admire most in Lincoln is that there is just a deep-rooted honesty and empathy to the man that allowed him to always be able to see the other person's point of view and always sought to find that truth that is in the gap between you and me. Right? That the truth is out there somewhere and I don't fully possess it and you don't fully possess it and our job then is to listen and learn and imagine enough to be able to get to that truth.

"If you look at his presidency, he never lost that. Most of our other great presidents, there was that sense of working the angles and bending other people to their will. FDR being the classic example. And Lincoln just found a way to shape public opinion and shape people around him and lead them and guide them without tricking them or bullying them, but just through the force of what I just talked about: that way of helping to illuminate the truth. I just find that to be a very compelling style of leadership.

"It's not one that I've mastered, but I think that's when leadership is at its best."

(Barak Obama, 2008)

From 'The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election' By Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson, Washington Post, Friday, July 31, 2009. How well will this mesh with general perceptions in 2012?

MEMBERSHIP

Membership to CARMA offers many benefits and is available by invitation to all University of Newcastle academic staff. Associate membership, also by invitation, is available to external researchers and practitioners for three-year renewable terms. Associate members are expected to visit CARMA with some frequency, typically for a total of three to four weeks in a year, and to be involved in one or more ongoing research projects with CARMA members. CARMA is able to assist with the travel and living costs of such visits.