Sam in Japan

In October last year, Jim’s former PhD student, Dr Sam Gleadhill packed his bags (and family) and relocated to Kanoya, in Japan. This was due to taking up a role at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS). Being there a year, the Gleadhill family have experienced all seasons, and loved the four of them. They even regularly receive falls of ash from the nearby volcano, Sakurajima…

Sakurajima just startinng to rumble…

Around the time of leaving, Sam also applied for the very prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Earlier this year, he was notified that he won it. Sam’s Fellowship is based at NIFS where he is primarily researching the effects of resistive training on sprint running. A CDU media release about Sam can be seen at this link – Sam at NIFS.

This is a photo of the NIFS research running track. This work was by Yuji OHGI’s research student, Tatsu ISHIZUKA.

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Higher degrees research with Jim

If anyone is interested in higher degrees studies with Jim, here is a link to the CDU webpage that is promoting his work. This can be in biomechanics, wearables, or within STEMfit, just as a few examples.

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Destruction of culture, history, heritage…..

I have been trying to comprehend how far back 46,000 years is. That is the length of time that the aboriginal art, tools, etc was that was destroyed by an Australian mining company a week or so ago. 46,000 years, hhhmmm. The pyramids in Egypt are about 5,000 years. That context really still means nothing. I finally got my head around it by:

  • 1 millimetre (about the thickness of a credit card) = 1 year.
  • 1000 mm is 1 metre (a bit longer than 1 step) = 1,000 years
  • 5 metres (about the length of a large car) = the age of the pyramids
  • 46 metres (almost the length of a 50 m swimming pool) = the age of the artwork that got blown up
  • That is how i got my head around 1 year to 46,000 years….

All that culture, history, heritage lost forever. For what? Profits? If so, for a very few who will benefit. It may have been legally correct. What about the ethics and morals? I feel we have (humanity has) lost something significant. I can only imagine what it must feel like for those who have a direct connection to the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia.

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All about gravity


Check out whats happening on Jim’s STEMfit page, where he’s taking wearables into schools to put the fun back into STEM


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Biomech1 week4 wash-up

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Ange and jim have got together again to talk about the week’s activities – and a mini rant from jimbo. Click here to watch the video

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22 km mark – marathon chat

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Jimbo chatted with Nat about his marathon training progress. This weekend he is running 24 km. But yesterday they spoke about making it to 22 km under the hot Darwin Conditions. Here is the link


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Jimbo talks to Ange

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Last week was Week 1 and CDU. So Ange and Jim got together to do a very quick debrief of the week. Here it is


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20 km run – albeit a week late…

Here is a clip of Natalie and jimbo chatting about him reaching 20 km. quite an achievement for him in Darwin during a dry Wet Season. Even with the temp issues, he is on track for his marathon preparations. Click here to watch the video.

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A little Chat with Tatsu

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Jim and Tatsu chatting

Jimbo has been fortunate enough to have hosted a visit by Tatsuro ISHIZUKA who is about to commence his PhD at Keio University, Japan and under the guidance of Professor Yuji OHGI. Tatsu enjoyed wrestling Crocodiles – well watching them from the safety of a cruise boat – and swimming in rock pools – no crocs – at Litchfield National Park.


Here is a link to a short video – yes jim actually made one that is less than 5 mins…

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CDU students study abroad – webinar

This webinar runs as part of the CDU Orientation Week activities for Semester 1, 2019, but everyone who is interested can participate.

Webinar: Learning Abroad with CDU

Friday 1 March | 1-2pm

Do you want to:
– Study some of your degree overseas and get credit for it?
– Learn another language?
– Travel and meet new people?
– Benefit from financial support?

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, please sign-up for the CDU Learning Abroad Webinar and find out about learning abroad opportunities with CDU such as short-term programs, semester exchange and funding sources, and be inspired by our Learning Abroad Alumni.

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To sign-up by click here:

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