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03 October 2019

How singers, songwriters and musicians understand copyright in countries without copyright law or where western regulations have been introduced recently, is the research subject of 2019 Three-minute Thesis winner Bondy Kaye from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty.

“I’ve found many artists see copyright as a way to earn money from their music, protect their original works and prevent or punish piracy,” said Mr Kaye who conducted interviews with artists, producers and lawyers in Myanmar.

“Myanmar’s music industry was built on networks of trust and information agreements for decades. In May this year the Myanmar government adopted a westernised system of copyright.

“Some artists are worried the western regulations might make matters worse as foreign competitors with more IP experience enter the Myanmar music market.”

Mr Kaye’s study seeks to decolonise our understanding of copyright policy and bring the voices of Myanmar musicians, singers and songwriters back into the conversation about rights and regulations affecting their music and livelihood.

Runner up Rebecca Cox explained her study on the prevalence of uncorrected vision problems in Australian children, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote areas.

“I tested the eyes of nearly 300 primary and high school children, and found that the 40 per cent of children who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander were much less likely to have their eyes tested and 82 per cent who needed glasses did not have them.

“To ensure each Australian child’s learning is maximised and help stop preventable blindness we must improve access to eye care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.”

Brydon Wang’s three-minute thesis presentation was the people’s choice. Mr Wang, a PhD student in the Faculty of Law, is looking at translating a framework of trustworthiness to machines in the oversight of construction processes.

The three elements of trustworthiness are ability, integrity and benevolence,” he said.

“Machines can be coded to perform tasks beyond human ability and we can code machines to obey norms, standards, regulations and the law but my research is concerned with whether machines can be coded to act benevolently or to mean well to achieve trustworthiness.”

Science and Engineering Faculty PhD student Tara Shabab described her research on creating scaffolds for regenerating bone with improved functions.

“Instead of just 3D printing scaffolds I coated them with bone minerals to ensure better bone growth, and loaded them with antibiotics to inhibit infection,” she said.

“Results showed continuous antibiotic release and local delivery of antibiotics means we can give a higher does at the implant site where they are needed without spreading the antibiotics in the body.”

Benjamin Sheehan’s research aims to find a relationship between self-transcendence and materialism.

“Reducing materialism can help reduce ecological damage associated with pleasure-seeking consumption and lower household debt given excessive credit card debt was the top cause of bankruptcy in Australia,” the QUT Business School student said.

“My research is investigating a causal relationship between accessing self-transcendence through everyday activities and reduced materialism.”

Elizabeth Wallace took her three minutes to explain her research on what teachers do in the classroom to encourage children to read for pleasure.

“I want to know what teachers believe about the importance of reading for pleasure, because research shows teachers’ beliefs are the best predictor of their practice.”

The clever video by Islam Mashaly to demonstrate a tool for integration of a daylight system into the whole building design won the Visualise Your Research category.

The QUT Three-minute Thesis event was sponsored by UniBank.

“At Unibank we’re firm believers in the power of education to change minds and the world and great communication is a crucial part of this,” General Manager Mike Lanzing said.

“The ability to explain complex subjects clearly and quickly is incredibly important.

“To watch some of Australia’s youngest and brightest minds develop this ability has been a thrill and an honour.”

The Three-Minute Thesis event was held at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley. It was hosted by Graduate Research Education and Development (GRE+D)  in collaboration with QUT Entrepreneurship. The successful event had finalists from all six faculties competing for the chance to represent QUT in the Asia-Pacific finals.

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