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Aussie kids 'lose' 5000 exercise hours

Parents should get kids 'up and at 'em' to compensate for hundreds of 'lost' physical activity hours during the new school year, Queensland University of Technology researchers say. Dr Ken Edwards and Dr Craig Daly of QUT's School of Human Movement Studies have estimated that, compared with their mid 1970s counterparts, today's school leaver ... 06-Jan-2006 more

Expert Alert: ANU experts on the Middle East

ANU staff can offer expert analysis from a variety of perspectives on the implications of Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon's ill health. A list of the University's experts who are available to speak to the media today is provided. For further assistance in locating or identifying experts, please call the ANU Media Office (contact details ... 06-Jan-2006 more

Expert Alert: Experts on Climate Change

Australian National University experts are available to speak to the media this week ahead of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate Inaugural Ministerial Meeting. A list of experts is provided below. For more information call: ANU MEDIA OFFICE: Jane O'Dwyer (02) 6125 5001/0416 249 231 Amanda Morgan (02) 6125 5575 ... 09-Jan-2006 more

Expert warning after fatal shark attack

Following the fatal shark attack of a woman at Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island on Saturday 7th January 2006, Surf Life Saving Queensland has reissued safety information to assist the public. SLSQ's Life Saving Services Manager, Mr George Hill, said while this was an extremely unfortunate incident, tragedies like this were rare. “This is ... 09-Jan-2006 more

Wanted: People who drive a sedan and 4WD

QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) is investigating why 4WDs are involved in more accidents than regular cars and need volunteers to take part in a study comparing driver behaviour in 4WDs and sedans. The researchers want to put drivers behind the wheel for a short test in each type of vehicle on Brisbane's ... 09-Jan-2006 more

Expert advice on jellyfish safety

Following the fatal marine sting of a girl at Bamaga in far North Queensland, Surf Life Saving Qld is re-issuing safety information to assist the public. SLSQ Lifesaving Services Manager, Mr George Hill said while this was an extremely unfortunate incident, tragedies like this were rare. “This is certainly a tragic situation and is the first ... 11-Jan-2006 more

Viral infection at birth linked to cerebral palsy

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, who form the South Australian Cerebral Palsy Research Group, have found that exposure to certain viral infections shortly before and after birth (the perinatal period) is associated with cerebral palsy. The findings, published in the British Medical ... 11-Jan-2006 more

Global university alliance launched

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) will be officially launched at the Inaugural IARU Presidents’ Meeting in Singapore today. The IARU consists of 10 research-intensive universities – the Australian National University, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California, Berkeley, ... 14-Jan-2006 more

National ID card will solve some problems...and create others - expert

The Introduction of a national ID card would give the Federal Government a useful plug for a 'sticky loop-hole'. That is according to Central Queensland University specialist on public policy and ethics, Dr Robert Kelso, who also said it was debatable if the additional benefits would outweigh the added costs. Dr Kelso said Government ... 16-Jan-2006 more

Expert Alert: Depression and West Australian politics

The following experts may be suitable to comment on the resignation of WA Premier Geoff Gallop: ADULT DEPRESSION Salih Ozgul Australian National University School of Psychology Adult depression and anxiety, grief and bereavement, human emotion Phone: 02 6125 0412 or 02 6125 2795 Mobile: 0416 249 019 PR Contact: Amanda Morgan on 02 ... 17-Jan-2006 more

Expert Guide welcomes South Australian experts

Expert Guide today welcomed more than 750 new experts from South Australia, with both Flinders University and University of South Australia adding their academics’ contacts to the site. The additions take to almost 6,000 the number of experts whose contacts are available in Expert Guide – making it by far the largest expertise database in ... 20-Jan-2006 more

Expert Alert: Bushfires

Journalists seeking experts to comment on bushfires may wish to contact the following experts. Also search Expert Guide using the keyword "fire" for more experts. WEATHER AND BUSHFIRES Dr Michael Reeder Reader, Monash University Centre for Dynamical Meteorology and Oceanography Expertise: Bushfires; Cyclones, hurricanes, storm fronts; ... 24-Jan-2006 more

Slamming the brake on read-end crashes

A Queensland University of Technology researcher wants to slam the brakes on rear-end crashes. Craig Roughan, a Masters student with QUT's Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, is testing whether brake lights that indicate how quickly a vehicle slows can prevent bonnet-to-boot accidents. With rear-end crashes accounting for about one ... 25-Jan-2006 more

Maori and Pacific Islanders have increased stroke risk

A study published this month in Stroke* investigating trends in stroke incidence in Auckland, New Zealand shows Maori and Pacific peoples are suffering more strokes than other ethnic groups. The data from two decades of research reveals that stroke attack and incidence rates have increased in Pacific peoples since 1981, almost double that in ... 25-Jan-2006 more

Report puts spotlight on lunchbox snacks

A new set of independent nutrition criteria developed by the University of Wollongong is giving snack companies and consumers something to chew on. The report, compiled by the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods UOW team has been produced to help Australians choose 'better for you' snacks in response to an increase in childhood ... 26-Jan-2006 more

Rehame to sponsor Expert Guide in 2006

Expert Guide today announced that leading business intelligence company Rehame had signed on as its major sponsor for 2006, in a move that will provide new opportunities and services for Australian journalists. Expert Guide Director Margaret Lawson said the partnership would help Expert Guide grow and introduce new search options and ... 26-Jan-2006 more

Teaching young girls 'model' behaviour

Research by Queensland University of Technology sociologist Angie Dwyer has found that the fashion model can actually be a positive teacher of femininity for young girls. Ms Dwyer, from QUT's Faculty of Education, said young girls learnt from models in both positive and negative ways. "Young girls are not just fixated with the superficial ... 28-Jan-2006 more

Research to test heart benefits of dairy

New evidence suggesting that an increase in dairy consumption can benefit cardiovascular health is to be put to the test. Curtin University of Technology PhD student Wendy Chan will investigate the beneficial effects of a long-term increase in dairy consumption on several aspects of cardiovascular health and function. The research stems from ... 29-Jan-2006 more

Leading design and property experts join UTS

The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney has appointed three leading academics in the fields of design and property studies. SPIKE BOYDELL, a United Nations visiting expert in land tenure, has accepted the position of Professor of the Built Environment in the School of Construction, Property and ... 29-Jan-2006 more

Disposable catheter breakthrough a world first

A unique low cost disposable solid-state catheter that can measure swallowing pressure has been developed by a University of South Australia research team using intelligent manufacturing processes that eliminate the infection risks posed by existing catheters. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the catheter is one of the new ... 06-Feb-2006 more

Business expert to cross ‘highways in higher education’

A New Zealand expert in international business believes universities are increasingly becoming international entities and therefore should be providing their students with skills that are internationally recognised. Director of the International Business Program at the University of Otago, New Zealand, Dr David Duval said this new era for ... 07-Feb-2006 more

QUT experts make Dengue discovery

Virus researchers from the Queensland University of Technology have discovered that the sometimes deadly dengue fever virus has worked out how to be kind to its own in order to ensure its spread far and wide. In an article published in prestigious international magazine Science, a research team from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical ... 07-Feb-2006 more

Bone juice - a real man's drink too

Two small cartons of low fat fortified milk a day could be all it takes to stave off osteoporosis, according to new research. Dr Robin Daly, a senior research fellow with Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, has made the breakthrough that could help stop older men breaking their bones. “A couple of cartons of low fat ... 08-Feb-2006 more

UFO sightings can be explained with logic

Reports of UFO sightings can almost always be explained with logic, according to a Queensland University of Technology space expert Dr Stephen Hughes. Dr Hughes, from QUT's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, said people do see things in the sky but in most cases the objects were revealed as aircraft, satellites and meteors. "People ... 08-Feb-2006 more

Criminologist warns kids 'don't walk alone'

A Queensland University of Technology criminologist is urging kids to avoid walking alone in quiet streets and know their surroundings, after a spate of abduction attempts. Mr David Bradford, from QUT's School of Humanities and Human Services, said abductors tended to be either predatory or opportunistic. "Either the offender watches the ... 09-Feb-2006 more

Nursing leader joins UTS

A leading nursing academic and advocate for the expansion of the role of nurses in health care delivery is the new Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in Nursing, Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Denise Dignam has come to UTS from Southern Cross University where she was Professor and Head of the School ... 09-Feb-2006 more

Ex-diplomat and Japan expert to join ANU

A Japan expert who began her career as an Australian diplomat has been appointed to Dean of the Faculty of Asian Studies in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb announced today. Professor Rikki Kersten will take up the position on July 10 and brings to the job deep expertise in Japanese studies. ... 09-Feb-2006 more

Casts of 'Hobbit' skull arrive at Wollongong

The announcement last year of the University of Wollongong's role in the discovery of a new human species, Homo floresiensis, (nicknamed the 'Hobbit') off the Indonesian island of Flores triggered a worldwide sensation in scientific and media circles. Now two casts of the skull of the female Hobbit unearthed at Flores have arrived at the School ... 10-Feb-2006 more

Star treks - the untold story

Some people are born, live and die in the one village. Others cross the world to new homes. Stars do the same. Our Galaxy is a melting-pot of stars from different places. A team of Australian astronomers and their overseas colleagues have today [Saturday 11 Feb. AEST] released data on 25 000 stars to the rest of the astronomical community — data ... 11-Feb-2006 more

Anti-miscarriage drug trial to commence

The Research Centre for Reproductive Health (RCRH) will begin a clinical trial of a new drug that could help women suffering recurrent miscarriages to have a full-term pregnancy. The RCRH team is looking for participants for the trial of PV903, which was discovered by scientist Associate Professor Sarah Robertson and her clinical colleague Dr ... 15-Feb-2006 more

State may lose valuable police to southern cousin

Queensland's police service may lose officers to New South Wales as the state reels from recent race riots and subsequent pressure to boost police numbers, according to a Queensland University of Technology academic. Justice studies lecturer Dr Colin Thorne said the Queensland Police Service (QPS) could soon find itself "behind the eight-ball" ... 16-Feb-2006 more

Experts to discuss governance in Indigenous organisations

The National Institute for Governance (NIG) at the University of Canberra will hold a free public seminar on Aboriginal Governance on Wednesday, February 22. Laura Beacroft and Toni Matulick will be the speakers at the seminar. Laura is the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations, a statutory office responsible for the administration of the ... 18-Feb-2006 more

Expert Alert: Oxford expert to discuss climate change

The debate about what can be done to avoid the worst consequences of climate change is one that is becoming increasingly controversial – and one that internationally renowned scientist Professor John Schellnhuber does not shy away from. In an address presented by the ANU Institute for Environment, in association with the Australian Academy of ... 20-Feb-2006 more

Expert Alert: Making money from ideas

An international expert on creativity, who is visiting QUT next week, is calling on governments worldwide to ensure everyone has access to ideas and knowledge, and that intellectual property laws do not become too restrictive. John Howkins, from the UK and author of "Creative Economy - How people make money from ideas", will address a public ... 23-Feb-2006 more

TV networks face 'rethink' over illegal downloads

Free-to-air television networks may need to rethink the way they relate to audiences if they are to continue to appeal to some viewers who now have the option to purchase or illegally download their favourite shows. That is the advice from QUT researcher Dr Joshua Green who says the television industry could face chaos similar to the music ... 26-Feb-2006 more

Expert alert: Tax returns and reform

Scrapping annual tax returns for many Australians and providing relief for low-income earners should be the focus of the tax debate rather than more tax cuts for the rich, according to a paper released today by ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh. "Three Ideas On Tax Reform" points out although that the tax cuts announced in the May 2005 budget were ... 26-Feb-2006 more

The dreams and nightmares of falling asleep

Queensland University of Technology researcher David Brothers is urging the world to share their bedtime stories with him in the interest of getting a better night's sleep. Mr Brothers has launched an international survey on sleep disturbances - insomnia in particular - and wants people aged 16 to 65 to log on to www.sleepsurveys.com to take ... 28-Feb-2006 more

Taipan venom no snake oil

A blood-clotting protein in taipan venom has been identified by Queensland University of Technology PhD researcher Liam St Pierre to rapidly stop excessive bleeding during vascular surgery and major trauma. The genetic code for the toxin, Factor X (Factor Ten), was identified by PhD researcher Liam St Pierre from QUT's School of Life Sciences ... 01-Mar-2006 more

Report to examine "throw away the key" legislation

The legal impact of State and Federal legislation to hold people in prison on the possibility that they could be a threat to the community will be dissected in a major report being funded by the Criminology Research Council of Australia. So-called "preventative detention", as sanctioned in new anti-terrorism legislation and State moves to ... 01-Mar-2006 more

Rising stars carry workplaces with them

Star performers - those workplace wonders who are both technically capable and proactive, persistent leaders - can be made as well as born. That's according to new research from Queensland University of Technology School of Management PhD researcher Adelle Bish who says the key to creating star performers lies in HR practices. "Star ... 03-Mar-2006 more

Bio sensors set to change our world

Within 10 years diabetics may be able to test their blood sugar levels with their mobile phone and chemical warfare attacks could be predicted and prevented within minutes. These are features of a rapidly emerging and revolutionary technology that will be made possible because of the introduction of small, simple ‘chemo/bio sensors’ that are ... 04-Mar-2006 more

Depression on the football field

Injury is one of the major factors leading to anxiety and depression among Australian footballers, the Australian Football League's chief medical officer will tell a sport and mental health conference tomorrow (Monday, 6 March). Dr Harry Unglik said family pressures, peer group pressure and acceptance, and club and coach expectations could ... 05-Mar-2006 more

Expert Alert: Educators to talk about Australian Oscar success

Educators from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School - where cinematography Oscar-winner Dion Beebe studied - are available to comment on the Australian's success. The AFTRS Cinematography graduate won the Academy Award® today for Best Cinematography on Memoirs of a Geisha. This is the second time an AFTRS graduate has won the ... 06-Mar-2006 more

Smoking may guard against Parkinson's

It has long been known that smoking offers some protection against developing Parkinson's disease and now a Queensland University of Technology PhD researcher has found out part of the reason why. Yifu Deng, of QUT's School of Public Health in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, studied the interplay between genetics, smoking and ... 06-Mar-2006 more

New research focus on families with young children

The branch of nursing that focuses on the crucial early years of life has had an important boost with the creation of a new chair in child and family health nursing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Cathrine Fowler has been appointed the Tresillian Chair in Child and Family Health in the UTS Centre for Midwifery and Family ... 07-Mar-2006 more

Interstate salary gap shrinks as Qld execs hit 'million dollar club'

The salary package gap between Queensland executives and their southern counterparts is shrinking, according to recruitment experts Nayler Business Solutions. More Queensland executives are now moving closer to breaking the million dollar remuneration ceiling and the trend will continue - especially in the property and construction industries - ... 08-Mar-2006 more

Expert Alert: Cyclones

Journalists seeking an expert to comment on the impact of Cyclone Larry may wish to contact the following Cyclone experts. You can also find other experts in related areas by searching Expert Guide for keywords including "meteorology", "climate", "weather", "disaster" and "floods". CYCLONES Professor Tom Hardy James Cook University Marine ... 19-Mar-2006 more

Lifesavers warn of stinger danger

Surf Life Saving is today urging people in north Queensland to take extra care with a greater influx of dangerous marine stingers likely at beaches after tropical cyclone Larry hit the region today. People are urged to stay out of the water with all beaches currently closed. All the stinger nets from Port Douglas to Bowen were removed over the ... 20-Mar-2006 more

Improving memory: volunteers needed for trial

A new clinical trial run by Swinburne University’s Brain Sciences Institute will investigate the effects of Ropren, a natural substance obtained from pine needles, on human memory and brain functioning. Pine needles and their extracts have played an important role over time in traditional medicine and have been used throughout the world for ... 21-Mar-2006 more

Research investigates green future for power station waste

Promising research showing that coal ash from power stations can be utilised to improve soil quality on agricultural land has been given a year-long exemption from tough new NSW legislation on the disposal of ash. The Government's granting of the exemption will allow researchers from the Institute for Water and Environmental Resource Management ... 22-Mar-2006 more

Impacts of Cronulla riots on forum's agenda

The impacts of the Cronulla riot and the violence and discrimination being directed at Muslim women will be discussed at a public forum, Gender, Race and Public Space, being held today at the University of Technology, Sydney. The forum, involving speakers from community organisations and university researchers, will examine how racism manifests ... 23-Mar-2006 more

Home renovations at $6billion a year

Herron Todd White has just released the latest Month in Review for March 2006, with a focus on the ever increasing home renovation market. "Spurred by the plethora of instant make-over TV shows, DIY promotions and easy finance, Australia's love affair with home renovations is now a $6 billion a year industry" says Herron Todd White's recent ... 24-Mar-2006 more

Cyber sleaze on the rise

Sending offensive text messages and raunchy emails is not a preoccupation exclusive to famous footballers and cricketers - it, and much worse, is happening in Australian workplaces every day. Modern technology is making people more vulnerable to workplace sexual harassment and perpetrators easier to catch out, a Queensland University of ... 29-Mar-2006 more

Corals help pinpoint evolutionary leap

An international team of scientists has challenged one of the key assumptions about how the body shapes of the world’s animals evolved. New research into the genes that define the body plans of animals both simple and complex has found that corals and their relatives (sea anemones, jellyfish and and hydras) do not use Hox genes – generally ... 30-Mar-2006 more

Scientists identify fibre gene

Australian scientists have identified genes involved in making dietary fibre in cereals, which means scientists can now change the amount of fibre in foods. The findings have today (31/3) been published in the journal, Science. The CslF genes help produce beta-glucans, which are an important component of dietary fibre. Beta-glucans help ... 31-Mar-2006 more

Bushfire recovery researchers seeking public response

A survey directed to thousands of Canberrans who were affected by bushfire is expected to provide valuable information on how people recover from natural disasters. The survey will be mailed to 1,600 Canberra households that registered with the ACT Bushfire Recovery Centre after the January 2003 bushfire, and is part of a research project ... 31-Mar-2006 more

Australia's first nanotube factory

A machine that produces carbon nanotubes may not mean much to some people, but to the staff at the University of Wollongong’s Intelligent Polymer Research Institute it will revolutionise their research. The machine is the first of its kind to be installed in Australia and will allow Professor Gordon Wallace and his team to make and design their ... 01-Apr-2006 more

First survey to measure mobile phone addiction

Australians are becoming addicted to their mobile phones, according to a researcher from the Queensland University of Technology who this weekend will begin a national survey to measure the nation's obsession with mobiles. Consumer behaviour researcher Diana James from QUT said the online questionnaire was the first Australian survey dedicated ... 01-Apr-2006 more

New trial aims to prevent asthma

Australian scientists have launched a world-first research trial into a treatment that could prevent asthma in high risk children. The treatment, developed by Professors Pat Holt and Peter Sly at Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, involves giving babies and toddlers tiny doses of common allergens as an oral vaccine to ... 03-Apr-2006 more

Do-it-yourself astronomy

Tracking the moon as it orbits the Earth is no longer an experiment for the professionals, in fact according to a Queensland University of Technology academic any budding astronomer can do it. Stephen Hughes, from QUT's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, said all you needed was a digital camera, computer and a bit of know-how. "DIY (do ... 03-Apr-2006 more

Cyclone - new houses fared better

Recently built housing fared better during Cyclone Larry than those constructed more than 25 years ago according to an investigation team that included engineers from James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station. Their investigation conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Cyclone that devastated Innisfail and other Far North Queensland ... 06-Apr-2006 more

Australians among the happiest in the world: research

Australians are among the happiest people in the world, new research from ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh shows. In a paper co-authored with an expatriate Australian, Dr Justin Wolfers (University of Pennsylvania), Dr Leigh responded to research by two British-born economists, David Blanchflower (Dartmouth College) and Andrew Oswald (Warwick ... 06-Apr-2006 more

Disadvantaged people at higher risk of ill-health

Disadvantaged groups experience more severe and more long-term health problems than other Australians, according to a report released jointly by the Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, "Health Inequalities in Australia: morbidity, health behaviours, risk factors and health services ... 07-Apr-2006 more

Danger in drawing on Sydney aquifers

The aquifers that the NSW Government is relying upon to secure Sydney's water supply are not de facto dams that can be drawn upon without consequences according to scientist Professor Derek Eamus. Professor Eamus, from the University of Technology, Sydney, is the commissioning editor and contributor to a newly published special edition of the ... 07-Apr-2006 more

Scientists analyse solar wind from moon rock

ANU scientists preparing for the analysis of solar wind samples from NASA’s Genesis mission believe they have already measured solar wind particles in an analysis of lunar soil. In the latest issue of Nature, Dr Trevor Ireland and his team from the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU detail how they found particles in which oxygen isotope ... 07-Apr-2006 more

Producing multi-platform TV

A line-up of top-level guest speakers will provide insights into producing interactive content for next generation television in Australia and overseas at a seminar at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) on Friday, 5 May 2006. Keynote speaker, David Jensen is a recognised leader of the interactive television industry, having ... 08-Apr-2006 more

QUT refines honeypots to understand hacker activity

Watch out, (computer) worms! You are under counter attack. Queensland University of Technology researchers are set to lift the potency of honeypots, the frontline internet security tools that both attract and examine internet nasties such as worms and denial of service attacks. Dr Andrew Clark of QUT's Information Security Institute (ISI) ... 13-Apr-2006 more

Expert warns drivers to eat the right 'travelling fuel'

Drivers can help reduce travel stress and accidents over the long week-end by watching how they fuel themselves for journeys. According to one of Australia’s leading driver trainers, Holden Performance Driving Centre general manager Russell White, families travelling on holidays and professional drivers have a number of things in common – and ... 14-Apr-2006 more

Lifesaving advice for the long week-end

Queensland’s surf lifesavers are tomorrow extending their voluntary beach patrols in anticipation of a very busy Easter long weekend on beaches across the state. Surf lifesavers on the Gold Coast will start earlier in the morning, at 7.30 am and patrol through until 5.00 pm. Lifesavers on Sunshine Coast will also start at 7.30 am and patrol ... 14-Apr-2006 more

Forensics expert brings CSI to life at Bond seminar

Internationally renowned DNA expert Dr Ron Fourney will present a Bond University seminar tomorrow on ‘Forensics through the ages’. The seminar will trace the history of forensics and discuss the modern day perceptions of the science, including those surrounding the ever-popular CSI series. Discover how DNA has helped identify some of the ... 17-Apr-2006 more

Asteroids and comets led to primitive life

ANU scientists have observed a link between asteroid and comet bombardment of the Earth and the emergence of primitive bacterial life forms in the ancient oceans billions of years ago. Studying ancient iron-rich sediments in Western Australia and South Africa, Dr Andrew Glikson, from the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences at ANU, ... 18-Apr-2006 more

Vocational education experts to speak at UOW conference

One of the biggest gatherings of researchers in vocational education and training (VET) will take place at the University of Wollongong this week (Thursday 20 – Friday 21 April) when it hosts the 9th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference. Involving over 200 researchers and presenters and jointly presented ... 20-Apr-2006 more

Experts reveal danger soils for sewage systems

Installing on-site sewage systems in the wrong soil types can lead to potential environmental and health hazards, a Queensland University of Technology researcher has warned. Les Dawes, from QUT's Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, has found that many of the 20,000 on-site sewage systems located on the fringes of Brisbane, Logan and ... 20-Apr-2006 more

New expert: Ergonomics, design and product development

Those needing an expert in industrial design, computer-aided engineering design, CAD, ergonomics, and other design areas can now access one of Australia’s most successful design businesses through www.expertguide.com.au. Design Resource Australia, the company that designed, prototyped and project-managed the Sleep Monitor used on NASA’s space ... 20-Apr-2006 more

Expert Alert: Solomon Islands

 ANU staff can offer expert analysis on events in the Solomon Islands from a variety of perspectives. A list of the University's experts who are available to speak to the media today is provided below. For further assistance in locating or identifying experts, please call the ANU Media Office (contact details below). Dr Sinclair ... 20-Apr-2006 more

Forum on the state of higher education

The Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS) will be presenting a Higher Education Forum entitled "The State of Higher Education - the long and the short of it". This presentation will review the changes of "the Nelson era" in higher education and speculate on how the sector might change in the near future. The ... 25-Apr-2006 more

Pioneer program to create 'community of care' for pregnant women

The founder of an innovative antenatal care program in the USA called Centering Pregnancy is in Sydney this week to speak on its benefits and help pilot the program in Australia. Executive Director of the Centering Pregnancy and Parenting Association Sharon Schindler Rising is speaking at a seminar on Wednesday (26 April) organised by the Centre ... 25-Apr-2006 more

Experts solve 'holy grail' of maths

A University of Wollongong mathematician, Associate Professor Song-Ping Zhu, has cracked a formula that will have important implications for researchers, traders and investors working on the valuation of American-style stock options. One of Professor Zhu’s areas of long-term interest has been developing analytical as well as numerical ... 27-Apr-2006 more

Study finds women are the most common fraudsters

Women in their forties from non-accounting backgrounds are the most likely to commit fraud in not-for-profit organisations, according to Queensland University of Technology researchers. A study funded by BDO Chartered Accountants and produced in conjunction with QUT and the Not-For Profit Network is Australia's first fraud survey into nonprofit ... 28-Apr-2006 more

Survey reveals we lack CPR confidence

A new survey reveals there are still a large number of people who have not learnt to undertake cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The survey by health science researcher Dr Trudy Dwyer revealed the CPR experiences and attitudes towards family witness resuscitation of 1208 Queenslanders. Dr Dwyer, of Central Queensland University, said the ... 29-Apr-2006 more

Smartcard security relies on spending

A Queensland University of Technology IT security expert has warned it will be extremely costly to protect the personal information contained on any smartcard introduced into Australia. Dr Adrian McCullagh, from QUT's Information Security Institute, said the Commonwealth Government needed to invest significantly in security if a smartcard was to ... 30-Apr-2006 more

Expert Alert: Food safety

One of Expert Guide's food safety experts - Rachelle Williams - has been named as a participant on two prestigious national committees. Ms Williams, the director of food safety consultancy AnYi, has been named part of the Food Safety Information Council (FSIC) Planning Group. The main objective of FSIC is to promote food safety and issues ... 01-May-2006 more

Safeguards for uranium exports are problematic - expert

It is difficult to guarantee that Australia’s exported uranium will not be used for nuclear weapons, an international relations expert at The Australian National University said. Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has indicated the Australian Labor Party could drop its ‘no new mines’ policy provided there are appropriate ... 01-May-2006 more

Corporate elite dictates global politics - expert

A UOW academic has just published a new book exposing how corporations are crafting the global agenda for their own benefit at the expense of billions of people, the environment and democracy. Professor Sharon Beder, an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication has just had published, through ... 04-May-2006 more

Aussie on world team developing ergonomics 'tick'

Australian academic Yvonne Toft is the Australian representative on an international project team developing criteria for assessing the inclusion of ergonomics into design processes. In effect, the team aims to develop an 'Ergonomics Tick' for products designed with ergonomics in mind. It's a serious consideration, as poor design of ... 04-May-2006 more

Twins needed for school study

The following is an update from www.expertguide.com.au: Researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) need 400 sets of young twins to help them find out how being a twin helps or hinders their experience when entering school. Professor Karen Thorpe from QUT's School of Early Childhood is leading a three-year study of twins' ... 05-May-2006 more

Climate change puts termites on the march

Australia’s suburbs could be overrun with termites unless urban planners rethink building practices, a multi-awarded expert from The Australian National University warns. Emeritus Professor Patrick Troy will tomorrow receive his second honorary doctorate in less than 12 months for his 40 years of outstanding research into the problems facing the ... 05-May-2006 more

Media opportunity: Illawarra Innovation Showcase

The following events have been organised by the University of Wollongong as part of the Illawarra Innovation Showcase being held from Friday 5 – Sunday 14 May Community Tours of Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) – from Tuesday 9 May, 4pm Professor Gordon Wallace and his team will showcase their pioneering research into ... 05-May-2006 more

Study reveals road toll in Asia

A major review published on May 5 in The Lancet has revealed the enormity of road traffic injuries in countries that can least afford to meet the health and economic costs. As the numbers of road injuries and deaths continue to rise, the escalating risk for the increasing numbers of travelling Australians is of great concern. The authors of ... 06-May-2006 more

Change and regulation in banking and finance - are we better off?

Over the past 20 years, Australian financial institutions have changed considerably. Banks have become financial conglomerates, the regulatory system has been reconfigured and the range and sophistication of financial products has increased dramatically. Are we better off? University of Canberra's newly appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of Business ... 06-May-2006 more

University of Wollongong develops "T-ray" vision

Superman had X-ray vision -- Now the University of Wollongong has found a new way of "looking into things" using "T-rays". A team led by Associate Professor Roger Lewis from the Faculty of Engineering has created a "camera" that produces images using terahertz radiation instead of visible light. “T-rays penetrate common packaging ... 09-May-2006 more

Developing new techniques to pinpoint cancer

Queensland University of Technology researchers are developing new techniques to allow greater accuracy in the delivery of radiotherapy treatments to cancer patients. The research will enable the verification of complex radiotherapy treatments and potentially lead to improved treatment outcomes for cancer suffers. Dr Andrew Fielding, from ... 10-May-2006 more

Research looks at pocket-sized casinos

Could the mobile phone turn into a pocket-size casino? This is the question that a Queensland University of Technology research team is seeking to answer as they investigate the impact and risk to Queenslanders of mobile phone gambling, otherwise known as m-gambling. Team leader, Dr Judy Drennan from QUT's Faculty of Business said the ... 11-May-2006 more

Taking the toxins out of water

Queensland University of Technology researchers have developed a novel way of removing harmful toxins from unclean water supplies leaving it clean enough to drink. Lead researcher Dr Wayde Martens said QUT had manufactured a material from titanium dioxide (TiO2) that had the potential to revolutionise the future of water ... 16-May-2006 more

Research looks at crime-busting role for maggots

It's not the most savoury topic for research, but the discovery that maggots feeding on a burnt body could be silent witnesses to a deliberately lit fire promises to be an important new tool for police. Lisa Mingari, a PhD student in forensic entomology at the University of Technology, Sydney, has already proven that maggots retain detectable ... 17-May-2006 more

Are we doing terrorists' work for them?

Are we doing the terrorists work for them? That's the question that will be posed by James Cook University's Dr Mervyn Bendle at a special public lecture this Sunday (May 21) at JCU's Discovery Day. A senior lecturer in history and communications in JCU's Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, Dr Bendle will present the lecture titled ... 17-May-2006 more

The social implications of national security

What must Australians be prepared to give up in the interest of national security? Would they be prepared to carry smart ID cards, have their fingerprint taken or be tracked through the use of transponder technology? Academics from different disciplines will converge on the University of Wollongong for a one-day workshop on Monday 29 May to ... 20-May-2006 more

Children's sex may affect marital status: expert

Parents with a boy and a girl are more likely to stay married, or get married if they were unmarried when their children were born, than those with two boys or two girls according to new research from ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh. About eight out of ten parents are married, while one in ten parents have never married and one in ten are ... 22-May-2006 more

Expert Alert: East Timor

ANU staff can offer expert analysis and commentary on East Timor from a wide variety of perspectives. East Timor Dr George Quinn Southeast Asia Centre, Faculty of Asian Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia, East Timor, Islam in Java 02 6125 3377 (work) George.quinn@anu.edu.au Professor James Fox Research School of ... 25-May-2006 more

Experts gather to discover what ails Sydney

Leading planners, advocates, academics and social commentators are coming together to discuss the prognosis for Sydney's future in a series of symposia beginning next week at the University of Technology, Sydney. The Sydney Futures Twilight Symposia series has been prompted by mounting evidence that Sydney is a "global metropolis sliding into ... 25-May-2006 more

Researchers study empathy in the workplace

Is your manager the kind of person who can't tell whether you're angry, simmering with frustration, plain anxious or satisfied with your lot at work? A major factor in the way managers and staff relate to each other in the workplace is their capacity for empathy, says Queensland University of Technology Honours psychology student Mark ... 29-May-2006 more

Putting together the pieces for a new concept in affordable housing

Expatriate Australian architect Jeremy Edmiston will discuss innovative work that has created a new kind of affordable kit housing in a public lecture on Friday 2 June at the University of Technology, Sydney. Mr Edmiston, a UTS graduate and co-founder of the New York firm SYSTEMarchitects, is home in Australia to photograph the firm's latest ... 02-Jun-2006 more

Research to reveal Australia's forgotton nation-builders

The insufficiently recognised contribution of minority migrant communities to the material and social development of Australian cities and towns is being addressed by groundbreaking new research led by the University of Technology, Sydney. Researchers from the UTS School of Finance and Economics and Charles Sturt University have begun a census ... 02-Jun-2006 more

Female genital mutilation affects births: study

The first comprehensive study of the effects of female genital mutilation on women and babies during childbirth has been published by leading medical journal, The Lancet. The study, which provides the first reliable evidence that female genital mutilation can adversely affect birth outcomes, was undertaken by African and international ... 03-Jun-2006 more

UOW alcohol study's sobering findings

A research team from the University of Wollongong, led by Associate Professor Sandra Jones, has called for an urgent overhaul to the current alcohol advertising regulation system. Professor Jones revealed that an independent panel of experts had found the codes and regulations were repeatedly breached. The collaborative project was ... 06-Jun-2006 more

Communications expert looks for a more efficient mobile future

Israeli telecommunications expert Jacob Gavan will discuss methods to improve the efficiency of wireless communications, including reducing the amount of radiation that mobile phones emit, in the first of two lectures he is delivering next week at the University of Technology, Sydney. A consultant on radio interference and radiation effects to ... 08-Jun-2006 more

Rural drivers feel bullet-proof behind the wheel

Country drivers tend to blame their city cousins for rural road crashes, a Queensland University of Technology study has found. And although rural motorists are worried by the number of deaths and injuries on rural roads, they don't feel they are the drivers that need educating about road safety. Gayle Sticher, a PhD researcher with QUT's ... 09-Jun-2006 more

Bra shopping as popular as the dentist - study

Almost 50 per cent of Australian women think shopping for a bra is similar to a visit to the dentist, a Monash University study has found. Dr Yelena Tsarenko, from Monash's Department of Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics, said the survey of 600 women aimed to determine how they shopped for intimate apparel. "Women do not ... 14-Jun-2006 more

Drugs banned by sport may benefit seniors

A world-first pilot study suggests that anabolic steroids, best known for doping in sports, may in fact help older people recover better after joint replacement surgery. Central Queensland University's Associate Professor Erik Hohmann hopes to extend the initial pilot into a larger study after finding benefits for recuperating patients, even ... 15-Jun-2006 more

Expert Alert: World Cup experts

The following experts from RMIT University are available to comment on various aspects of the World Cup. With the time difference with host country Germany, how can armchair supporters manage stress from World Cup viewing? Will staying up late to watch matches leave fans with long-term health problems? What exercises can armchair fans ... 17-Jun-2006 more

Schools face the legal cost of bullying

Schoolyard bullying can cost schools thousands of dollars in legal damages if they are found to have failed in their duty of care, according to Queensland University of Technology law expert Professor Des Butler. Professor Butler is one of three QUT experts who will discuss the implications of bullying in schools at a free public lecture to be ... 18-Jun-2006 more

Calling road users for safety survey

Queensland University of Technology optometry and road safety researchers are seeking 1600 road users to answer an online survey about pedestrian and cyclist visibility. Professor Joanne Wood of QUT's School of Optometry said cyclists and pedestrians bore the brunt of one third of road deaths and injuries. "All too often, motorists involved ... 23-Jun-2006 more

Expert Alert: Ski injuries

It was as Nadine Cooper was recovering in hospital from her third ski-related broken bone that she realised skiing injuries could be worthy of detailed research. Ms Cooper is now a University of Canberra research student investigating the causes of ski injuries among young people and ways of preventing them. “There is already evidence that ... 23-Jun-2006 more

Appointment to build education and industry links with India

India's chamber of commerce and industry has appointed UTS Engineering Dean Archie Johnston to advise it on expanding education and industry links between Australia and India. Professor Johnston has accepted the role of Honorary Advisor to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the chamber representing more than ... 23-Jun-2006 more

UOW hosts premier Asian Studies event

The political, cultural and technological importance of Asia to Australia will be under the spotlight for four days next week when the University of Wollongong (UOW) hosts the premier Asian studies event in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 350 overseas and Australian participants will take part in the 16th Biennial Conference of the Asian ... 24-Jun-2006 more

Adult Indigenous education participation needs an overhaul

Indigenous Australians have been a marginalised community within Australia's education system for far too long, according to a Queensland University of Technology education expert. Dr Tricia Fox, from QUT's Faculty of Education, said historically Indigenous people have been marginalised from educational opportunities because they were perceived ... 24-Jun-2006 more

Study to explore like for young Muslim people

A new study will explore what life is really like for young Muslim people, in a climate where Muslims have sometimes been labelled as terrorists. Previous studies have shown that Muslim people have been subjected to escalating violence, discrimination, vilification and prejudice in the wake of the World Trade Centre attacks, the Iraq war and the ... 27-Jun-2006 more

Vitamin E delivers red meat, researchers find

The sheep meat industry loses millions of dollars from discoloured meat that has been discounted, downgraded or discarded. Red meat is visually appealing to consumers, as it looks "normal", as opposed to meat that has turned brown. This is why there is a need to increase the shelf life of these products for future profit. Cameron Jose, a PhD ... 27-Jun-2006 more

Opposite sides of planet react differently to climate change - research

A new study by a radiocarbon dating expert has revealed that humans on opposite sides of the planet react in totally different ways to climate change over the ages. Last year in The Journal of Archaeological Science Dr Chris Turney from the University of Wollongong’s GeoQuest Research Group showed how human populations in the North Atlantic ... 28-Jun-2006 more

Diabetes in rural India on the rise

Populations in rural India may be set for an epidemic of diabetes according to new research conducted by The George Institute for International Health and published today in Diabetes Care. In a large-scale survey of rural India, 13% of adults aged 30 or above were found to have diabetes in a developing area of Andhra Pradesh with a further 16% ... 28-Jun-2006 more

ANU scientists crack DNA replication mystery

A team of scientists led by Professor Nick Dixon at the Research School of Chemistry at The Australian National University have cracked one of the great DNA mysteries. For more than 20 years scientists have tried in vain to understand the last step in the copying of DNA in cells that are about to divide. The research findings were published in ... 30-Jun-2006 more

Recycled water is safe - academic

With the state's water crisis worsening, a Queensland University of Technology microbiologist is urging critics not to "poo-poo" recycled water, saying that when treated properly it is safe enough to drink. Dr Megan Hargreaves, from QUT's Faculty of Science, said the biggest barrier to accepting recycled water was community ... 30-Jun-2006 more

Historians to meet at ANU

Controversy is not likely to be far away when Australia's- and some of the world's - leading historians descend on The Australian National University for the Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association next week. Tasmanian historian Henry Reynolds promises to stir the pot of Australian history with a spirited analysis of how ... 30-Jun-2006 more

Scientists gather to study the air that we breathe

Up to 50 of the foremost aerosol research scientists will gather at the Queensland University of Technology to share findings on a range of research on airborne particles. Aerosols are tiny particles or droplets such as viruses, dust, and particles from vehicle emissions that are suspended in the air we all breathe. Dr Zoran Ristovski of ... 01-Jul-2006 more

Marine stinger misinformation may endanger lives

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has today rejected claims by a Queensland scientist that the organisation has misled the public on marine stinger treatments, fearing this mis-information could endanger the lives of the beach-going public. SLSA is concerned the statements by the scientist could lead to members of the public endangering ... 06-Jul-2006 more

Patient care threatened by workforce shortage

Patient care will suffer unless a coherent, research-based solution is found to creating a medical workforce that assists the emerging new models of care developing in Australia as a result of doctor shortages, a visiting US expert has warned. Professor Larry Green, Senior Scholar in Residence at the Robert Graham Center in Washington, said the ... 07-Jul-2006 more

Legal race to keep up with biotechnology

The legal dilemmas posed by the trade in human body parts are among the bioethical issues dealt with in the latest UTS Law Review, "The Mind, The Body and The Law", being launched in Sydney next week. Featuring articles by law researchers in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, "The Mind, The Body and The Law" is a joint ... 08-Jul-2006 more

Discrimination finds pregnant workers expecting the worst

Employers need to understand the physical constraints of pregnancy, and make realistic and appropriate accommodations for expectant mothers, a Queensland University of Technology academic says. QUT School of Management postdoctoral research fellow Dr Paula McDonald said, despite being protected by law, pregnant women were still discriminated ... 10-Jul-2006 more

Research findings may help stroke sufferers

A James Cook University PhD student has taken the first steps towards improving recovery for stroke and spinal cord injury sufferers. Kirsty Dixon has just completed research proving that a protein found naturally in the brain, known as BDNF, can restore some functionality in the mature cerebellum and thus improve muscle tone, movement and ... 10-Jul-2006 more

Debunking the myths of late-talking toddlers

New research findings from the world's largest study predicting children's late language emergence has revealed that parents are not to blame for late talking toddlers. The LOOKING at Language project has analysed the speech development of 1766 children in Western Australia from infancy to seven years of age, with particular focus on ... 12-Jul-2006 more

Expert alert: Health experts to comment on COAG meeting

ANU staff are available on Friday to provide expert commentary and reaction from a range of perspectives to health policy decisions expected out tomorrow’s Council of Australian Governments meeting. The details of these experts are provided below. Professor Helen Christensen Memory, ageing, longitudinal studies, depression and the ... 13-Jul-2006 more

Coastal experts descend on UOW

CoastGIS 2006, the seventh in a series of international conferences on research and the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the marine and coastal zone, will be held at the University of Wollongong from Thursday 13 July to Saturday 15 July. It is the first time the symposium has been held in the Southern ... 13-Jul-2006 more

Researcher eyes off diabetic breakthrough

A breakthrough technique that can use a simple eye test to save the lives and limbs of diabetics is being advanced in Australia by Queensland University of Technology Research Professor Nathan Efron. Professor Efron has come to QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation from the UK, to develop the use of an optical instrument capable of ... 13-Jul-2006 more

FTA threatens blood supply - expert

The safety of Australia’s blood supply could be at risk under the free trade agreement with the United States according to ANU research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. As part of the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), the Australian government agreed to recommend to the States and Territories that Australia’s plasma ... 14-Jul-2006 more

Research helps lift heavy vehicle safety

Death and injury from heavy vehicle accidents in mining and rural industries could be reduced by raising the energy absorption capacity of safety frames that protect operators during rollover accidents. Dr Brian Clark from Queensland University of Technology's School of Engineering Systems used computer modelling to study the design and analysis ... 18-Jul-2006 more

Experts warn of coral pandemic

A sinister black band chewing through living corals on the world's coral reefs is a sign of what scientists fear may be an emerging global pandemic of coral diseases. The black band of microbial infection advances at millimetres a day, steadily and remorselessly killing corals when conditions promote its spread, says Dr Bette Willis, a chief ... 18-Jul-2006 more

New technology lets train drivers see further ahead

Drivers of very long trains – such as those hauling coal - might be a few kilometres ahead of the final wagons under their care. To operate efficiently, drivers must also anticipate future conditions, because changes in speed cannot be implemented immediately. Drivers currently rely on their memory of training simulations and track conditions ... 20-Jul-2006 more

Values sink when co-ops swim with 'sharks'

Australia's co-operative organisations could be the last bastions for the values of self-help, trust and reciprocity that were once integral to Australian society. Queensland University of Technology PhD applied ethics researcher Victoria Palmer said that even in the community sector the "market rules" ethos of economic rationalism had ... 21-Jul-2006 more

New experts: Radio, Film & TV

Journalists needing an expert to comment on film, television, radio and other media issues can now access a range of spokespeople from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) on Expert Guide. AFTRS is Australia's national centre for professional education and advanced training in film, television and radio. The School is an ... 26-Jul-2006 more

Honeybee brain picks up on the right scent

A honeybee’s ability to smell scent appears to be linked to the right side of its brain, according to a new ANU study that could show how right and left ‘handedness’ evolved in other species. “Just as humans use different brain hemispheres for different tasks, it appears honeybees and other insect species may also be right or left ‘brained’ ... 26-Jul-2006 more

Don't spurn experts in political debates - Chubb

Universities have a vital role to play in public debates that should be encouraged and respected in a healthy democracy, according to an opinion piece by ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb published in the Canberra Times today. "Controversy is the life blood of a university doing its duty," Professor Chubb says in the opinion piece. ... 29-Jul-2006 more

Volunteers lack time, not commitment

Non-profit organisations are devising more flexible volunteering options as people become increasingly time poor, Queensland University of Technology researchers say. QUT Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies senior research fellow Dr Kym Madden said a new type of volunteer was emerging, someone who strongly wanted to contribute to a ... 30-Jul-2006 more

Former Oxford VC to speak

Former Oxford University vice-chancellor Sir Peter North will visit the Queensland University of Technology tomorrow (August 2 to) give a free public lecture on the universal challenges of law reform. Sir Peter is spending a week at QUT as part of the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Visitor program. His talk at the Faculty of Law will discuss ... 01-Aug-2006 more

Indigenous policy made on bad formula - expert

Attempts to pre-package and control the debate on Indigenous policy have lead to an excessive reliance on a small clique of advisers, an ANU researcher has argued. Dr Boyd Hunter, a Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, said policy and debate in Indigenous affairs is too often based on hyperbole and polemics in an ... 03-Aug-2006 more

Coalition better for the stockmarket - research

Stock market returns under Liberal-National ministries are generally higher than returns under Labor ministries, a groundbreaking new study has revealed. The study by Professor Andrew Worthington at the University of Wollongong’s School of Accounting and Finance, believed to be the first of its kind undertaken, examined 59 Liberal-National (and ... 04-Aug-2006 more

Fighting terrorist financing - expert to speak

University of Canberra banking and finance expert Professor Milind Sathye will present "Combating Terrorist Financing: The Role of Financial Institutions" on Thursday 10 August at 5.30 pm at the University. Professor Sathye is Professor of Banking and Finance and Deputy Head of the School of Business and Government at the University of ... 05-Aug-2006 more

Romance expert to comment on national conference

With the nation’s budding romance writers set to converge on the Gold Coast later this week, a romance writing expert is available to comment. The Romance Writers of Australia conference will be held at the Gold Coast Sofitel from August 11-13, and will be attended by hundreds of published and up-and-coming writers of everything from Mills & ... 07-Aug-2006 more

Expert Alert: Film financing

Have you ever had an idea for a film, but no idea how to raise the money to make it? Financing for Film – a new course being run by the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) – will give Australians a place to start, and the know-how to make their dreams a reality. Financing for Film will explore how new revenue streams can be ... 10-Aug-2006 more

New technology may strengthen airport security

Airport security checks may soon involve detecting residual vapours of chemicals, explosives and biological agents without delving into people's luggage. Queensland University of Technology lecturer Dr Dmitri Gramotnev's research has discovered special metallic structures which may allow detection and identification of extremely small amounts of ... 11-Aug-2006 more

Harding appointed VC of JCU

Professor Sandra Harding has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Australia's tropical research university James Cook University by the University's Council. She will replace Professor Bernard Moulden who retires at the end of this year after almost ten years as JCU Vice Chancellor. Professor Harding is presently Deputy Vice Chancellor ... 11-Aug-2006 more

Expert Alert: Terrorism experts

Journalists requiring terrorism experts to comment on the incident in the UK may wish to contact: Adam Dolnik Faculty of Law University of Wollongong Expertise: terrorist motivations, ideologies, tactics and strategies, weapons of mass destruction, hostage negotiations, terrorist organisations etc Phone: 02 4221 3255 Public ... 12-Aug-2006 more

Science gets festive in Sydney

Nerdy or not, if you have ever wondered about the why, how, who, what, when and where of almost anything, the inaugural Ultimo science festival is where you should be this week (August 16-20). For the first time, as part of National Science Week celebrations, the Powerhouse Museum, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney Institute of Technology ... 14-Aug-2006 more

GPs providing fewer consultations - research

The ageing GP workforce and more female doctors are only small pieces of the puzzle causing the drop in services provided by GPs – they’re also just not providing as many consultations, new research shows. According to Mr Ian McRae, a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health based at ANU, consultations provided by ... 15-Aug-2006 more

Cosmic stocktake reveals what's left of the Big Bang

The Universe has guzzled its way through about 20 per cent of its normal matter, or original fuel reserves, according to findings from a survey of the nearby Universe by an international team of astronomers involving researchers at the Australian National University. The survey, to be released at the General Assembly of the International ... 18-Aug-2006 more

The Arab world without the real Al-Jazeera

Blogs are likely to replace Al-Jazeera as the Arab world's most trusted independent and alternative news sources, according to Queensland University of Technology visiting academic Dr Adel Iskandar. Dr Iskandar, an expert in global media spoke at a free public lecture on Beyond Al-Jazeera: The future of alternative and independent media in the ... 19-Aug-2006 more

The role of business in political culture

Telstra's group MD (public policy) Dr Phil Burgess will speak at an RMIT University Graduate School of Business forum on Thursday, 24 August, on business and political culture. Dr Burgess, Group Managing Director, Public Policy and Communications, Telstra Corporation, will discuss “On Saving the Goose and the Golden Egg: The Role of Business in ... 19-Aug-2006 more

Guantanamo to Baxter: Kirby weighs up the clout of international law

High Court judge Justice Michael Kirby will explore the influence of international law on national law, including a landmark High Court decision on the detention of asylum seekers, in a special lecture today at the University of Technology Sydney. Justice Kirby is delivering the latest in the UTS Law Research Seminar Series: International Law ... 23-Aug-2006 more

Researchers develop 'fish' to swim in our blood

University of Wollongong engineering graduate Laleh Bayat Sarmadi has developed a Polymer Actuator Fish that will one day be able to travel through a human vein to relieve a clot. The tiny device mimics the exact movements of fish and is currently being trialled and perfected so it can propel in liquid such as water and blood. Ms Sarmadi, who ... 24-Aug-2006 more

Teachers' academic aptitude in decline - research

The academic aptitude of new teachers has fallen over the past two decades, according to ANU research released today (Sunday, 27 August). The research, conducted by economists Dr Andrew Leigh and Dr Chris Ryan, combined six surveys that measured the literacy and numeracy of school students when they were aged about 14. The surveys then followed ... 27-Aug-2006 more

Organisations face a flogging for not blogging

Corporations that don't blog are likely to face a consumer backlash for being uncaring or uninterested in what their customers think and feel. To avoid being passed over for a blogging competitor, organisations should overcome their fear of public criticism and engage in online conversations with customers through weblogs or 'blogs', says ... 28-Aug-2006 more

Research offers tips for tired mums

A University of Canberra researcher is providing strategies to help mothers of cope with fatigue after childbirth. Dr Jan Taylor, a midwife with 23 years experience, identified fatigue as a significant problem for women after birth. Her PhD research looked at how women manage their fatigue, and how useful their chosen strategies were. The ... 28-Aug-2006 more

Muslim women can do without the "new feminists"

As Prime Minister John Howard again urges Muslim migrants to embrace "Australian values" and "treat women as equals", an academic working with Muslim women is Sydney has challenged the motives for such public statements about the rights of women. Dr Christina Ho from the University of Technology, Sydney will argue in a free public lecture on ... 01-Sep-2006 more

Housing affordability pushes people to homelessness

As housing affordability continues its downward spiral, low-income families are at risk of becoming homeless, a Queensland University of Technology researcher has warned. Emily Schindeler, from QUT's Faculty of Law, said the pressure of increased interest rates had the potential to push people out of home ownership and into an already tight ... 01-Sep-2006 more

International award for ant Professor

After 40 years studying ants and other “social insects”, James Cook University’s Ross Crozier has received international acknowledgement for his work. Professor Crozier, JCU’s Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, has received the inaugural Hamilton award from the International Union for the Study of ... 01-Sep-2006 more

Facts on stingrays from Surf Life Saving

On the tragic news today of Steve Irwin's death from a stingray barb, Surf Life Saving is issuing the following information to assist media and the public with information about this venomous marine creature. Surf Life Saving takes this opportunity to express our deepest sympathy to Mr Irwin's family and friends. "Penetration of any part of ... 04-Sep-2006 more

New research sheds light on 'partner rape'

A University of Canberra legal academic and author has co-authored a book "Real Rape, Real Pain" that explores the relatively ignored issue of rape within relationships. An collaborative research grant from the University of Canberra and the ACT Chief Minister enabled Dr Easteal to look at partner rape trials around Australia, analyse cases ... 05-Sep-2006 more

Researchers identify syndrome caused by natural disasters

Researchers from the University of Newcastle have discovered a new type of syndrome affecting potentially thousands of people who have lived through human-made environmental change such as open-cut mines, and natural disasters such as drought and cyclones. Researchers, Dr Glenn Albrecht (philosopher) and Dr Gina-Maree Sartore, (psychologist) ... 06-Sep-2006 more

Strong bones a plus for weighty children?

Overweight children could be building stronger bones and tendons than their lighter weight peers, but only if they are active, says Dr Scott Wearing from Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Dr Wearing has called for research on the effects of extra weight on growing bones and tendons after a ... 06-Sep-2006 more

Irwin death cripples web-sites: research to tackle

The death of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin crippled news websites around Australia, but a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher may have found a way to keep them standing the next time such an event occurs. IT PhD researcher Lindsay Bradford has been working to solve the problem of "flash crowds", where unexpectedly large amounts ... 08-Sep-2006 more

Crowds cause fishy sex changes

Changing sex is common among coral reef fish – but the cause can depend on who’s around, according to a recent study by a team of Australian and American scientists. Dr Philip Munday, of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University, has found that juvenile bluehead wrasse ... 11-Sep-2006 more

New centre addresses identity theft

University of Canberra is leading the way in the field of security with its recently formed National Centre for Biometric Studies (NCBS) to be officially launched on September 28, 2006. The launch will take place during a one-day conference at the University of Canberra that will address the fastest growing crime in the world - identity ... 14-Sep-2006 more

Expert Alert: Same-sex relationships

The newly-elected Beattie Government is being urged to stop dragging its heels and formally recognise same-sex relationships in Queensland. Prominent gay activist Rodney Croome is speaking at QUT on Tuesday, September 19 and says unlike other states Queensland has failed to put the issue on the agenda. Mr Croome said same-sex couples should ... 18-Sep-2006 more

Peacekeepers - do they find peace?

Australia has provided peacekeeping forces in many countries in recent years with major contributions in the Middle East and Timor Leste. Now a James Cook University psychologist, Dr Alistair Campbell, is undertaking a survey to find out how Peacekeepers are affected by their role in foreign lands. “They can be confronted by very traumatic ... 20-Sep-2006 more

Expert Alert: Australian Citizenship

On the Federal Government’s recent discussion paper proposing a new model for Australian citizenship Dr Peter Gale, senior lecturer, The Unaipon School, The University of South Australia. Dr Gale has published widely on racism and the media. His most recent book, The Politics of Fear, was published in January 2005. He says: “This is more ... 21-Sep-2006 more

Democracy and the promise of good governance

Democratic reform, politics, economics, natural resources and the environment will all be on the agenda later this week as leading experts from Indonesia, Australia and further afield gather in Canberra for the annual Indonesia Update at The Australian National University. The 24th Indonesia Update, to be held on Friday September 22 and Saturday ... 21-Sep-2006 more

Near misses common on rail tracks

Train drivers face near-miss accidents at railway crossings almost daily and believe motorists' impatience and brazen disregard for road rules is to blame, a Queensland University of Technology study has found. In a study that investigated the experiences of a group of train drivers in Queensland, motorist error and risk-taking was seen as the ... 22-Sep-2006 more

Is 'molecular misreading' the key to Alzheimer's Disease?

One of the pioneers of modern molecular neurobiology will discuss some of the latest developments in research into Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases at the University of Adelaide next week (Wednesday, 27 September). Professor Fred van Leeuwen, from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, is world-renowned for his discovery of a new ... 23-Sep-2006 more

Tsunamis do less damage to reefs than people - research

A tsunami’s impact on a coral reef is slight compared to the devastation wreaked by human use of explosives and poison, latest research from the coast of Aceh in Indonesia has discovered. A new study published in the journal Atoll Research Bulletin, highlights the success of traditional systems and marine parks in protecting coral reefs in Aceh, ... 27-Sep-2006 more

Thai update: coup, constitution and crisis

The recent military coup in Thailand was the culmination of 12 months of political turbulence revolving around the ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Thailand Update 2006 at The Australian National University tomorrow (29/9) will consider the real reasons for the coup, and examine why political institutions established under the ... 28-Sep-2006 more

Free trade agreement puts Australians at risk

Australians would be forced to accept potentially contaminated blood under a little-known part of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) haematology expert Dr Trevor Forster described as disastrous the Federal Government's agreement to consider opening up Australia's blood fractionation ... 29-Sep-2006 more

Expert Alert: Israel

Israeli social commentator and fierce critic of her country's handing of the Palestinian conflict, Tanya Reinhart, will speak in Sydney at the Seymour Centre Theatre on Monday 9 October as part of the Sydney Ideas international public lecture series. Professor Reinhart will discuss what she has labelled a "suicidal war over land" in her Sydney ... 30-Sep-2006 more

Nationwide 'walking group' project aims for healthier Aussie women

A new national health project aims to boost the health of Australian women, just by encouraging them to walk and talk with their friends or workmates. "We want to encourage active networking, with both physical and social benefits," said Dr Cristina Caperchione, coordinator of the Women's Active Living Kits (WALK) project. The project is ... 02-Oct-2006 more

Australia needs to move on transport issues

Australia will need to enhance transportation infrastructures to cope with growing populations and to provide access to potential export industries, according to transport expert, Dr Kali Prasad Nepal. “Unlike some congested cities in Asia, Australia enjoys the vast areas of land for constructing wide roads, excellent ports for water transport ... 03-Oct-2006 more

Survey to look at how happy we are

Happy at home and happy at work? If you are - or if you aren't - Queensland University of Technology researcher Prue Millear wants to hear from you. Ms Millear is researching Australians' work-life balance and has just launched a national survey to find out how content we are. She said a small pilot study had found that although people were ... 03-Oct-2006 more

Cut road toll - stop under 21s drinking: expert

Increasing the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 will reduce the number of deaths on Australian roads, according to a Queensland University of Technology visiting academic. Kathy Stewart will speak on the impact of alcohol regulation on traffic safety at QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) breakfast seminar ... 03-Oct-2006 more

Expert Alert: Bird flu

International 'bird flu' expert, Professor Ralph Tripp from the University of Georgia will speak at a seminar hosted by University of Canberra on Tuesday October 10, on whether the world is prepared for another 'bird flu' pandemic. Professor Tripp will discuss the highly contagious avian influenza (bird flu), known as the H5N1 virus that has ... 09-Oct-2006 more

Internet provides long-term benefit for depression

Mental health researchers at The Australian National University have found that brief Internet-based interventions for depression are not only immediately effective, but have a significant positive long-term benefit that may be as effective as active psychotherapies. The yet-to-be-published findings by Professors Helen Christensen and Andrew ... 10-Oct-2006 more

Expert Alert: Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste

In his first visit to Australia as Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta will discuss the current political situation in Timor-Leste at a public lecture at The Australian National University. The lecture is hosted by the ANU Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, and will take place from 2.15pm – 3.15 pm Thursday 12 October in the ... 11-Oct-2006 more

Stroke rates falling in the west

The incidence of stroke in Perth, Western Australia has declined 43% over the last decade, according to new research announced today by The George Institute for International Health at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia held in Adelaide. Stroke affects around 17 million people globally and is widely recognised as ... 13-Oct-2006 more

Mental tests reveal fall risks for older Australians

By 2011 it’s projected that Australia will spend more than $600 million annually on health services related to falls in adults aged 65 and older. Identification of those at risk of falling could be improved by the use of simple cognitive tests, a pioneering study proposes. The results of the first long-term study comparing mental ability and ... 13-Oct-2006 more

Get urban design right and people will walk

The basic environmental ingredients for encouraging largely sedentary people to walk and increase healthy behaviour are being uncovered by Queensland University of Technology at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village. The pilot study by PhD social change researcher Julie-Anne Carroll has found 15 per cent of residents have begun walking for exercise for ... 14-Oct-2006 more

GPs need to prepare for flu pandemic - expert

General practitioners would be crucial in avoiding large numbers of deaths in Australia as a result of a pandemic influenza outbreak, researchers at The Australian National University have shown. The findings come as Australia’s health and emergency services converge on Brisbane tomorrow to stage the largest health crisis simulation in the ... 15-Oct-2006 more

Business leaders' lunch banks on Westpac boss

Westpac Banking chairman Leon Davis will highlight the value of social responsibility in the money-hungry world of finance at the final QUT Business Leaders' Forum lunch for 2006. The luncheon will to be held at the Brisbane Hilton on Wednesday October 18 from noon. Mr Davis, who was appointed to head Westpac Banking Corporation in 2000, is ... 17-Oct-2006 more

Animation course to bridge 'skills shortage' gap

Australia’s expertise in digital production is recognised around the world, but industry members say a critical shortage of skilled digital artists is limiting their potential to compete internationally. Peter Giles, Head of Digital Media at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) agrees. “The digital content industry is ... 19-Oct-2006 more

New technique to revolutionise breast screening

A PhD student from Bond University on the Gold Coast has developed new technology that is set to revolutionise the breast cancer screening process and potentially save thousands of lives. Ms Ping Zhang’s research into the early detection of breast cancer has led her to develop an innovative hybrid computer aided diagnosis system that ... 20-Oct-2006 more

ADHD kids 'scapegoats' for stressed school system

Children labelled with ADHD and prescribed medication to curb challenging behaviour are scapegoats for the public education system's failure to be truly inclusive, according to a Queensland University of Technology researcher. Faculty of Education PhD researcher Linda Graham said a growing number of children labelled with Attention Deficit ... 20-Oct-2006 more

Higher pay equals better teachers - research

Increases in starting teacher pay are an effective way of attracting talented students into teacher education courses, according to ANU research released today. The research, conducted by economist Dr Andrew Leigh, looked at whether increases in new teacher salaries had an effect on the course choices of high school graduates. “When a state ... 22-Oct-2006 more

Compensation huge step for stolen generations

The announcement of compensation for the stolen generations made by the Tasmanian Government is a huge step forward according to the Director of the University of Southern Queensland's Indigenous Centre. Director of USQ's Kumbari Ngurpai Lag Indigenous Higher Education Centre, John Williams-Mozley, said he was heartened by the announcement. ... 24-Oct-2006 more

Expert welcomes folate commitment

Child health expert Professor Fiona Stanley has welcomed the commitment by the State and Federal Food Regulation Ministers to proceed with mandatory fortification of food with folate as quickly as possible. "I applaud the Ministers for their resolve to put the health of children first and commit to mandatory fortification. Their decision will ... 25-Oct-2006 more

We're still 'not resolute enough' to tackle violence

Community attitudes and understandings have not yet advanced enough to ensure perpetrators of family violence or animal abuse will be brought to justice. However, better awareness of links between human and animal abuse and well-targeted information about reporting options will go some way towards ensuring perpetrators face real ... 26-Oct-2006 more

Australian scientists help unlock bee genome

The genomic sequence of the honey bee – the fifth and most sophisticated insect to be sequenced yet – has been completed by a group of international scientists, including a pioneering team at The Australian National University. “The sequencing of the honey bee genome will provide an avalanche of insights into insect biology and the genetic basis ... 27-Oct-2006 more

ANU experts on climate change/Stern review

ANU staff are available to provide expert commentary and reaction from a range of perspectives to Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. More experts from other institutions are also available by searching www.expertguide.com.au. Mr Barney FORAN, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, ANU College of ... 30-Oct-2006 more

World first study to look at bladder cancer treatment

USQ Bioinformatics Senior Lecturer, Dr Jesus Lopez, will lead a world-first study that will look at genes and their responsiveness to radiotherapy in bladder cancer sufferers. The study will be undertaken from next year and is of great importance to bladder cancer patients worldwide. "When treating bladder cancer there are two types of ... 31-Oct-2006 more

Study finds refugees 'unfamiliar' with fire safety

A James Cook University (JCU) study investigating Sudanese refugees and their knowledge of fire safety has won a Safer Communities Award from Emergency Management Australia (EMA). “The Sudanese Refugees and Fire Hazard Study”, a collaboration between JCU’s Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service ... 01-Nov-2006 more

Film students seek footage of drag queen

Have you been filming, photographing or interviewing drag queens? If so, students from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) want to talk to you. The students are compiling a documentary on prominent drag queen, Vanessa Wagner AKA Tobin Saunders and are looking for any footage of documentary evidence, including home footage ... 02-Nov-2006 more

Working women face stereotypes -- with kids, or without

Whether they have children or not, working women, particularly in lower skilled areas, face stereotypical views about the way they work and their workplace role, says a Queensland University of Technology business management researcher. Dr Paula McDonald of QUT's School of Management said international research suggested women in paid ... 02-Nov-2006 more

Frontline soldier safety under the microscope in Canberra

Technology that will keep Australia's soldiers safer in the field is being tested by University of Canberra researchers. With modern infantry carrying an arsenal of electronic devices for communication, surveillance, targeting and intelligence gathering there is a danger that operating them could distract a soldier leaving them vulnerable to ... 03-Nov-2006 more

Coping with HIV in PNG

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) ability to cope with its HIV epidemic will be the topic of a James Cook University (JCU) public awareness lecture next week (Wed, Nov 8) in Cairns. Professor John McBride, Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences will present the lecture. Professor McBride said attention was now ... 03-Nov-2006 more

Expert Alert: Food Safety Week (13-18 November)

Food Safety Week (13-18 November, 2006) will focus on the most common causes of food poisoning amongst young people - from leaving the pizza on the bench overnight, to basic hygiene and learning to cook for themselves. According to the Food Safety Information Council (FSIC), there are about 5.4 million cases of food poisoning every year - with ... 04-Nov-2006 more

Google could be gagged by new laws - expert

Internet search engines such as Google could be crippled by changes to copyright law that look set to be implemented by the Federal Government, a Copyright expert from The Australian National University says. Dr Matthew Rimmer from the ANU College of Law argues that the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 (Cth) - which has come before the Australian ... 06-Nov-2006 more

Deakin discovery could lead to leukaemia treatments

Deakin University scientists have identified a protein that could hold the key to new leukaemia treatments. The protein-Stat5-was investigated at a laboratory at Deakin's Melbourne Campus at Burwood, as part of a multicentre international collaboration. Leukaemia is a cancer caused by a proliferation of white blood cells. To understand and help ... 06-Nov-2006 more

Melanoma - a black mark on men's health

Three Queensland men aged over 50 years die every week from melanoma, according to QUT researchers who have embarked on a life-saving mission to teach men better skin care. Dr Monika Janda of Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the tragic statistic had prompted a study with researchers from ... 10-Nov-2006 more

Law experts to review Australia's refugee policies

The international repercussions of Australia's refugee policies, particularly the notorious "Pacific Solution", will be debated at a conference on Saturday 25 November at the University of Technology, Sydney. International law and refugee law experts from Australia and overseas will gather for "The Admission and Exclusion of Asylum Seekers: The ... 13-Nov-2006 more

Depressed teens on the outer at school - research

Depression affects one in five teenagers and new QUT research shows that a sense of connectedness to school is a key predictor of adolescent mental health. Queensland University of Technology adolescent psychologist Associate Professor Ian Shochet, who will give a free public lecture at QUT Carseldine on preventing teen depression today, said ... 14-Nov-2006 more

Deakin research to help kids with Cerebral Palsy

Deakin University is taking the global lead in improving the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy. Dr Elise Davis and Professor Elizabeth Waters from Deakin's School of Health and Social Development have developed a world-first questionnaire aimed at determining if treatments for children with cerebral palsy improve their overall ... 15-Nov-2006 more

On the threshold of the intelligent machine age

The ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence (AI) posed by science fiction writers like Philip K Dick and Issac Asimov could be reality within 50 years according to AI researcher Professor Mary-Anne Williams of the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Williams will survey which scientific breakthroughs remain to create truly ... 15-Nov-2006 more

Residents urged to take care with greywater

Greywater can carry large amounts of disease-causing microbes and should be used on gardens with caution, a Queensland University of Technology microbiologist has warned. Dr Megan Hargreaves, of QUT's Faculty of Science, said that in the rush to respond to the water crisis some safety considerations for greywater had not been well communicated ... 16-Nov-2006 more

Engineering a solution to the planet's ills

The threat of global warming is surmountable, but the depletion of easily accessed minerals could actually be a bigger problem for humanity, according to the former Chairman of global engineering firm the Arup Group. London-based Sir Duncan Michael will give an engineer's perspective on the challenges facing the planet in the next Zunz lecture, ... 16-Nov-2006 more

On the move: internal migration in Australia

Australians are on the move. The places they are leaving and the places to which they are moving, their reasons for moving and what all this means for policy will be addressed by Australia’s leading population specialists in the 2006 Symposium of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia to be held in Canberra on 21 November. Papers to be ... 20-Nov-2006 more

The challenges of designing people-centred technology

International and Australian experts in the field of human-computer interaction will discuss the current challenges in designing people-centred technology when they meet for a conference in Sydney this week. OZCHI 2006, Australia's major conference on human-computer interaction and related issues, will be held at the University of Technology, ... 20-Nov-2006 more

Experts on nuclear issues

ANU staff are available to provide expert commentary and reaction from a range of perspectives to the Prime Minister's Nuclear Review Taskforce. The details of these experts who have confirmed their availability are provided below. The list is not comprehensive and for further assistance identifying experts, please call the ANU Media Office ... 21-Nov-2006 more

Report finds most programs ineffective for Aboriginal children

The largest survey ever undertaken of Aboriginal children and families has thrown new light on why most existing intervention programs fail to produce results needed for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage. The finding is contained in the fourth volume of results from the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey, launched in Perth ... 22-Nov-2006 more

Lessons learned from drought 40,000 years ago

Drought-stricken Australia should heed a warning from a new study that shows a series of massive droughts killed giant kangaroos and other "megafauna" in south-east Queensland 40,000 years ago, according to researchers from the Queensland University of Technology. Scientists Dr Gilbert Price and Dr Gregory Webb believe understanding how the ... 24-Nov-2006 more

Death penalty forum as Nguyen anniversary nears

As the first anniversary of the execution of Melbourne man Van Nguyen in Singapore looms, Australia is still grappling with the diplomatic, political and legal issues of seeking clemency for Australian citizens being held on 'death row' in overseas jails. Nguyen’s case highlighted the difficulties Australia faces in dealing with regional ... 25-Nov-2006 more

Water should be more costly - expert

Sydneysiders should be paying more for water as it becomes scarcer according to an environmental economist who argues in a new paper that more expensive water would encourage urban households to use it more efficiently. Professor Quentin Grafton, from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU, says water should be priced on a ... 28-Nov-2006 more

Gen Y women driven by money and power

The new generation of female entrepreneurs want money and power according to new research from Queensland University of Technology, which reveals women aged 18 to 27 are driven by financial rewards and social status when starting up a business. The current study is being conducted by Dr Rebekah Russell-Bennett, Dr Judy Drennan (QUT) and Dr ... 30-Nov-2006 more

Expert Alert: Astronomy and black holes

Every day astronomers see huge flashes of radiation from the distant universe, caused by stars collapsing to form black holes. These explosions are so intense they would destroy any nearby life. How has Earth escaped this? What are the chances of such an explosion nearby? Astronomer Edward van den Heuvel will discuss what we do and don't know ... 03-Dec-2006 more

Conference looks at social marketing

A social marketing campaign that uses limousines to transport drunks home after a night out, has led to a significant reduction in drink-driving offences in the US, according to a Queensland University of Technology visiting academic. Professor Michael Rothschild, an internationally renowned social marketing expert, said the project known as ... 04-Dec-2006 more

International conference to address poverty

U2’s Bono would solve poverty by wiping foreign debt, while governments of developed nations attempt to alleviate poverty through aid and intervention. But what do economists, anthropologists, policymakers and non-government organisations think are the best ways to reduce poverty and encourage growth in Asia and the Pacific? An international ... 05-Dec-2006 more

Reef sharks threatened by overfishing

A study by Australian scientists has warned that coral reef shark populations on the Great Barrier Reef are in the midst of a catastrophic collapse. The research by William Robbins and colleagues, based at James Cook University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, found that grey reef shark numbers had already declined to ... 05-Dec-2006 more

Expert Alert: Pacific update from ANU

Recent events in Fiji and Tonga, the economy of Vanuatu, climate change, aid and Australia’s engagement with the region will be among the topics for discussion at a Pacific Update hosted by ANU in Canberra tomorrow (Thursday, 7 December). Presenters will discuss the major issues facing nations of the Pacific in the political arena, the economy, ... 06-Dec-2006 more

Set your own pace to health and fitness

If the thought of sweating in a gym over summer leaves you cold, take heart from this advice from QUT health and physical activity expert Dr Tom Cuddihy ... even a small increase in walking will do you good. Dr Cuddihy said walking was one of the simplest and most achievable ways to improve your health and fitness, and easy to track with the ... 07-Dec-2006 more

Family and friends set the speedo

If your family and friends approve of speeding, then chances are you are more likely to plant your foot on the accelerator, a study by Queensland University of Technology has found. Judy Fleiter, from QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), said irrespective of age and gender, drivers who perceived their family ... 08-Dec-2006 more

Conference takes a look at Muslim women's lives

Women from across the cultural and religious spectrum will discuss racism, nationalism and the reality of Muslim women's lives in Australia at a national conference this weekend at the University of Technology, Sydney. "Not another hijab row" on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 December will go to the heart of current anxieties in Australian ... 09-Dec-2006 more

Pacific MPs discuss political stability

MPs from nine Pacific island countries, Australia, and New Zealand will meet in Samoa next week for the 8th Annual Pacific Parliamentary Dialogue, hosted by the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) in the Crawford School of Economics and Government at The Australian National University. Participating countries include Samoa, Cook Islands, ... 09-Dec-2006 more

Drivers ignore mobile phone risks

A George Institute road safety study has revealed an alarmingly high rate of mobile phone use amongst Australian drivers. Published in the Medical Journal of Australia this week, the survey conducted in NSW and WA found that 60% of drivers use a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel, resulting in crashes and negligent driving. Almost 3 ... 11-Dec-2006 more

Experts warn on surf safety

After the near-drowning of a 25 year old man at Kurrawa Beach yesterday (11/12) evening, Surf Life Saving and Tourism Minister Margaret Keech are calling for all beach visitors to be vigilant about their safety coming into the peak holiday season. The young man was swimming outside patrolled hours when council lifeguard services had finished for ... 12-Dec-2006 more

High-tech help to prevent further heart disease

Thanks to an innovative new project being developed by Central Queensland University with funding from MBF Foundation, heart surgery patients around the country could soon have access to rehabilitation services in the comfort of their own home rather than having to travel to special outpatient clinics. Researchers at the University’s Rockhampton ... 15-Dec-2006 more

Eating disorders could start at toddler mealtime

The seeds of eating disorders - both anorexia and obesity - may be sown during mealtime battles with 'fussy' eating toddlers, a Queensland University of Technology developmental psychology researcher says. Research by Dr Linda Gilmore, a practising psychologist, is investigating the link between fussy eating in early childhood and the later ... 16-Dec-2006 more

Paws for thought

Can a dog help you to think? That’s the question James Cook University postgraduate student Ash Turner aims to answer, and he’s seeking adult learners to help in his research. For the past year Mr Turner has been taking dogs into workplaces and vocational classrooms as part of his doctoral research in adult learning. “I was impressed by the ... 16-Dec-2006 more

Food safety tips for Christmas dinner

No one wants to ruin a great Christmas dinner with a bout of food poisoning. So, food safety experts are recommending the following tips to help people safely prepare Christmas dinners this year. AnYi Director Rachelle Williams said people should remember to stick to the Food Safety Information Council's "C" rules when catering at ... 17-Dec-2006 more

Lifesavers urge care with toys this Christmas

With Christmas just days away, Surf Life Saving is sending a safety warning urging people to take care in the surf with their new aquatic equipment. Between 30,000 and 40,000 people are expected to visit the beaches of southeast Queensland each day during the main festive period with upwards of 100,000 people expected on Boxing Day, while ... 20-Dec-2006 more

Cosmic explosions reviewed after gamma ray burst

A cosmic explosion unlike any observed and recorded before has astronomers the world over reviewing theories of how the largest bangs in the Universe (since the Big One) actually occur. The strange Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) occurred on June 14 in a galaxy two billion light years away, and although it had some features in common with typical GRBs, it ... 21-Dec-2006 more

Drought's toll on trees good for habitat - expert

The prolonged drought is taking its toll on trees in suburbs around the nation – but one expert argues that it’s also creating the perfect opportunity to retain some dead trunks and fallen tree litter as habitat for animals and insects. Forestry expert Dr Cris Brack from The Australian National University says more and more trees will lose ... 21-Dec-2006 more

Families heading towards homelessness this Christmas

It won't be a Merry Christmas celebrated at home for everyone this year, as high rents and mortgages continue to push many families to homelessness, a Queensland University of Technology researcher said. Emily Schindeler, from QUT's Faculty of Law, said the pressure of increased interest rates was pushing people out of home ownership and into an ... 21-Dec-2006 more

Climate change didn't wipe out megafauna - research

The mystery of what killed Australia’s giant animals – the so-called ‘megafauna’ – during the Last Ice Age is one of the longest-running and most emotive debates in palaeontology. Scientists have now published clear evidence from south-eastern Australia to show that climate change was not the driving force behind the extinctions, which took ... 26-Dec-2006 more