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Get up, get moving in 2013 (2 Jan 13)

Researchers at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute are expanding a trial program aimed at increasing the levels of physical activity of sedentary people. The team will assess the impact of personalised coaching from an exercise specialist on the physical activity levels of people currently not meeting national ... 02-Jan-2013 more

New Year's resolutions up in smoke (2 Jan 13)

A smoker will make an average of 20 attempts to kick the habit before succeeding, researchers say. The University of Newcastle’s Associate Professor Billie Bonevski recently received funding from the Cancer Institute NSW and Hunter Medical Research Institute to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to help smokers ... 02-Jan-2013 more

University advisory day 2013 (2 Jan 13)

University of Newcastle staff and students will be on hand at three campuses on Thursday 3 January 2013, to speak to prospective students about study options. The University’s Advisory Day is designed to offer advice and information about changing preferences or alternative entry options to the University. Deputy ... 02-Jan-2013 more

Food is at the heart of a healthy family (4 Jan 13)

University of Newcastle researchers are targeting parents and grandparents who have suffered a heart attack or stroke in a new research program aimed at improving heart health in children and grandchildren. Dietitian, Professor Clare Collins*, and PhD candidate Tracy Schumacher, are leading a family-based dietary intervention for people ... 04-Jan-2013 more

Study: Young women resolve (again) to eat better in the New Year (4 Jan 13)

A new survey, released yesterday, has found most young women have resolved to eat better in 2013 – exactly what they resolved to do last year. The ‘Young Women’s Nutrition Survey’, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia, reveals 68 per cent of 18-24 year olds have resolved to eat healthier in 2013 and ... 04-Jan-2013 more

New 2D material for next generation high-speed electronics (4 Jan 13)

Scientists at RMIT University and CSIRO have produced a new two-dimensional material that could revolutionise the electronics market, making “nano” more than just a marketing term. The material – made up of layers of crystal known as molybdenum oxides – has unique properties that encourage the free flow of electrons ... 04-Jan-2013 more

Getting to the bottom of wind turbine noise (7 Jan 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a sophisticated wind turbine experiment to investigate exactly how wind turbines produce noise. The findings should enable the construction of better designed wind farms, improved public policy and new noise control technologies. Chief Investigator Associate Professor Con Doolan says that ... 07-Jan-2013 more

Indigenous Education: A Learning Journey for Teachers, Schools and Communities (7 Jan 13)

A new book launched in December reports on a four-year research based study of teaching Aboriginal histories and cultures in Australian schools. The publication, Indigenous Education: A Learning Journey for Teachers, Schools and Communities examines action learning in schools that sought to enhance engagement with local Aboriginal ... 07-Jan-2013 more

$25,000 grants to help rural NSW communities (7 Jan 13)

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is giving young people who live in rural NSW the chance to secure a $25,000 grant to deliver a new and innovative community project. Now in its fifth year, applications are open for the 2013 RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant. RAS Foundation Executive Office, Jocellin Jansson ... 07-Jan-2013 more

Almost 300 complete South West telco outage survey (9 Jan 13)

Almost 300 people have taken part in an independent study into the social impact of the recent breakdown in telecommunications in Victoria’s South West. The study, which is still underway, is being conducted by RMIT University’s Regional and Rural Futures Research Group based at Hamilton. Dr Sean MacDermott, the Senior ... 09-Jan-2013 more

ANU experts alert: Bushfire experts (9 Jan 13)

Two ANU experts are available for comment on the subject of bushfires:   Professor Beverley Raphael Disaster preparedness and bushfire response ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment 0419 214 901 (mobile) beverley.raphael@act.gov.au   Dr Philip Gibbons Carbon and biodiversity trading; ... 09-Jan-2013 more

Involve children in bushfire plans: researcher (11 Jan 13)

As serious bushfires continue to burn around Australia, families in high-risk areas are considering their survival plans – but what role should children play in the planning process? How much information should parents share with their children about their plan? And what can parents do if children become anxious about bushfire hazards ... 11-Jan-2013 more

Australia’s three worst diets shunned by nutrition experts (11 Jan 13)

Hundreds of the nation’s dietitians have voted on the three worst diets to avoid in the New Year. The Lemon Detox Diet was rated the worst, followed by the Acid and Alkaline Diet. The Six Weeks to OMG Diet rounded off the top three. More than 230 members of Australia’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia ... 11-Jan-2013 more

Siding Spring Observatory update (14 Jan 13)

The Australian National University is currently undertaking an assessment of damage at Siding Spring Observatory from the Wambelong Fire. All 18 people at the Observatory were evacuated to Coonabarabran at around 4pm yesterday afternoon and confirmed safe. The NSW Rural Fire Service was able to access the site late last night to put out ... 14-Jan-2013 more

Liquid metal marbles: A new platform for nanomaterials (14 Jan 13)

Researchers at RMIT University have created “liquid metal marbles” – droplets of liquid metal coated in nanoparticles – in a world-first breakthrough that advances research into soft electronics and industrial sensing technologies. The team from RMIT’s Platform Technologies Research Institute is the first to ... 14-Jan-2013 more

Siding Spring Observatory update (14 Jan 13)

Siding Spring Observatory will be closed for the next two weeks to enable a full assessment of the damage caused by the Wambelong Fire, and to ensure the site is safe for staff prior to their return. The priority at this stage is the safety and wellbeing of staff and their families, a number of whom have lost their homes in the fire.  ... 14-Jan-2013 more

UTS Bushfire expert (16 Jan 13)

The University of Technology Sydney has one expert available for comment on bushfires:   Dr Tim Prior Bushfire preparedness, risk communication, decision making, natural resource management, community participation UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures 0419 293 261 (mobile) ... 16-Jan-2013 more

Genetics expert to head new research role at Uni of Adelaide (16 Jan 13)

The University of Adelaide has appointed an internationally renowned genetics expert to a new role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy).  Professor Robert Saint, who is currently Dean, Faculty of Science, and Professor of Genetics at the University of Melbourne, will take up the position in July 2013. Announcing the appointment, ... 16-Jan-2013 more

Young women take up the healthy fast food challenge (21 Jan 13)

Healthy, homemade meals will go head-to-head with their fast-food nemeses when the University of Newcastle Nutrition and Dietetics team hosts its inaugural Fast Food Challenge this Wednesday. To coincide with Australia’s Healthy Weight Week, the event will weigh into new survey results revealing three-quarters of young women still opt ... 21-Jan-2013 more

Be inspired by RMIT’s green inventors (23 Jan 13)

See the next generation of green inventors as RMIT University students show off their ideas for a sustainable future at a free exhibition at Melbourne Central (1-7 February). From urban bee hives to smart campervans, the Green Inventors Exhibition reveals the breadth of innovative concepts emerging from RMIT’s programs. The ... 23-Jan-2013 more

Top American prize for Freeman (25 Jan 13)

Professor Ken Freeman from The Australian National University has been awarded the American Astronomical Society's top prize. The prestigious Henry Norris Russell Lectureship was awarded to Professor Freeman in recognition of a lifetime of seminal contributions to astronomy, including his work on the structure and dynamics of our Galaxy ... 25-Jan-2013 more

Can men prevent diabetes with testosterone boost? (25 Jan 13)

Australian men most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes are urged to join a new study that aims to help them lose weight and prevent diabetes – by giving them more testosterone. The $4.8 million study, the first of its kind in the world, will look at the potential benefits of treating men with testosterone supplements in conjunction ... 25-Jan-2013 more

New Law Dean to steward the path of graduates in changing profession (25 Jan 13)

Equipping graduates to forge successful careers in a changing legal profession will be a key priority for newly appointed Dean of Law, Professor Lesley Hitchens at the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Hitchens is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert in media and communications regulation, with her research ... 25-Jan-2013 more

Good news for Murray River crayfish (29 Jan 13)

The rare Murray River crayfish has become an unlikely movie star, thanks to a new underwater video surveying technique that has revealed the species may be more prevalent in clear-water rivers than we thought. The new method, developed at The Australian National University (ANU), will give researchers more accurate estimates of crayfish ... 29-Jan-2013 more

Snakes meet their match (29 Jan 13)

A particular species of lizard will aggressively defend their eggs from predators such as snakes, a James Cook University researcher has found. Dr David Pike, lecturer in JCU’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology, has helped produce a study titled Predation drives inter-population differences in parental care expression, which was ... 29-Jan-2013 more

Look for the sign of 2013 REIQ accreditation (29 Jan 13)

Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) accredited agencies across the State are now displaying their 2013 REIQ logos. The logo – issued every year – has been synonymous with professionalism and best practice for 95 years and serves as a visual safeguard to help consumers make informed and confident choices. REIQ CEO Anton ... 29-Jan-2013 more

Sweet drinks need tooth decay warning (31 Jan 13)

Researchers from the University of Adelaide say any health warnings about soft drinks should include the risk of tooth decay, following a new study that looks at the consumption of sweet drinks and fluoridated water by Australian children. "There is growing scrutiny on sweet drinks, especially soft drinks, because of a range of ... 31-Jan-2013 more

CIT - ANU Memorandum of Understanding grows pathways to success (31 Jan 13)

Educational options and opportunities for ACT students are set to broaden following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and The Australian National University (ANU) at the CIT Reid Campus today. ANU and CIT already collaborate in the fields of engineering and science, whereby ... 31-Jan-2013 more

Federal election: Experts alert (31 Jan 13)

Three ANU experts are available for comment on the subject of the upcoming federal election, to be held on September 14 2013. Professor Ben Reilly Political parties, parliaments, elections, Australian foreign policy, defence Crawford School of Public Policy ANU College Asia & Pacific 02 6125 ... 31-Jan-2013 more

Michelle Grattan to join the University of Canberra (4 Feb 13)

Michelle Grattan, who is currently the political editor of The Age newspaper, will take on a diverse role which will include teaching and research projects in politics and political communication, lecturing, public commentary and strategic advice. Alongside her academic role, and with the agreement of the University, she will continue as a ... 04-Feb-2013 more

Crabs help reef fight deadly disease (4 Feb 13)

A particular species of crab has been helping Great Barrier Reef coral combat white syndrome, a deadly disease that causes coral tissue to disintegrate. Joseph Pollock, from James Cook University’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), has been studying the disease, and its ... 04-Feb-2013 more

Expert comment on modern wet-nursing (4 Feb 13)

The tradition of wet-nursing is experiencing a revival, with Australian mothers seeking online communities to help feed their newborns. The Facebook milk-sharing network – Human Milk 4 Human Babies (HM4HB) – is reported to have 4,000 Australian members. ·        What does the research ... 04-Feb-2013 more

Disease not a factor in Tassie Tiger extinction (6 Feb 13)

Humans alone were responsible for the demise of Australia’s iconic extinct native predator, the Tasmanian Tiger or thylacine, a new study led by the University of Adelaide has concluded. Using a new population modelling approach, the study contradicts the widespread belief that disease must have been a factor in the thylacine’s ... 06-Feb-2013 more

Human memory study adds to global debate (6 Feb 13)

An international study involving researchers from the University of Adelaide has made a major contribution to the ongoing scientific debate about how processes in the human brain support memory and recognition. The study used a rare technique in which data was obtained from within the brain itself, using electrodes placed inside the brains ... 06-Feb-2013 more

Roadsides, drains and railway lines could be prime property for wildlife in urban areas (6 Feb 13)

Strips of land along roadsides, drains and railway lines could be the key to survival for our native wildlife in developed landscapes, according to a Deakin University researcher. Miss Sarah Maclagan, a PhD student with Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences, is researching the potential for the strips of vegetated land ... 06-Feb-2013 more

Exploitation found in unpaid work experience (8 Feb 13)

University of Adelaide legal experts say the use of unpaid internships and work experience in Australia could in some cases be seen as a form of exploitation, and might result in legal action against employers. That's one of the key findings of a major report into unpaid work experience - commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman - which ... 08-Feb-2013 more

Drug testing technology and analysis in sport - Expert available for comment (8 Feb 13)

RMIT University’s Dr Oliver Jones is available for expert comment on drug testing technology and the techniques used by testing laboratories to try to keep up with developments in performance-enhancing substances. Dr Jones is a lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences and an expert in analytical chemistry. He is available for ... 08-Feb-2013 more

Tension in East Asia: Experts available for comment (8 Feb 13)

The following experts from The Australian National University are available for comment on the escalating tension and potential for conflict between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku/Diayou islands.   DIBB, Professor Paul Australian defence policy, regional security, alliance relationships Emeritus Professor, ... 08-Feb-2013 more

Time-saving modelling brings new insights into emphysema (11 Feb 13)

The race to develop urgently needed treatments for the deadly lung disorder Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as emphysema, has been accelerated by new modeling developed by University of Newcastle researchers. Where it previously took six months to conduct laboratory testing on the effects of cigarette smoke – ... 11-Feb-2013 more

Study prompts rethink of how ovaries develop (11 Feb 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide will rewrite the text books on how an ovary is formed, as well as providing new insights into women's health and fertility. The study, published on Friday in the journal PLOS ONE, also names a new type of cell that plays a key role in the development of ovaries and ovarian follicles, which are ... 11-Feb-2013 more

Couples group initiative a regional first (11 Feb 13)

A pioneering couples program that is being launched this year by the Children's Protection Society is believed to be a first for the north east region of Melbourne. Following an injection of funds by the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, CPS is collaborating with Epping’s Northern Hospital to sign up ... 11-Feb-2013 more

Higher risk of stroke from common heart disease (13 Feb 13)

Australians are being warned of a higher risk of stroke caused by the nation's most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation. Chest pain, a 'racing' or unusual heartbeat and shortness of breath are all symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF), which is responsible for an increasing number of hospital admissions in Australia. ... 13-Feb-2013 more

Expert comment on resignation of Pope Benedict XVI (13 Feb 13)

RMIT University’s Professor Des Cahill is available for interview on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The surprise resignation is the first by a pontiff in almost 600 years. Professor Cahill is Professor of Intercultural Studies in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT. One of Australia’s ... 13-Feb-2013 more

New property law created (13 Feb 13)

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has welcomed the proposal to create a property-specific piece of legislation. The State Government announced on Monday that the Property Agents and Motor Dealer Act 2000 (PAMD Act) will be split into industry-specific Acts. The PAMD Act is the key legislation which governs real estate ... 13-Feb-2013 more

New approach to preparing for disasters (15 Feb 13)

A University of Adelaide researcher is exploring an alternative approach to preparing communities for disasters. Researcher Antonella Cavallo is designing a framework for disaster preparedness to complement current planning based on identified risks. She will bring in management of uncertainty and building community ... 15-Feb-2013 more

Australian-first lab simulates real-world radiation therapy (15 Feb 13)

The University of Newcastle opened an Australian-first radiation therapy simulation laboratory yesterday, completing the three-stage education cycle for students studying this life-saving treatment. Radiation therapy is one of the main treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer and contributes greatly to the high cancer cure rates ... 15-Feb-2013 more

Tree study may yield climate secrets (15 Feb 13)

Tree rings may yield insights into the past 400 years of drought and flood in tropical parts of Queensland, and may help forecast future extreme weather events. James Cook University's Dr Nathan English said that it had been believed that because of the rapid growth of trees in the tropics, their rings did not reveal reliable ... 15-Feb-2013 more

Coastal activities in the Kimberley examined in new study (18 Feb 13)

Researchers have embarked on the first comprehensive study of human activity along the west Kimberley coast. Over the next two years, researchers from Murdoch University and the University of WA working together on the WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, will build a picture of how people currently use the coastal areas of the Kimberley ... 18-Feb-2013 more

New drug puts Malaria under the pump (18 Feb 13)

Researchers have discovered how a new class of antimalarial drugs kills the malaria parasite, showing that the drugs block a pump at the parasite surface, causing it to fill with salt. In work conducted at the Research School of Biology (RSB) at The Australian National University (ANU), and published in the latest edition of Cell Host & ... 18-Feb-2013 more

Major asteroid impact discovered in Central Australia (18 Feb 13)

Research from The Australian National University (ANU) has identified one of the most extensive asteroid impact zones on Earth. The discovery came in the lead up to the passing of the 45-meter-wide asteroid very close to Earth over the weekend. Located in northeast South Australia, the East Warburton Basin contains evidence of a ... 18-Feb-2013 more

Parents' views critical at the end of a child's life (20 Feb 13)

More emphasis should be given to parents' needs when deciding whether or not to withdraw life support from critically ill children, according to a new book written by a University of Adelaide academic. The book, published by Oxford University Press, deals with advances in brain scans and other technologies, and their influence on ... 20-Feb-2013 more

Manuka honey opens door for effective treatment of chronic wounds (20 Feb 13)

Manuka honey is highly effective in the treatment of chronic wound infections, according to new research by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) into how honey affects the growth of bacteria. The research, published today in the open-access science journal PLOS ONE, was particularly important as treatment of chronic wounds is becoming ... 20-Feb-2013 more

Ancient teeth bacteria record disease evolution (20 Feb 13)

DNA preserved in calcified bacteria on the teeth of ancient human skeletons has shed light on the health consequences of the evolving diet and behaviour from the Stone Age to the modern day. The ancient genetic record reveals the negative changes in oral bacteria brought about by the dietary shifts as humans became farmers, and later with ... 20-Feb-2013 more

Multicultural media at a crossroads (22 Feb 13)

Tertiary Education Minister Chris Bowen will join leading ethnic commentators at a conference on Monday 25 February to discuss the role of multicultural media in Australia’s changing media landscape. ‘Multicultural Media at a Crossroads’ will explore challenges currently facing ethnic media, including converging digital ... 22-Feb-2013 more

Nesting site protection ‘key to saving turtles’ (22 Feb 13)

International marine scientists have warned it will be vital to protect key marine turtle nesting grounds and areas that may be suitable for turtle nesting in the future to ensure that the marine reptiles have a better chance of withstanding climate change. A new study reveals that some turtle populations in the West Indian Ocean, Northeast ... 22-Feb-2013 more

Workplace bullying victims sought for new study (22 Feb 13)

New research at the University of Adelaide will investigate people's difficulties returning to the workforce after bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination at work. Researchers are now seeking victims of workplace bullying and harassment who have not yet returned to work, so that their experiences can help others. The study is ... 22-Feb-2013 more

Coastal carbon accounting: new research into Australia’s ‘blue carbon’ potential (25 Feb 13)

  Understanding the important role of Australia’s coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide is the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research program headed by CSIRO in collaboration with eight tertiary institutions, including the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The CSIRO Marine and ... 25-Feb-2013 more

New findings on debated authorship (25 Feb 13)

University of Adelaide researchers have provided new evidence on the long-debated authorship of two famous texts – the US Federalist Papers and the Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament. The results of a 10-year project led by Professor Derek Abbott, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, was published on Thursday in the ... 25-Feb-2013 more

Lessons for our reefs in Caribbean study (25 Feb 13)

Many Caribbean coral reefs have either stopped growing or are on the threshold of starting to erode, new evidence has revealed. Associate Professor Scott Smithers, from James Cook University was a part of a seven-member team of international scientists that carried out work at reefs across the Caribbean over a two-year period. Coral ... 25-Feb-2013 more

Aviation fuel revolution: airshow forum tomorrow (27 Feb 13)

Tomorrow afternoon senior RMIT University aerospace, mechanical and manufacturing engineering students will host a free open forum at the Australian International Airshow on the use of liquid methane. Capitalising on the gathering of aviation professionals at Avalon, the forum will discuss the concept of liquid methane as the aviation fuel ... 27-Feb-2013 more

Agents to learn latest on economy (27 Feb 13)

More than 200 real estate agency principals will gather in Brisbane next week to learn the latest about the Queensland economy. The 2013 Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ)/Aon Principal Licensee Luncheon will focus on the state of the economy as well as provide a cautionary tale on how to survive tough business conditions. The ... 27-Feb-2013 more

SA wine producers leading climate change adaptation (27 Feb 13)

A new study investigating wine regions' adaptation to climate change has found that many wine producers in South Australia's McLaren Vale are leading the world at responding to future risk. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide and Université Paris Diderot, has found that by making the difficult ... 27-Feb-2013 more

Global tipping point not backed by science: study (1 Mar 13)

A group of international ecological scientists led by the University of Adelaide have rejected a doomsday-like scenario of sudden, irreversible change to the Earth’s ecology. In a paper published yesterday in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the scientists from Australia, US and UK argue that global-scale ecological tipping ... 01-Mar-2013 more

Most parents believe vaccines are safe for children (1 Mar 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that 95% of parents believe that vaccines are safe for their children despite the spread of misinformation about vaccine safety. The study, conducted by researchers in the University's Robinson Institute, sought to better understand parents' attitudes to vaccines and the perceived ... 01-Mar-2013 more

Shrinking petrol tax fuelling gas guzzlers (1 Mar 13)

A decade-old decision to remove automatic indexation of petrol excise duty is contributing to Australia’s continuing reliance on gas guzzlers and helping to put the brakes on the take-up of fuel efficient vehicles, according to new research from The Australian National University. Dr Paul Burke and Dr Shuhei Nishitateno of the ANU ... 01-Mar-2013 more

CQUni launches sleep labs in Adelaide, pledges to create a 'boutique' campus (4 Mar 13)

CQUniversity will today officially launch its Appleton Institute Sleep Research Centre in Adelaide. Politicians, researchers, students and CQUniversity Council members will gather for the event at 44 Greenhill Road in Wayville. South Australian Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills Grace Portolesi will address the ... 04-Mar-2013 more

New slavery act will aid victims claiming compensation (4 Mar 13)

Victims of servitude, forced labour and forced marriage will be able to obtain financial compensation more easily due to the passing of an amendment to federal crimes legislation in the senate on Wednesday, according to the director of Anti-Slavery Australia, Associate Professor Jennifer Burn. The passage of the Crimes Legislation Amendment ... 04-Mar-2013 more

Scientists fight to save embattled protected areas (4 Mar 13)

Many parks and protected areas around the world are being assailed by poachers and encroachers, but a new study suggests scientific research in the parks helps to reduce such threats. The study by Professor William Laurance from James Cook University shows that scientists aid parks and their biodiversity in many ways—such as by chasing ... 04-Mar-2013 more

Vitamin deficiency screening needed for refugees (6 Mar 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide has discovered a high prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency among refugees, prompting calls for refugees to be routinely screened for the problem soon after they arrive in the country. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a sign of severe malnourishment and can result in permanent damage to the nervous ... 06-Mar-2013 more

New book unravels mysteries of US policy (6 Mar 13)

An RMIT University academic is one of three people behind a compelling new book on American foreign relations which sheds fresh light on some vexing issues. The book takes a particular look at tensions which have complicated the country’s pursuit of success in its foreign policy goals. The book, American Foreign Relations since ... 06-Mar-2013 more

Companies missing out on vital consumer insights (6 Mar 13)

There's a growing trend in business to gain more insight into customers – but most companies are not using that information to its fullest potential, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. "A lack of engagement with customer insight could be costing all-important profits, as companies make decisions and ... 06-Mar-2013 more

Expert comment on death of Chavez (6 Mar 13)

RMIT University international affairs expert, Dr Binoy Kampark, is available for interview on the death of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.   ·        What is Chavez's legacy in Venezuela? ·        What impact has he had in the developed ... 06-Mar-2013 more

New app makes getting to class even easier (8 Mar 13)

Getting to class by public transport across Victoria has become much easier, thanks to a new app designed by students, for students. The Get Me To Class app, available for Android and Apple smartphones, means students at 52 universities, TAFEs and private colleges across the state can enter their class times and places and find out how to ... 08-Mar-2013 more

Insight into how first life-forms were 'born' (8 Mar 13)

An international team of physicists have revealed insights into how the very first life-forms made the jump from the non-living to the living world, by mathematically modelling biological states using energy waves called solitons. “The model is alive: it oscillates when there isn’t enough energy or matter, just like it’s ... 08-Mar-2013 more

Benefits of yoga for stress – what's the reality? (8 Mar 13)

Can yoga really help people to overcome stress? That's the question being posed by new research at the University of Adelaide, which is hoping to better understand if, and how, yoga can be used as a therapy for stress – and who can benefit most from it. The study is being conducted by Psychology PhD student Kaitlin Harkess who ... 08-Mar-2013 more

Climate change will test newly understood resilience in plants (11 Mar 13)

Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according to a new study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The research, recently ... 11-Mar-2013 more

Ancient DNA solves 320-year-old mystery (11 Mar 13)

University of Adelaide researchers have found the answer to one of natural history’s most intriguing puzzles – the origins of the now extinct Falkland Islands wolf and how it came to be the only land-based mammal on the isolated islands – 460km from the nearest land, Argentina. Previous theories have suggested the wolf ... 11-Mar-2013 more

REIQ Seminar: The Queensland market explained (11 Mar 13)

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) will open its doors to first home buyers and investors this month to help them better understand the property market. The REIQ will host its first free Experts’ Guide to Buying Queensland Property seminar of 2013 later this month which brings together a host of property specialists under ... 11-Mar-2013 more

Fluoride in drinking water cuts tooth decay in adults (13 Mar 13)

An international study conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide has resulted in the strongest evidence yet that fluoride in drinking water provides dental health benefits to adults. In the first population-level study of its kind in the world, researchers have found that fluoridated drinking water is preventing tooth decay for ... 13-Mar-2013 more

Marine biologist slams NSW govt recreational fishing announcement (13 Mar 13)

The NSW Government’s announcement yesterday allowing fishing in sanctuary (no-take) zones of marine parks flies in the face of sensible conservation of precious marine biodiversity a UTS marine scientist has warned. Professor of Marine Ecology David Booth said overwhelming evidence in scientific research demonstrates that sanctuary ... 13-Mar-2013 more

Scuderia Ferrari F1 engine leader joins RMIT (13 Mar 13)

RMIT University’s leadership in automotive engineering has been strengthened with the appointment of Scuderia Ferrari’s Dr Luca Marmorini as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The Head of Engines and Electronics at Scuderia Ferrari since October 2009, Dr Marmorini previously ... 13-Mar-2013 more

Expert comment on Pope Francis (14 Mar 13)

RMIT University's Professor Des Cahill is available for interview on the new Pope. Professor Cahill is one of Australia's leading authorities on multicultural and religious issues, who comments regularly on issues related to the Catholic Church. The Professor of Intercultural Studies in the School of Global Studies, Social ... 14-Mar-2013 more

Chicken pox vaccine saving children's lives (15 Mar 13)

The widespread introduction of a chicken pox vaccine in Australia in 2006 has prevented thousands of children from being hospitalised with severe chicken pox and saved lives, according to new research. In a national study of chicken pox admissions at four participating Australian children's hospitals, researchers found the number of ... 15-Mar-2013 more

Innovative biofuel research shortlisted in GE Ecomagination Challenge (15 Mar 13)

Overcoming the major obstacle to producing cost-effective biofuel is the aim of innovative research at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) that has been shortlisted for the GE Ecomagination Challenge. Patented technology developed by the UTS Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) has the potential to quadruple yields ... 15-Mar-2013 more

Is the Aussie barbeque bad for the planet? (15 Mar 13)

Should we halve our meat consumption for the health of our population and the world’s environment? That’s the question being debated by scientists at the next Debate@The Waite on Thursday 21 March held by the University of Adelaide's Waite Research Institute. Australia is among the top meat-consuming nations of the world, ... 15-Mar-2013 more

USA and Australia share growing pains (18 Mar 13)

The long-term challenges facing Australia to sustain productivity growth, and what we can learn from the US experience, is the focus of a two-day conference starting at The Australian National University today. The event will bring together leading researchers from Harvard University and the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, as well ... 18-Mar-2013 more

Queensland dominates national awards (18 Mar 13)

Queensland dominated the national real estate awards at an exclusive ceremony in Canberra on Thursday. Representatives from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) won six of the 16 awards on offer at the 2013 Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) National Awards for Excellence. Victoria picked up four awards. The national ... 18-Mar-2013 more

ANU to host Australian Arab Women's Dialogue (18 Mar 13)

In a first for Australia, The Australian National University (ANU), with support from AusAID, are hosting a delegation of prominent Arab women, including the United Arab Emirate’s first female surgeon and a documentary maker telling the stories of female prisoners in Lebanon, as part of the inaugural Australian Arab Women’s Dialogue ... 18-Mar-2013 more

Brain tumour cells killed by anti-nausea drug (20 Mar 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that the growth of brain tumours can be halted by a drug currently being used to help patients recover from the side effects of chemotherapy. The discovery has been made during a study looking at the relationship between brain tumours and a peptide associated with ... 20-Mar-2013 more

Language diversity brings us together, not divides us (20 Mar 13)

A world-renowned linguist at the University of Adelaide has called on Australians to better understand how language diversity makes our community stronger. Speaking ahead of Harmony Day (Thursday 21 March), Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Australia's first Chair of Endangered Languages, says language diversity plays an important role ... 20-Mar-2013 more

Vaccine breakthrough could eliminate spontaneous bovine abortion (20 Mar 13)

Cattle could soon be vaccinated against an abortion-causing parasite, potentially saving the dairy and beef industries billions worldwide thanks to breakthrough Australian research. Professor John Ellis from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and Professor Michael Reichel from the University of Adelaide have published findings from a ... 20-Mar-2013 more

Peptides helping researchers in search for Parkinson’s disease treatment (22 Mar 13)

Australian researchers have taken the first step in using bioactive peptides as the building blocks to help ‘build a new brain’ to treat degenerative brain disease. Deakin University biomedical scientist Dr Richard Williams is working in a team with Dr David Nisbet from the Australian National University and Dr Clare Parish at ... 22-Mar-2013 more

JCU ‘the big improver’ says Nature (22 Mar 13)

James Cook University has been described as the “big improver” by the influential Nature Publishing Group. Releasing its Nature Publishing Index 2012 for the Asia-Pacific, the organisation ranked James Cook University as number five in Australia. “JCU James Cook University (JCU) — the big ... 22-Mar-2013 more

Reducing noise pollution: new Fulbright scholar (22 Mar 13)

Reducing noise from aircraft, wind turbines and submarines is the aim of the University of Adelaide’s latest Fulbright Scholar, announced yesterday by the Hon. Chris Bowen, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research. Dr Danielle Moreau, a Research Associate in the Flow and Noise Group at the University’s School ... 22-Mar-2013 more

New technology is key to better epilepsy treatment (25 Mar 13)

University of Adelaide scientists are making a major impact on the understanding and diagnosis of epilepsy, which will lead to individualised treatments for sufferers. Speaking in the lead up to Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness (Tuesday 26 March), geneticist Professor Jozef Gecz says advances in DNA sequencing have been a huge leap forward ... 25-Mar-2013 more

Café to provide $10,000 worth of free meals each year (25 Mar 13)

A Melbourne café group will provide $10,000 worth of free meals to 133 financially disadvantaged RMIT University students each year. The meals will be provided by three cafes across the RMIT City campus: Pearson and Murphy’s on La Trobe Street; The Bean Project on level two at the new Swanston Academic Building (SAB); and the T ... 25-Mar-2013 more

Easter and chocolate - Media contact (25 Mar 13)

Media doing stories for Easter might be interested in speaking to the following academic at the University of Adelaide: Why do Australians love chocolate at Easter - and what should we consider when buying it? Rachel Ankeny is an Associate Professor in the University of Adelaide's School of History and Politics.  An expert on ... 25-Mar-2013 more

National control program needed for curable, controllable parasitic disease (27 Mar 13)

Health experts at the 8th National Workshop on Strongyloidiasis are calling for a National Strongyloidiasis Control Program. Strongyloidiasis is a third-world parasitic disease that is common in Aboriginal communities throughout the northern two-thirds of the Australian continent where it affects about one-third of the people. This disease ... 27-Mar-2013 more

Exhibition: Drawing portraits through Skype (27 Mar 13)

Artists from Australia and Germany have been paired to draw each other within the public space of Skype, in a new exhibition investigating the nature of portraits in today’s urbanised and digitalised society. Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces is curated by Dr Maggie McCormick from RMIT University and Professor Henning Eichinger from ... 27-Mar-2013 more

How safe are your sources? Journalists, their sources and shield laws (27 Mar 13)

Some of Australia's top investigative journalists, including Walkley Award winners Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker (Fairfax) and Steve Pennells (The West Australian) are facing intense legal pressure to disclose their confidential sources. In a separate development, Gina Rinehart has taken legal action against Fairfax journalist Adele ... 27-Mar-2013 more

Bollywood Wheels rolls in to Melbourne (2 Apr 13)

Dilip Chhabria crafts beautiful bespoke and flamboyant cars. Famous throughout India for his contribution to the Bollywood aesthetic, Dilip Chhabria has produced vehicles for films and celebrities - particularly Shahrukh Khan. His design practice, DC Design, designed the Aston Martin Vanquish prototype, driven by Pierce Brosnan in the James ... 02-Apr-2013 more

National treasure wins Herbert Hofmann jewellery prize (2 Apr 13)

RMIT University’s Emeritus Professor Robert Baines has been named the winner of the prestigious Herbert Hofmann Prize at the 2013 International Trade Fair in Munich, Germany. Emeritus Professor Baines won the prize for his series “Schmuck 2013” at the trade fair’s 54th Special Jewellery Show, the oldest exhibition of ... 02-Apr-2013 more

Spotlight on maverick architect Peter Corrigan (2 Apr 13)

Distinguished Melbourne architect, set and costume designer Peter Corrigan has taken over RMIT Gallery with his life, his library, and his vast personal art collection. Even the gallery walls, painted a startling riot of different saturated hues, reflect Corrigan’s own riotous palette choice in his overflowing home and studio. The ... 02-Apr-2013 more

Nobel Prize winner to inspire University of Newcastle graduates (3 Apr 13)

A Nobel Prize winner, the NSW Chief Scientist and a Hollywood designer and art director will be among the occasional speakers who will inspire students when the University of Newcastle stages its April graduation ceremonies at Callaghan. More than 2,800 students will graduate in 12 ceremonies over two weeks in the Great Hall. Ceremonies ... 03-Apr-2013 more

Scholarship brings dream a step closer for one of India’s brightest (3 Apr 13)

Bond University, Australia’s leading private, not-for-profit university, has awarded its inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s India Scholarship to DY Patil International School IB student Ms Karen Mistry, daughter of India’s fastest sprinter Rachita Mistry.   This is the first year this scholarship has been awarded and is one ... 03-Apr-2013 more

Meal-induced falls in blood pressure in Parkinson's sufferers (3 Apr 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are hoping to better understand why some sufferers of Parkinson's disease experience a marked reduction in blood pressure after they've eaten a meal. The condition – known as postprandial hypotension – can result in sufferers fainting soon after they've eaten, which increases their ... 03-Apr-2013 more

No evidence to support lowering the voting age: Expert (5 Apr 13)

Lowering the voting age in Australia to 16 will not improve political participation or make the political system fairer, according to a new study by political scientist Professor Ian McAllister at the Australian National University. Data from the survey, The Politics of Lowering the Voting Age in Australia: Evaluating the Evidence, was drawn ... 05-Apr-2013 more

Experts alert: North Korea (5 Apr 13)

The following ANU experts are available for comment on the subject of North and South Korea today:   CAMPBELL, Dr Emma Political, economic and humanitarian engagement with North Korea, South Korean society and politics Strategic and Defence Studies Centre School of International, Political and Strategic Studies ANU ... 05-Apr-2013 more

Razor clam research has a sharp edge (5 Apr 13)

A barefoot encounter with a razor clam is not a pleasant experience, just ask anyone who has had their feet sliced open in the shallows of picturesque Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. A boom in the number of razor clams over the past decade has local swimmers and boaties worried. Lake Macquarie City Council is working with University of ... 05-Apr-2013 more

Adelaide VC calls for end to fixed-work staffing allocations (8 Apr 13)

Academics should be able to choose each year how much of their time is spent on research and teaching rather than relying on an one-size-fits-all formula, says University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Warren Bebbington. “Prescribing a formula for dividing academic time between teaching, research and administration ... 08-Apr-2013 more

Peeling back the layers of history (8 Apr 13)

A project exploring the layers of history of the Nation’s landscapes as told by Indigenous Australians takes place today at The Australian National University. Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring Indigenous Landscapes of National and International Significance, an Australian Research Council Linkage Project, allows visitors and ... 08-Apr-2013 more

CQ academic says Queenslanders should be worried by CMC Review (8 Apr 13)

A Central Queensland academic says Queenslanders should be ‘gravely concerned’ about the potential ramifications of the recent Callinan review into the State’s Crime and Misconduct Commission. Fitzgerald Inquiry expert and CQUniversity lecturer, Celeste Lawson, said the recommendations currently being considered by the ... 08-Apr-2013 more

Expert comment on the Coalition’s NBN alternative (9 Apr 13)

RMIT University’s Dr Mark Gregory is available for comment on the Coalition’s NBN alternative, being released today. Dr Gregory is an expert on telecommunications and network engineering and a regular media commentator on the NBN. A Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is available for ... 09-Apr-2013 more

Protecting Aussie grapevines from new virus (10 Apr 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are working to prevent the introduction into Australia of a potentially devastating new grapevine virus. Waite Diagnostics, at the University’s Waite Campus, has developed a diagnostic test kit for the detection of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV) using DNA analysis. GRBaV was ... 10-Apr-2013 more

New partnership to lead to improved primary health care access (10 Apr 13)

An improved primary health care system and policy in Australia will be one of the outcomes of a partnership between the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, based at The Australian National University (ANU), and the Australian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC).   This partnership will support the development and ... 10-Apr-2013 more

Young carers invisible to society: Study (10 Apr 13)

Research into the characteristics and experiences of young carers in Australia has revealed a need for stronger policies to support this group, according to a researcher from The Australian National University. Mr Rob Bray from the ANU College of Business and Economics drew on a detailed five year longitudinal dataset study that recorded the ... 10-Apr-2013 more

Dynamic displays highlight wildlife conservation (10 Apr 13)

Students from RMIT University’s Diploma of Visual Merchandising have worked with not-for-profit organisation Zoos Victoria to help promote awareness around the importance of wildlife conservation. The window displays at RMIT’s City campus feature six campaigns highlighting the zoos’ commitment to fighting the extinction of ... 10-Apr-2013 more

Fear of death may stimulate urge to gamble (12 Apr 13)

Gambling may be stimulated by a fear of death and problem gamblers may be especially susceptible to 'death-related' cues. That's according to a survey which backs the theory that, as a consequence of 'terror management', thinking about death inspires urges to gamble. CQUniversity researcher ... 12-Apr-2013 more

Education can offset impact of low fertility trap (12 Apr 13)

A smarter, better educated population may help offset the impacts of declining fertility rates in East Asia, and provide lessons for Australia, according to a new report from the Australian National University’s Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. In his article titled Low Fertility: An East Asian Dilemma, published ... 12-Apr-2013 more

Distance makes a difference in eyewitness identification (12 Apr 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are studying the reliability of eyewitness identification testimony in criminal cases in the hopes of improving evidence from witnesses and leading to fairer trials. Previous studies from the United States show that 70% of people wrongfully convicted of a crime had been convicted on the basis of eyewitness ... 12-Apr-2013 more

Uni cuts will hurt (15 Apr 13)

Forcing universities and their students to pay for some of the increased funding to primary and secondary schools makes little sense, James Cook University Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said. “The increased funding for schools according to the Government is to give children ‘a flying start in life’,” ... 15-Apr-2013 more

Report: Simulations key to emergency and climate planning (15 Apr 13)

Computer simulation and interactive games could help communities and government with climate change adaptation and emergency management, according to a research report by RMIT University. The report released last week follows a year-long project funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), in which ... 15-Apr-2013 more

10-fold increase in Antarctic Peninsula summer ice-melt (15 Apr 13)

Summer ice melting in the Antarctic Peninsula has intensified almost ten-fold in the last 600 years, with the most rapid melting occurring in the last 50, according to research from The Australian National University (ANU) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The research, published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, ... 15-Apr-2013 more

Emu oil may help in common bowel diseases (17 Apr 13)

New research is showing that emu oil has therapeutic potential for the treatment of a variety of common bowel diseases in addition to the intestinal damage caused by cancer chemotherapy. Used by Australian indigenous populations as a skin wound treatment, and anecdotally regarded as useful in reducing bowel inflammation, research at the ... 17-Apr-2013 more

Scientists call for large ocean wilderness parks (17 Apr 13)

Leading international marine scientists have called for the protection of more, large marine wilderness areas in a bid to shield the world’s dwindling stocks of fish from destruction. Working in the world’s largest unfished marine reserve, the remote Chagos Archipelago in the central Indian Ocean, scientists from Australia and ... 17-Apr-2013 more

Preserving today’s heritage for tomorrow (17 Apr 13)

A University of Adelaide researcher is dispelling misconceptions about heritage by demonstrating how heritage-listed buildings can be conserved through sustainable adaptive re-use. Speaking during Australian Heritage Week (12-21 April) and in the lead up to World Heritage Day (18 April), Architecture PhD student Carolyn Wigg said old and new ... 17-Apr-2013 more

Strong yields attracting investors (19 Apr 13)

More than 150 postcodes across Queensland have recorded gross rental yields of 5 per cent or more, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) data. The REIQ December quarter gross rental yield report, released on Wednesday, found that yields were particularly firm in mining regions as well as areas which offered ... 19-Apr-2013 more

Kiwis may get jump on Aussies in market for tourism's 'pink dollar' (19 Apr 13)

New Zealand's decision to legalise gay marriage could see a spike in trans-Tasman tourism, according to a tourism expert. Steve Noakes, Head of the Tourism and Hospitality program at CQUniversity, said frustrated Aussie same-sex couples could likely travel to New Zealand in their droves, giving the Kiwi tourism industry a healthy ... 19-Apr-2013 more

Lifelogging: a memory archive for the digital age (19 Apr 13)

Saving snapshot memories on Facebook and Instagram is one thing but Dr Cathal Gurrin is going much further: building a complete personal digital archive of every single thing he sees and does. The Dublin City University will speak about his ongoing research into creating a surrogate digital memory, or “Lifelogging”, at a free ... 19-Apr-2013 more

REIQ announces partnership with The Smith Family (19 Apr 13)

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) and The Smith Family have officially joined forces to help young Australians in need, formally announcing their new partnership at the annual REIQ Property Management conference in Brisbane today. The partnership will see the REIQ and its members fundraise for the educational charity through ... 19-Apr-2013 more

It’s Melbourne, but not as we know it (22 Apr 13)

A generation of Melburnians grew up with the beloved Melway as their map of choice but the proliferation of smartphones and digital mapping has seen the decline of the once ever-present Melway reference.  In response to the homogenisation of mapping, RMIT University and East China Normal University are collaborating this month to create ... 22-Apr-2013 more

Moonlighting protein offers potential route to new vaccine against pneumonia in pigs (22 Apr 13)

Breakthrough Australian research could pave the way for the development of a novel vaccine against a type of pneumonia in pigs, potentially saving swine-producing countries billions per year. Professor Steve Djordjevic from the UTS ithree institute and Dr Cheryl Jenkins from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are part of a team that ... 22-Apr-2013 more

Australian food security mission to China (22 Apr 13)

University of Adelaide researchers will this week lead a group mission to China to discuss issues impacting on food security for both nations. Experts from the University of Adelaide in economics and social sciences will begin a series of meetings in Beijing on Tuesday 23 April with the Chinese Centre for Agricultural Policy (part of the ... 22-Apr-2013 more

Green light for new Red Cross app (24 Apr 13)

It’s well known that blood donors perform a vital, life-saving community service, but for some, regular blood donation is an important part of staying healthy. More than 12,000 Australians are ‘therapeutic’ donors, regularly visiting the Red Cross Blood Service to help reduce the amount of iron in their blood, a condition ... 24-Apr-2013 more

Incentives needed for skilled migrants to go home (24 Apr 13)

One of Australia's leading demographers, Professor Graeme Hugo AO from the University of Adelaide, has told the United Nations that developed countries should provide incentives to skilled migrants to temporarily return to their home countries. In a keynote address to the United Nations in New York early yesterday morning (Australian ... 24-Apr-2013 more

Experts Alert: ANZAC Day (24 Apr 13)

In the lead up to this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations, the following experts from The Australian National University are available to speak about a range of related issues:   PRATTEN, Dr Garth Australian military history, Second World War history, ISAF campaign in Afghanistan, counter-insurgency, the conduct of military ... 24-Apr-2013 more

Newcastle researchers leapfrog ahead in world-first (26 Apr 13)

University of Newcastle researchers have successfully developed a method to freeze frog embryonic cells in a world-first breakthrough that could slow the threat of extinction to hundreds of frog species. The researchers have separated, isolated and frozen the embryonic cells of an Australian Ground Frog (the Striped Marsh Frog, Limnodynastes ... 26-Apr-2013 more

Michelle Grattan talks politics and national security in UC lecture (26 Apr 13)

Michelle Grattan will discuss how national security might look under an Abbott government in a public lecture at the University of Canberra today. Professor Grattan is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected political journalists and will speak as part of the National Security Lecture Series. She recently joined the ... 26-Apr-2013 more

Video game addiction needs standard definition (26 Apr 13)

Researchers at the University of Adelaide say treatment for people affected by video game "addiction" would be improved if a standard definition of the problem were adopted by psychologists. Dr Daniel King, a Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology, has made the call following an extensive review of worldwide research ... 26-Apr-2013 more

New helmet design to give a pro cycling edge (29 Apr 13)

University of Adelaide Sports Engineers have designed a new bike helmet for top professional cyclists, with significantly reduced drag. The helmet has been designed in collaboration with Scott Sports, a Switzerland-based sporting goods company and sponsor of the Australian professional road racing team Orica GreenEDGE. The helmet saw its ... 29-Apr-2013 more

University of Newcastle wins international medical conference (29 Apr 13)

More than four hundred medical education experts will flock to Newcastle in March 2015 for The Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference 2015 to be held at the University of Newcastle. The University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health won a bid for the prestigious international event that is expected to ... 29-Apr-2013 more

ANU nobel laureates: Mother's milk - Our first vaccination (29 Apr 13)

A mother’s antibodies passed on to her baby may be the main reason childhood vaccinations have been so successful and why science has battled so long, and with little success, to tackle chronic infections and tumours in adults, according to a leading immunologist. Laureate Professor Rolf Zinkernagel, who completed his Nobel Prize ... 29-Apr-2013 more

Hostel Stories offer rich history of a migrant State (1 May 13)

A series of 12 community events being held in Adelaide and regional areas of South Australia aims to bring members of the migrant community together to share their stories about a critical time in their lives – living and working in migrant hostels. The Hostel Stories events, which are part of About Time: South Australia's History ... 01-May-2013 more

Virus confirmed as cause of dolphin deaths (1 May 13)

University of Adelaide veterinary pathologists have confirmed that a marine virus not previously reported in South Australia has been identified in dead dolphins found washed up on the state’s beaches. Veterinary pathologist Dr Lucy Woolford, working within Roseworthy Campus’ new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, said they have ... 01-May-2013 more

Personalised online services could breach privacy, UC experts warn (1 May 13)

As part of Privacy Awareness Week, University of Canberra cyber crime experts are warning online businesses that Australian privacy laws must be followed when collecting the personal information of consumers. In a paper published yesterday, directors of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, Nigel Phair and Alastair ... 01-May-2013 more

Maternal diet sets up junk food addiction in babies (3 May 13)

Research from the University of Adelaide suggests that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant have already programmed their babies to be addicted to a high fat, high sugar diet by the time they are weaned. In laboratory studies, the researchers found that a junk food diet during pregnancy and lactation desensitised the normal reward system ... 03-May-2013 more

RMIT and Cotton On Kids shine bright (3 May 13)

RMIT University students have collaborated with fashion brand icon Cotton On Kids on their latest campaign. This weekend (4-5 May) is the last chance to see the display in the front window at RMIT’s Building 94 in Cardigan St, Carlton. Diploma of Visual Merchandising students from the School of Architecture and Design collaborated ... 03-May-2013 more

Experts available for comment on the new Defence White Paper (3 May 13)

With the new Defence White Paper due out today, The Australian National University has convened a specialist panel of experts to examine the nation’s latest defence policy. Taking place next Monday evening, the panel will discuss the new White Paper, its core features, the judgements and claims it makes about Australia’s security ... 03-May-2013 more

Trial asthma drug targets lung inflammation (6 May 13)

University of Adelaide researchers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital are involved in the world's biggest study of its kind investigating a possible new treatment for asthma. Clinical trials are underway looking at an antibiotic treatment which is hoped to reduce inflammation of the lungs in people with persistent asthma.  Researchers ... 06-May-2013 more

Media Alert: Feeding egg to children with egg allergy (6 May 13)

Media are invited to attend a photo / filming and interview opportunity today (Monday 6 May) about exciting new research into Australia's most common food allergy – raw egg allergy. In the study, young children who suffer from allergy to raw egg are being fed cake containing baked egg in the hope this will help them to outgrow ... 06-May-2013 more

Partnership strengthens NSW biosecurity (6 May 13)

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed a new partnership between the NSW Government and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to strengthen the State’s capacity to identify and respond to biosecurity threats. A new Memorandum of Understanding between UTS and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) ... 06-May-2013 more

Global sustainability conference comes to Melbourne (8 May 13)

A major international conference co-hosted by the UN Global Cities Programme and the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University is set to challenge and transform the way we think about sustainability.  People and the Planet 2013 (2-4 July) will feature 130 presentations from top speakers across nine inter-connecting research ... 08-May-2013 more

Health effects of trade policy subject of one-day symposium (8 May 13)

Access to affordable medicines and nutritious foods, control over tobacco availability and trade policy governance will be the focus of a one-day symposium at The Australian National University (ANU) tomorrow. The symposium, titled ‘A new generation of trade policy: Maximising benefits for equity, nutrition and human health’ and ... 08-May-2013 more

Newcastle researchers question manflu myth (8 May 13)

Men are popularly maligned for wilting like cheap supermarket flowers at the first winter sniffle, however data from Flutracking.net, Australia’s online influenza-like illness surveillance system, raises questions about the Manflu myth.  An analysis of the 2012 weekly surveillance data of more than 16,000 Flutracking.net ... 08-May-2013 more

Experts available for comment on the federal budget (9 May 13)

Political commentary   Professor Carol Johnson School of History & Politics P: 8313 5809 M: 0407 185 979 E: carol.johnson@adelaide.edu.au   Dr Wayne Errington School of History & Politics P: 8313 0661 E: wayne.errington@adelaide.edu.au.   Dr Clem Macintyre Head, School of History ... 09-May-2013 more

Childhood egg allergy a "piece of cake" for researchers (10 May 13)

Young children who suffer from allergy to raw egg are being fed cake containing baked egg in a new study aimed at helping children to outgrow their allergy.   "Egg allergy is the most common food allergy in Australia, affecting 9% of young children," says University of Adelaide PhD student Merryn Netting, from the Women's ... 10-May-2013 more

Media Invitation: NSW Governor to launch psychosis manual (10 May 13)

A ground-breaking new book by Dr Antony Kidman and colleagues describing how cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can support the medical treatment of psychosis will be launched by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW on 16 May. Psychosis is a condition where sufferers experience  loss of ... 10-May-2013 more

Science sculpture a window to night sky (10 May 13)

An astrology-inspired sculpture by renowned international artist Wolfgang Buttress will be unveiled by ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO today at 2pm in the new ANU Science Precinct. Media are invited to attend and the artist will be available for interview. The highly polished four-metre diameter stainless steel sphere, ... 10-May-2013 more

Media Invitation: International experts to boost awareness of blue carbon (13 May 13)

Renowned scientists and marine experts from Australia and abroad will meet in Sydney this week to raise awareness of the benefits of conserving and restoring Australia’s coastal and marine ecosystems as an effective way of storing carbon. The scientific working group of the International Blue Carbon Initiative – a global program ... 13-May-2013 more

Vacancy rates vary across state (13 May 13)

The first quarter of 2013 saw mixed fortunes for rental markets across Queensland, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) results. The REIQ March residential rental vacancy rate survey found that while demand remained strong for rental properties in South East Queensland, some key mining areas experienced ... 13-May-2013 more

Mum's the word on pregnancy (13 May 13)

University of Newcastle researchers are asking new mums to reflect on their pregnancy and post-birth experience to help researchers design a healthy lifestyle program for other mothers-to-be.   Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks* said the University of Newcastle is calling for women who have given birth in the last five years to tell them what ... 13-May-2013 more

Forum: Human Rights, Sexuality and Religion (15 May 13)

International activists and experts will discuss regional developments in the field of human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, at a forum hosted by RMIT University (23 May).  The panel of speakers will explore the tension between the religion, culture and politics of countries in the region, with a particular ... 15-May-2013 more

Climate change to hit common plants and animals (15 May 13)

Almost two thirds of common plants and half the animals could see a dramatic decline this century due to climate change, according to research published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species and found that two thirds of the plants and half of the animals will lose ... 15-May-2013 more

Stem cell research for new MS treatment (15 May 13)

Modified adult stem cells may hold the key to a new treatment for multiple sclerosis, according to University of Adelaide researchers, speaking during ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’ month. The researchers have started a three-year research project using adult stem cells from fat tissue to send cells with special anti-inflammatory ... 15-May-2013 more

Aid cuts will cost Australia: Expert (17 May 13)

Australia will pay a high price for cuts to overseas aid and our diplomatic core, warns an expert from The Australian National University. Aid and diplomacy expert Dr Susan Harris Rimmer from the ANU Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, said that cuts to Australian aid and embassies were harsh, and the impact on our international impact ... 17-May-2013 more

REIQ and RP Data join forces (17 May 13)

Property data powerhouse RP Data has become a strategic alliance partner of The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) in a move that will benefit both consumers and practitioners. REIQ CEO Anton Kardash said the joining of forces between two of Queensland’s most recognised real estate brands was a logical one. “The REIQ ... 17-May-2013 more

Paralympians offer winning strategies for student teachers (17 May 13)

Australian Paralympic athletes will run a sports experience workshop with education students at RMIT University’s Bundoora campus, to encourage inclusive teaching models.  Retired paralympian Tim Matthews, now Coach and Manager, Development and Pathways, at the Australian Paralympic Committee, will be joined by Jenny Blow, a ... 17-May-2013 more

Stroke rates decline but many still preventable (20 May 13)

The rate of strokes suffered by Australians has dropped over the past 20 years, while strokes caused by an irregular heartbeat now account for one third of all strokes, according to new research led by the University of Adelaide. The results of a major stroke incidence study are published in this month's issue of the international ... 20-May-2013 more

Good jobs can lead to happy families (20 May 13)

Most people associate work with negative effects on family life, but new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has turned this view on its head, showing that the positives of jobs flow through too. With both National Families Week and the Federal Budget this week, this finding is a timely reminder of the impact policy ... 20-May-2013 more

Work starts on the Tamworth Education Centre (20 May 13)

The University of Newcastle marked the beginning of construction of the $16m Tamworth Education Centre with a turning of the first sod ceremony today. The project, near the Tamworth Hospital, will construct a two-storey Education Centre and accommodation facility for more than 50 students. Professor Nicky Hudson from the University of ... 20-May-2013 more

Breeding superior almonds for a growing industry (22 May 13)

More nutritious almonds for consumers and a greater range of high-quality varieties for industry – these are the aims of the Australian Almond Breeding program at the University of Adelaide, which has just received industry funding of $2.35 million to continue developing new almond varieties.   The almond breeding program, based ... 22-May-2013 more

National strategy the key to future of Australian mineral resources (22 May 13)

Increasing uncertainty in the minerals and mining sector requires Australia to re-think how it manages its natural resources to deliver long-term benefit in the decades to come, according to a report by a group of Australia’s leading research organisations. The report states that a national minerals strategy would deliver a coherent ... 22-May-2013 more

Oklahoma City tornado - Expert comment (22 May 13)

University of Newcastle meteorologist Mr Martin Babakhan is available to comment following the Oklahoma City tornado that has claimed more than 20 lives. Mr Babakhan can comment on meteorology, extreme weather conditions and satellite technology. Mr Babakhan is available for phone interviews on 0418 146 160 or face-to-face interviews in ... 22-May-2013 more

Expert comment on London terror attack (23 May 13)

RMIT University international affairs expert, Dr Binoy Kampmark, is available for interview on the apparent terrorist attack in the UK, in which a man was hacked to death in a London street. What makes a “terrorist attack”? What are the factors that result in a criminal attack being judged a “terrorist ... 23-May-2013 more

Australian's face longer working life (24 May 13)

Australians are working later in life, and the trend is predicted to continue into the future, according to new data analysed by demographer Professor Peter McDonald, from the Australian National University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), at the College of Arts and Social Sciences. CEPAR Deputy ... 24-May-2013 more

Coral reefs ‘ruled by earthquakes and volcanoes’ (24 May 13)

Titanic forces in the Earth’s crust explain why the abundance and richness of corals varies dramatically across the vast expanse of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, a world-first study from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has found. This new finding has major implications for corals under climate change: if ... 24-May-2013 more

Conserve heat to reduce energy bills in winter (24 May 13)

It is possible to save hundreds of dollars on energy bills during winter by making simple lifestyle changes, according to a University of Adelaide architecture researcher.   Associate Professor Veronica Soebarto, from the School of Architecture and Built Environment, says everyone can reduce their reliance on heating by finding ways to ... 24-May-2013 more

CQUni seeks to reduce scourge of middle ear infection (27 May 13)

Middle ear infection often hits young children just when they are entering their kindy and school years, leading to hearing difficulties in class and absenteeism. Meantime, parents have to miss work for doctor visits and there are expensive medications and sometimes surgery to fund. CQUniversity researchers are ... 27-May-2013 more

Cyber risks for those with heads in the cloud (27 May 13)

Australian home computer users and businesses are being warned to consider more closely the risks associated with cloud computing, as well as its many advantages.   Speaking during National Cyber Security Awareness Week, technology law expert Nigel Wilson from the University of Adelaide's School of Law said that while the use of ... 27-May-2013 more

Down to Earth: Counting captured carbon (27 May 13)

Policy makers need to count carbon ‘stocks’ in the land and sea alongside current reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in order to plan long-term responses to climate change, says a leading economist. “Regularly and comprehensively reporting carbon stocks in fossil fuels, biomass and soils at the national level will ... 27-May-2013 more

The bare minimum: Unpicking the minimum wage (29 May 13)

Australia needs to rethink its approach to the minimum wage, including breaking free from the short-termism of annual negotiations, according to the author of a new report from The Australian National University (ANU). The paper, published by the HC Coombs Policy Forum at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, presents a comprehensive ... 29-May-2013 more

Media Alert: Fasting diet study tests more than just weight loss (29 May 13)

Media are invited to attend a photo / filming and interview opportunity today (Wednesday 29May) about new research that puts a popular ‘fasting diet’ to the test. In the study, researchers in the University’s School of Medicine are assessing the impact of alternative day fasting versus a traditional calorie restrictive diet ... 29-May-2013 more

People power and the new media: forum (29 May 13)

ABC broadcaster Jon Faine will lead a panel discussion exploring the power of individuals to drive change using new modes of mass communication in a free forum hosted by RMIT University (4 June). The People's Voice: instrument for change or just a lot of noise? will see the  popular radio host joined by an activist, a journalist and ... 29-May-2013 more

Cyber Security Perspectives: Huawei Industry Seminar (31 May 13)

Huawei Global Security Chief John Suffolk will explore perspectives on cyber security at an industry seminar hosted by RMIT University today. Mr Suffolk will present an open and frank perspective of Huawei’s viewpoints regarding cyber security and the overall ramifications and impact it has on technology, society and our daily life in ... 31-May-2013 more

Women deterred from registering as architects (31 May 13)

Australia is not making the most of its architecture skills base because gender-based issues appear to be deterring female graduates from completing their registration as architects. A University of Adelaide study has found more than three-quarters of women graduates in South Australia over the past 13 years haven’t completed their ... 31-May-2013 more

Rare tree provides key to greener chemistry (31 May 13)

A rare tree found in Malaysia and Borneo holds the secret to greener chemical production, according to researchers from The Australian National University (ANU). The research team, led by Professor Michael Sherburn and Dr Andrew Lawrence from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at ANU, have created a ... 31-May-2013 more

Constitutional questions over betting ban (3 June 13)

The South Australian Government’s plans to ban live betting advertising in broadcast media and at sporting grounds raises some serious legal questions, says University of Adelaide constitutional expert Professor John Williams.   Professor Williams, Dean of the University’s Adelaide Law School, says that the move would be ... 03-Jun-2013 more

Poor dental health impacting on Aboriginal mums (3 June 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are calling for a greater sensitivity towards Aboriginal women in dental clinics and improved accessibility to dental care.   This follows research that finds pregnant Aboriginal women are a vulnerable population who suffer from multiple dental health and social problems.   Associate Professor ... 03-Jun-2013 more

Deep refuge ‘can help save our reefs’ (3 June 13)

Marine scientists from Australia and the USA have called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish stocks now taking place around the world. In the journal Nature Climate Change, lead author Dr. Tom Bridge from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef ... 03-Jun-2013 more

Media Alert: Sustenance and Society - ANU Public Policy 2013 (5 June 13)

Putting food on our plates and better supporting society will be the focus of two new institutes being launched on today at ANU Public Policy 2013, the University’s flagship policy event. The three-day event at the Crawford School of Public Policy brings together top researchers to analyse critical public policy issues and propose ... 05-Jun-2013 more

Conference: Solutions to sorcery and witchcraft (5 June 13)

The widespread and problematic practice of sorcery and witchcraft in Melanesia are the focus of a research conference taking place at The Australian National University today. The three-day conference, Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings in Melanesia, brings together researchers, human-rights activists, policy-makers, and victims of ... 05-Jun-2013 more

Media Alert: Aussie POW's don't capture ANZAC legend (5 June 13)

New research and insights that question the ANZAC legend will be presented during a conference at The Australian National University today. Prisoners of war brings together leading scholars, military historians, veterans and former POWs to highlight the experience of captivity during the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean ... 05-Jun-2013 more

Groundbreaking Katherine cohort graduate from RMIT (7 June 13)

A pioneering RMIT University program designed to meet the vocational training needs of remote community workers in the Northern Territory will celebrate its first graduates at a special ceremony in Katherine. Ten local community workers will graduate with a Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health) on Tuesday, ... 07-Jun-2013 more

Free public forum: The future of our housing (7 June 13)

A free public event being held at the University of Adelaide on Tuesday 11 June will address some of the key issues impacting on the future of Australia's housing. The forum raises significant social and economic questions about housing, with our ageing population, relentless suburban expansion and rising incidence of low-income ... 07-Jun-2013 more

Australia failing on child labour commitment (7 June 13)

University of Adelaide law experts say Australia is lagging behind much of the developed world by not signing an international convention on a minimum age for workers, while South Australia is also lagging behind the rest of the nation because it does not have adequate child labour laws. Speaking in the lead up to World Day Against Child ... 07-Jun-2013 more

Student designs on display in Scarf Festival (7 June 13)

RMIT University textile students will display their innovative designs in the fifth annual Scarf Festival at the National Wool Museum, Geelong, opening today. The Diploma of Textile Design and Development students used wool as a key component in their pieces of “body architecture”. As part of the sustainability-focused ... 07-Jun-2013 more

Winemaking research gets $1.9 million boost (11 June 13)

University of Adelaide researchers have been awarded $1.9 million to develop new strains of wine micro-organisms to aid the fermentation process.   The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) has awarded the grant over four years to the University’s Wine Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology Laboratory at ... 11-Jun-2013 more

Understanding of 'stigma' could lead to better help for gamblers (11 June 13)

CQUniversity's reputation for gambling research is paying off with three fresh project grants worth a total of $330,000 secured in the space of one week. One of these new projects, led by Dr Phillip Donaldson, will seek the first ever validated tool for assessing the stigma associated with gambling; comparing the stigma ... 11-Jun-2013 more

Unit and townhouse demand strengthens (11 June 13)

Sales of units and townhouses across Queensland have strengthened further over the last year, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) data report. Over the March quarter, the preliminary numbers of unit sales in Queensland increased by 2 per cent compared to the same period last year. But it is sales in our ... 11-Jun-2013 more

30-year woodland trial underway at Monarto (13 June 13)

A pioneering long-term University of Adelaide experiment to see how best to restore overgrazed land back to native woodland gets underway at Monarto Zoo today.   The University of Adelaide, working with Zoos South Australia (Zoos SA) and other partners, is planting 10 hectares of once-farmed land with a range of native species at ... 13-Jun-2013 more

Student wins Midwife of the Year (13 June 13)

University of Newcastle research doctorate student, Namira Williams, has won the prestigious Australian College of Midwives 2013 NSW Midwife of the Year. Beginning her PhD thesis with the University of Newcastle last August, Namira is focusing on improving care for women with an intellectual disability during and after ... 13-Jun-2013 more

REIQ leaders tackle Oxfam walk (13 June 13)

While the rest of us put our feet up in the warmth this weekend, two of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s (REIQ) leadership team will be tackling the Queensland bush in the name of charity. REIQ CEO Anton Kardash and Deputy CEO Peter Brown are taking part in the Oxfam Trailwalker from tomorrow, which will see them walk 100km ... 13-Jun-2013 more

Australian lake untouched by climate change (14 June 13)

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that a lake on an island off the coast of Queensland has been relatively untouched by changes in climate for the past 7000 years, and has so far also resisted the impact of humans. Blue Lake, one of the largest lakes on North Stradbroke Island, southeast of Brisbane, has been the focus of ... 14-Jun-2013 more

Media Opportunity: Mental toll of incontinence on younger women (14 June 13)

Media are invited to attend a photo / filming and interview opportunity today (Friday 14 June) about new research into a common but embarrassing problem for women – urinary incontinence.   University of Adelaide researchers have found that middle-aged women with incontinence (aged 43-65) are more likely to be depressed than older ... 14-Jun-2013 more

Blowfly protein key to terror poison antidote (14 June 13)

The discovery by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) of the molecular structure of a protein that causes insecticide resistance in the Australian sheep blowfly, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars damage each year to the sheep industry, may also pave the way to an antidote for chemical warfare agents. Having a ... 14-Jun-2013 more

Asian cinema reignites smoking in movies debate (17 June 13)

A University of Adelaide expert says that while the war against smoking in Hollywood movies has been largely won, Asian cinema represents the next major battleground for anti-smoking and anti-cancer groups.   Dr Peter Pugsley, Senior Lecturer in Media at the University of Adelaide, says that as smoking rates have been rising in Asia, so ... 17-Jun-2013 more

Creative Provocations seminar series explores nonfiction (17 June 13)

RMIT University’s nonfictionLab will host two free forums looking at different approaches to nonfiction, as part of the Creative Provocations seminar series. RMIT’s Associate Professor Francesca Rendle-Short will explore the intersecting of language, composition and love as a way to creatively unmask the making of essay, in a ... 17-Jun-2013 more

Fossil fish sport world's oldest six packs (17 June 13)

A team of palaeontologists, including three from The Australian National University (ANU), have uncovered the oldest fossilised vertebrate muscles ever discovered. The team have mapped the musculature of an ancient fossil fish approximately 380 million years old, discovered in the Gogo Formation in the Kimberley of Western ... 17-Jun-2013 more

Deadly virus threatens endangered elephants (19 June 13)

Researchers are racing the clock to better understand a deadly virus, which has the potential to intensify population declines in the endangered Asian elephant. Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) mostly affects elephants under ten years old, killing them before they have the chance to breed. Murdoch University PhD candidate and ... 19-Jun-2013 more

Climate change: Some reasons for our failure (19 June 13)

Leading Australian public intellectual Robert Manne will explore the reasons behind our inaction on climate change in his opening keynote address at the People and the Planet 2013 conference, hosted by RMIT University (2-4 July).  Educated at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, Professor Manne is Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at ... 19-Jun-2013 more

IQ link to baby's weight gain in first month (19 June 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that weight gain and increased head size in the first month of a baby's life is linked to a higher IQ at early school age.   The study was led by University of Adelaide Public Health researchers, who analysed data from more than 13,800 children who were born ... 19-Jun-2013 more

ANU Experts: Afghan peace talks (21 June 13)

White House officials have announced that there will be peace talks with the Taliban in Doha next week. Does this represent a large jump forward, and what are the possibilities of lasting success? The Australian National University has experts that can answer these questions. Please contact the experts directly. PRATTEN, ... 21-Jun-2013 more

Forensic research to help NSW Police improve sniffer dog training (21 June 13)

At a forested area on the outskirts of Sydney a team of scientists is on a quest to identify the myriad chemical compounds that make up the distinct scent that emanates from a rotting corpse. University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) forensic experts are exploring how those compounds change over time and interact with each other to establish a ... 21-Jun-2013 more

Iodine in bread not enough for pregnant women (21 June 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that iodised salt used in bread is not enough to provide healthy levels of iodine for pregnant women and their unborn children.   The study – led by researchers from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute – has prompted calls for pregnant women to keep taking ... 21-Jun-2013 more

Internet traffic rise needs infrastructure upgrade (24 June 13)

Australian internet traffic will increase by more than five times to hit one exabyte (one billion gigabytes) of data a month by 2016, a University of Adelaide mathematician and internet researcher has predicted. Professor Matt Roughan, who is developing traffic matrices to help produce more efficient internet networks, says the predicted ... 24-Jun-2013 more

Tackling obesity link between boys and their toys (24 June 13)

The University of Newcastle is leading a research project into the link between adolescent boys, the amount of time that they spend in front of a computer or TV screen and their level of physical fitness. The research project, Active Teen Leaders Avoiding Screen-time (ATLAS) will be led by the University of Newcastle’s Associate ... 24-Jun-2013 more

Research shows pesticides reducing aquatic biodiversity (24 June 13)

An international study has shown current pesticide risk assessment falls short of protecting biodiversity in the northern and southern hemispheres. Environmental scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney contributed to the research. Findings recently published in the Proceedings of the US Academy of Sciences of the ... 24-Jun-2013 more

Emerging opportunities for dry land rice farming in Australia (26 June 13)

CQUniversity Australia and Australian Agricultural Technology (AAT) Limited are partnering for development of dry land rice opportunities for Queensland growers. AAT's approach to industry development by harnessing research, development and extension has been ground tested in an initial field evaluation of dry land rice ... 26-Jun-2013 more

More doctors 'consulting' on social media (26 June 13)

Medical doctors are taking to social media in greater numbers, and new research at the University of Adelaide is looking at what doctors consider to be the main risks of 'consulting' with the public in this way. Media Studies Masters student Margarita Flabouris says there has been increasing encouragement within ... 26-Jun-2013 more

Scientists closer to preventing bacterial infections of implanted medical devices (26 June 13)

Ground-breaking research by Australian scientists has revealed new insights into how life-threatening bacteria colonise medical devices that are implanted in the human body. The break throughs could help tackle antibiotic resistant infections that develop in groups of microorganisms where cells stick to each other on a surface, otherwise ... 26-Jun-2013 more

Free event: The reinvention of the Smithsonian museum for the digital age (28 June 13)

Join internationally-renowned Sebastian Chan, from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, as he shares his insights into the reinvention of the museum in the digital age at a free RMIT University event. Mr Chan will be in conversation on Thursday, 4 July, with RMIT’s Associate Professor David Carlin, discussing ... 28-Jun-2013 more

Prioritising the skills of educators (28 June 13)

The Australian National University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK-based Higher Education Academy (HEA) on Wednesday. It is the first university in Australia to take the step towards an internationally recognised system of teaching standards. The agreement will ensure that staff receive the training they need, and the ... 28-Jun-2013 more

Australian family businesses “Surviving but not thriving” (28 June 13)

Australian family business owners – more than two million of them – are surviving but certainly not thriving according to a national survey released yesterday. In a sector worth $4.3 trillion according to Federal Government sources, in 2013 operators are employing fewer people and more ageing owners intend to keep working as ... 28-Jun-2013 more

Street party to reactivate the Latrobe Valley (1 July 13)

The Latrobe Valley’s creative communities will be celebrated during a free street party supported by RMIT University in Morwell on Friday, 12 July. The Re-Activate Street Party offers both local community members and visitors the chance to discover locally-produced food and cuisine, live music, art and design. The event will launch ... 01-Jul-2013 more

World’s tropical forests declining (1 July 13)

The world’s primary forests have declined by almost four per cent in the past ten years with the vast majority of these losses in the Tropics. However, in it’s latest interim report, the State of the Tropics grouping of 12 leading research institutions in 11 countries says the rate of loss in the tropics is slowing. The ... 01-Jul-2013 more

New study into impact on women of losing a baby (1 July 13)

Researchers at the University of Adelaide hope that women who experience pregnancy loss – such as miscarriage and stillbirth – will receive better care thanks to new research aimed at finding out exactly what they go through at this difficult time in their lives. Pregnancy loss is a major issue, with ... 01-Jul-2013 more

Expert comment on sex trafficking and brothels (3 July 13)

Members of a syndicate alleged to be illegally managing more than 100 prostituted women at brothels across Melbourne have been arrested in raids by federal and Victorian police. RMIT University academic Caroline Norma – whose current research focuses on trafficking into legal brothels in Victoria – is available for comment. A ... 03-Jul-2013 more

Expert available for comment on Australia’s first Muslim cabinet member (3 July 13)

RMIT University’s Professor Desmond Cahill is available for expert comment on the controversy around the swearing in of the Prime Minister’s new parliamentary secretary, Ed Husic. Mr Husic, Australia’s first Muslim frontbencher, has been subject to racial abuse online for being sworn into his position with a ... 03-Jul-2013 more

Well-designed dog parks offer great benefit (3 July 13)

Fenced specialty dog parks are offering great social and wellbeing benefits for both dogs and their owners – but they need to be well-designed for maximum gain, says a University of Adelaide veterinarian.   Dr Susan Hazel, lecturer in animal behaviour, welfare and ethics at the University’s School of Animal and Veterinary ... 03-Jul-2013 more

Breaking down the communication barrier for children with autism (5 July 13)

Murdoch researchers are trialling a new technique to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) communicate. Doctorate in Psychology candidate Cherie Chan is exploring the influence iconic gesture has on communication and speech. “Many pre-school children with ASD only have limited and sometimes inappropriate forms of ... 05-Jul-2013 more

Developing a new laser to detect methane leaks (5 July 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a new type of laser system that will monitor methane, the main component of natural gas, levels across large areas – providing a useful tool for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. The system has the potential to detect methane leaks from long-distance underground ... 05-Jul-2013 more

Numbers soar for flexible, relevant Media degree (5 July 13)

Enrolments in the University of Adelaide's Media degree have risen sharply thanks to a revamped, flexible degree program with new areas of specialisation and greater relevance for career paths. Numbers of commencing students in the Bachelor of Media rose to 215 this year compared with 135 at the same time last ... 05-Jul-2013 more

Hidden treasures in prestige suburbs (8 July 13)

They’re the aspirational suburbs across Queensland which many of us perhaps one day hope to live. Maybe they overlook the ocean or the river, or perhaps they are in the city or nestled in the rainforest. But wherever they are, they are the Queensland suburbs at the top of their game when it comes to median house prices. However, ... 08-Jul-2013 more

Novel chemistry for new class of antibiotic (8 July 13)

University of Adelaide research has produced a potential new antibiotic which could help in the battle against bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The potential new antibiotic targets a bacterial enzyme critical to metabolic processes. The compound is a protein inhibitor which binds to the enzyme (called biotin ... 08-Jul-2013 more

From iPad to 'iPaddock' - New scholarship aimed at boosting cattle birth rates (8 July 13)

CQUniversity is hoping to combine emerging wireless sensor network technology with animal behaviour research to boost the reproductive efficiency of northern Australia's beef cattle production systems. Project leader Dr Dave Swain says there's a PhD student opportunity in this field thanks to a new scholarship open for ... 08-Jul-2013 more

Wollotuka Institute plays leading role in NAIDOC celebrations (10 July 13)

The University of Newcastle’s Wollotuka Institute will play a leading role in celebrations across the Hunter Region this NAIDOC Week, 8-15 July. The University have sponsored the Newcastle Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall on Monday 8 July, followed by a Solidarity concert at the Newcastle Foreshore at 10am. The University will be ... 10-Jul-2013 more

UC student sleeps on the streets to help homeless (10 July 13)

To raise awareness of homelessness, University of Canberra architecture student Nathan Beer is giving up his warm bed to sleep on the streets of Melbourne for 20 nights. From today, the 23-year-old will swap his bed on campus at the University for the cold ground of Melbourne’s CBD for his ’20 Cold Nights’ ... 10-Jul-2013 more

Media alert: Smart money on China reform (10 July 13)

Over the last 30 years China has grown into one of the world’s most powerful economies, but is the country ready to put in place much-needed social and political change to match the rapid economic development? That’s the key question at Australia’s premier event examining the Chinese economy, the China Update – taking ... 10-Jul-2013 more

Immune cells essential to establishing pregnancy (12 July 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide shows for the first time that immune cells known as macrophages are critical to fertility by creating a healthy hormone environment in the uterus. Laboratory studies led by researchers in the University's Robinson Institute have shown that macrophages play an essential role ... 12-Jul-2013 more

Health care costs up to six times higher in adulthood for victims of abuse (12 July 13)

Child abuse is a serious social problem but new research shows it is also a significant economic issue because its victims suffer significantly worse health into adulthood, at substantially greater cost to themselves and the community. A study by health economists Rebecca Reeve and Kees van Gool, of the Centre for Health Economics Research ... 12-Jul-2013 more

Media Alert: Potential markers for severity of child arthritis (12 July 13)

Media are invited to attend a photo / filming and interview opportunity today (Friday 12 July) about new research that could one day lead to more targeted treatment for child arthritis. Arthritis in children is almost as common as juvenile diabetes, with up to one in 500 children affected. Researchers at ... 12-Jul-2013 more

Do TV trends reflect property trends? (12 July 13)

Do Aussie TV trends reflect property trends in major markets like Sydney? CQUniversity Property academic Dr Garrick Small has reviewed data on the screening years for 17 major TV programs focused on real estate, property sales or renovations. From 1999-2005 there was a surge in auction-focused programs, including Auction ... 12-Jul-2013 more

Things get 'steamy' as gap closes between adult and children's fiction (15 July 13)

Younger protagonists and settings appealing to the teen market are closing the gap between adult and children's fiction... That's according to CQUniversity Masters researcher Denise Beckton, who presented a paper at the Popular Culture Association of Australia and Zealand conference in Brisbane recently (June ... 15-Jul-2013 more

UC’s game plan to get kids moving for life (15 July 13)

If school physical education was more engaging, people would be better prepared to live healthier, longer lives, according to a new report by University of Canberra researchers. The ‘game plan’ report outlines the reasons that the priority has to be getting children moving at an early age and to create an “enthusiasm for ... 15-Jul-2013 more

Links strengthen two years on from earthquake (15 July 13)

It's now two years since the city of Adelaide bid farewell to New Zealand students affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, and the University of Adelaide and University of Canterbury continue to work together on joint opportunities for students. Just two weeks after Adelaide's sister city Christchurch was ... 15-Jul-2013 more

Public welcome as James Morrison 'swings' through Rocky (17 July 13)

Rockhampton music lovers have a great opportunity to hear world-class music, with Aussie jazz legend James Morrison performing at North Rockhampton High School Assembly hall from 12.30pm on Sunday, July 21. Fresh from his role as Queensland Music Festival (QMF) Artistic Director, Morrison will join the students and staff of ... 17-Jul-2013 more

Scientists uncover the genomes and evolutionary histories of microbial dark matter (17 July 13)

For the first time Australian and US scientists have been able to map and characterise microbial ‘dark matter’ in the environment. In a major breakthrough published this week in scientific journal Nature, researchers from the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE), the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the ... 17-Jul-2013 more

Dad's obesity could be inherited by multiple generations (17 July 13)

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that the sperm of obese fathers could increase the risk of both their children and their grandchildren to inherit obesity.   In laboratory studies, researchers from the University's Robinson Institute have found that molecular signals in the sperm of obese fathers can lead to ... 17-Jul-2013 more

National event asks: Can we solve global poverty? (19 July 13)

The role of the private sector in helping to solve global poverty is the topic of a national one-day conference being hosted by the University of Adelaide this week, featuring government, industry and non-government organisations. The conference, held today, is a National Dialogue that explores exactly how the ... 19-Jul-2013 more

New technology to measure radiation exposure in pilots and astronauts (19 July 13)

Researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) have developed a unique device that measures how much radiation pilots and astronauts are exposed to. The silicon-based microdosimeter assesses the radiation risk to astronauts and pilots, and radiation damage to microelectronics, during long-term space missions and high altitude ... 19-Jul-2013 more

Edible walls - the new green (19 July 13)

The newest trend in home-grown produce, ‘edible’ walls, could be the answer for Sydney-siders living in pokey inner-city terraces or high-rise apartments. In the first exhibition of its kind in Australia, researchers and students from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) will build a series of edible walls at the ... 19-Jul-2013 more

University of Newcastle tops Australia in Indigenous enrolments (22 July 13)

New Higher Education Statistics released last week by the Federal Government show the University of Newcastle enrols more Indigenous students than any other university in Australia, an achievement the University attributes to a suite of support mechanisms it provides for demand-driven enrolments. “The University of Newcastle’s ... 22-Jul-2013 more

Stop marine pollution to protect kelp forests (22 July 13)

University of Adelaide marine biologists have found that reducing nutrient pollution in coastal marine environments should help protect kelp forests from the damaging effects of rising CO2. The researchers have found a combined effect on kelp forests from nutrient pollution and higher CO2, which could have a devastating ... 22-Jul-2013 more

'Smart' robots revolutionise Sydney Harbour Bridge maintenance (22 July 13)

The addition of two “smart” robots to a team of workers involved in cleaning the southern spans of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has revolutionised one of the world’s biggest maintenance programs. In what is dirty, dangerous work for the scores of tradesmen employed on the job, the spans are being stripped of lead-based paint ... 22-Jul-2013 more

RAS sows more investment into wine industry (24 July 13)

Are you a student who is passionate about pursuing a career in the Australian wine industry? Applications are now open for the annual Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship. The Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show has partnered with the RAS Foundation, with the vision to assist the development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry ... 24-Jul-2013 more

Hope for revival of dormant indigenous languages (24 July 13)

Australia's endangered and already dormant indigenous languages, and how to revive them, will be the focus of an international conference being held at the University of Adelaide this week (25-28 July). The 2013 Australex (Australasian Association for Lexicography) conference will also celebrate the ... 24-Jul-2013 more

University reaches out to budding science students (24 July 13)

More than 1,400 budding scientists and engineers from 40 local schools have been invited to compete in the Ausgrid Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge from July 22-26 at The University of Newcastle Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre in Callaghan. Founded in 2000 by the University of Newcastle, the program is now a national event, ... 24-Jul-2013 more

Men's bladder problems may herald heart disease, diabetes (26 July 13)

Men who regularly get up more than once a night to pee could be suffering from a range of health conditions, many of which can be treated if GPs look for them, according to University of Adelaide researchers. The condition, known as "nocturia", is one sign of "overactive bladder ... 26-Jul-2013 more

CQUni graduates remain ahead of the pack for jobs and salaries (26 July 13)

CQUniversity graduates continue to be ahead of the pack for employability and salaries, according to the latest data released by Graduate Careers Australia. Compared with the national average of 76.1%, CQUniversity’s Australian and permanent resident bachelor degree graduates are getting jobs at the rate of 87.7%. Some of ... 26-Jul-2013 more

Thesis in three minutes: UC students talk against time (26 July 13)

Attack of asexual snails, how to get the best healthcare research into practice and ways Eastern and Western communities can live together are some of the thesis topics that will be explained in just three minutes by University of Canberra research students TODAY. The University of Canberra final of this year’s Three Minute Thesis ... 26-Jul-2013 more

Taking the ‘wow’ in science to the community (29 July 13)

The University of Adelaide will be helping spread the word that science matters to us all, with a range of events and activities for National Science Week (10-18 August). “Science is at the foundation of every aspect of our lives. It helps us understand the world we live in and drives new developments for our ... 29-Jul-2013 more

University researcher's antibiotic device to improve home healthcare (29 July 13)

A mobile antibiotic device co-invented by a University of Newcastle researcher is set to revolutionise patient home healthcare and free up hospital beds, thanks to a Medical Device Fund (MDF) grant worth $215,000 from the NSW Government. The announcement was made by the Minister for Medical Research, the Hon Jillian Skinner MP, at the ... 29-Jul-2013 more

New evidence for warm-blooded dinosaurs (29 July 13)

University of Adelaide research has shown new evidence that dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals, not cold-blooded like reptiles as commonly believed. In a paper published in PLoS ONE, Professor Roger Seymour of the University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, argues that cold-blooded ... 29-Jul-2013 more

New focus to combat rising liver disease (31 July 13)

University of Adelaide researchers are investigating how the liver responds to hepatitis C virus (HCV) and why some people can control the virus while others can’t. The aim is to find better therapies to combat hepatitis C and associated liver disease. Speaking ahead of World Hepatitis Day last week (Sunday ... 31-Jul-2013 more

National Indigenous Symposium to be held at CQUni Rockhampton (31 July 13)

The 1st National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Symposium will be held at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton Campus on October 3, 2013. Last week, Adam Robinson, NIRAKN’s Network Convener visited CQUniversity’s Rockhampton Campus to explore the University’s facilities. He met with staff from the Office of ... 31-Jul-2013 more

Safety needs higher priority for young drivers (31 July 13)

Safer cars should take a higher priority when buying a vehicle for young drivers and allocating car use within families, according to University of Adelaide automotive safety researchers. A report by the University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) released on Thursday says the safety level of a young ... 31-Jul-2013 more

Too many vegies never enough (5 Aug 13)

Recent changes in Australian food labeling regulations and new research into how children develop eating habits could prompt Australians to reconsider their meat-heavy diets. Less than one in ten Australians aged 12 and over eats enough vegetables for a healthy diet, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. But preaching ... 05-Aug-2013 more

New book explores social media and the Asia-Pacific (5 Aug 13)

The relationship between smartphones, social media and the generations in the Asia-Pacific has been explored in a new book co-authored by an RMIT University academic. Online@AsiaPacific (Routledge, 2013) is the result of three years of research by RMIT’s Associate Professor Larissa Hjorth and Dr Michael Arnold from the University of ... 05-Aug-2013 more

Do certain parts of the brain stay young? (5 Aug 13)

New research at the University of Adelaide is looking at how the human brain ages, which could lead to insights into how to repair the brain when it's damaged by stroke or traumatic brain injury. The study, being conducted in the University's School of Psychology, will compare the ability of older and younger people to respond to ... 05-Aug-2013 more

Rocky man's cycling research pays off with recognition in America (5 Aug 13)

CQUniversity researcher Campbell Macgregor was recently in the United States accepting a prestigious 2013 International Clinical Scholar Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). One of Campbell's supervisors, Associate Professor Peter Reaburn was a proud participant in the presentation ceremony held in ... 05-Aug-2013 more

1876 gift among treasures at Book Fair (5 Aug 13)

Two volumes of poetry and prose by Robert Burns given as a farewell gift to a Scottish immigrant bound for Newcastle in 1876 are among the treasures at this year’s University of Newcastle Book Fair. According to Mr Vic Levi, President of the Friends of the University, the leather bound books were presented to Mr William Muir who ... 05-Aug-2013 more

Interest rate cut more good news (7 Aug 13)

The decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to reduce the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.5 per cent yesterday is more good news for the Queensland market, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). The rate announcement adds to positive data also released yesterday which shows that the Queensland property market is on ... 07-Aug-2013 more

Open up and say ‘ah’ - the oral health van hits the road again (7 Aug 13)

The University of Newcastle’s mobile oral health van is hitting the road again to provide free oral health services to the Central Coast community. The service, which is available to seniors and current Health Care Card holders, is staffed by Oral Health students from the University’s Central Coast campus. Students offer ... 07-Aug-2013 more

Free public seminar: exploring infertility treatments (7 Aug 13)

Professor Michael Davies, of the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute, will deliver a free public presentation on Tuesday 13 August 2013 about critical issues associated with assisted reproductive technology (ART), which includes IVF. Approximately five million babies across the world have been born as ... 07-Aug-2013 more

Risks of over-the-counter painkillers to Aboriginal people (9 Aug 13)

New research at the University of Adelaide has highlighted serious potential health risks to Aboriginal people because of a lack of understanding about the use of over-the-counter painkillers. The research has led to calls for more culturally appropriate information so that Aboriginal people may better understand ... 09-Aug-2013 more

JCU ideal for PNG education reform (9 Aug 13)

James Cook University is well positioned to play a key role in supporting the Australian Government’s pledge to help reform Papua New Guinea’s university sector. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has committedthe Australian Government to support reform of PNG’s University Sector as part of the arrangements between the two ... 09-Aug-2013 more

UC supports ACT Government's response to Asian Century White Paper (9 Aug 13)

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker has welcomed the ACT Government’s response to the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper this week. The Australian Capital Territory in the Asian Century places education and research at the forefront of the capital’s role in the region, and ... 09-Aug-2013 more

Trade skills on show at Open Day (9 Aug 13)

The competitive spirit of RMIT University’s apprentices will be on show at Open Day this Sunday, 11 August. The annual Skills Competition is the main event at the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct in Carlton. The competition showcases the skills of second-year apprentices from RMIT’s plumbing, electrical, and ... 09-Aug-2013 more

Social workers tackle the outrageous issues in Australia (12 Aug 13)

The issues of asylum seekers, disability insurance, changes to welfare payments for single parents, aged care and rising unemployment are forcing social policy to the forefront of national debate. The social work response to these crucial issues will be explored in a free symposium hosted by RMIT University, Outrage! Critical Conversations ... 12-Aug-2013 more

Port Augusta outreach for architecture students (12 Aug 13)

Ideas from the people of Port Augusta are being sought as part of a new outreach project by University of Adelaide architecture and landscape architecture students, working in collaboration with the Port Augusta Secondary School.   On Friday 23 August, students from the University's School of Architecture and Built Environment will ... 12-Aug-2013 more

Aspiring musicians learn from industry’s best at University of Newcastle forum (12 Aug 13)

A visit from elite industry representatives has Newcastle music enthusiasts lining up to take part in a forum that will help them transition into the professional music scene. Forum Manager, Tracy Redhead said the Forum is a unique opportunity for Newcastle musicians to network and learn valuable skills associated with touring and live ... 12-Aug-2013 more

University of Adelaide Federal Election Experts (13 Aug 13)

Overall political commentary   Dr Clem Macintyre Head, School of History & Politics P: 08 8313 5601 M: 0432 977 055 E: clement.macintyre@adelaide.edu.au   Dr Wayne Errington School of History & Politics P: 08 8313 0661 E: wayne.errington@adelaide.edu.au. For comment on the campaign and ... 13-Aug-2013 more

Spotlight on science at the University of Newcastle (13 Aug 13)

What does a world Top 10 researcher, one of Australia's largest exports over the past 20 years and a technique that could stop 200 species becoming extinct all have in common? The University of Newcastle has played a role in all of these science success stories. As part of National Science Week from August 10-17, the University of ... 13-Aug-2013 more

Photography competition: What does truth look like? (13 Aug 13)

The University of Adelaide Law School is calling all amateur and professional photographers to find creative ways to visually capture ‘truth’ in this year’s Images of Justice photography competition.   The competition returns for a second year after it attracted dozens of stunning images representing ... 13-Aug-2013 more

Meet Australia's first aesthetic dentist (13 Aug 13)

We all know that we’d go to a doctor for a stomach bug, an orthopaedic surgeon for a broken leg and a plastic surgeon for a facelift. Similarly we’d seek out a dentist for a toothache and an orthodontist for crooked teeth…so who do we turn to for dramatic improvements to dental appearance? Most Australians will never have ... 13-Aug-2013 more

Demo home reduces construction waste (16 Aug 13)

A demonstration home will showcase innovative building techniques designed to eliminate construction waste, as part of an RMIT University research project. Construction of the new home at Atherstone Estate in Melton, in Melbourne’s west, will begin with a “turning the sod” ceremony on Monday, 19 August. RMIT’s ... 16-Aug-2013 more

New mums needed for biggest type 1 diabetes study (16 Aug 13)

A new national study is seeking up to 1400 pregnant women or those who have recently given birth to help solve the mystery of how our modern environment could be contributing to the doubling of type 1 diabetes cases over the past 20 years.   The study – led by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Robsinson Institute ... 16-Aug-2013 more

New film examines our love affair with dogs (16 Aug 13)

A love of dogs and a background in anthropology were the catalyst for a new film that explores our relationship with dogs and whether they feel the same way about us as we do about them. Research into dog behaviour is a recent phenomenon, says Gillian Leahy, Associate Professor and Major Coordinator, Media Arts and Production at the ... 16-Aug-2013 more

Expert Guide launches specialist accounts for PRs (16 Aug 13)

This month, Expert Guide will be promoting a new membership offer exclusively for PR consultancies. Our agency-specific accounts will give consultancies the ability to promote their clients on our national platform used daily by our extensive database of Australian and international journalists. PR professionals will now be able to ... 16-Aug-2013 more

Assange: The International Enigma (19 Aug 13)

Intercollegiate foreign affairs magazine The Melbourne Globalist, in conjunction with RMIT University, proudly presents an evening with one of Australia’s most controversial figures. Assange: The International Enigma will feature a live, interactive video stream of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom as he ... 19-Aug-2013 more

Call for increase in internship support (19 Aug 13)

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Professor Caroline McMillen, has called for an increase in business and government support for internships as a way to boost regional economies, following a report from the Business Council of Australia linking increased internship opportunities with improved economic growth ... 19-Aug-2013 more

Virtual tour introduces heroes of flight (19 Aug 13)

Senior curators from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will take audiences on a virtual tour of the world’s most famous aircraft and spacecraft in a special event at RMIT University. As part of National Science Week, the Smithsonian’s Dr Tom Crouch and Dr Valerie Neal will share their insights on the world’s ... 19-Aug-2013 more

Dragonfly sight could inspire vision systems for robots (21 Aug 13)

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a novel and complex visual circuit in a dragonfly's brain that could one day help to improve vision systems for robots.   Dr Steven Wiederman and Associate Professor David O'Carroll from the University's Centre for Neuroscience Research have been studying the ... 21-Aug-2013 more

Mining tourism 'could work if it's closer to the coast' (21 Aug 13)

It may be too much to hope for a mining theme park on the coast of Queensland featuring 3D simulated underground experiences. But there may be other ways that the mining sector can bolster tourism, according to the authors of a new draft report for the Queensland Government. CQUniversity researchers Professor John Rolfe and Dr Susan ... 21-Aug-2013 more

Funding for higher education in Gosford welcomed by the University of Newcastle (21 Aug 13)

The University of Newcastle has this week welcomed the commitment of $7 million, announced by the Federal Minister for Families and Community Services, Ms Jenny Macklin, and Member for Robertson Ms Deborah ONeill for a new state-of-the-art community facility, Kibbleplex, including library, learning and innovation spaces in the centre of ... 21-Aug-2013 more

University of Newcastle joins ranks of elite OHS education providers (23 Aug 13)

The University of Newcastle has been awarded a five year accreditation with the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board for its Master of Workplace Health and Safety Program. As one of only five Universities to meet the strict accreditation criteria, the University of Newcastle is helping to set the benchmark ... 23-Aug-2013 more

$2.4 million awarded for indigenous health centre (23 Aug 13)

The University of Adelaide has won $2.48 million to establish a new national Centre of Research Excellence, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the University of Wollongong.   The centre will use the best ... 23-Aug-2013 more

New book explores ‘messy reality’ of Australia’s multiculturalism (23 Aug 13)

While it remains a controversial concept more than forty years after its inception, multiculturalism in Australia is in reality very much alive according to the editors of a new book launched this week. "For those who've come across the seas...": Australian Multicultural Theory Policy and Practice, published by Australian ... 23-Aug-2013 more

Bonjour to the University of Adelaide’s eChallenge (26 Aug 13)

The University of Adelaide Entrepreneurship Commercialisation and Innovation Centre’s (ECIC) long-running entrepreneur competition, eChallenge, is heading to the land of berets and the Eiffel Tower.    After supporting budding entrepreneurs for 12 years, the competition model has been adapted into French, with universities ... 26-Aug-2013 more

Pilot plant to trial new carbon capture technology (26 Aug 13)

A new method for permanently and safely storing carbon emissions generated from fossil fuels and other industrial processes will be trialled in a mineral carbonation research pilot plant to be built at the University of Newcastle. The ultimate goal is to transform the captured CO2 emissions into carbonate rock ‘bricks’ for use in ... 26-Aug-2013 more

Queensland market momentum builds (26 Aug 13)

Momentum is continuing to build in the Queensland market with sales activity and house prices strengthening. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) June quarter median house price report, released on Friday, found the numbers of sales have increased significantly compared to the previous quarter and compared to last ... 26-Aug-2013 more

Confucius Institute hosts Newcastle’s first China Festival (28 Aug 13)

The Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle will host Newcastle’s first China Festival on Sunday 1 September and Monday 2 September at the University’s Callaghan Campus. The two-day event, which is open to the public, will be a vibrant cultural experience full of free, fun and fascinating performances, demonstrations ... 28-Aug-2013 more

Political leaders in public health debate (28 Aug 13)

Members of the public will have the chance to hear about issues affecting health at a State level in a debate between two key political leaders, being held at the University of Adelaide on Wednesday 4 September. The debate will feature South Australia's Minister for Health, the Hon. Jack Snelling MP, and Shadow Minister, the Hon. Rob ... 28-Aug-2013 more

Researchers aiming to improve quality of end-of-life care (28 Aug 13)

The University of Newcastle has been granted $495,306 from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cancer Council NSW to investigate patients’ preferences in relation to end-of-life care. The multidisciplinary research team behind this study brings a unique blend of clinical, legal, behavioural, bioethics, health ... 28-Aug-2013 more

UTS supports plans for jobs explosion in digital industries (30 Aug 13)

Sydney’s leading technology university is co-leading a new initiative to drive growth and jobs in creative digital industries. UTS with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will lead thirty-one core partners and 27 collaborating partners across NSW, Tasmania, Queensland, the ACT and Victoria in the Creative Digital Innovation ... 30-Aug-2013 more

University of Adelaide at the Royal Show (30 Aug 13)

University of Adelaide staff and students will be out in force at the Royal Adelaide Show this year (6-14 September) including the provision of veterinary services for the thousands of animals entered in competitions and on display, running activities to highlight agriculture research and teaching, and showing their skills in the led steer ... 30-Aug-2013 more

Peter FitzSimons delivers public lecture at University of Newcastle (30 Aug 13)

Uniting his passion for journalism with his former career as a national representative rugby union player, sporting legend Peter FitzSimons will deliver a public lecture on “Harnessing the power of sport for a better world” at the University of Newcastle Great Hall next Friday 6 September. The author of eighteen best-selling ... 30-Aug-2013 more

Increased heatwaves, floods and fires will test services beyond current capacities (2 Sep 13)

The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) has launched a ground-breaking report on the impacts of climate change on government funded community organisations and the services they provide.  The report concludes that extreme weather events and climate change will severely impact the service delivery and ... 02-Sep-2013 more

Gender and sex issues among youth homeless (2 Sep 13)

University of Adelaide researchers have authored a new report that raises awareness of the need for extra support for young homeless people who are gay, lesbian or transgender.   The report calls for improved training of teaching, health and social workers, and for improved services and accommodation to cater more specifically for the ... 02-Sep-2013 more

Gentrification and fragmentation in Melbourne’s north (2 Sep 13)

The social cohesion and fragmentation of previously tightly-knit working-class industrial neighbourhoods in Melbourne’s north has been examined by RMIT University researchers. A team of RMIT social researchers have looked at gentrification, immigration and their local impacts in Melbourne’s north and compared the views of ... 02-Sep-2013 more

Six tips to keep kids safe online: UC experts (4 Sep 2013)

University of Canberra cyber security experts Nigel Phair and Alastair MacGibbon share their tips about online safety for children, as part of National Child Protection Week. “These days, keeping the family computer in a public area of the house so parents can monitor what young people do is not enough, given that many have access to ... 04-Sep-2013 more

Political expert examines legacy of a dream at public forum (4 Sep 2013)

As we narrow our gaze to our political condition in the lead up to a federal election, we also mark fifty years since Martin Luther King called for policy change for a better America in his “I Have a Dream” speech. US racial politics expert Dr Michael Ondaatje will examine King’s legacy at the Newcastle Institute Forum next ... 04-Sep-2013 more

Cautionary tale of science commercialisation (4 Sep 2013)

The inventor of one of the most widely used health screening tests for newborn babies would have found today's attitudes to the commercialisation of science "distasteful", according to international research involving the University of Adelaide.   In a paper published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr ... 04-Sep-2013 more

CQUni hosts breast cancer information session (6 Sep 2013)

CQUniversity is hosting an information session by BreastScreen Queensland next Wednesday, 11 September, at the University’s Health Clinic. The session will provide information on the risk factors, common misconceptions, breast cancer screening and early detection. For more bookings please email events@cqu.edu..au ... 06-Sep-2013 more

Medical breakthrough wins Eureka Prize (6 Sep 2013)

Two Murdoch University researchers, based at the Centre for Comparative Genomics, have won one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, the Australian Museum Eureka Prize. This week, Professor Steve Wilton and Professor Sue Fletcher were awarded the NSW Health Jamie Callchor Eureka Prize for Medical Research Translation. The pair have ... 06-Sep-2013 more

Opening The Door In The Dark of Mental Health (6 Sep 2013)

The Door in the Dark (4 September – 19 October) at RMIT Gallery brings together a specially selected group of artworks from The Cunningham Dax Collection that offer a unique invitation to enter the intensely subjective interior space of the creators, many of whom made the works in art therapy sessions in psychiatric hospitals between the ... 06-Sep-2013 more

Student windows on the retail world (9 Sep 2013)

The window displays of two major South Yarra retailers have been brought to life by RMIT University Visual Merchandising students in two industry partnership projects. The teams have come up with a Wonderland fantasy showcasing Sportsgirl’s September accessories and apparel range at its Chapel Street store, and created three ... 09-Sep-2013 more

Unleash your sonic imagination at RMIT Gallery (9 Sep 2013)

We live in a visual world but take away sound and you are left with only part of the experience. RMIT Gallery’s new exhibition Sound Bites City (4 September – 19 October) showcases the new RMIT University Sound Art Collection - the first of its kind in Australia. The exhibition’s centrepiece is a stunning sound shell ... 09-Sep-2013 more

Garlic keeps fanged parasites away (9 Sep)

Garlic – long portrayed as protecting humans from the fangs of “vampires” – does in fact protect fish from a particular fanged parasite according to research at James Cook University. Thane Militz, a PhD candidate in the Marine Parasitology Laboratory at James Cook University said parasites severely compromise the ... 09-Sep-2013 more

Fabulous Follies, Frauds and Fakes (11 Sep 2013)

Goldsmith and artificer Emeritus Professor Robert Baines, from RMIT University’s School of Art, launched his latest adventure into the murky depths of jewellery history: Fabulous Follies, Frauds and Fakes, last Saturday. Professor Baines’ latest book tells three jewellery stories from the exhibition Robert Baines: Metal, which ... 11-Sep-2013 more

Fabulous Follies, Frauds and Fakes (11 Sep 2013)

Goldsmith and artificer Emeritus Professor Robert Baines, from RMIT University’s School of Art, launched his latest adventure into the murky depths of jewellery history: Fabulous Follies, Frauds and Fakes, last Saturday. Professor Baines’ latest book tells three jewellery stories from the exhibition Robert Baines: Metal, which ... 11-Sep-2013 more

Fabulous Follies, Frauds and Fakes (11 Sep 2013)

Goldsmith and artificer Emeritus Professor Robert Baines, from RMIT University’s School of Art, launched his latest adventure into the murky depths of jewellery history: Fabulous Follies, Frauds and Fakes, last Saturday. Professor Baines’ latest book tells three jewellery stories from the exhibition Robert Baines: Metal, which ... 11-Sep-2013 more

University of Newcastle leading bid for Wildlife Biodiversity Cooperative Research (11 Sep 2013)

The University of Newcastle is leading a Trans-Tasman consortium of 44 partners to bid for Federal Funding to establish a world-leading Cooperative Research Centre for Wildlife Biodiversity (Wildlife Biodiversity CRC). The CRC will undertake urgent research to help save our threatened wildlife species improving wildlife biodiversity ... 11-Sep-2013 more

Climate change ‘flattens’ rainforests (11 Sep 2013)

The Earth is not flat nor are the forests that live upon it but according to a new study just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, climate change may ‘flatten’ the Earth’s rainforests.    Lead researcher Brett Scheffers of the Centre for Climate Change and Tropical Biology at James Cook University in ... 11-Sep-2013 more

CQUniversity welcomes final step in TAFE merger approval (13 Sep 2013)

CQUniversity has welcomed the Newman Government’s decision to ‘green light’ its merger with CQ TAFE. The project now has State and Commonwealth approval and support. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman said the announcement effectively cleared the final hurdle for the long-awaited merger and – in ... 13-Sep-2013 more

An evening with comic artist Mandy Ord (13 Sep 2013)

Comic artist and illustrator Mandy Ord will explore why a growing number of Melbourne creators are using comics to tell their stories at RMIT Design Hub on Monday, 16 September.   Ms Ord is the author of Rooftops (Finlay Lloyd, 2008) and Sensitive Creatures (Allen & Unwin, 2011) which was selected as a White Raven at the 2012 ... 13-Sep-2013 more

DiG Festival secures esteemed technology and learning expert (13 Sep 2013)

With research that has the potential to substantially transform education on a global scale, Professor Liz Burd, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Newcastle is an exciting addition to the DiG Festival program. Her talk will address how technology influences education and vice versa, the impacts of equal access ... 13-Sep-2013 more

Bold new era for Australian barley breeding (16 Sep 2013)

The University of Adelaide will invest more than $10 million over the next five years in its barley breeding program, promising long-term benefit for farmers with better and faster new varieties. Over time, the University will be looking to strengthen and expand sections of the program with investments from other parties.   The ... 16-Sep-2013 more

Research brings unbreakable phones one step closer (16 Sep 2013)

Breakthrough research at RMIT University is advancing transparent bendable electronics, bringing science fiction gadgets – such as unbreakable rubber-like phones, rollable tablets and even functional clothing – closer to real life. Researchers from RMIT’s Functional Materials and Microsystems research group developed a new ... 16-Sep-2013 more

Breakthrough in sensing at the nanoscale (16 Sep 2013)

Researchers have made a breakthrough discovery in identifying the world’s most sensitive nanoparticle and measuring it from a distance using light. These super-bright, photostable and background-free nanocrystals enable a new approach to highly advanced sensing technologies using optical fibres.   This discovery, by a team ... 16-Sep-2013 more

RMIT lecturer sets the stage at international festival

This year Australian artist and RMIT University lecturer Bronek Kozka will present his series Room 101 in its entirety for the first time at the Pingyao International Photography Festival. Kozka is one of the few Australian photographers to be represented this year. In 2010 he won an award at Pingyao for his suburbia series and since ... 18-Sep-2013 more

Engaging Newcastle: an award-winning campaign

The University of Newcastle’s Community Engagement team has won a prestigious national tertiary education award for the 2012 campaign that launched the online portal Engage Newcastle. The Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) this week presented the team with the ‘Knowledge Partnership Award for Excellence in ... 18-Sep-2013 more

Gut taste mechanisms are abnormal in diabetes sufferers

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that the way the gut "tastes" sweet food may be defective in sufferers of type 2 diabetes, leading to problems with glucose uptake.   This is the first time that abnormal control of so-called "sweet taste receptors" in the human intestine has been described by ... 18-Sep-2013 more

Hope in sight to prevent closure of child care centres

There’s hope in sight to prevent the closure of child care centres in rural, regional and remote areas serviced by CQUniversity campuses or distance education.   CQUniversity says a unique teacher education program available from next year will soon fill a genuine need.   “No longer will child care centres have to ... 20-Sep-2013 more

Father of solar paint offers hope of free household electricity

World-renowned physicist, Professor Paul Dastoor, said Australia is on the threshold of free household power, with his development of an energy system based on solar cells that can be printed - and ultimately painted onto surfaces like roofs, walls, or even windows. He will share his ground breaking research at the inaugural Design, ... 20-Sep-2013 more

Exploring “Matters of Life and Death” through entertainment

RMIT University will host Australasia’s longest running games and digital entertainment conference, Interactive Entertainment (30 September-1 October). This year’s IE conference embraces recent changes in games discourses both inside and outside the academy, and turns its attention to “Matters of Life and ... 20-Sep-2013 more

RMIT advertising students take on UTS

In a battle between future advertising stars, RMIT University students will fight it out against the University of Technology Sydney on the Gruen Planet’s “The Pitch”.  From a brief relating to the political issue of Australia’s borders, the two student teams created and developed a 45 second TV spot that will be ... 23-Sep-2013 more

Bringing coral reefs back from the brink

Shocks caused by climate and seasonal change could be used to aid recovery of some of the world’s badly degraded coral reefs, an international team of scientists has proposed. A new report by Australian and Swedish marine scientists in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment suggested it may be possible to restore living ... 23-Sep-2013 more

DiG presenter proposes cities built for humans, not cars

An opportunity exists to prevent the leakage of $12 billion annually in importation costs associated with the purchase and operation of private passenger vehicles in NSW according to visionary biophysicist Dr Gary Ellem. Dr Ellem’s new model for urban transport, the first of its kind to address structural weaknesses with gross domestic ... 23-Sep-2013 more

Generous benefactor establishes lucrative engineering scholarship

A donation from a generous graduate has established a new scholarship for high-achieving undergraduate students to study engineering at the University of Newcastle. The Catherine and Peter Tay High Achiever Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship was launched last week. Worth $32,000 over four years, the scholarship will be awarded to the ... 25-Sep-2013 more

DiG keynotes explain how cities evolve

When city evolutions illuminated Newcastle’s east end earlier this year it was apparent that something exceptional had arrived. City Evolutions, the brainchild of creative geniuses Chris Tucker and Mario Minichiello, is bringing research into the public domain in the form of a world-class interactive art project. Tucker and ... 25-Sep-2013 more

40 winks to weight loss

A good night’s slumber could be the key to losing weight, a visiting sleep expert argued in a lecture at the University of Canberra recently. In the Healthy Sleep Community Lecture by the Faculty of Health, Australian Sleep Medicine research scientist Dr Carmel Harrington discussed the link between sleep and diet. “The ... 25-Sep-2013 more

Wildlife face “Armageddon” as forests shrink

Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously assumed, according to an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydro-electric reservoir in ... 27-Sep-2013 more

Longer term view needed of ageing migrants

One of Australia's leading demographers says governments should be paying more attention to the needs of older migrants, not just to the younger ones who arrive to fill skills shortages, or who arrive as refugees.   Professor Graeme Hugo AO, Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of ... 27-Sep-2013 more

Tiny fish make ‘eyes’ at their killer

Small prey fish can grow a bigger ‘eye’ on their rear fins as a way of distracting predators and dramatically boosting their chances of survival, new scientific research has found. Researchers from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) have made a world-first discovery that, when constantly ... 27-Sep-2013 more

Australia needs to help grow specialists in food security, says Qld scientist

Australia needs to help grow specialists in agribusiness and food security to pull its weight in tackling global issues. That’s according to CQUniversity’s Professor Philip Brown who says food security is both a global challenge and a real opportunity for the Queensland agricultural sector. “We have global issues ahead ... 30-Sep-2013 more

'Talking’ to structures to boost public safety

University of Adelaide researchers are developing low-cost technology which can ‘talk’ to structures like bridges and aeroplanes to monitor their structural health and assess them for damage. The technology could help improve public safety, and significantly reduce the cost of maintenance and repair. Researcher and lecturer ... 30-Sep-2013 more

Hollywood A-lister to spearhead creative research and innovation clusters at University of Newcastle

Internationally renowned concept designer Jeff Julian has been appointed Creative Director for Research and Innovation Clusters at the University of Newcastle. The Clusters will serve as a one-stop shop for business and the community to access the University’s world-leading expertise across a spectrum of new creative ... 30-Sep-2013 more

Donation funds research into Type 2 Diabetes prevention in men

A $350,000 bequest to the University of Newcastle is helping to fund research into preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes in men at risk. PhD candidate Elroy Aguiar is the first researcher to be awarded the Neville Eric Sansom Research Higher Degree Scholarship, which will assist him with his research. “In this study I’m ... 02-Oct-2013 more

Research studies hot water systems’ enviro impact

An RMIT University investigation into the environmental impacts of hot water systems has revealed the need for greater flexibility in Australian building policies to support innovation in future-proof technologies.  Researchers from RMIT's Centre for Design have for the first time compared the impact across the life cycle of a gas ... 02-Oct-2013 more

Why it's "homicide bomber" not "suicide bomber"

A University of Adelaide suicide prevention expert has called for the term "homicide bomber" to replace the widely used "suicide bomber", because people who kill themselves while murdering others have few similarities to actual suicide victims.   Emeritus Professor Robert Goldney, from the University's Discipline ... 02-Oct-2013 more

Public forum examines future of art in Newcastle

A panel of experts will examine issues surrounding the Newcastle Art Gallery, public funding for the arts and priorities for the expenditure of public funds in Newcastle at the next public forum of local thinktank the Newcastle Institute on Wednesday 9 October.   Panellists will offer their expertise on a range of topics ... 04-Oct-2013 more

Global model maps future Australian wine exports

New research by the University of Adelaide and Monash University reveals how much the high-value Australian dollar (AUD) harmed the Australian wine industry in recent years, and how exports could grow if the recent AUD devaluation is sustained.   In a project funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), ... 04-Oct-2013 more

Researchers aiming to improve quality of end-of-life care

The University of Newcastle has been granted $495,306 from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cancer Council NSW to investigate patients’ preferences in relation to end-of-life care. The multidisciplinary research team behind this study brings a blend of clinical, legal, behavioural, bioethics, health economics, ... 04-Oct-2013 more

Symposium explores innovative justice

The Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University is running a free public symposium this month to share developments in in its research. The symposium on Wednesday, 16 October will be hosted by Rob Hulls, former Attorney-General and inaugural Director of the Centre. Topics will include self-represented litigants, affordable justice, ... 08-Oct-2013 more

Critically endangered frog gets a new lease on life

In a bold conservation move, one of Australia’s rarest frogs has been given a new lease on life following the first successful frog translocation in Queensland’s history. Twenty-two years ago the Armoured Mistfrog (Litoria lorica) vanished from the rainforests of Far North Queensland, and was not seen again until rediscovered in ... 08-Oct-2013 more

Footy stars change the score for reconciliation

Richmond AFL stars including Alex Rance, Daniel Jackson, Shane Edwards and Jake King are flying to Brazil next week to work with sport for development programs in favela communities there. They are taking part in a project “Changing the Score” organised by RMIT University, Bluestone Edge and Global Reconciliation. Brazilian NGO, ... 08-Oct-2013 more

Dingos may be the missing link in kangaroo cull debate

Without predators like dingos to control kangaroo populations, culling may be necessary to restore the natural balance and ensure the future of the Australian landscape, according to new University of Canberra research. Director of the University’s Institute for Applied Ecology, Professor David Choquenot, presented the findings of a ... 09-Oct-2013 more

Showcasing 40 years of Melbourne’s popular music culture

A new exhibition celebrating 40 years of Mushroom Records and Melbourne’s popular music culture will be held at RMIT Gallery (18 November - 3 March, 2014). Music, Melbourne & Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture is a celebration of the last four decades of popular music represented through music, ... 09-Oct-2013 more

Newcastle climbs in THE World University Rankings

The latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings has ranked the University of Newcastle in the top 251-275 group of universities, up from 276-300 in 2012. Nationally, UON has moved up two places since 2012 to rank ninth in the country, and the University is now the highest ranked by the THE outside a capital city in ... 09-Oct-2013 more

Nursing students benefit from mental health experience

More holistic healthcare across all areas of nursing will result from nursing students at the University of Adelaide working in a mental-health setting during their first year of study. The University of Adelaide's School of Nursing is the only nursing school in the State to offer mental health training placements to first-year ... 11-Oct-2013 more

China set for carbon-pricing

As Australia moves to scrap its pioneering carbon-pricing scheme, China is expected to have seven pilot pricing systems in place no later than 2015, followed by a national scheme, according to a new survey from The Australian National University. The survey – a joint initiative between the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy in ... 11-Oct-2013 more

Former brothel transformed in MANORISMS exhibition

A former Collingwood brothel, Cromwell Manor, has been transformed through a collaborative exhibition and site occupation.  Curated by RMIT University doctoral researcher Rosie Scott, MANORISMS (19 October-2 November) is the result of a collaboration between RMIT and social enterprise STREAT. The exhibition marks the period of ... 11-Oct-2013 more

Smart choices at the heart of family health

University of Newcastle researchers are helping families with a history of cardiovascular disease to become ‘heart smart’ in a bid to lower their risk factors for heart attack or stroke. Dietitian, Professor Clare Collins, and PhD candidate Tracy Schumacher*, are leading the Love your Food, Love Your Heart, Love Your Family study ... 14-Oct-2013 more

Australians escaping marginalisation not fully breaking free

After more than a decade, six out of ten Australians managed to exit deep, multi-faceted disadvantage, while the rest remained trapped, according to a new University of Canberra study. Those who escaped, however, did not join mainstream Australia, although there were significant improvements in nearly every aspect of their lives. A team ... 14-Oct-2013 more

Theatre performance to help teens survive Schoolies

It’s the final term of school for Year 12 students in Queensland and that means ‘Schoolies’ is just around the corner. So it’s timely to provide a few words of advice for these party revellers. That’s why CQUniversity theatre students are embarking on their most ambitious theatrical tour yet, urging over 4000 ... 14-Oct-2013 more

Can fruit and vegies help you ‘look healthier’?

Can increasing your fruit and vegetable intake improve your skin colour and appearance? A University of Newcastle study is searching for the answer with the hope it could be a powerful motivator to encourage people to eat healthier. PhD candidate with the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and ... 16-Oct-2013 more

The artistic identity of Hong Kong: exhibition

A new photographic exhibition explores the artistic identity of Hong Kong, 16 years since the former British colony was handed over to Chinese administration.  The artists in HK ID (14 October – 20 December) have been brought together through the RMIT University School of Art’s Hong Kong program, which has been running for ... 16-Oct-2013 more

Marketing or quality – what will sell our wine?

Where should Australia’s focus be to help make our wine more competitive on the global market? Why bother making better wine if we can’t sell it?   These and other important questions for the Australian wine industry will be debated at the next Debate@The Waite on Thursday 17 October (tomorrow) run by the University of ... 16-Oct-2013 more

Increased modernisation fuels new global nutrition issue

World Food Day (today) honours the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945. Many countries observe World Food Day to raise awareness about food related issues and to highlight areas for future action. This year’s theme “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” ... 16-Oct-2013 more

Beloved dad to bionic man – Matthew shares his story

Since appearing on Channel 7’s Sunday Night program earlier this month, quadruple amputee Matthew Ames’s story of survival has touched thousands of people across the country. Matthew is a husband and father of four, who suffered from a severe illness, whereby the only way to save his life, was to amputate both arms and legs. ... 18-Oct-2013 more

New smartphone app boosts citizen science literacy

A free smartphone application which allows fishers and divers to easily report sightings of unusual fish and marine species has been developed by marine biologists from the Universities of Newcastle and Tasmania, and will be launched at the ‘Under the Sea Film Festival’ at Avoca Beach this weekend. The application is designed to ... 18-Oct-2013 more

Many stillbirths can be prevented: Researcher

A leading reproductive researcher has called for increased awareness around stillbirth, saying many could be prevented.   Speaking on International Pregnancy and Infant Loss and Remembrance Day, the University of Adelaide’s Professor Sarah Robertson said there is a common misconception that any baby who dies in the mother’s ... 18-Oct-2013 more

Gaming for the greater good

Urban issues will be examined through a game design lens in RMIT University events during Melbourne Knowledge Week (28 October-3 November). RMIT’s Games and Experimental Entertainment Lab (GEElab) will host two events during the week. The Games for Change Australia and New Zealand Panel Discussion (31 October) will explore the ... 21-Oct-2013 more

UC expert advises Australians to be ‘health prepared’ for disasters

Australians should not only prepare their house and belongings against the threat of bushfires, floods or storms this summer, but also be ready to look after their health during an emergency, advises a University of Canberra disaster response expert. Jamie Ranse, a health academic who specialises in disasters, said that in the wake of a ... 21-Oct-2013 more

Young designers take to the catwalk

A new generation of fashion designers will exhibit their creations on the catwalk this month at Sydney’s premier student fashion show, The Future of Fashion, at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The collections will include vibrant tulle creations inspired by the colours of India, direct-to-fabric digital printing on natural ... 21-Oct-2013 more

New law on bikies: serious invasion of human rights

Queensland’s new bikie laws are a serious invasion of fundamental human rights, according to University of Adelaide Senior Lecturer in Law Dr Gabrielle Appleby.     Last week, the Queensland Government introduced tough new bikie laws that see bikie gang members face a minimum of 15 years in a maximum security jail on top ... 23-Oct-2013 more

Central Coast lecture shines light on future of Indigenous education

Australian-first research by a University of Newcastle academic is capturing the opinions of Aboriginal students in an effort to better understand and improve the learning environment for these students. Creating a sense of belonging and integrating Indigenous cultural practices into everyday school life to encourage Aboriginal ... 23-Oct-2013 more

Expert available for comment on NSW bushfires

University of Newcastle meteorologist Conjoint Lecturer Mr Martin Babakhan is available to comment on extreme fire behaviour. Extreme fire behaviour results when several components of a fire environment interact to cause the rate of spread of the fire to increase by 60 times or greater. Mr Babakhan said extreme fire behaviour often ... 23-Oct-2013 more

European landscape architecture and the 21st century

How are European landscape architects responding to the profound social, economic and ecological change of the early 21st century? This is one of several key questions to be considered by eminent European landscape architecture academic and writer, Professor Lisa Diedrich, in a public lecture at RMIT University’s Practice Research ... 25-Oct-2013 more

Women's chronic pain is more complex, more severe

New research from the University of Adelaide has found that chronic pain in women is more complex and harder to treat than chronic pain in men.   The work, to be presented tomorrow at the Faculty of Pain Medicine spring meeting in Byron Bay, organised by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), suggest that men ... 25-Oct-2013 more

Where does meat come from? Not the supermarket!

How do Australian parents talk to their children about meat production in households that eat meat? Do these parents find telling children where meat comes from to be a challenging experience? Are there family activities that make conversations about meat production more or less challenging?   These questions form the basis of a new ... 25-Oct-2013 more

Guaranteeing the future of affordable rental housing

An international review of the use of government guarantees to support investment in affordable rental housing will be released today, ahead of a major Think Tank bringing together experts from Australia, UK and Switzerland. The report by RMIT University’s Dr Julie Lawson, published today by the Australian Urban and Housing Institute ... 28-Oct-2013 more

Record number of Queenslanders taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle

Queensland’s 10,000 Steps Program is celebrating a significant milestone this month with a quarter of a million members now taking part in the initiative. Director of the 10,000 Steps Program, Dr Mitchell Duncan said more than 250,000 members have now joined the program to improve their physical activity levels. “The program ... 28-Oct-2013 more

Millions donated to reveal secrets of microscopic marine life

UTS-led research using novel technologies to unlock the oceans’ microbial secrets has received a US$3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the world’s top 20 philanthropic organisations. It is the largest grant (grant GBMF3801) awarded by the Foundation to date to an Australian institution for ... 28-Oct-2013 more

The kids are all ‘write’ for UC author

Award-winning children’s author and University of Canberra assistant professor of creative writing Dr Anthony (Tony) Eaton will share some of the ups and downs of being a children’s writer today. In The kids are all right: the ins and outs of writing children's and young adult fiction seminar, Dr Eaton will discuss how he has ... 30-Oct-2013 more

Future scientists and engineers racing for Challenge podium

Australia’s budding future scientists and engineers will be put to the test today when they vie for the title of Science and Engineering Challenge National Final grand champion. The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide outreach program led by the University of Newcastle in conjunction with Rotary Clubs and other partners ... 30-Oct-2013 more

Australia's secret history of decoding diplomatic cables

Successive Australian governments have consistently refused to admit that Australia ever intercepted diplomatic communications, even in war-time. Now a new book by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific academics Professor Desmond Ball and Dr Keiko Tamura reveals that Allied code-breaking organisations existed in Australia during World War ... 30-Oct-2013 more

Horror fans should turn to foreign cinema

Feel like watching a horror movie this Halloween?  You should give Hollywood a miss and look to European and Asian cinema, according to University of Adelaide experts.   Senior Lecturer in French Studies Dr Ben McCann says France has made a name for itself in horror cinema in recent years, offering a serious alternative to the ... 30-Oct-2013 more

RMIT uncovers the future of fashion

RMIT University has showcased the future of global fashion innovation and design at the Young Essentials Project (YEP) launch.  This year 120 students formed into 18 groups to work with Australia’s most influential fashion brands Myer, Country Road and Sportsgirl to produce amazing capsule collections.  Recognised as ... 30-Oct-2013 more

Evidence is in: Australian print media bias against human influence in climate change

Australian print media outlets produce a substantial amount of journalism that is sceptical about evidence of human-induced climate change, despite very high levels of scientific certainty, according to a new report published by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The report, ... 01-Nov-2013 more

Heritage goes back to the future at UC-led conference

Heritage is not about the past, but about looking forward to the future, the convenor of an international conference to be held in Canberra this week argues. Convenor of the Australia ICOMOS 2013 Conference Imagined Pasts, Imagined Futures, University of Canberra cultural heritage expert Dr Tracy Ireland wants to challenge the misconception ... 01-Nov-2013 more

Egg handling hygiene to reduce food poisoning

Careful and hygienic handling of eggs through the supply chain, and in the kitchen, is vital for reducing Australia’s outbreaks of salmonella poisoning, according to University of Adelaide research.   In a year-long sampling survey of poultry farms with caged chickens, the researchers did not find any instances of the most common ... 01-Nov-2013 more

Research sheds new light on the sport of kings

A new book authored by one of Australia’s most prolific and respected voices on Aboriginal history, Professor John Maynard, explores the significant involvement of Aboriginal people in one of Australia’s oldest and most celebrated sports – horse racing. “Aboriginal workers were the backbone of Australia’s ... 04-Nov-2013 more

School curriculum must include human rights education

A University of Technology Sydney study, the first of its kind, has shown that  human rights education must be included in the Australian school curriculum to better prepare children for a socially and culterally diverse world. Launched at UTS on Thursday 31 October, the report, Human Rights Education in the School ... 04-Nov-2013 more

Festival showcases rising creative talent

Art, design and ingenuity will be in the spotlight during the 2013 RMIT Creative Festival, Melbourne’s ultimate showcase of rising talent. Work by over 6,000 RMIT University students will feature in more than 40 events across the inner-city over the next six weeks, in one of the country’s largest celebrations of budding ... 04-Nov-2013 more

5-star horse hospital opened by Uni of Adelaide

South Australian horses can now receive a comprehensive range of veterinary services, all in one place and in outstanding, modern facilities, thanks to the University of Adelaide’s new multi-million dollar horse hospital, the Equine Health and Performance Centre, officially opened at its Roseworthy campus last week.   The new ... 06-Nov-2013 more

Lost world discovered on Cape York Peninsula

A James Cook University-National Geographic expedition to Cape York Peninsula in north-east Australia has found three vertebrate species new to science and isolated for millions of years—a bizarre looking leaf-tail gecko, a golden-coloured skink and a boulder-dwelling frog. Earlier this year Dr Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University ... 06-Nov-2013 more

Uni offers free health checks for men at work

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are calling for South Australian businesses with a large male workforce to sign up for free health checks, as part of a major national study that aims to prevent diabetes in men aged 50 and over.   The University of Adelaide is leading the study, which is investigating whether testosterone ... 06-Nov-2013 more

Report: Employee fraud in Australian Financial Institutions

An Australia-wide research study into fraud committed by employees of Financial Institutions provides new evidence of major governance weaknesses in some of Australia's largest organisations that have allowed extraordinary sums to be stolen. The research by the governance firm, Warfield & Associates, covered the period 2000-13 and ... 07-Nov-2013 more

Bringing Tassie Devils to the mainland

An innovative proposal to reintroduce Tasmanian Devil to mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria is being developed by the Wildlife Biodiversity Cooperative Research Centre, led by the University of Newcastle. The research centre is a consortium of 44 partners across Australia and New Zealand aiming to ... 08-Nov-2013 more

Taking on the digital technologies challenge

The University of Adelaide and Google yesterday announced a free open online course to help primary school teachers across Australia bring computer science and computational thinking into classrooms.   The course, to be available from March 2014, will help provide resources and example learning activities for the Digital Technologies ... 08-Nov-2013 more

Less HSC stress with helping hand from eager volunteers

Dedicated University of Technology, Sydney students who tutored more than 250 HSC students from South-West Sydney for free over the past year were formally honoured this week for the difference they have made to many young hopefuls. Representatives of nine schools, whose HSC students received help from the undergraduate ... 08-Nov-2013 more

European architecture luminaries defend PhD research

Some of Europe’s top architects and landscape architects will share insights into their practice when they publicly defend their RMIT University PhD research. RMIT Europe’s doctoral candidates will present their work at RMIT’s inaugural Practice Research Symposium in Barcelona (21-24 November), presented by the ... 11-Nov-2013 more

What is the real cost of discounting retail items?

Discounting retail items reduces the tendency to shop around, which leads to less competitive outcomes and potentially higher prices, according to University of Adelaide School of Economics’ Associate Professor Ralph Bayer.   In new research published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, Associate Professor Bayer studied how ... 11-Nov-2013 more

Remembrance Day - Expert available for comment

Expert available for interview/discussion: Professor John Maynard, University of Newcastle. Remembrance Day discussion topic: ‘Serving our Country’ – The history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service in Australian defence and auxiliary services from the 1890s-2000. Background: §  A national ARC ... 11-Nov-2013 more

Haiyan aid response must avoid tsunami mistakes: expert

The disaster response to typhoon Haiyan must avoid the mistakes made by aid organisations after the 2004 tsunami, RMIT University’s Associate Professor Martin Mulligan says. Associate Professor Mulligan was a Chief Investigator on a research project conducted for AusAID on what could be learnt from the post-tsunami social recovery ... 11-Nov-2013 more

Petting zoo, bucking bull and jumping castle to help UC students de-stress

A jumping castle, bucking bull, petting zoo and face painting are some of the fun things the University of Canberra will have on campus today to help students de-stress ahead of exams next week. The ‘Super Fun Freebie Day’ is part of UC Life! Stress-Less Week – which has featured other events such as a chance to pat puppies ... 13-Nov-2013 more

Charities can ‘gear up’ thanks to Bike 4 Life

Three Rockhampton charities are set to share $15,000 raised through the Bike 4 Life charity rides in 2012 and 2013. The Sporting Wheelies and Disabilities Association, the Carinity Communities – Wahroonga counselling centre and the Prostate Support Group will use the funds for local projects and support. Bike 4 Life spokesperson ... 13-Nov-2013 more

Free "Stop bullying with UoN" seminar for parents

The University of Newcastle is hosting a free "Stop Bullying with UON" seminar on Saturday 16 November for Hunter and Central Coast parents interested in helping their school-age children cope with bullying. The Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle provides professional development training across Australia for the ... 13-Nov-2013 more

Understanding the mystery of preterm birth

Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute say there is still a lack of knowledge about the causes of preterm birth and what can be done to prevent it. About one in every 10 babies is born too soon (less than 37 weeks gestation). This can carry immediate risks to the baby's health and survival because their brain ... 15-Nov-2013 more

High-tech scanner a WA first

The Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital (MUVH) has unveiled a high-tech diagnostic tool - the first of its kind in Western Australia. The new computed tomography scanner, commonly known as a CT scanner, is large enough to accommodate horses, as well as smaller animals. “This will allow us to look at bones and soft tissue in ... 15-Nov-2013 more

Gene linked to common intellectual disability

University of Adelaide researchers have taken a step forward in unravelling the causes of a commonly inherited intellectual disability, finding that a genetic mutation leads to a reduction in certain proteins in the brain.   ARX is among the top four types of intellectual disability linked to the X-chromosome in males.  So far, 115 ... 15-Nov-2013 more

Expert available to comment on the current state of science policy in Australia.

Expert available for interview/discussion: Laureate Professor of Mathematics, Jon Borwein, University of Newcastle. Information in detail: Laureate Professor Jon Borwein authored an article on this topic in The Conversation last week. Quotes from Professor Borwein on this topic: “Like many scientists, I was apprehensive in ... 18-Nov-2013 more

Music, Melbourne & Me: Media preview

Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 Years of Mushroom & Melbourne’s Music Culture – a major free exhibition by RMIT Gallery in partnership with Michael Gudinski AM and the Mushroom Group – opens to the public on Tuesday, 19 November. Media are invited to an exclusive preview and opportunity to interview the exhibition ... 18-Nov-2013 more

Protect your pet this summer

The hot weather has arrived early across much of the nation, with staff at the Murdoch Pet Emergency Centre (MPEC) anticipating a busy period ahead. MPEC Veterinary Supervisor Dr Jill Griffiths said that heat stroke, snakebites and sunburn are all too common at this time of year - and can prove deadly for pets. Fortunately, all of these ... 18-Nov-2013 more

The Kennedy Assassination: 50th anniversary event

RMIT University is hosting a panel discussion and screening of Oliver Stone’s classic JFK, to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy. Fifty years on, the assassination of one of the most influential US presidents remains a controversial moment in world history.  Earlier this month, Twentieth Century ... 19-Nov-2013 more

Evolution winning in bacteria vs antibiotics arms race

Science is running out of new ways to attack harmful bacteria, while drug companies are abandoning antibiotic research and development, according to a University of Adelaide drug expert.   Speaking during Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November), Dr Ian Musgrave from the University's School of Medical Sciences says whenever a new ... 20-Nov-2013 more

Gene plays major role in suppressing cancer

Adelaide researchers have found that a specific gene plays an important role in suppressing lymphoma, a type of blood cell cancer. The caspase-2 gene is related to a family of proteins that are essential for the self-destruction of cells in the body, a process known as apoptosis. Caspase-2 was first discovered almost 20 years ago by ... 20-Nov-2013 more

Negotiations finalise a new University of Canberra Enterprise Agreement

Following private talks between NTEU General Secretary Grahame McCulloch and University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp, the University of Canberra and the National Tertiary Education Union have finalised a modified new Enterprise Agreement to be put to UC staff for endorsement. The new proposal incorporates all of ... 20-Nov-2013 more

Residents and workers invited to have say on better transport for northern Bowen Basin

Researchers aiming for better transport networks in the northern Bowen Basin are keen to gain input from residents in the Emerald and Moranbah areas and from coal workers who travel to these areas from other centres. A new survey project aims to find medium-term solutions based on an examination of  growth pressure on roads and airport ... 22-Nov-2013 more

Showcase supports collaborative innovation

A showcase of innovative projects by final-year University of Newcastle Industrial Design students – Newcastle Products, will bring industry and graduates together to build connections and capacity in the region. An industry night on 28 November, held in partnership with HunterNet, will provide valuable networking opportunities for ... 22-Nov-2013 more

University of Newcastle calls for targeted support for first-rate equity education

The University of Newcastle is proposing targeted support for institutions providing first-rate education for students from equity groups in response to the recently announced Review of the Demand Driven System.    The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said that recent media commentary linking ... 22-Nov-2013 more

UC students win $35k for construction site check-in

Creating an app for construction workers to sign on or off site using just their smart phone has won University of Canberra students over $35,000 in prize money at the Innovation ACT awards. Mitchell Harmer and Alexandria Garlan were part of a team of four ACT students who won the competition’s major prize ($25,000), as well as the ACT ... 25-Nov-2013 more

Architecture minds push boundaries on future concepts

A jail above Kotara Westfield, a lunar research facility located on the moon, and an urban farm that occupies the rail corridor in Newcastle are just a few of the architectural designs developed by University of Newcastle final year Master of Architecture students, on display at the Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle and Pier 2/3 in Walsh bay, ... 25-Nov-2013 more

Youthful and vibrant mechatronics just right for the Transformers generation and now in CQ region

One of engineering’s most youthful and vibrant disciplines is now available for study throughout the Central Queensland region. In order to integrate machines and their support systems it brings together the elements of mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer engineering. Dean of Engineering and Technology Professor Euan ... 25-Nov-2013 more

Senior rep of NH&MRC in Rocky to boost health research project success

A senior representative of the National Health & Medical Research Council, Professor Roy Goldie, will be in Rockhampton as a guest of the HEALTH Collaborative Research Network hosted by CQUniversity. Professor Goldie will work with a wide range of  CQUniversity health researchers to increase their success rate with future research ... 25-Nov-2013 more

Aung San Suu Kyi at ANU

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma, will receive an honorary doctorate from The Australian National University this Friday morning. Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts campaigning for political reform in Burma (now formally known as Myanmar).  Since ... 27-Nov-2013 more

New research strengthens fight against melanoma as summer approaches

Melanoma statistics: Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. Melanoma rates have doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006. Melanoma rates are still on the rise with an estimated 392 extra cases per year. 1 in 17 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma before age 85. Melanoma is the ... 27-Nov-2013 more

Rethinking rape law reform

The challenges of rape law reform will be examined by international and national experts at a seminar hosted by RMIT University (Friday, 6 December). The one-day event will examine the lessons learned, current challenges and future prospects for legal and non-legal responses to rape.  Rethinking Rape Law Reform Colloquium: Critical, ... 27-Nov-2013 more

Citizen science: there’s an app for that!

Do you have a smart phone? If so, you’re only a few taps away from contributing to international environmental research, thanks to a new app unveiled today. Coastal Walkabout is an easy-to-use app designed to encourage people of all ages to get out into their local marine, estuarine and near shore environments and take note of the ... 29-Nov-2013 more

Superfoodies needed for Uni of Adelaide study

A University of Adelaide researcher is seeking ‘superfoodies’ to participate in a study about changing cultural perceptions of diet and health on Australian food production and consumption.   The word ‘superfood’ was introduced to Australia in the late 1990s to describe food items that are naturally highly ... 29-Nov-2013 more

Reef fish find it’s too hot to swim

We all know the feeling, it’s a hot summer afternoon and you have no appetite and don’t want to do anything apart from lay on the couch. A team of researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has shown that ocean warming may make some large reef fish feel the same way. ... 29-Nov-2013 more

Economic experts put full employment back on agenda

Top economic experts will gather in Newcastle this week to discuss the legacy of higher unemployment and the need for true full employment in the wake of the global financial crisis and the current drive for fiscal austerity in many nations around the world. The Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), a joint research centre between ... 03-Dec-2013 more

Stomach 'clock' tells us how much to eat

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered the first evidence that the nerves in the stomach act as a circadian clock, limiting food intake to specific times of the day.   The discovery, published today in The Journal of Neuroscience, could lead to new information about how the gut signals to our brains about when we're ... 03-Dec-2013 more

Architecture and built environment exhibition

Creative and innovative final-year student projects will be showcased at the University of Adelaide School of Architecture and Built Environment exhibition on Friday 6 December. The exhibition will include models and posters prepared by fifth-year architecture, landscape architecture and urban design students. The ... 03-Dec-2013 more

How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

Australian researchers have found that zinc can ‘starve’ one of the world’s most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal. The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and The University of Queensland, opens the way for further work to design antibacterial agents in the ... 05-Dec-2013 more

Lock doors and databases: UC cyber insurance report

While businesses might protect themselves against thieves breaking in through their doors, they do little to stop them from getting in through their computers, according to a University of Canberra cyber insurance research paper.  The paper by the University’s Centre for Internet Safety (CIS) in collaboration with leading global ... 05-Dec-2013 more

UTS start-up joins fight against antibiotic resistance

UTS ithree institute disease research has led to the formation of a new company, Auspherix Pty Ltd, that will explore the commercial potential of drugs to fight infections caused by bacteria that have become resistant to currently available antibiotics. The company has received a $1m investment from Australia’s Medical Research ... 05-Dec-2013 more

Australia’s future doctors examined for career in medicine

The bedside manner of Australia’s potential future doctors is being put to the test this week at the University of Newcastle and University of New England as candidates compete for a place in the prestigious Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program (JMP). Admission to the JMP is so highly sought that applicants are required to pass ... 06-Dec-2013 more

Coming Event: Where will we source our energy?

A panel of environmental science and energy experts from the University of Adelaide and business will address one of the most critical issues facing humanity – sourcing our future energy needs.   In this special Research Tuesdays Forum on Tuesday 10 December, four panellists will discuss the latest findings and potential solutions ... 06-Dec-2013 more

UC calls for school tales to build ACT’s education history

The University of Canberra is calling for ACT teachers, parents and students to share their school memories as part of a research project to write the history of the last 100 years of learning in the nation’s capital. This Centenary of Canberra project will see stories gathered through a new website [http://centenary.estem-uc.edu.au/ ] ... 06-Dec-2013 more

Regardless of this week’s OP scores, students urged to ‘get a foot in the door’

Students considering post-school study options in 2014 should get a foot in the door, even if they don’t secure a fantastic OP score. That’s according to CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman who said there are still plenty of options, pathways and windows of opportunity. Professor Bowman said CQUniversity ... 09-Dec-2013 more

Is there a smart energy utopia?

An RMIT University seminar and book launch will explore questions of how smart energy technologies are being woven into everyday life (Thursday, 19 December). Smart Utopia? aims to provoke thought about how “smart energy” is being connected to our daily lives and how these technologies and initiatives may evolve. The two-hour ... 09-Dec-2013 more

Survey shows people too vague about farm animal welfare to make a difference

A comprehensive national survey shows many Australians have not visited farms, have a shallow knowledge of modern animal production and are vague about the key animal welfare considerations. Consumers generally do care about animal welfare safeguards, yet they don’t actually spend more at the supermarket to ensure these ... 09-Dec-2013 more

DVD resource offers strategies for children’s challenging behaviours

A new DVD is set to help early childhood professionals develop effective strategies for working with children who may be at risk of challenging behaviours. Developed by the Special Education Centre at the University of Newcastle, the DVD titled On The Same Page - Social and communication strategies to support young children with challenging ... 11-Dec-2013 more

Uni of Adelaide invites all to Carols on Campus

Over a thousand will flock to the University of Adelaide’s Bonython Hall on Wednesday 18 December to welcome in the festive season at the annual Carols on Campus celebration.    In the tradition of ‘Carols from King’s’ at Cambridge University, the free community event will feature a full academic procession, ... 11-Dec-2013 more

Australia forged military muscle in key battles of 1943

When it comes to remembering World War 2, Australians are obsessed with the tragedy and triumph of the Kokoda Trail. But it was other military campaigns that turned the tide of battle against the Japanese, says an ANU military historian. Dr Peter Dean from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Strategic and Defence Studies ... 11-Dec-2013 more

Caution to pregnant women on red meat diabetes link

Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant can make use of the summer holiday season to adjust their diets and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute.   The recommendation comes at a time when there is increasing evidence to suggest that red meat ... 13-Dec-2013 more

Unified approach to bonus points for all three South Australian universities

The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia have this week announced two new joint bonus points schemes for students studying in 2015 and applying for entry in 2016 which will replace all existing bonus schemes operated by the universities. The first of these, the SA Universities Equity Scheme, to be ... 13-Dec-2013 more

Unique survey highlights need for Australian aid reform

Australia spends more than $5 billion a year on foreign aid, but reforms are needed to improve aid effectiveness, according to the first ever survey of Australian aid workers and experts. The 2013 Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey – released yesterday by the Development Policy Centre at The Australian National University – takes ... 13-Dec-2013 more

Aussies could be flying high with help from study loans

Australians keen on a career in aviation could soon be flying high with help from study loans. CQUniversity has recently developed a new articulation agreement with Australian Wings Academy (AWA), giving students the chance to complete a Diploma of Aviation course through AWA followed by an Associate Degree of Aviation via the ... 16-Dec-2013 more

Uni of Adelaide supports New Colombo Plan

The University of Adelaide has announced its strong support for the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan, saying it that it would add significant weight to the University’s ambitious internationalisation plans.   The University of Adelaide’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Kent Anderson, has been ... 16-Dec-2013 more

Commonsense prevails on national licensing

The President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, Peter Bushby, applauds the decision by COAG to can the proposed National Occupational Licensing Scheme reform in favour of a sensible and workable solution. “Australia’s 118,000 real estate professionals are happy that COAG has delivered them an early Christmas present. The ... 16-Dec-2013 more

Graduation time for RMIT

More than 3,000 graduating students, alumni and staff in academic gowns and mortarboards will parade down Swanston Street from RMIT to Federation Square today (10am-11am), with more than 7,000 guests and supporters lining the route. The colourful and vibrant annual RMIT University Graduation Parade will be followed by Australia's biggest ... 18-Dec-2013 more

Christmas and New Year holidays – experts

The following experts from the University of Adelaide are available to speak with media:   Road safety Road safety over the Christmas holidays – Fatigue – Young drivers Professor Mary Lydon, Director, Centre for Automotive Safety Research Mobile: 0427 792 594   Retail, consumer behaviour Consumer ... 18-Dec-2013 more

Christmas experts: Talent and tinsel from the UC tree

Santa’s helpers at the University of Canberra have seasonal story ideas wrapped up and ready to go. Christmas lunch Nutrition lecturer Gabrielle O’Kane can help with ways to create a sustainable seasonal spread when planning your Christmas menu; how to limit the diet damage by indulging without going overboard; and what you ... 18-Dec-2013 more

Media Alert: Expert available for comment on pet training and obedience

Expert available for interviews - Scott Donald Scott Donald, Australia's leading dog trainer, has trained dogs for movies, provided personal security for the Pope and Royalty and has trained over 10,000 working and family dogs for over 30 years. Scott's 'SOX Method' of dog obedience training has been so successful, it has ... 19-Dec-2013 more

Debate continues on impact of artificial sweeteners

New research from the University of Adelaide has added to the debate about how our bodies respond to artificial sweeteners and whether they are good, bad or have no effect on us.   In a study published in this month's Diabetes Care journal, researchers in the University's School of Medicine and the Nerve-Gut Laboratory have ... 20-Dec-2013 more

Popular websites among the riskiest: UC cyber experts

Some of Australia’s favourite websites are also those that pose the greatest privacy threat, a new index created by University of Canberra cyber security experts has found. In an Australian first, the University’s Centre for Internet Safety has produced the 2013 Australian Online Privacy Index to rate the websites most visited by ... 20-Dec-2013 more

Remote monitoring of sparks on power lines

An RMIT University PhD research graduate has initiated a real-time detection system for Partial Discharges on overhead power line insulators, to prevent bush-fires. Dr Sahan Fernando, from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT, has invented a detection technique to monitor electrical discharges that can result in ... 20-Dec-2013 more

UC holiday media contacts and expert suggestions

Wednesday 25 December - Wednesday 1 January UC Shutdown Campus-wide The University will be closed from Christmas Day and re-open on Thursday 2 January. For urgent media enquiries during the shutdown period: 25-28 December, Ed O’Daly: 0408 829 618 29 December to 1 January, Claudia Doman: 0408 826 ... 23-Dec-2013 more

Emergency vet service for Christmas and New Year

The University of Adelaide's emergency veterinary services – for pets, production animals and horses – are available during the Christmas and New Year period.   Based at the University's Roseworthy Campus, the Veterinary Health Centres operate a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emergency (ambulatory) service for production ... 23-Dec-2013 more

A tree falls - forever

In a new study just published in the journal Biological Invasions, ecologists at Sewanee: The University of the South and James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, have documented the loss of yet another major tree species from North American forests. Redbay (Persea borbonia) joins the ranks of chestnut, hemlock, and American elm as a ... 23-Dec-2013 more