Browsing All Posts filed under »Summer Issue 2011«

‘Jurassic Park’ like gene reveals potentially potent new antibiotic

December 6, 2011

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Professor Ben Cocks and a team of fellow researchers have recreated the DNA of an ancestral wallaby gene from 60 million years year ago – a time when Australia was still part of Gondwana. Their work is part of an international quest launched by the Infectious Diseases Society of America to produce ten antibiotics to […]

Research to boost manufacturing, medical and energy sectors

December 6, 2011

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La Trobe scientists receive $3.2 m for national capacity building -   La Trobe University has received more than $3.2 million from the highly competitive Australian Research Council grants scheme to further the work of its leading research teams.   Included in this is more than a million dollars for state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, forging closer links […]

Dangers lurk in new free trade agreement

December 6, 2011

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Australia faces real risks in exchange for dubious benefits from the US brokered Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement which was announced during President Obama’s recent sweep of Australia and the Bali APEC meeting. Lecturer in Australian Politics, Dr Russell Marks, and Research Fellow in Public Health and Human Biosciences, Dr Deborah Gleeson, are concerned […]

Out of Africa: dating our earliest ancestors

December 6, 2011

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La Trobe archaeologist helps estimate the age of African fossil finds - Dr Andy Herries has helped firm up a date of almost two million years ago for a number of South African fossils that made world headlines last year when hailed as some of the most complete early human fossils ever found. He is […]

La Trobe opens Confucius Institute

December 6, 2011

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The University has launched its prestigious Confucius Institute, strengthening China links across the higher education sector, business, government and the community. Set up in conjunction with Chongqing University, the Institute has the support of the Chinese Government as a non-profit public body with a strong focus on Chinese language and culture.  Its first program started […]

Plastic pollution threatens young seabirds

December 6, 2011

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The stomach of fledgling mutton birds, or Short-tailed Shearwaters, on Victoria’s Phillip Island have been found to contain an average of  more than seven pieces of plastic per bird – weighing some 113 mg. This, says La Trobe University’s Dr Mark Carey, may affect the life cycle of this species and their reproductive success, and […]

Investigating Putin’s dark side

December 6, 2011

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A leading authority on Russia, historian Dr Robert Horvath, has received a prestigious federal government ‘Future Fellowship’ worth more than $600,000 for research into state-sponsored nationalism and the ominous rise of militant xenophobia in Russia. Dr Horvath’s Fellowship is part of a series of Australian Research Council (ARC) awards announced in November by Innovation Minister Senator Kim […]