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 […]

Viruses help clean up wastewater

December 6, 2011

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Researcher tackles foam and bubble troubles that bedevil water authorities – Research results by a La Trobe University microbiologist are being trialled by three of Australia’s largest water authorities. The aim is to decrease the impact treated sewage has on the environment and human health and improve the recycling of urban and industrial waste water. […]

Innovative research wins national health awards

December 6, 2011

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La Trobe University has won nearly $2 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council to further investigations into major health issues affecting Australians. The researchers – Dr Julie Atkin, Dr Adam Walker, Dr Diana Stojanovski, Professor Michael Ryan, Dr Lisa Amir, and Professor Hylton Menz – are all leaders in their fields. Professor […]

Probing the mechanisms of motor neurone disease and dementia

December 6, 2011

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Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one of the few people who have survived Motor neurone disease.  Almost paralysed, he has lived with the disease for about 50 years, trapped in a failing body. A group of closely related disorders, motor neurone disease affects the nerve cells controlling muscles in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in […]

New siblings for health care robots

December 6, 2011

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Matilda and Jack, NEC’S renowned communication robots based at La Trobe University, have welcomed two new siblings into their family.   Prior to arriving in Australia the new robots , Charles and Sophie – named after Charles La Trobe and his first wife Sophie – spent eighty days travelling the world receiving modifications including an increase […]

Forging stronger partnerships with India

December 6, 2011

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Building on traditional links with India that go back to the opening of its Library by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1968, La Trobe University has strengthened its association with India. It has just signed Memoranda of Understanding with three leading Indian Institutes – Delhi Technological University, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and […]

Rare plants win new friends

December 6, 2011

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New Scanning electron microscope allows expansion of forest data base – For most people the Box Ironbark forests of Central Victoria’s gold fields conjure up images of tall trees and tough timber for railway sleepers. But for La Trobe University scientists Katherine Legge and Sabine Wilkens, it’s the small and delicate things that count in […]

Let’s hear it for Fido friendly cities

December 6, 2011

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‘We know pets improve people’s well being’ - Australia – with its increasing number of single person households and rising mental health costs – could create a better and more harmonious society by redesigning its cities to make them more pet friendly. La Trobe Associate Professor in Psychology, Pauleen Bennett, recently helped launch the University’s […]

Australian perspectives on gay marriage

December 6, 2011

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Four La Trobe University academics have contributed to a new book— Speak now: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage—sharing personal stories, reflections and essays. More than thirty writers explored the legacy of the 2004 changes to the Australian Marriage act in the book which included a foreword by former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, who received […]