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Bottling precious shark blood to help fight disease

March 1, 2012

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International collaboration evaluates new antibody technology Australian research into shark antibodies that holds out the potential for new drugs and diagnostic agents is a step closer to realising its goal following an agreement with international diagnostic and pharmaceutical giant, Roche. The pioneering work, which has attracted world-wide interest, is based on research led by Associate […]

Australian history: neither fad nor fading

March 1, 2012

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Will our next generation end up knowing enough about the land they live in and what it means to be Australian?  That question has become an early contender in public debate about the possible long-term impact of student course choices under the new demand-driven higher education system. While he admits Australian history may no longer […]

Greener factories, better transport systems

February 23, 2012

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New international high-tech R&D links with India You’re at work and there is a power blackout. So your company’s electrical grid taps into your car batteries.  Along with roof-top solar panels and the energy stored in hundreds of your colleagues’ vehicles, this keeps the wheels of industry turning. It’s a scenario that  one day may […]

Study names Australia’s most threatened landscapes

February 21, 2012

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‘Act early, act local’ to avoid ecological ‘tipping point’ Two La Trobe University scientists are part of a national effort that has helped identify Australia’s ten most highly-threatened environments. A campaign based on this work, launched today, is urging Australians to ‘act early, act local’ to save large tracts of important landscape before they reach […]

Same-sex parents – what happens after separation?

February 20, 2012

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Sociologist Luke Gahan has began a groundbreaking study exploring the experiences of same-sex parents who have children together and later break up. ‘Same-sex parents face many unique challenges both on their way to parenthood and then once they have their children,’ says PhD candidate Mr Gahan. ‘Same-sex couples and parents are not immune from separation, […]

Mick Malthouse takes up mentoring and leadership role

February 14, 2012

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La Trobe journalism and sports management students were the first to meet Mick Malthouse today at the inauguration of his role as the University’s first Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow. The former Collingwood coach has joined La Trobe on a three-year part-time appointment to support Vice-Chancellor John Dewar in areas such as student aspiration and leadership, strengthening schools in La Trobe’s […]

Women’s toilets in Australia – the real story

February 10, 2012

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La Trobe University’s Dr Jan Schapper recently completed a study into signage and writing on women’s toilets in Australia.  The research, published in the international journal, ‘Gender, Place and Culture’, has generated more heat than light in some media reports.  She writes: Many European toilets are shared by men and women. Those countries tend to […]