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Does the age of human settlement in Victoria rival that of Lake Mungo?

February 21, 2014

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While many Australians were heading to the beach during the mid-January heatwave, La Trobe archaeologist Dr Jillian Garvey was undertaking an archaeological dig west of Mildura in outback Victoria. The dig is part of a six-year project led by Dr Garvey at Ned’s Corner Station and in the Murray-Sunset National Park close to the South […]

New method for detecting early signs of autism goes global

February 20, 2014

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In a breakthrough technique  embraced across the world, La Trobe psychologist Dr Josephine Barbaro has determined a way to diagnose autism in babies as young as 12 months. She has developed an accurate set of ‘red flag’ markers of the condition, which include a failure by babies to make consistent eye contact, to smile, show […]

Survey adds 30 new species to Antarctic marine life

February 19, 2014

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More than thirty new species of Antarctic marine life have been been discovered by a seven-nation scientific team that included La Trobe University Geneticist Dr Jan Strugnell.  The species, so far still unclassified, were found in the Amundsen Sea off Pine Island Bay, one of the least explored areas of the Southern Ocean. Dr Strugnell […]

Study reveals potent new anti-cancer protein

December 5, 2013

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Cornering the market for Southeast Asian gac fruit in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray helped a La Trobe University doctoral student come up with one of the most promising proteins yet in the global quest for new drugs to halt the spread of breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer. Pedro Quimbar, working with colleagues at […]

Developing ‘sniffer’ bugs and pig face to save our soils

December 4, 2013

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In our increasingly industrialised world good farmland is fast becoming a limited resource.  To help remedy that, La Trobe scientists are harnessing two of nature’s most common life forms – bacteria and plants – to track down toxic contamination and clean up the soils we have polluted. Lara Bereza-Malcolm is training harmless bacteria as ‘sniffer […]

Psychology embraces La Trobe work on ‘New Statistics’

December 2, 2013

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The world’s largest scientific psychology organisation from next year will encourage authors in its highly influential global scientific journal Psychological Science to use what for them will be a radically different statistical method to report their research findings. The move by the Washington-based Association for Psychological Science (APS) to embrace the ‘New Statistics’ follows the […]

Award for key role in crop science industry collaboration

November 27, 2013

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Dr Yolanda Gaspar, from the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), has won the prestigious 2013 CropLife President’s award for her contribution to Australia’s $1.5 billion plant science industry. The award was presented at the 2013 CropLife National Members’ Forum at the Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 21 November. CropLife is an industry body […]