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John Dewar appointed new Vice-Chancellor

September 5, 2011

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Taking La Trobe into the next phase of its development:    La Trobe University has appointed Professor John Dewar as its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Dewar takes up the post in January from Professor Paul Johnson who goes on to lead the University of Western Australia. Professor Dewar was educated at Oxford University in the UK […]

Understanding cell death in plants

September 5, 2011

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Researchers tracks down genetic ‘hit squad’ to improve agricultural production: It sounds a bit like Underbelly, but you won’t find it on television… This particular drama unfolded in the lab of La Trobe University plant biologist Professor Roger Parish, and is featured in a recent issue of the international scientific journal, The Plant Cell, published by […]

Bronze Age tombs yield important finds

September 5, 2011

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Field research in Cyprus has involved hundreds of La Trobe students:   As part of international research into life – and death – in the Bronze Age, La Trobe University archaeologists are about to have their work published by the Department of Antiquities in Cyprus. The book features results from a three-year study by Dr Jennifer Webb […]

Alumni Awards for achievement

September 5, 2011

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La Trobe honours six of its finest graduates: They’ve skied to the North and South poles, set up the nation’s largest aid agency for asylum seekers, and created an international biotechnology company lauded for its life-saving TB diagnostics. They run a $17 billion industry superannuation fund, are helping build a billion dollar synchrotron in the […]

La Trobe adds new courses to iTunesU

September 5, 2011

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More than two million University podcasts already downloaded : Five La Trobe University subjects are now available free of charge to anyone wishing to download through the University’s growing presence at La Trobe on iTunesU. The subjects are from courses including History of Children’s Literature, Web Publishing for Journalists and Australian Environmental History. The podcasted lectures […]

Malaria researcher finalist in ‘People’s Choice’ award

September 5, 2011

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Genes targeted for potential new-generation drugs:   Alex Maier chose Australia as the best place to further his studies seeking a cure for malaria – a disease that kills more than one million people every year, most of them children. This year the former German scientist was chosen as Victorian finalist in the highly contested […]

Arsenic threat: Bogong Moth gets the ‘all clear’

September 5, 2011

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They made world headlines as intruders at the Sydney Olympics – and attacked Parliament House during a visit by former US President, George Bush…. They then gained additional notoriety when found to have arsenic levels that appeared to threaten endangered Alpine wildlife – and possibly even humans. Now, after a three-year study, Australia’s Bogong Moth […]