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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 […]

Major gift to study challenges of modern parenting

December 4, 2013

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La Trobe University has received a philanthropic gift of $3.2 million dollars over five years to fund an innovative new research program on the challenges of modern day parenting. The program was launched in November by Natasha Stott Despoja, Deputy Chair, beyondblue and Chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children. The […]

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 […]

Eureka to the Great War: women at historic turning points

December 3, 2013

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Hear the phrase ‘Eureka Stockade’ and chances are you’ll think of burly male miners confronting the local constabulary. But this leaves out half of the participants on the miners’ side of the fence: the women. It’s the story of these women  that is told in a new book by La Trobe historian Clare Wright, The […]

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 […]

Global rankings place La Trobe among leading universities

November 26, 2013

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La Trobe University has been ranked among the top 200 universities globally in the Arts and Humanities and top 300 in Management and Social Science in this year’s QS World University Rankings announced in September. It also rates among the top 200 world universities for the proportion of international staff and students. Vice-Chancellor Professor John […]