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Melbourne environmental researchers determine old trees work faster at storing carbon

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Old trees contribute more to carbon storage than previously thought in a new international study that included researchers from the University of Melbourne.

The study demonstrated that tree growth rates increased continuously with size, and in some cases, large trees appeared to be adding the carbon mass equivalent of an entire smaller tree each year. The significance of this study is that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.

The study was published in the journal Nature. Contributing author, Associate Professor Patrick Baker, an ARC Future Fellow at the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne, said, “Our research shatters the long-standing assumption that tree growth declines as individuals get older and larger; however, the rapid carbon absorption rate of individual large trees does not necessarily translate into a net increase in carbon storage for an entire forest.”

Coauthor, Dr Adrian Das, an e…

Things to do at UQ Gatton Campus

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Students at UQ Gatton enjoy the benefits of a personalized educational experience and the opportunity to study among like-minded peers who share a passion for Agriculture, Animals, Veterinary Science, Food or the Environment.


There are a large number of events that happen on campus that students can get involved in, including Market Day, Walkway Markets, Country Campus Challenge, UQ Gatton Careers Fair, Gatton Fiesta (2nd Semester Market Day), UQ Veterinary Students Association Trade Fair, Charity Week, Diversity Week, Research Week, Teaching and Learning Week and the Gatton Student Association Ball. To keep up to date with news and events follow UQ Gatton on Facebook.

Regardless of your interest there is something for everyone on the Gatton campus, whether it is a sporting or academic interest there are a large number of clubs and societies available to join.
Agribusiness AssociationCattleman’s ClubGatton International Student Association (GISA)Equine AssociationStudent Wildl…

Bond Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

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What do the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Dubai’s Burj Al Arab and Bond University have in common?


On April 2, they’ll all be bathed in blue light for World Autism Awareness Day—along with more than 3,000 landmarks, government buildings, businesses, community centres and private homes in 50 countries on six continents.

On the Gold Coast, Sofitel Hotel at Broadbeach, Skypoint’s Observation Deck at the top of Q1 and the Gold Coast City Council will join Bond University in the worldwide “Light It Up Blue” initiative to show their support of more than 600 local families living with autism.

In partnership with Autism Gold Coast, the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Bond University will also host a community carnival to mark the official light up and the launch of Autism Awareness Day.

“Autism Spectrum Disorders now affect one in 110 Australian children,” said CASD Director, Professor Vicki Bitsika. “It is the second most common developmental disability and yet…

New books for Melbourne Law School Library

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The University of Melbourne has recently purchased a plethora of new books for the Law Library. The new books purchased by the Law Library in February cover everything from Administrative procedure to Drug control—Southeast Asia, and Foreign trade regulation to Wine and wine making—Law and legislation—Australia.


Specially designed over three floors in the Melbourne Law School at University Square, the Law Library is an accessible and easy to use resource for University of Melbourne students. The library has one of the finest legal collections in Australia and an extensive range of online legal resources which can be accessed from the Law Library.

As a city, Melbourne is an exciting hub of cultural, social, sporting and business life. The law school is located only a five-minute tram ride or a 15-minute walk from the city centre, and is positioned right next to the inner-city suburb of Carlton. The school’s contemporary and purpose-built facilities are located adjacent to the h…

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.



The doctor stopped Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

Morris replied with a huge smile, “Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’”

The doctor looked worried. “I didn’t say that. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur. Be careful.’”

Audiology Programs at Australian UniversitiesAudiology is a growing discipline in the health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. Audiology, as a clinical profession, uses applied science to develop and perform precision tests that locate the specific range and frequency of hearing loss, information necessary for implementing an effective recovery strategy. Additionally, audiology identifies and treats dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which can affect one’s balance and…

Melbourne Doctor of Optometry FAQs

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FAQ About the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD) Program
If I want to practice as an optometrist in Canada after completing the Doctor of Optometry (OD) at the University of Melbourne, what do I need to do for registration?According to The Canadian Association of Optometrists website http://opto.ca/, international graduates are considered to be those individuals who have obtained their optometric education from a school other than those accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

International graduates may be eligible to obtain a license or certificate of registration to practice in a province or territory in Canada. International graduates are encouraged to contact the Canadian Examiners in Optometry’s optometric regulator in the province or territory in which they are interested to determine if they are eligible for a license or certificate of registration to practice in that jurisdiction http://www.ceo-eco.org/. International optometry graduates may …

University of Newcastle studies alcohol consumption among university students

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New research from the University of Newcastle shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback program for university students who drink hazardously produced little reduction in consumption.

The intervention, a 10-minute interactive web program, was evaluated in a large randomized trial. The research, published recently in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, was described by the journal editors as “the definitive study in the field.”

The study involved 14,991 students randomly selected from seven New Zealand universities. Over a third of the participants completed an alcohol screening test and 3,422 students who identified with hazardous or harmful drinking were randomized to the web intervention or the control group. The groups were followed up five months later to assess their drinking and related problems.

Students who received the intervention drank seven per cent less alcohol per drinking occasion but did not drink less often or less alcohol o…

UQ says three jobs for every agriculture student

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There are three jobs available in agriculture for each university agricultural graduate, according to the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus Director Janelle Zahmel.


The campus welcomed more than 450 students starting programs in agriculture, animals, agribusiness and veterinary science, as part of orientation.

Ms Zahmel said there had been a strong interest in agriculture courses this year, which reflected the strong jobs market.

“There are currently three jobs in agriculture for each university graduate,” she said. “The increased interest in agriculture is very positive as there are promising career prospects in the agriculture industry with competitive salaries.”

There are several new programs including the Queensland Diploma in Agricultural Technologies and new majors in the Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and Bachelor of Plant and Soil Bioscience.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food SciencesUQ is ranked as the top Australian university and seventh inte…

Where can I write the MCAT?

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The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.


Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. OzTREKK recommends that you visit the official MCAT website for all of the important details regarding the test, including testing dates and locations.

The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Below is a list of some of the major testing centres in Canada. These test sites and addresses are subject to change throughout the year. To know if any of the sites have seats available for a particular test date, or to verify the address of a site for which you are already registered, you must log in to the MCAT Scheduling &am…

Where can I write the MCAT?

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The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.


Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. OzTREKK recommends that you visit the official MCAT website for all of the important details regarding the test, including testing dates and locations.

The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Below is a list of some of the major testing centres in Canada. These test sites and addresses are subject to change throughout the year. To know if any of the sites have seats available for a particular test date, or to verify the address of a site for which you are already registered, you must log in to the MCAT Scheduling & R…

Monash medical researchers find new treatment for asthma sufferers

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A world-first clinical trial is using botulinum toxin (otherwise known as Botox) to treat severe vocal cord dysfunction in patients with asthma.


Vocal Cord Dysfunction is a condition where the vocal cords move in an abnormal, uncoordinated way, causing episodes of severe breathlessness and wheezing. This can be mistaken for a severe asthma attack which fails to respond to conventional asthma treatment.

The research was led by Monash University Department of Medicine's Professor Philip Bardin, who is also Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine for Monash Health, and Dr Malcolm Baxter, ENT Surgeon.

It is a focus on translational research in partnership with Monash University, the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) and Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (PHI). Together, the organizations form the Monash Health Translational Precinct.

The trial involved injecting botulinum toxin directly into the vocal cords of patients with severe asthma that results in …

UQ Business School research reveals secrets of successful charity sponsorship

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With corporate sponsorship of non-profit organizations on the rise, research by the University of Queensland Business School has cast new light on what makes a successful sponsorship, and what leads to public cynicism.

The three-year research project, led by Dr Ravi Pappu on behalf of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, has found that public opinion rested not only on the “partnership fit” but also on the similarities between a company and the charity they sponsor.

The findings will be published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, one of the world’s leading academic marketing journals.

Dr Pappu said the partnership should be seen as logical and should not arouse people’s suspicions of the sponsor’s intentions.

“For example, if a company seen as providing fresh, healthy food sponsors the Australian Red Cross, people can readily see what the sponsor and non-profit have in common,” Dr Pappu said.

“Not only is there a similarity on ‘health’ grounds but it is also a hi…

Hebrew Studies at the University of Melbourne receives generous gift

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The Hebrew Studies will possess Australia’s leading course in Hebrew language and Jewish culture, thanks to a generous gift from a University of Melbourne alumnus on his 95th birthday.

Dr Israel Kipen, who has been involved in Victorian education for more than half a century, has worked closely with the university to form the Dr Israel Kipen Lectureship in Hebrew Studies.


The gift will provide significant ongoing support that will underpin the lectureship in Hebrew Studies within the Program in Jewish Culture and Society—the only one of its kind in Victoria. The lectureship will enable the continued teaching of the Hebrew language and literature, and contribute to the understanding of Jewish history, culture and society at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Kipen migrated to Melbourne from Poland in 1946, following the end of the Second World War. He quickly established himself as a knitwear manufacturer and educationalist, and was one of the founders of Bialik College in 1963. Dr …

UQ opens Indonesia office

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The University of Queensland has further strengthened its Indonesian ties, with the official opening of its representative office in Jakarta on Tuesday, March 25.


Ratu Sovi Arinta (Sovi) has been appointed to the position of Chief Representative (Indonesia) and will oversee the work of the new commission.

UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj led a delegation to Indonesia this week, and said the new office would foster important relationships across research, teaching and professional development, as well as with government, corporate and non-government organizations.

“UQ is proud of our associations with Indonesia’s people and institutions, which have had many positive impacts across our nations and neighbourhood, and beyond.

“The UQ-Indonesia Office—one of only very few UQ bases outside Australia—signifies UQ’s optimism about the future of these relationships, and our confidence in their potential to further contribute to national, regional and global well-b…

JCU Business School student receives scholarship

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A James Cook University international student has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help with his studies in Australia.


Chia Hui Tan, a first-year student in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Psychology course, has received the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship – Business (AISS).

Founded in 1930, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that aims to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning throughout life.

The ACER International Student Scholarship, which is based on the highest score achieved in the International Student Admissions Test, helps support an international student who wishes to study for an undergraduate business degree at an Australian university.

The scholarship, which will be paid over two to three years, will cover Mr Tan’s tuition fees.
Mr Tan said winning the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship was a “lucky b…

Bond researcher takes third place in global genetic research competition

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Bond University researcher and Teaching Fellow, Mark Barash, has taken third place in a global genetic research competition for his research which has the potential to help solve crimes and ancient mysteries.

Run by US-based bioinformatics company, Golden Helix, the inaugural awards attracted more than 50 entries from DNA researchers in more than 20 countries. Their submissions highlighted the extensive array of futuristic research being conducted in this field worldwide, with subjects ranging from humans to animals to fruits and vegetables.

Mr Barash was awarded third place for his investigations into the genetic factors that influence human appearance and facial features. His research has broad applications and could potentially help to solve crimes and ancient anthropological mysteries.

According to Mr Barash, his data is attracting a lot of attention as it open to a wide range of applications in medical, forensic and anthropological sectors.

“Based on my previous experience wi…

Student accommodation boosted at University of Melbourne

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The  University of Melbourne aims to increase substantially the provision of accommodation for its students following its purchase of the former Salvation Army Training College in Royal Parade, Parkville.


The purchase is part of the university’s strategy to provide at least 2,000 new student beds by 2020.

The site comprises an 11-storey tower at 303-305 Royal Parade and five terrace houses at 80-90 The Avenue.

Surrounded by parklands, the sites will provide safe, affordable and good-quality residential student accommodation within walking distance of the Parkville campus.

Once redeveloped, they will provide an extra 200 to 300 beds, potentially by as early as 2016.

The University of Melbourne’s Senior Vice-Principal Mr Ian Marshman said the purchase was in line with the university’s ambition to offer a student experience of unmatched quality.

“Securing these buildings is about more than increasing the university’s volume of student beds. They will support its central educational, …

University of Newcastle NeW Space education precinct

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The University of Newcastle has recently released the early concepts for its $95-million CBD landmark education precinct—NeW Space—creating a 10-storey “vertical” campus that invites the university’s students and the community to learn and explore from the ground floor to the top.

Designed by leading Melbourne firm Lyons Architecture who, with Newcastle innovators EJE Architecture, have developed the contemporary concept that brings the city into the precinct design by joining the community with the campus through social spaces, connecting pathways and active student learning spaces located right on the street front.

The precinct, to be built on the corner of Hunter and Auckland streets in time for the start of the 2017 academic year, will provide facilities for all UON staff and students through digital library services and information commons, and collaborative learning and research spaces; and the Faculty of Business and Law will be located in the city in the NeW Space ed…

Ontario College of Teachers outlines regulation amendments

Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board. If you wish to teach in any one of these locations, you must apply to for certification though the specific provincial or territorial certification board. This stands for all students, whether they have completed their teacher education in Canada or abroad. Upon completion of a teacher education program, you are not automatically certified to teach in a certain province or territory. You first need to gain teacher certification through the province or territory you wish to work in.

If you wish to work as a teacher in the province of Ontario after completing a teacher education degree, you will need to apply for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) before you can teach in Ontario. The OCT will then assess your teacher education degree to make sure your teaching qualifications meet their requirements.

Beginning on September 1, 2015…

Monash Public Health study reveals how to halve the number of deaths from septicaemia

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Researchers from the Australian New Zealand Intensive Care (ANZIC) Research Centre at Monash University have recently released a study that reveals how a bi-national approach to intensive care has halved the mortality of patients entering intensive care units (ICUs).

The study was delivered by Dr Rinaldo Bellomo from the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Belgium, Brussels.

Simultaneously published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study highlights how Australia and New Zealand have reported the lowest rates of mortality for ICU sepsis in the world for the past 10 years.
Sepsis—or septicaemia—is a major cause of patients entering ICUs worldwide.

The study looked at more than one million patients admitted to Australian and New Zealand hospitals from 2000 to 2012. Over this time, the number of patients entering ICUs with sepsis increased from 7.2 per…

Melbourne signs Australian-first agreement with French science agency

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Researchers in France and Melbourne will be more closely connected following a landmark agreement between the University of Melbourne and the Centre de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).


The CNRS, or French National Centre for Scientific Research, is the largest fundamental research organization in Europe. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Melbourne is an Australian first.

The agreement will support a Researcher Visits Program, which will fund three University of Melbourne projects annually over a four-year period to increase research collaboration between the two countries.

Researchers will be eligible for up to $10,000 AUD, with an initial total program budget of $80,000 in place. CNRS will provide equivalent funding for its nearly 12,000 researchers.

Beyond the exchange of researchers between institutions, the agreement will also promote the organization of joint conferences and seminars, joint publication of research results and other scientific …

Engineering and IT ranks first in Australia across four subject areas

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Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.


For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.

Chemical Engineering also maintained its strong rankings position, coming in at 1st in Australia and 16th in the world.

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering also saw a significant jump in rankings, coming in at 1st in Australia and jumping to 17th in the world, up from 25th in 2013.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering also improved its rank, up to number 1 in Australia and 28th in the world, up from 32 in 2013.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Engineering and Information Technology a at the University of Melbourne at number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world.

For the full rankings tables by subject area for 2014, visit the QS Worl…

Sydney Nursing Dean visits Tongan nursing graduation

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Dean of the Sydney Nursing School Professor Jill White recently visited Tonga for a very special event: the graduation of 20 nurses with Advanced Nursing Diplomas in the prevention, detection and management of non-communicable diseases (NCD). The graduation ceremony was attended by Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho.


The group are Tonga’s first qualified NCD focused nurses. They completed the 30-week course in December 2013 and will be stationed at health centres and diabetes centres across Tonga, including all outer island groups.

Their role is to identify patients at high risk of developing an NCD, provide advice, and help those with an already-diagnosed condition to manage their illness. Results from the successful pilot program which began in 2012 in five health centres, provided the basis for up expanding the NCD nurse program.

The Ministry made the decision to create a new cadre of nurses dedicated to NCD because these diseases are so widespread in Tonga. NCD such …