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Monash Engineering PhD student wins Three Minute Thesis finals

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PhD student Tridib Saha has emerged the victor of the Monash University Three Minute Thesis finals.

After taking part in numerous heats and faculty finals, the student, from Monash University Malaysia and the Faculty of Engineering, wowed judges at the Monash finals Sept. 19, with the summary of his work on the possibilities of harvesting electrical energy from vibrations.


After defeating over 200 fellow Monash PhD students, Mr Saha will now compete against 30 other PhD students from universities across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in the transnational Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) finals at the University of Western Australia on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Mr Saha who started his PhD in Engineering in December 2012, after graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honors) in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, decided to take part after encouragement from his supervisor, Dr Ramakrishnan from the Monash School of Engineering.

“Research can …

University of Sydney teacher education students learn about stuttering in schools

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Final-year teacher education students at the University of Sydney will be schooled on the importance of early intervention and the treatment of stuttering as part of program to help prepare them for the classroom.

Researchers from the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences hosted an education forum to deliver knowledge about stuttering to future teachers, to raise their awareness about the prevalence of speech disorders, and to arm them with advice about how to help students who stutter.

Associate Professor Ann Packman from the university’s Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) said the aim of the forum was to build early professional relationships between teachers and speech pathologists and help equip teachers to support students who stutter.

“Approximately one per cent of school students stutter, so it’s very likely that at some point during their career a teacher will be confronted with how to support a student in their classroom with this problem,” Associate Profess…

Melbourne study shows older Australians going online for better dental health

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Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of ageing according to researchers in the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne.

That is the clear message coming from a new online learning program to help older Australians maintain and improve their oral health, and keep their natural teeth.


Older adults have been identified by public health agencies as a group highly vulnerable to poor oral health, including dental decay, gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer.

Loss of natural teeth often leads to problems with eating and speaking, and further problems in the mouth.

But researchers say that, armed with some basic oral health knowledge and proven techniques for looking after teeth and mouths, older Australians should expect to maintain healthy, natural teeth into older age.

The new web-based oral health education program is a series of 10 interactive tutorials developed and trialled by researchers.

Project leader Associate Professor Rodrigo Mariňo said the people who …

UQ recognises law students’ voluntary work in the community

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The University of Queensland (UQ) Pro Bono Centre acknowledged the work of community spirited law students at an awards ceremony this past August.

Certificates were presented to 98 students who participated in pro bono community legal projects during 2013 and 2014.

Director of the UQ Pro Bono Centre Monica Taylor said the students uphold a core value of the legal profession by undertaking voluntary work which makes a difference to society.

“This event is an opportunity for us to recognise the immense work of our students who are responding to unmet legal need in our community through their pro bono legal work,” Ms Taylor said.

“Through the Centre, UQ students are able to apply their emerging legal skills, including legal research and writing, to a range of areas such as community legal education, law reform and legal casework.”

Ms Taylor said the event inspired other UQ law students to get involved in the centre’s activities, and also provided an opportunity for the students …

UQ plans new student housing complex

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Students at the University of Queensland will have greater choice in quality affordable accommodation, with plans for two new sustainable housing developments on the UQ St Lucia campus by 2018.


Two sites are being considered for the proposed Student Housing Project, both on the university’s campus—a vacant block on Walcott Street and an adjacent block on Hood Street.

UQ Chief Operating Officer Maurie McNarn said the university was seeking an innovative design for a high-quality student housing precinct, and had called for expressions of interest from architectural firms and head contractors.

“We will select up to six architectural firms to participate in a design competition during October, with the successful architect and contractors likely to be appointed in December.”

He said the housing precinct would offer students quality accommodation at a reasonable price.

“The objective is to make optimal, sustainable use of the two UQ campus sites to promote a cohesive sense of c…

James Cook University State of the Tropics in the running for top green award

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The landmark State of the Tropics project is in the running for a prestigious sustainability prize, emerging as a finalist for one of the coveted Green Gown Awards.

The Green Gown Awards Australasia recognise and reward universities and other tertiary institutions for their sustainability actions and initiatives.


Led by James Cook University, the State of the Tropics project is a ground-breaking initiative that brings together leading research institutions from across the world’s tropical regions to answer the simple question: is life in the Tropics improving?

Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, launched the project’s first major report in Yangon in June. The project is a finalist in the “Social Responsibility” category.

James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding said the nomination reflects the quality and breadth of the State of the Tropics project.

“The State of the Tropics is more than a research project. It delivers important contemporary data which sho…

Cate Blanchett receives honorary doctorate from Macquarie University

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Actor Cate Blanchett has received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from  Macquarie University, Sept. 25, recognising her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community.

The award was presented to Blanchett in a morning graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Human Sciences.

“It is a privilege to be addressed by one of the world’s greatest actors this graduation day,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor S. Bruce Dowton.

“Many of the students graduating today will feel great affection for Cate Blanchett, having grown up watching her in some of the most iconic films of their childhood and adolescence, and benefitting from her many contributions to our national conversation.”

Born in Melbourne, Blanchett graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992. She appeared in several Sydney Theatre Company productions and Australian TV shows, before making her international film debut in 1997 with her role in Paradise Road.

In h…

Melbourne Engineering and IT jumps nine places in QS Rankings

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The University of Melbourne has maintained its position as number 1 in Australia for Engineering and Technology in the latest QS World University Rankings by Faculty.

The latest announcement has seen Engineering and IT at Melbourne jump by nine places internationally, up from number 32 to number 23 in the world.

Overall, the University of Melbourne is currently ranked 33 in the world according to QS, and is the top ranked Australian institution for research citations.

The latest rankings success follows on from last month’s announcement of the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities results, which placed Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne at number 44 in the world, the first time the discipline had been ranked within the top 50 in that ranking system.

Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne is also ranked number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world according to the Times Higher Education Rankings for 2014. Earlier this year, QS  ranked Melbourne…

Bond ramps up entrepreneurial program with launch of Bond Business Accelerator

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Bond University has ramped up its entrepreneurial portfolio with the launch of a second program for young business start-ups.

Bond Business Accelerator is offering six teams of budding entrepreneurs with innovative business start-up ideas the opportunity to win $5,000, receive expert mentoring and also take part in a tour to Silicon Valley in the US later this year.


The new program, which is open to Bond University students and graduates, will be run in collaboration with the Start Up Really Fast (S.U.R.F.) accelerator run by local not-for-profit Silicon Lakes. The Bond Business Accelerator is funded by the Bond Faculty of Business.

Bond Business Accelerator Program Manager Tres West said the initiative was a structured commercialisation program coupled with expert mentoring, networking and pitching opportunities.

He said the collaboration with Silicon Lakes’ S.U.R.F. provided participants with exposure to experienced mentors, access to their commercial start-up program and …

Environmental scientist Tim Flannery joins University of Melbourne

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One of Australia’s most highly regarded environmental scientists, Professor Tim Flannery, will join the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as a Professorial Fellow.


Professor Flannery said he was delighted to join the University of Melbourne in this role where he could further contribute to research and engagement on issues of sustainability and climate change.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing human beings on the planet. I’m pleased to take up the appointment to continue to push frontiers and move forward in dealing with climate change,” said Professor Flannery.

“The research I am planning to undertake at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute will focus on what is needed to renew and replenish the Earth’s ecosystem,” he said.

Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, said Professor Flannery’s appointment was an outstanding addition to the university community.

“Professor Flannery’s scientific and policy …

University of Sydney vet studies link between pet abuse and domestic violence

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Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Pathology Resident Dr Lydia Tong has shown vets how to tell the difference between bone fractures caused by accidents and those caused by abuse.

Pet abuse and domestic violence are closely linked. Dr Tong’s fracture identification methods are giving vets the added confidence to identify cases of violence against pets and could serve as a warning of domestic violence.


Now, in a new study with Domestic Violence NSW, Dr Tong, from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science, is looking deeper into the connections between animal abuse and domestic violence to assess the need for better services to protect both human and animal victims.

“Around seventy percent of women escaping violent homes also report pet abuse,” Dr Tong said. “So vets are often the first to see evidence of abuse in a family, when they treat injured pets.”

“Different forces on bones can tell a story—the skeleton of an animal keeps a distinct record that indicates the force app…

University of Newcastle student living

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The University of Newcastle's exciting new residential development on the Callaghan campus is nearing completion, and students will soon have the chance to be one of its first residents, with applications for 2015 set to open on Oct. 1.


Take a virtual tour of the new facilities: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/uon-student-living/uon-student-living

Due for completion later this year, the four multi-level residences will boast 336 self-catered apartments and almost 800 beds, and is the largest accommodation build undertaken by UON since the construction of Edwards Hall in 1972.

A home for University of Newcastle students from across Australia and around the world, UON Student Living provides a student experience like no other. The development of the four new apartment blocks will see capacity to accommodate students almost double.

The accommodation project aims to address the shortage of contemporary and affordable student housing in the Hunter region, while …

About Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery

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The Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery offers high-quality degrees in a vibrant and supportive learning environment to prepare students for a rewarding career in health care. The school offers courses across three campuses: Berwick, Clayton, and the Peninsula. These include undergraduate (single and double-degrees), honours, postgraduate courses, and PhD studies.


Programs, developed in collaboration with the school’s professional partners, are responsive to the needs of the nursing and midwifery industry and engaging for students.

Monash University Nursing School’s popular postgraduate courses prepare students for advanced general and specialist practice and can be tailored to suit individual career aspirations. Academic staff enjoy an international research profile in areas such as education in nursing, palliative care, mental health, emergency care, midwifery and paediatrics.

Why study Master of Nursing Practice? If you’re not happy with the direction your…

New law professors to join Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year

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Six outstanding new law professors will be joining Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year.

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans says that the new staff members were selected from a very wide pool of applicants and will bring a diverse range of areas of expertise and experience to the law school.


“Our new academics have trained at some of the world’s leading institutions including Oxford, Yale and Stanford. They have demonstrated the highest quality of scholarship and a deep commitment to teaching excellence,” says Professor Evans. “We are looking forward to welcoming them next year.”

Inbar Levy
Inbar is a graduate of Hebrew University and Oxford University where she earned a BCL and is currently completing her DPhil.  Inbar is qualified in both law and psychology and brings these two disciplines to bear in her research on civil procedure.

Inbar has won numerous awards including the Modern Law Review Doctoral Scholarship and has also spent time at Columb…

University of Sydney expert: expect more deadly pandemics

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Australia should upgrade its infectious disease control capabilities by adopting a US-style Centers of Disease Control, according to a University of Sydney Medical School expert who warns that the world will see more frequent epidemics.

“Despite our advancing ability to fight infectious disease epidemics and rapidly identify the microbes that cause them, we should expect new and more frequent epidemics as human populations get bigger and better connected,” says Professor Eddie Holmes, who spoke at the University of Sydney's 21st Century Medicine Series on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

“When humans made the shift from hunter-gatherer to an agricultural society they created the first big opportunity for the rise and spread of infectious diseases in humans,” says Holmes, an evolutionary biologist who has studied viruses and other microbes for more than 20 years.

“As we settled in large villages and began living closely with farming animals we optimised the conditions for viruses and…

UQ Pharmacy online seminar tonight

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UQ Pharmacy School’s Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 24, specifically for students who are interested in the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland.

UQ Pharmacy School Online Seminar Details This webinar will be designed to give students more detailed information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, the UQ Pharmacy School and its state-of-the-art facilities, placements, graduate outcomes, and credit transfers.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)

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About Credit Transfers Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and …

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair in Montreal

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On Wednesday, October 8, OzTREKK will be hosting a Study in Australia Fair for everyone living in the Montreal area!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in Australia? Would you like more information about studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, and physiotherapy in Australia?

Please join us for this upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair! This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. Come meet our Australian university representatives and ask as many questions as you wish about the program that interests you. All eight of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be there to help!

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Room 302, Shatner Building, McGill University
Map: http://tiny.cc/McGillShatnerBldg Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. At the fair, you will be able to meet all Australian university staff and learn more about their
universitiesprograms availableprogram entr…

UQ celebrates rising stars at Women in Technology awards

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Two University of Queensland early-career researchers have been recognised by their peers for their promising medical and technology research at the 17th annual Women in Technology (WiT) awards ceremony.

Dr Irina Vetter, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and UQ School of Pharmacy, won the WiT Rising Star Award for her research to understand the causes of pain and develop new treatments for the one in five Australians living with chronic pain.


“Pain is something we have all experienced, and usually we expect this pain will go away—but this isn’t the case for those living with chronic pain,” she said.

“Chronic pain also has a huge impact on the community, and together with my colleagues in IMB’s Centre for Pain Research, we are working to put it on the national health agenda,” she said.

Dr Helen Huang, from the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, won the WiT Infotech Research Award for her contribution in the field of big data manageme…

James Cook University wins national teaching and learning awards

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James Cook University is again toasting its success, winning a clean sweep of national teaching and learning awards.

JCU is one of two Australian universities to win all of the six possible Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.


The Deputy Vice Chancellor for the Division of Academic and Student Life, Professor Sally Kift said it’s an outstanding result for JCU to receive the maximum number of awards.

“It highlights the passion, commitment and excellence of our dedicated teaching staff and confirms JCU's leadership position in the sector in learning and teaching.”

The Office for Learning and Teaching awards the citations to recognise excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to student learning.

Citations recognise and reward the impact that each of our dedicated teachers has had both in their discipline and on our students’ experience of their learning. The Citations showcase our many new and exceptionally innovative approaches to learning …

Join us at the Study in Australia Fair, Carleton University!

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Each fall we travel across Canada to meet with Canadian students interested in pursuing their career dreams in Australia. We bring the information to them, making it easy to access the answers needed when considering studies in Australia.

Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Are you curious about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? OzTREKK will be visiting Carleton University on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 for our annual fall OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair.

Carleton University
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University
Map: http://tiny.cc/CarletonU Come meet with representatives from
Bond UniversityJames Cook UniversityMacquarie UniversityMonash UniversityUniversity of MelbourneUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Sydney This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their universities, programs, entry …

Macquarie linguistics PhD candidate to attend 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

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Macquarie Linguistics PhD candidate Alexandra Grey has been selected from 200 young Australian professionals, entrepreneurs, and students, to attend the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue, a youth-driven bilateral conference to take place this November in Beijing.


After being shortlisted following her written application in July, and finally selected after an interview in September, Alex and a small number of emerging Australian leaders will spend four days meeting with young Chinese counterparts and a series of established diplomatic, corporate, academic and civil society leaders from both countries.

“The ACYD’s invited speakers are diplomatic, business and academic leaders I would not have access to otherwise. To be able to speak with them in small groups during workshops is bound to be thought provoking,” said Alex.

“I am especially looking forward to learning from the other young Australian and Chinese delegates, because they come from such an array of specialties. I…

New UQ telehealth centre a boon for rural and remote Queenslanders

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Queensland has claimed a knockout blow against the tyranny of distance in health care with the recent opening of the University of Queensland’s Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth.


UQ Centre for Online Health Deputy Director Associate Professor Anthony Smith said the telehealth centre would focus on delivering health services to remote and regional areas, connecting city-based specialists with patients across the state.

“More than a million Queenslanders live in remote and regional areas, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from a health clinic or access to a medical specialist,” Dr Smith said. “Telehealth, which links clinicians with patients with health services, using techniques such as videoconferencing and email, will connect people living in remote places with specialist services not readily available in rural and remote areas.”

Dr Smith said the centre would support collaboration between research teams working to develop capacity in telehealth for everyone in Qu…

Study in Australia Fair at the University of Ottawa

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We’ve got great news for everyone living in the Ottawa Valley area!

On Tuesday, October 7, OzTREKK and all eight of our Australian universities will be hosting the Fall Study in Australia Fair at the University of Ottawa. If you’ve ever wondered about studying at another university—in another country—don’t miss this event!


Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible. Come visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

University of Ottawa
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Atrium, University Centre, University of Ottawa
Map: http://tiny.cc/OttawaU Chat with Australian university representatives to find out more about the programs that interest you. Find out more about accommodation, scholarships, and accreditation processe…

Sydney Pharmacy making a difference for people with diabetes

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Staff from the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy welcomed more than 200 alumni and guests at the sold-out “Under the Scope: Dinner for Diabetes Research” in August 2014, highlighting the work of our leading researchers.

“The Faculty of Pharmacy has a long-standing interest and national and international reputation in diabetes research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical and translational research to offering diabetes health services in community pharmacies,” said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy.


“It is here at the University of Sydney that we are leading the innovation in diabetes research.”

The evening served to celebrate the faculty’s latest research breakthroughs and developments, such as Associate Professor Thomas Grewal and his team’s world-first discovery of a link between cholesterol and wound healing, a major health issue for diabetic patients. Guests also learned about the work of Professor Ines Krass and her team’s community health services initiative, and…

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at Queen’s

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Every Fall, we invite our select Australian universities to join us in Canada for our OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs in order to showcase the exceptional programs and schools in Australia that are available to Canadian students. Since Australian university representatives only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event!

This year, we will be visiting Queen’s University on Monday, October 6, 2014 to give Canadian students the opportunity to learn more about their program options at Australian universities.

All eight of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will attend the fair at Queen’s, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise hundreds of students and their parents of their study options in Australia.

Event Details
Queen’s University
Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Outside, Corner of University Avenue & Union Street (Outside JDUC), Queen’s University
Map: http://tiny.cc/QueensUni

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and f…