Showing posts from March, 2015

State-of-the-art recording studio launched at the Melbourne VCA and MCM

On March 27, the new Brian Brown Recording Studio was launched by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus—home to the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA and MCM).

Funded by Creative Victoria, the upgraded facility will allow for large-scale live recordings incorporating high-end technology and a range of new teaching, research and community engagement activities.

With low-latency HD video monitoring, the facility will also allow musicians in a variety of spaces to record and communicate with adjacent teaching spaces and internationally via audio and video link.

Director of the VCA and MCM, Professor Su Baker, said the studio was named in honour of the eminent Australian jazz musician Brian Brown OAM (1933–2013), who established the jazz and improvisation course at the VCA in 1980.

“The studio was originally developed by Brian Brown some thirty-fve years ago an…

Griffith civil engineering student building strong foundations in Mumbai

Traveling from the sheltered western world to Asia’s poorest slum, fourth-year Griffith Civil Engineering student Giovanni Rapana put down his iPhone, rolled up his sleeves and got to work. With the assistance of the Industry Affiliate Program and a Griffith University Scholarship, Giovanni completed a six-week project in the Shivaji Nagar slums of Mumbai, India.

Working with a research based urban development company, Giovanni participated in a project investigating the structure of the slum’s concrete foundations in an attempt to find low-cost alternatives that can better survive the harsh conditions. He gained new knowledge on construction techniques and the subsurface profiles of slum areas. The program offered Giovanni a fantastic opportunity to explore the world and his field.

The Industry Affiliate Program (IAP) is a work-integrated learning program that is tailored for placing undergraduate and postgraduate students into relevant industries. It provides students th…

UQ Pharmacy research: cane toads potentially lucrative export in cancer fight

Wait before you whack that toad. Not only is it frowned upon to kill cane toads inhumanely, but the amphibian’s venom could be worth a bucket-load.

That’s the message from the UQ School of Pharmacy’s Dr Harendra Parekh, who is exploring how cane toad venom can be used to fight cancer.

“People are killing cane toads by the millions for free, but it’s potentially a very lucrative export market for Australia with the Chinese being extremely interested in naturally derived health products,” Dr Parekh said.

“The Australian cane toad is very similar to the Asiatic toad, whose venom has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

“We already have several companies interested, as the Chinese value Australian toads because of the environment they enjoy here.”

Dr Jing Jing, former PhD student at the University of Queensland discovered that cane toad poison could kill cancerous prostate cells while sparing healthy cells.

“However, before we can take it to market, we need to impr…

University of Melbourne DPT prerequisites

The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy and physiology taught at the first-year level, or equivalent. For the two courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students’ courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy and human physiology) have not been previously assessed, you are strongly recommended to have your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page ( You may check the courses you have taken to date by click…

UQ medical stars light up new Academy

Researchers from the University of Queensland feature prominently in the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, launched last week in Canberra.

UQ’s Professor Ian Frazer is president, and UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward  is an executive member. Nine UQ researchers joined them as new fellows.

The academy brought together the nation’s leading minds in health and medicine, Professor Frazer said.

It would provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and research in Australia.

Professor Frazer said Australian health and medical science was among the best in the world.

“The Academy will assist in mentoring the next generation of researchers to ensure we remain at the forefront of evidence-based medical practice.

“Academy fellows have mapped the genetic basis of epilepsy, provided a treatment that has the potential to stop rheumatoid arthritis in its track…

University of Sydney supports Human Rights Commission campaign

The University of Sydney renewed its pledge to support the Human Rights Commission’s “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign, which is designed to encourage Australians to reflect on their own role in countering racism.

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner and university alumnus, Tim Soutphommasane, spoke at an event held on campus last week to celebrate the university’s commitment to the campaign and to promote respect and tolerance on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the university was committed to strengthening inclusion and celebrating diversity.

“The University of Sydney values and respects the social, cultural and linguistic diversity of our academic and student community,” Dr Spence said.

“Our campuses reflect Australia’s vibrant multicultural communities, with students from more than 134 different countries studying at the university.”

Dr Spence said the university’s support of the Human Rights Commission’s “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign was…

New creative director for Griffith Film School LiveLab

Griffith Film School’s commercial student enterprise LiveLab is set for greatness, with the appointment of a new Creative Director – British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Royal Television Society (RTS) award-winning producer, Richard Fabb.

Richard comes to Griffith University with more than 25 years of industry experience.

His experience includes 10 years working on Channel 4 News as Producer and Foreign News Editor in the United Kingdom. While there he won an RTS Award for a short film on the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.

Richard has also made a number of documentaries for broadcasters including Channel 4, CNN and RTS.

His first long form film, Young Nazi and Proud, won a BAFTA, an Indie Award and was shortlisted for an RTS and Grierson Award. In Australia Richard has worked principally for Andrew Denton’s production company, Zapruder’s other films, but has produced programs for a range of broadcasters, including the ABC, SBS, Channel Seven, Chann…

Sydney veterinary students go batty in Centennial Park

On February 20, Sydney DVM students ventured to Centennial Parklands for an immersive learning experience aimed at increasing student understanding of the interconnectedness between human, animal and environmental health (One Health One Welfare).

During the day students rotated through five stations, all strategically located within the Parklands:
Equestrian Centre (actual site of equine influenza outbreak in 2007/08) – students discussed the response to an emergency animal disease and the responsibility of veterinarians in reporting unusual cases of diseaseCentennial Parklands Dining (hub of human activity in the Park) – students listened to prerecorded audios of different cultural attitudes towards animals (Australian farmer, indigenous Australian, Chinese Australian) and reflected on their own motivations for working with animalsFederation Pavilion (dog off-leash area) – students discussed the meaning of responsible pet ownership, the benefits of walking dogs in public …

University of Sydney shows strong leadership in new national academy

Researchers from the University of Sydney feature prominently in the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, which was launched this week by Australian Federal Health Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP.

The Academy brings together the nation’s leading health and medical science experts, and will play an important role in the health and medical sciences policy landscape in Australia.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said, “The establishment of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science would continue to build on AustraIia’s world-leading medical research sector.”

Sydney Public Health School’s Professor Louise Baur and University of Sydney Medical School Professor Anushka Patel have been honoured as Council members, and 19 leading researchers from the university and its affiliated institutes join them as new Fellows.

The Academy will provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical pract…

FROZEN creator to visit the University of Newcastle

Chris Buck, the Academy Award winning animator, screenwriter and director of Frozen will make an exclusive appearance at the University of Newcastle at the end of April to share the secrets of innovative creativity.

UON Director of Creative Innovation, Jeff Julian says that Buck’s visit is another major step in restructuring the entire creative industry locally. Newcastle is redefining itself: moving from a coal and industrial city to a university and cultural hub.

About Chris Buck Watching Disney’s Pinocchio as a child, Buck was inspired to explore animation. In 1978, Buck joined Disney as a character animator. Working on classics such as Tarzan and Pocahontas, Buck’s work stretched from animator, to screenwriter to director.

In 2008 Buck returned to Disney after a stint at Sony, and as part of his pitch, Buck suggested an animated musical feature based on “The Snow Queen”—and thus Frozen was born.

Chris Buck will be speaking at an innovative session at University of Newcastle…

Griffith Business School team $1m Hult Prize regional final

A team of Griffith University business students is a step closer to $US1 million and a meeting with former US President Bill Clinton after advancing to the regional finals of the sixth annual Hult Prize.

Hailing from the School of Government and International Relations in the Griffith Business School, the team comprises Australian Postgraduate Award recipient Brad McConachie; Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Awardees Chris Eigeland and Janna Mallon; and New Colombo Plan Scholar Elise Stephenson.

The Griffith team is one of 250 selected from more than 20,000 applications from 500 colleges and universities in 150 countries. Other host cities are Boston, San Francisco, London and Dubai.

The world’s largest student competition, the Hult Prize is partnered with President Clinton and his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is an innovative crowd-sourcing platform striving to solve the most pressing global social challenges. Student teams compete to secure $US1 million …

UQ leads Australia in science research

The University of Queensland leads Australia and excels globally in two critical measures of science research excellence associated with the prestigious journal Nature.

As well as being Australia’s number one in Nature’s index of research publications, UQ scores nearly twice the global average for the proportion of its publications in the gold standard journals Nature and Science.

The Nature Index tracks author affiliations, institutional relationships and contributions to articles published in 68 of the world’s absolute prestige science journals.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the result was testament to the excellence of UQ researchers and it underscored UQ’s current position as the leading Australian university for research income.

“UQ has many excellent researchers who bring about benefits that improve the daily lives of individuals, families and entire communities,” Professor Høj said.

“The Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine, …

Monash Law team wins international mediation award

A team from the Monash Faculty of Law has won the award for Best Mediation Plan at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Competition, held in Paris last month.

The team, consisting of Belinda Anderson (undergraduate student) and Alyson Gale (JD student), and coaches Anne Sutherland-Kelly and Naomi Burstyner from the Faculty of Law, claimed the prestigious award ahead of a field of 500 participants from 67 universities and more than 40 countries.

From the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI), the two coaches brought significant expertise to the team, with Ms Sutherland-Kelly an experienced commercial and human rights mediator, teacher and senior fellow at ACJI, while Ms Burstyner is a mediator, negotiation skills teacher and senior researcher at ACJI.

The competition consisted of four preliminary and four final rounds of commercial mediations, where students were expected to apply their skills and knowledge of negotiation and collaborative practice…

The search for Australia’s saddest beach

A unique nationwide competition was launched on March 21 to identify Australia’s saddest beach.

The beach found to be in the worst condition will win a visit from a team of coastal experts who will help the local community transform it into a Happy Beach.

The driving force behind the Happy Beaches competition is Griffith University student Naomi Edwards. A Gold Coast local, Naomi holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Master of International and Community Development.

More recently her research has turned to beach happiness through an Honours project that investigates the use and value of community knowledge in coastal management.

“Happy Beaches is about connecting experts from a range of coastal environmental disciplines with communities who need help managing beach issues,” Naomi said.

“By providing communities with the information they need, we will hopefully inspire and enable them to transform their beach from sad to happy. And at one location, we will come and h…

JCU expands into Townsville’s CBD

James Cook University is expanding its presence in Townsville, celebrating the opening of its innovative, multi-use campus in the heart of the city.

The nearly 1000-square-metre Townsville City Campus is a three-storey, teaching, engagement and student services centre located in the City Arcade development.

Speaking at the March 16 launch, JCU’s Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the campus’ opening is a milestone in the growth of the university.

JCU is proud to be expanding into the heart of the city. We’ve wanted to be in Townsville’s CBD for a long time and we are so excited that we have found such a wonderful location.”

“This campus provides fantastic facilities for learning, teaching and engagement with the broader community, and it will help revitalise Townsville’s CBD,” Professor Harding said.

Townsville’s Mayor, Councillor Jenny Hill officially opened the campus. She said it’s another exciting step forward in the revitalisation of the CBD.

“I congratulate …

Melbourne engineering researchers develop micro-filters for clean water

Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering in conjunction with CSIRO, have developed new membranes or micro-filters that will result in clean water in a much more energy efficient manner.

Published recently in the journal Advanced Materials, the new membranes will supply clean water for use in desalination and water purification applications.

Sandra Kentish, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering said that up until now, there has not been a way to add chlorinating agents to water to prevent biological growth in the desalination process.

“Such biofouling has been a major issue to date, but the new membranes have the potential to lead to a more economic desalination operation,” she said.

For the Melbourne School of Engineering professor, the availability of fresh water for drinking, irrigation and industrial use is one of the grand challenges of this century. Energy efficient water purification has the potential to improve the lives of …

Griffith University Gold Coast gets digital wall

The Griffith University Gold Coast campus will boast its first outdoor LED video wall following construction on the project this month.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the Gold Coast campus, Professor Ned Pankhurst, said the video wall will greet students, staff and visitors as they enter the Gold Coast campus from Parklands Drive.

“This video wall is an exciting addition to our Gold Coast campus and will act as a dynamic platform to welcome visitors and VIPs, as well as engaging current students and staff,” said Professor Pankhurst.

“Displays on the video wall will celebrate the activities of the Griffith community, through showcasing student achievements, highlighting the efforts and accomplishments of staff and furthering our reputation as a world-class university.”

The six metre by four metre high resolution and weatherproof LED Digital Screen and audio system will sit outside G11 Learning Commons and display images, video and webpages, as well as live streaming…

New global education role for Monash Dean of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been chosen to lead the International Pharmaceutical Federation Education Initiative (FIPEd) Steering Committee.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is a non-governmental organisation in official relations with the World Health Organization.

FIPEd brings together all of FIP’s education actions and its purpose is to support the reform of pharmacy education so that there will be sufficient and competent pharmacists everywhere in the world.

Professor Charman was selected by the FIP Bureau at its meeting in the Netherlands on March 19, and will take office as the Steering Committee chairman on Aug.1.

Professor Charman, said that although the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) has achieved much since its inception, the next five years will be critical to building on its many succes…

MCAT 2015 dates

Are you considering applying to Australian Medical Schools? Then you’ll probably want to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). 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.

Graduate-entry medical programs from Griffith Medical School, Melbourne Medical School, UQ Medical School, Sydney Medical School and Monash Medical School require applicants to sit a medical admission test such as the MCAT.

Keep the score release dates in mind when you are registering. For most medical schools, you will need to have your MCAT score at the time of application.

Admin and Score Release Dates
April 17 – June 16April 18 – June 16May 22 – June 30June 19 – July 21June 20 – July 21July 17 – August 18July 18 – August 18August 5 – September 8August 6 – September 8August 21 – September 22August 22 – September 22September 3 – October 6September 11 – October 1September 12 …

Pre-departure webinar for Bond University students

You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where we come in.

Bond will be starting its Doctor of Physiotherapy program this May. OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish, so that means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we’ve decided to hold a pre-departure webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6 – 8 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 6  – 8 p.m. (Ontario time)
Venue: Online

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle an…

What is the Sydney Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management?

FAQs – Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management degreeWhat makes this degree different from other degrees offered in wildlife studies?
You will learn by doing. All teaching is centred on field, laboratory, or computer-based ongoing research activities the results of which will have real-world outcomes. This degree is based on units of study which provide intensive field study sessions.You will be taught by world renowned experts who are actively involved in the field, including experts from government, academia, and private industry.Because of the very small class size, you will receive an education that is tailored to your interests.You will be studying in one of the most ecologically diverse and beautiful areas in the world.Upon completion you will have a comprehensive set of tools for managing wildlife populations, these skills will provide you with job opportunities in government, the not-for-profit sector and the private sector or opportunities to enter PhD pro…

World recognition for Griffith University finance degrees

From Griffith… to Wall Street.

It’s a dream that could very well become reality for Gold Coast businessman Andrew Hack. He is among the first students to enrol in one of Griffith University Business School’s new postgraduate finance degrees, which have just been recognised by the world’s biggest finance professional designation.

Two postgraduate programs—Master of Finance and Master of Finance and Investments—have been admitted into the prestigious CFA Institute’s University Recognition Program, the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.

Andrew hopes that having a postgraduate degree of such calibre as the Master of Finance and Investments will not only assist him with his CFA exams, but also give him an advantage in the job-seeker market once he moves to New York.

After successfully running three Gold Coast retail businesses, he now wants to move into the field of investment banking.

“Globally, and particularly in Australia, employers are requiring a …

University of Newcastle kicks of 50th Anniversary celebrations

The University of Newcastle kicked off the beginning of a year of celebrations on March 20 to mark its 50th anniversary.

A 1965 Ford Thames truck—the recreation of an iconic image from one of the university’s ’60s autonomy day parades—provided an extraordinary stage near the Great Hall for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, and Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, to address the crowd.

“We’ve come a long way since the campaign for autonomy, and throughout 2015 we will be celebrating with our students, staff and the community, who have played a pivotal role in our history and who are key to UON’s future,” Professor McMillen said.

“Our university’s success is the result of the energy and spirit of a remarkable community and we thank them for the world-class university they have helped to build over 50 years.”

In 1965, the University of Newcastle started with 1,700 students and 140 academic staff, and it has grown significantly from those modest beginnings. Today, UON is a…

Monash researchers inducted into Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Two Monash University researchers are among 22 outstanding women who have been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women this year.

Victorian Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson announced the 2015 inductees at a special ceremony at Federation Square on March 11.

“This year, we honour twenty-two women who have helped shape our state. By celebrating their work, we’re sending a powerful message about gender equality,” she said.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, and Dr Jacqueline Boyle, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, were inducted into the Roll.

Professor Mitchell said: “In medicine, we continually strive to make society fairer and better by dedicating ourselves equally to the care of every patient, and by conducting research aimed at eliminating disease and suffering.

“It is an honour to be recognised for the part I play in this as the head of a faculty where young health pro…

New management for JCU veterinary hospital

James Cook University has announced a new management arrangement for its veterinary hospital, with management services to be provided by Greencross Limited.

Founded in Townsville in 1994, Greencross is now Australia’s largest network of veterinary practices.

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU, said the new arrangements would ensure the teaching hospital’s sustainability and expand the opportunities available to students.

“We will continue to operate under the name JCUVet, but we’ll have the business acumen of Greencross behind us,” he said.

Professor Wronski said the new arrangements promised significant benefits for veterinary science students.

“Our students will have access to a wider range of placement opportunities and clinical cases across the Greencross network, which extends from Cairns to Adelaide,” he said. “They will also benefit from further training in the financial expertise that’s essential to runni…