Showing posts from January, 2016

University of Melbourne “Rapid Feedback” app for student learning

A new app created by learning specialists from the University of Melbourne will enable teachers to assess and provide helpful feedback in real time as students deliver oral presentations.

The Rapid Feedback app was developed by Professor David Shallcross from the Engineering Learning Unit and Antoinette Mendoza from Computing and Information Systems, to provide students with individual and immediate feedback on their work.

The app was originally developed to assess oral presentations but there are plans to repurpose it to provide feedback on dental, physiotherapy, nursing and music examinations.

“It will be adapted for a range of practical subjects,” Professor Shallcross said.
“We are also planning to translate this into other languages starting with Mandarin.”

Assessors are able to grade student presentations across different criteria. They can then select as many or as few pre-written comments as they like from an in-built library that addresses more than 160 common issues.


University of Sydney scholars named among world’s most influential scientific minds

Six University of Sydney scholars have been named among the world’s most influential scientific minds in a new analysis of thousands of academic papers by Thomson Reuters.

The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 report is based on the number of cited research papers an academic published from 2003 to 2013.

It identifies the best and most influential scholars from among the world’s estimated nine million researchers who publish upwards of two million papers each year.

The report also includes a ranking of the “hottest researchers” whose recently published papers were cited at extraordinarily high levels over a short period of time.

Highly cited scholars were assigned to one of 21 main specialty areas, based on a majority of the specific journals in which they published their highly cited papers between 2003 and 2013. The large, populous and active life-sciences fields of Clinical Medicine, Biology and Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology and Genetics were prolific …

Bond International Student Scholarship

The Bond University International Student Scholarship applications for students wishing to commence September 2016 are currently open!
Bond University aims to offer the best and brightest students from around the globe, with tuition remission scholarships based on academic merit, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements. The International Student Scholarships are a testament to Bond University’s commitment to quality and outstanding international students. These scholarships are available to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements.

These scholarships will award up to 50% tuition remission. Please note that the deferral of a scholarship will only be granted in extenuating circumstances, such as illness, family bereavement or essential overseas travel. Scholarships will be awarded at the university’s discretion.

Available to all international students…

Study applied linguistics at the University of Queensland

Linguistics—the scientific study of language—explores how humans communicate by examining the relationships between structure, meaning and context. By studying linguistics at the University of Queensland, you’ll discover how we learn language and use it, change it, share it. You’ll also analyse the social and historical contexts in which various languages are or have been spoken, to understand what distinguishes each language from another. These courses encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of how sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), signs (semiotics) and meaning (semantics) can create or confound communication success.

Why study Applied Linguistics? Applied linguistics provides a strong understanding of concepts, current issues and research methods in the core areas of applied linguistics. Students will acquire specialised knowledge of theory and practice in targeted areas of language teaching, technology, and sociolinguist…

Water key to cooling Australian cities

A group that comprises Australia’s top water experts has welcomed a federal government plan to make cities greener and cooler.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), which includes researchers from universities across Australia and experts from local and state governments, and water utilities and private industry, welcomed the plan announced in Sydney by acting Cities Minister Mr Greg Hunt.

The Centre’s acting chief executive officer, Professor Jurg Keller from the University of Queensland, said water played a key role in making cities and towns more livable.

“Heat waves are an emerging urban health crisis, and greening our cities helps reduce the problem,” he said. “Trees and green parks need water. They save energy, improve our comfort and foster a social and active lifestyle, so greening our cities is critically important for our well-being.”

Professor Keller said the CRCWSC was a well-connected, national research centre, and was keen to work …

Jaime’s adventures in Oz: Sydney!

So, what’s new?

I can’t remember exactly where I left off but Sydney has been great! The students are amazing. Everyone is very friendly and really keen. The breakfast was quite busy and everyone seemed really happy to be there.

My favourite part of the OzTREKK Orientation was as the University of Sydney's Chris Lawrance and I were greeting people in the Sancta Sophia lobby, a girl walked in with her parents. I told them to go ahead and they could grab some food. They didn’t want to bother her and I told her that some other parents were sitting at a “parents” table. She turns back to them and holds up her hands and says, “Dad, I think I need to do this alone.” It was so adorable!

I then walked out with two parents back to the street and they were both raving about Adam and Sarah (one dentistry and one medicine student) and all the support that OzTREKK provides to parents and families. So, thank you, both (and Nic, who works behind the scenes)!

A funny thing: Chris asked…

UQ veterinary school looks after baby koala recovering from eagle attack

Baby koala “Bob” was only 8 months old when he was scooped up in the talons of a hungry wedge-tailed eagle and taken for a flight.

But the furry 500-gram fellow struggled and fell to the ground, where he was lucky to be spotted by two early-morning walkers who sought help at the University of Queensland Small Animal Hospital, at the UQ School of Veterinary Science.

Associate Professor Dr Bob Doneley from the centre’s avian and exotics team said the koala was now recovering well in the hands of an experienced carer, who had named him “Bob.”

“The koala came to us very depressed and lethargic. He wasn’t eating and had several bleeding puncture wounds in his armpit, with a lot of bruising and swelling around them,” Dr Doneley said.

“X-rays of his chest showed that, while there was some swelling in there, his lungs were intact.

“We treated him with intravenous fluid, antibiotics and painkillers.”

After a long sleep, Bob woke more responsive and started to eat special critical care …

University of Melbourne academics receive Australia Day 2016 honours

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis has paid tribute to members of the University community named in this year’s Australia Day honours.

Nine academics have been recognised for their contributions to academia and the community across a broad range of fields, including molecular biology, psychiatry, osteoporosis research, genomics, pain management, history and social science.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis congratulated those who received Australia Day honours.

“The university community is always very proud of the achievements of our staff, students and alumni,” Prof Davis said.

“On behalf of the University of Melbourne, I congratulate all who received recognition in today’s awards. Such honours celebrate hard work and national contribution. This is a day to accept the accolades of a grateful community.”

Officer (AO) in the General Division
Professor Marilyn Anne Anderson, Honorary – BioSciences – Principle Fellow, School of Botany, since 1995. For …

OzTREKK student featured in JCU Medical School video

One aspect of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program JCU Medical School is proud of is the large amount and quality of clinical experience students get both in classes and while working in health-care settings.

Former OzTREKK student and now current JCU MBBS student Reuben George is featured in a recent JCU video, and he agrees that the early clinical exposure is one of his favourite things about the program.

This begins with the Clinical Skills program from Year 1 when students start to learn the skills required by medical practitioners including medical history taking and physical examination, practical skills such as vital signs, injections and suturing and communication skills. Clinical Skills are taught in small-group sessions.

JCU Medical School is blessed with a wonderful and large group of highly trained volunteers who act as simulated patients and who are part of the fabric of the medical program. Students will learn both through examining eac…

UQ engineering student named Young Australian of the Year

Selfless work creating change for homeless people has propelled a University of Queensland student to be named Young Australian of the Year

Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce student Lucas Patchett and business partner Nic Marchesi established Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile clothes-washing service for the homeless.
The pair jointly won the prestigious national award at the Australian of the Year Awards in Canberra on Jan. 25, where winners were announced in four categories.

Mr Patchett and Mr Marchesi were announced as the Queensland Young Australians of the Year in November. At that time, Mr Patchett said he was shocked to receive the state awards.

“I’ve been blown away by the support we’ve been getting and seeing how generous people are,” Mr Patchett said.

Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 when the two best mates converted an old van into a mobile laundromat which they drove around Brisbane.

Last year they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland …

Macquarie Graduate School of Management ranked number one in Australia

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has once again been ranked Australia’s top business school according to the Financial Times (FT). The School has also improved its global ranking, moving up 12 places to #56 worldwide.

MGSM is one of only three Australian business schools to make the prestigious top 100 along with the UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and Melbourne Business School (MBS). All three schools improved their positions in the rankings this year with AGSM moving up 9 places to #66 and MBS moving up 3 places to #87.

Professor Alex Frino, Dean MGSM, said, “Australian schools should be proud of their performance as a whole. Education continues to be an important export for Australia and results like this improve the country’s reputation overall.

“Over the past year, MGSM has experienced the effects of this boost firsthand. Since entering the rankings, we’ve had 50% plus growth in international enrolments. Perhaps more importan…

Jaime’s adventures in Oz: Melbourne

Hi, everyone!

I have heard it’s crazy busy in the office but that you’re all staying afloat! I hope you’re doing well, though, and are able to share a little in the excitement of the 2016’ers!

Anyway, I wanted to provide a little update on the last few days for you. I kind of imagined that I was going to be able to write detailed emails about each day but a few days I’ve been absolutely pooped and just basically do emails and give up. In exciting news, though, I am sleeping like an absolute champion. I think I am probably awake for 90 seconds before I’m out. Then I wake up around 5:30 (which is pretty usual for me) feeling just grand. And, Julie knows very well that does not happen back at home. I’ve become a terrible sleeper. In any case….

So, where did I leave off?

Well, late Monday I arrived in Melbourne and basically went to bed (I think I got in around 11 p.m.). I woke up and wanted to drive around to make myself more comfy with the whole signal thing before I have a gr…

Bond Physiotherapy researchers seek heel pain sufferers for plantar fasciitis trial

A Bond Physiotherapy School research team is looking for Gold Coast locals suffering from heel pain to take part in an upcoming study into the effectiveness of strength training in treating plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is characterised by sharp heel pain that most intense first thing in the morning.
This study, led by Bond University’s Head of Physiotherapy, Dr Wayne Hing, and prominent Gold Coast sports physiotherapist Richard Newton, was prompted after a recent review (Latey et al, 2014*) indicated a significant association between foot muscle weakness and painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

The team is looking to recruit participants who are suffering from heel pain to examine their intrinsic foot muscle (toe flexor) strength, pre- and post-six-week toe walking / toe running program.

As part of the study, research participants will receive a 15-minute initial assessment including intrinsic foot muscle strength measures and a detailed toe walking / …

Natural born killers: is warfare in our bones?

Skeletal remains of a group of hunter-gatherers massacred around 10,000 years ago are raising questions about humankind’s propensity for warfare.

The fossilised bones of the Stone Age victims were unearthed at Nataruk — 30km west of Kenya’s fossil-rich Lake Turkana – and are believed to be the earliest scientifically dated historical evidence of human conflict.

The new Director of Griffith University’s Research Centre of Human Evolution, Professor Rainer Grün, was part of the Nataruk research team led by the University of Cambridge’s Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies (LCHES).

The site was discovered on the western side of Lake Turkana in 2012 when researchers found the partial remains of 27 individuals, including at least eight women and six children.

Of these, 12 skeletons were relatively complete and 10 revealed clear signs of violent death, including extreme blunt-force trauma to crania and cheekbones; broken hands, knees and ribs; arrow lesions to the ne…

Celebrate Australia Day—in Canada

January 26 marks the national holiday, Australia Day. Yep, pretty much the same as Canada Day—but Australian (duh). Instead of our red and white, they use green and gold.

Australia Day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honors list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.

For North America, Australia Day falls in the middle of winter. But never fear! Th…

Sydney architecture students give street vendor shelter a design makeover

The humble street vendor cart and shelter that lines the streets of many Asian cities and is a key driver of local economies will get a design makeover by Australian and Indonesian architecture students this month.

A group of students from the University of Sydney Architecture School and Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung – ITB) in Indonesia are taking part in a two-week international exchange to redesign the imposing structures that are widely found on the streets of Indonesia.

Indonesian native Dr Rizal Muslimin, one of the organisers of the exchange who lectures in architecture at the University of Sydney said, “While street vendors provide goods and services to the local community, their temporary carts and shelters often become permanent fixtures that cause major congestion and cleanliness problems. Yet street vendors are a vibrant part of the local culture and an important driver of local business,” said Dr Muslimin.

Eight architecture studen…

Monash Medical School student wins Young Australian of the Year award

Monash Medical School congratulates Robert Gillies of Monash University’s Central Clinical School for being awarded Young Australian of the Year 2016.

Undertaking three university degrees simultaneously, leading an orchestra and playing for a number of sporting clubs would leave most people exhausted, but not Robert Gillies. He’s also found the time to devote himself to social enterprises that make a difference to some of the most vulnerable citizens.

When he’s not studying for his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, his Master of Public Health or Diploma in Philosophy, Robert can be found helping those experiencing homelessness. A co-founder of Conscious Creative Incorporated, Robert is determined to change negative attitudes towards homelessness through his charity clothing store ‘HoMie’.

As Executive-Director of Yarra Swim Co, Robert is reviving the historic ‘Race to Princes Bridge’ and leading the push for a swimmable Yarra River. He’s worked as an HIV researcher…

Melbourne JD students prepare for Melbourne Law School Jessup Moot

Melbourne Law School’s Jessup Moot team knows there is still much hard work to be done between now and the national championship to be held in Canberra in February next year.

Without skipping a beat, the team consisting of Juris Doctor students Shane Chandra, Rachel Walters, Luke Chircop, Tess Kirkinis and Beau Paterson finished exams in November and immediately began preparing for the world’s largest mooting competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

It involves long hours, six days a week, researching, consulting with academics and forming arguments to accompany their submission, which is due in January.

Recently, the team was given the opportunity to have lunch with former Deputy President of Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Lord David Hope, who was at MLS to deliver a public lecture.

Lord Hope examined a number of problematic UK legal cases with the students in a thought provoking and entertaining discussion, including cases involvi…

Monash Department of Occupational Therapy

Diversity is the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and groups to assist them to overcome the limitations and restrictions that are caused by illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. They are employed in organisations and communities to address the barriers that prevent people’s participation in accessing their community in ways that impact on their health and well-being. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, so long as they have an occupational performance issues related to engagement in productive, self-care or leisure activities.

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years

Application deadline: Monash has a general application deadline of October 31 each year; however, candidates are enco…

Why study veterinary science at the University of Queensland?

Since the first intake of students in 1936, the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland has achieved a sustained record of excellence in teaching and research across the veterinary disciplines.

As one of the largest veterinary science groups in the southern hemisphere,  its diverse group of academic and clinical staff contribute to animal science, health and welfare through innovative, practical research, advanced veterinary services and successful industry partnerships.

It graduates self-reliant, independent and highly capable veterinarians who possess the initiative and problem-solving abilities required for success in the veterinary industry.

The expertise and dedication of its staff contribute to the delivery of an internationally accredited degree utilising teaching and hospital facilities that exemplify the latest clinical technologies and evidence based practices.

The five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree is globally accredited by three …

Sydney pharmacy researcher receives funding to develop therapeutic alternatives

The Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates Professor Kim Chan and his research collaborators on being awarded funding for the project titled “Harnessing Bacteriophages as Natural Predators to Combat the Superbugs: A Pulmonary Drug Delivery Approach.”

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded approximately US$5 million in funding for 24 research projects including Professor Chan’s. The funding seeks to develop non-traditional therapeutics for bacterial infections to help address the growing health threat of antibiotic resistance.

The award to Professor Chan and his team will provide support for two years’ research, with the possibility of three additional years of funding.

“The discovery, development and deployment of antibiotics have transformed medicine; however, microbes continually evolve and become resistant to these lifesaving drugs,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.


A new approach to Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney

Students enrolled in education degrees at the University of Sydney now have the opportunity to enroll in new Indigenous Studies units of study offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The new Indigenous Studies major was launched at Info Day in 2016 and units of study offered within it will be of particular interest to students wishing to qualify as Aboriginal Studies teachers.

Demonstrating the university’s commitment to Indigenous participation, inter-disciplinary scholarship and cross-cultural dialogue, the new Indigenous Studies major marks a new era in Sydney’s decades-long commitment to Indigenous education and the emergence of Indigenous Studies as an internationally recognised discipline.

The University of Sydney has a proud history of engagement with Indigenous education and Indigenous Studies.

The new Indigenous Studies major has its roots in the Aboriginal Teacher Aides program that began in 1975 and led to the establishment of the Koori Centre in 1992.