Griffith Researchers Take Next Step In Covid-19 Vaccine Development



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Mouse model trials will begin shortly on several COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by Griffith University scientists.

Lead researcher Professor Bernd Rehm (above) at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) has spearheaded the development of the platform technology which uses a synthetic version of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) which meansselected virus componentsare assembled by safe microbial cell factories. This allows rapid vaccine design combined with a high-yield bioprocess for mass production of the vaccine. …

University Of Newcastle Researchers Recognized For Their Scientific Contributions



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Two emerging researchers from the University of Newcastle have been announced as winners of the prestigious 2018 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, which recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.

At a ceremony held in Sydney last night, Dr Andrew Gardner and Dr Serene Yoong were honoured for their vast contributions to the scientific field that have benefited the community and shared scientific knowledge with a range of audiences. …

University Of Canberra Researcher Named Recipient Of Humanities Award



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The University of Canberra’s Dr Ana Tanasoca is the joint recipient of the 2018 Max Crawford Medal, Australia’s most prestigious award for early-career researchers in the humanities.

Dr Tanasoca, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, has been recognised for her work around the ethical and political problems that accompany dual citizenship and questions of multiple citizenship.

Dr Tanasoca’s research is captured in a new book,  …

Students Who Are Old For Their Grade More Likely To Go To University



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An Australia Catholic University led study has found that teens who are old for their grade appear to feel more confident about their academic abilities and are more likely to enrol in university than their younger peers.

The study of more than 10,000 Australian students, who were tracked over a decade, was led by ACU researchers Professor Herbert Marsh and Associate Professor Philip Parker at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education and recently published by the Journal of Educational Psychology.    

Perky Pollinators Secure Crops According To Flinders University Researchers



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Researchers have made a discovery that could help respond to the global decline of insect pollinators, and create a future of greater food security.

Hoverflies?have been found to respond to a number of different floral cues in a new study led by Flinders University and colleagues at National Centre for Biological Sciences, India.

Nearly 75% of the world’s crops rely on animal pollination, but nearly 40% of our insect pollinators are facing extinction due to pesticide use, …

Australia’s Jurassic Mysteries to be Unearthed by JCU Researchers



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A long-standing mystery about the geological evolution of the Australian continent could be solved by a new research project.

James Cook University researchers will examine the structure of the Great Artesian Basin – Australia’s most important onshore reservoir for groundwater and hydrocarbon resources.

JCU’s Associate Professor Carl Spandler; Head of Geoscience, Associate Professor Eric Roberts; Emeritus Professor Bob Henderson, and Associate Professor Tony Kemp from the University of Western Australia will undertake the three-year research project, …

Two Macquarie Researchers Achieve Highly Cited Researcher List



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TWO MACQUARIE RESEARCHERS ACHIEVE THE WEB OF SCIENCE 2017 HIGHLY CITED RESEARCHER LIST

Two researchers from Macquarie University, Professor Richard Kefford and Professor Ian Wright, have been named a Web of Science 2017 Highly Cited Researcher, meaning they are among a distinguished group of the most frequently cited researchers in the world.

The Web of Science citation analysis identifies the most frequently cited researchers as determined by the extent to which their papers have supported, …

Children Who Watch Lots Of TV Have Weaker Bones In Adulthood



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Curtin University researchers have found children who spend a lot of time watching television, have poorer and weaker bones in young adulthood which could significantly impact their health in later life.

Lead researcher Dr Joanne McVeigh, Curtin’s School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, said the study examined the TV viewing habits of 1,181 young adults over their childhood and adolescence years and related these to how strong their bones were at age 20. …