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  • Poor academic performance linked to texting and social networking
    The widespread use of media among university students - from texting to chatting on mobile phones to posting status updates on Facebook - may be taking an academic toll, say researchers with The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.
  • We always knew we were smarter
    If primary school students engage in science for just 10 hours/year, their standardised test scores in maths and language arts improve.
  • How to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers
    Across Australia and New Zealand and much of the world there is a growing shortage of science, engineering, technology and mathematics graduates. How to inspire students to pursue these subjects in their post-secondary education is challenging educators globally. Microsoft commissioned two surveys with Harris Interactive to try to gain insight about what can better prepare and inspire students to pursue post-secondary education in STEM subjects.
  • Scientists embrace business
    Communication, project management and commercialisation skills combined with advanced scientific knowledge can create a degree that is the scientific equivalent to an MBA.
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  • Bring back bucket chemistry
    Science is losing popularity as a tertiary education destination. Would putting some fun and adventure into the subject at school reverse this trend?
  • Research training in Australian universities
    A parliamentary report into research training has found that attracting and training the next generation of Australian researchers is being hampered by inadequate funding.
  • ARC grants hairing for success
    The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, Round 2, for funding in 2008 has resulted in funding for 208 of the 487 proposals. A hair examination protocol for forensic scientists is just one of the successful projects.
  • Promoting science
    You can't just wake up one morning and decide to go for that job as a scientist. You need some qualifications
  • Patent mapping and technology licensing
    Australia is a net importer of intellectual property rights. A question that all people who invest in intellectual property should ask is "Are you paying too much?" The answer to this question in many cases is "Yes!"
  • New era in scientific debate for Australia
    Industries and sectors wait with baited breath for revolutionary new policies to be announced, increases in spending to be determined and any policies that the old government had planned can generally be assured of being tossed out the window
  • Creative solutions alleviate cost and performance pressures
    The need to save money and improve performance at the same time is providing added impetus to the development of laboratory and analysis solutions
  • Planning for technology change
    How effective LIMS software design can leverage evolving technologies to reduce risk and improve ROI. As the commercial LIMS marketplace evolves and matures, it continually faces the challenge of technology change
  • Now is not the time to pause in the fight for increased research funding
    On 10 March 2006, the Treasurer, Mr Peter Costello, announced the Productivity Commission's review of public support for science and innovation in Australia
  • Does your lab have it all?
    What's New Magazines and Science Industry Australia Inc (SIA) invite entries to the Laboratory of the Year competition. All new or renovated laboratories completed and occupied between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2004 are eligible to enter
  • Getting good science students
    In the next couple of weeks the main rounds of university place offers will be made. Anecdotally I hear that the number of high school students choosing a science degree as their first preference has dropped again. Why?
  • Secret science business
    Open sharing of information is a basic principle of the scientific process, but it is well known that secrecy has become a fact of life in academic science
  • Protecting intellectual property in collaborative environments
    As products become more complex, firms need to collaborate more with each other and also with their clients to be able to deliver new more capable systems
  • The human side of science: what is the archetypal researcher personality?
    Are there some personalities that are better suited than others to a scientific career? To provide insight into this issue, The Science Advisory Board created the first-ever psychological profile of life science researchers
  • Growing the Australian science industry
    The Science Industry Action Agenda is a joint initiative of Science Industry Australia Inc. (SIA) and the Commonwealth government, aimed at maximising the future growth and development of the science industry in Australia
  • The why and how of getting your lab accredited
    Accreditation confirms and recognises your laboratory's competence to perform specific types of testing. Accreditation also allows you to determine whether your laboratory is performing its work correctly and to appropriate standards
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  • TecQuipment engineering education products
    TecQuipment designs, develops and manufactures a comprehensive range of products for engineering education.
  • Laboratory management course
    The New Manager program is a comprehensive and accelerated course designed to assist managers in developing their skills of self management and managing the performance of others. It covers the breadth of people management skills and introduces participants to practical tools and strategies.
  • Training courses
    Ardent Scientific training courses are taught either on site or at off-site venues and consist of PowerPoint presentations, animations of chromatographic processes, workshops and advice for improvements.
  • Safety awareness for laboratory practitioners
    This one day workshop is designed to provide basic coverage of all important aspects of the safety function in laboratories. It deals with the general aspects of safety common to all kinds of laboratories using the AS 2243 Safety in Laboratories. This course stresses the importance of preventive measures and sets out the organisation of safety techniques, emergency procedures and first aid.
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  • Professorship to revive palynology in WA
    Oil and gas companies Chevron and Woodside, alongside The University of Western Australia (UWA), are launching an international search for an expert who can breathe new life into the discipline of palynology in Western Australia.
  • IFCC certifies EKF Diagnostics point-of-care analyser
    Global diagnostics company EKF Diagnostics has announced that its Quo-Lab HbA1c point-of-care analyser has successfully achieved International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) certification.
  • Grace granted Australian patent for flash chromatography technology
    WR Grace & Co has announced that the Australian Patent Office has granted a patent related to the company's Reveleris flash chromatography system. The patent concerns the use of evaporative light scattering detection (ELSD) with flash chromatography, which is a key component of the Reveleris flash chromatography system.
  • Patent protection for TAL effector technology
    Life Technologies has announced the issuance of a patent covering nucleic acids encoding transcription activator-like effector nuclease fusion proteins (TALENS) and the formal launch of an associated sublicensing program.
  • New workforce development service will help SMEs improve their competitive edge
    A Manufacturing Workforce Development Service (MWDS) has been formed to specifically work with manufacturing SMEs to support and help them access the Australian government’s National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF).
  • UWA becomes a global online classroom
    The first free online courses in arts and science are about to be offered at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with US internet-study pioneer Stanford University.
  • Opportunity to work with world-class scientists at summer school
    Southern Cross University’s 2013 Science Summer School gives undergraduates or recent graduates the opportunity to team up with one of the university’s leading researchers to undertake a short science-based project over four weeks.
  • Grace announces additional patent notices of allowance for flash chromatography technology
    WR Grace & Co announced today that the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted three additional notices of allowance related to the company’s Reveleris flash chromatography system.
  • Exciting new science for Australian primary schools
    The Australian Academy of Science’s science education program for primary schools, PrimaryConnections, released 10 new units last week, fully aligned to the national science curriculum.
  • Education reform needs stronger science focus, says La Trobe Chancellor
    With higher education undergoing profound change - reflecting challenges in environmental degradation, food security, emerging diseases and more - La Trobe University Chancellor Adrienne E Clarke AC has called for urgent action to boost Australia’s scientific understanding and awareness.
  • ASTM program provides compliance evidence
    A program sponsored and administered by ASTM International - the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity - will be a major benefit to suppliers, by verifying to their customers their conformance with ASTM test methods.
  • UTS institute adds momentum to MRCF
    A collaborative effort by medical research teams to commercialise new research is gaining momentum with the addition of the ithree institute at the University of Technology, Sydney.
  • International Food Safety Training Laboratory opens
    Waters Corporation, FDA and University of Maryland have opened the International Food Safety Training Laboratory.
  • Helping teachers bring new technologies into the classroom
    Science teachers will be able to bring new technologies into the classroom thanks to a new online science resource.
  • Scientist for a Day program for NZ businesses
    A program offering the services of Industrial Research Ltd’s scientists and engineers aims to encourage New Zealand businesses to focus on how R&D can improve their producitivity and profitability.
  • Awards for early career researchers
    The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the proposal by the Australian Research Council to create new Discovery Awards for early career researchers.
  • Dow AgroSciences and PICSE help students into science careers
    Dow AgroSciences has joined forces with PICSE (Primary Industry Centre for Science Education) to help attract Australia’s future scientists to careers in agribusiness and research.
  • $10m researchers in business scheme announced
    A $10 million program to help Australian inventions get to market was launched by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr, at the Universities Australia conference in Canberra, recently.
  • $108 million in grants to health and medical researchers
    Research grants to 15 health and medical research teams have been announced. The grants, worth an average of $7.2 million, will provide employment for a significant number of researchers.
  • Call for continued investment in health research
    Research Australia has called for continued investment in the discovery and development of new treatments, therapies and services in health in its 2009–10 Budget submission.
  • 10-year plan for pharmaceuticals industry released
    The Pharmaceuticals Industry Strategy Group has produced a report outlining a 10-year plan for the pharmaceuticals industry in Australia.
  • Politics and research grants
    Politics does affect funding decisions according to research from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
  • Research grants boost national postgraduate numbers
    The research in the university sector will be strengthened by the Rudd government's funding of an additional 1000 Australian Postgraduate Awards.
  • Research independence
    Government and public researchers sign rights and responsibilities charters.
  • VU and Shimadzu foster science in schools
    Victoria University and Shimadzu are providing technical expertise and high-tech equipment to 12 Victorian secondary schools to help promote science as a tertiary chioce.
  • Grants for new projects and conferences
    Clean energy technologies, investigation of climate change issues and technologies to promote healthy ageing are some of the areas to receive funding in the latest round of grants from the International Science Linkages Competitive Grants scheme.
  • Innovation review paper released
    The report of the Review of Australia's National Innovation System concludes that the country is falling behind the rest of the world and includes recommendations across a number of themes including innovation in business, strengthening people and skills, excellence in national research, information and market design, and taxation.
  • Nominations called for technology grants
    A new grants program linking NSW and South Korea in joint technology projects has been announced. Preliminary applications for the grants will close on 30 September and final applications on 15 November.
  • Shaping up to the nanotechnology challenge
    Any potential health, safety and environmental risks with the introduction of nanotechnology products will be addressed by Australia's regulatory system.
  • Have your say about the Future Fellowships consultation paper
    Interested Australians have been invited to respond to a consultation paper on the development of the government’s new Future Fellowships scheme.
  • Online patent information
    AusPat is a searchable online database containing Australian patent applications lodged and granted since 1979.
  • Strengthening research ties with India
    The Australian Government will provide $7 million for new collaborative science initiatives under the Australia–India Strategic Research Fund.
  • Self development program for laboratory managers
    A course in self management and managing others is being facilitated by SIA.
  • Citation awards for Australian scientists
    Citation is the life-blood of many scientists. Thomson Scientific Citation Awards acknowledge those scientists with the highest overall citation rankings.
  • $91 million boost for medical research
    Sydney University is contributing $30 million towards the construction of a new education and research centre at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNS).
  • Swinburne creates new life sciences faculty
    Swinburne University has restructured its Higher Education Division to create five new faculties, including a Faculty of Life and Social Sciences. Associate Professor Russell Crawford has been appointed the division's new dean.Under the restructure, the other faculties include a Faculty of Design; a Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies; a Faculty of Business and Enterprise; and a Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences.
  • Linkage Projects funding allocated
    The Australian government has allocated $62.3 million over the next five years to more than 200 new collaborative research projects.
  • Research capability to be boosted by improved collaboration
    The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop has announced six initiatives that will support greater collaboration between researchers, both domestically and internationally.
  • Centre for mine automation to be established
    Rio Tinto has announced major funding for one of the world's largest civilian robotics research centres, a centre for mining automation, which will be based at The University of Sydney.
  • UQ shares in centres of excellence funding
    The University of Queensland's (UQ) Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres have been recognised with $15.7 million of extension funding for all four research groups.
  • New professor of chemistry
    A world leader in the application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, Robert Brownlee, has been appointed Professor of Chemistry at La Trobe University.
  • AU$12 million in 'R&D Start' grants
    A handheld biosensor device that can immediately register food, water and blood contaminants will be developed with the help of a AU$774,000 Australian government grant, as part of a multi-million dollar R&D Start funding round recently announced by Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism & Resources, Ian Macfarlane.
  • University course for the business of science
    A recently established postgraduate course at Monash University is giving students the skills and experience they need to turn scientific research into commercial viability.
  • Australian neuroscientist wins UK accolade
    The 2008 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics has been won by Prof Mandyam Srinivasan, head of Visual Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute.
  • Clause lifting aids stem cell research
    The opportunities for research have been widened with the recent lifting of a ban on using recently created embryos.
  • Giving laboratory managers a voice
    At the opening of the 2006 Laboratory Managers Conference at the Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, the SIA’s executive director, Duncan Jones MAICD, announced the formation of the Australasian Laboratory Manager’s Association (ALMA).
  • MoU focuses on education
    The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Engineers Australia plan to work more closely together to advance the development of better public policy in relation to engineering and technology issues.
  • Australian Alzheimer’s study
    A major Australian study to better understand Alzheimer's disease has started.
  • Experts say government must crank up medical research investment
    Australia government must ramp up its investment in health and medical research to secure a strong, enduring, sustainable economic future according to Australian Graduate School of Management innovation and biotechnology expert, Professor Michael Vitale, and CEO of Research Australia, Dr Christine Bennett.
  • Innovation Report reveals strengths in science and innovation
    The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP has released the Australian Government’s Innovation Report 2005-06.
  • Readers respond to "Promoting science"
    Our article on the state of science education in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Australia struck a chord with readers. We've assembled a few responses for your perusal:
  • Survey finds FDA scientists pressured to exclude and alter findings
    The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in the US has released survey results that demonstrate pervasive and dangerous political influence of science at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • UQ uses nanotechnology in medical testing
    University of Queensland researchers are using nanotechnology in the medical diagnostic testing of diseases such as cervical cancer.
  • Funding boost for international research partnerships
    The Australian government has announced it will provide $3.5 million for projects to commence in 2008 under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage International scheme.
  • Building the future through science and innovation
    The Australian government is encouraging Australia's research and business communities to work together through 'Backing Australia's Ability (BAA) - Building Our Future through Science and Innovation'.
  • New appointments to Monash institutes
    Leading international molecular biologist, Professor Nadia Rosenthal has been appointed head of Victoria’s new Regenerative Medicine Institute in an announcement made by Minister for Innovation, John Brumby.
  • Unique research collaboration opportunity with Hong Kong
    A leading Chinese official has highlighted Australia’s opportunity to undertake new R&D collaborations with Hong Kong, in the lead-up to the 2007 Cooperative Research Centres Association Conference.
  • Funding for business globalisation
    The government has introduced the Global Opportunities program, promising $254.1 million over 10 years to help Australian companies become global businesses.
  • Specialist centre for biotech training
    Education and Training Minister Lynne Kosky visited the Box Hill Institute to launch BioSkills, the Specialist Centre in Biotechnology Training.
  • Lecturing on ethics leads to misconduct
    Teaching the responsible way to conduct research might not always guarantee positive results on students and young researchers, according to an American study presented at the first World Conference on Research Integrity in Lisbon this month.
  • Australian elected as president for international organisation
    An Australian has been elected president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), as it becomes increasingly involved in major global issues such as climate change, security and social responsibility.
  • Linking Australian science to the world
    Nine Australian research projects which target the National Research Priorities will share in $2.9 million in funding in a round of the International Science Linkages (ISL) Competitive Grants, as part of the Backing Australia’s Ability initiative.
  • Congressional delegation finds US lagging on stem cell research
    The Congressional delegation announced during a fact-finding trip to the UK, that the United States is lagging behind other leading nations on stem cell research.
  • New chemical classification system for Australia
    Information on a new global system for the classification and labelling of chemicals was released by the Australian Compensation and Safety Council (ASCC) this week.
  • Promoting science in kit form
    A group of entrepreneurial PhD students from a number of Melbourne's premier medical research facilities has developed an innovative biology experiment kit to promote science among school-aged children.
  • Draft Australian Standards
    There are a number of new draft Australian Standards methods available for public comment at the moment. These will be of particular interest to those in food and water laboratories, and those undertaking testing for legionellae.
  • Guidelines for analysing research economics
    The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association has released a guidebook designed to greatly improve scientists’ ability to accurately assess the economical benefit of their research.
  • Science network realised
    A network that brings together over 60 leading Australian researchers who advance cutting-edge fluorescence technologies has been officially launched at Macquarie University.
  • Accolades for UWA scientists
    The scientific expertise at University of Western Australia (UWA) has been acclaimed at the Premier’s Science Awards, with Prof David Blair announced Western Australian Scientist of the Year, Dr Kristen Nowak as Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year and Prof Paul McMenamin winning the Excellence in Science Teaching Award.
  • $15m boost to NSW research facilities
    The NSW government has promised $15 million to help build modern facilities for locally based scientists and researchers.
  • Women still face bias in science careers
    Despite gains in the training of women scientists and the implementation of programs to help women overcome ingrained barriers, the career path of most women scientists at universities remains a difficult trek, fraught with roadblocks of bias, a sometimes chilly campus climate and the challenge of balancing family and work.
  • Brainy students create world first
    A 3D brain model is at the centre of a project created by a group of postgraduate students based at Melbourne’s Howard Florey Institute.
  • Call for applications for the VISTECH Fund
    The latest funding round of the Victoria Israel Science and Technology R&D Fund (VISTECH) has just opened, with the deadline for all applications on Monday 10 September 2007.
  • 500 Australian Standards to be cut
    To maintain relevant Australian Standards, Standards Australia has embarked on a project to reassess about 2000 standards sectors that are more than 10 years old.
  • Sydney professor honoured with prestigious award
    Two respected chemists across the world from one another will share the 2007 Welch Award in Chemistry, bestowed for their achievements in theoretical chemistry.
  • Too many conflicts in innovation, says ATSE
    The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has called for a whole of government approach to innovation, enhanced incentives to undertake innovation and better collaboration between commercial organisations and publicly funded research institutions (PFRIs).
  • Leading scientist throws in the labcoat
    The Australian National University will be using the 12th Frank and Bobbie Fenner Conference to honour the retirement of Emeritus Prof Frank Fenner, the Australian scientist who oversaw the eradication of smallpox.
  • Magnetic resonance network in Queensland
    A magnetic resonance network has been established in Queensland to provide researchers with high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment, including a 900 MHz high-resolution spectrometer – the most powerful of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
  • Australian students given opportunity to create sustainable future
    A program launched by Nespresso Australia will see a local student travelling to Costa Rica to discover how to create a more sustainable future.
  • Science opportunity for year 9 students
    The Siemens Science Experience is a three-day hands-on science, engineering and technology program that will be conducted in Australian universities in 2006/2007 for students who will be entering year 10 in 2007.
  • Is our antiquated patent system hindering science?
    Biotechnology discoveries, like the method for creating synthetic life forms, are at risk of being unduly hindered by private corporations unless patent systems are brought into the 21st century, according to an expert from The Australian National University.
  • Australian scientists redefining the kilogram
    Australian scientists will tomorrow take delivery of the silicon they will use to redefine the kilogram.
  • ICT Research Groups develop a research collaboration
    Australia's leading ICT research groups have announced the formation of a collaboration to develop advanced information-sharing technology.
  • Research makes waves
    A five-nation oceanographic team is taking the first steps in a $3.6 million project studying the major flow of ocean currents between Asia and Australia and how they influence rainfall across Southern Australia and Indonesia.
  • Change to research units
    The CSIRO Board recently endorsed the creation of new business units to strengthen the organisation's health and biotechnology research activities, as well as other areas including food processing.
  • Changes to standard
    Standards Australia Committee ME-002-04 has agreed to adopt ISO 11623:2002 ‘Transportable gas cylinders – Periodic inspection and testing of composite gas cylinders’ with national modifications.
  • Government medical research fund
    The Commonwealth Government, through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), has announced this year’s successful recipients of grants of a total more than A$100 million for leading medical research and clinical trials being conducted at universities and research centres.
  • On the nose warnings
    BOC Scientific has available a package called AirSurance. The product range includes Detectagas and Stench Gas mixtures which together monitor and alert workers to unsafe gas levels.
  • National research facility launched
    A $41 million national research facility for cutting-edge microscopy and microanalysis was launched by the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, at the University of Sydney today.
  • Dud deals for science will topple “house of cards”
    A University of Queensland team has challenged the nation’s corporate and political leaders to urgently boost investment in science and technology.
  • Funding boost for science
    CSIRO chief executive Dr Geoff Garrett says this year's budget is a strong one for science.
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