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How a warming climate is increasing bushfire risks

21 October 2020

A warming climate is creating severe weather conditions that have sparked a rising number of bushfires, with modelling from climate researchers warning that these events will continue to increase.

Coronavirus – advice for staff and students

20 October 2020

The following advice is provided to help our staff and students understand the recommendations of Australian authorities and the measures being taken, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

Smoking and alcohol consumption increases amid COVID-related distress

20 October 2020

Ongoing restrictions, social isolation, economic impact and feelings of uncertainty are impacting on the psychological wellbeing of many Australians, researchers find.

As tattoos become more mainstream, are perceptions changing?

14 October 2020

More women now have tattoos than men but they are judged more harshly, mirroring other behaviours where women are judged more negatively than men for engaging in ‘masculine’.

Apprenticeship expert cautions on potential pitfalls of new funding

12 October 2020

A leading apprenticeship researcher warns the wage subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships announced in the Federal Budget need to be administered properly to avoid adverse consequences.

Researchers on track to revolutionise truck steering

24 September 2020

Researchers have teamed up with Australia’s largest semi-trailer maker to develop a ‘virtual rail’ steering system to make trucks safer for other road users and reduce road damage in urban areas.

Drawing inspiration from the past to transform lives

22 September 2020

Liam Sloan credits the VET sector for transforming his life and giving him opportunities that he otherwise would never have had.

How the visual arts will re-emerge from lockdown

17 September 2020

The Post Office Gallery has had to get creative for the shows to go on after the premature end of a key exhibition and the cancellation of others.

Thank you for supporting our essential workers of tomorrow

16 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that this year has been a tumultuous one for many of us, and even more so for those who work in education and health.

The imagination muscle

15 September 2020

Amid the lockdown, staff and students are building skills that can be used to problem-solve, visualise and experiment with ideas and materials, contributing to communities, workplaces and industries.

Let’s stop self-isolating when we no longer have to self-isolate

9 September 2020

If we as a society are going to move forward towards better mental health outcomes beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to find a way to better engage with our communities and the people around us.

Program inspires emerging STEM leaders

7 September 2020

A Federation University researcher will take part in a STEM leadership program that is supporting mid-career women who want to progress into leadership roles across academia, government and industry.

Overcoming hydrogen’s burning issue

1 September 2020

A hydrogen project in the Latrobe Valley that is tapping into the abundant reserves of brown coal long used to produce electricity could be a game-changer for energy generation.

Protecting Queensland’s koalas

28 August 2020

Researchers are studying koala DNA in a project that aims to bolster the animals' conservation in Brisbane and across southeast Queensland.

New Vice-Chancellor brings a world of experience to Federation

24 August 2020

New Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Bentley spent his youth on coffee plantations and game reserves in Africa, which provided lessons that he has carried through his life.

Weeding out invasive species to protect our food

14 August 2020

Global warming and severe weather events are taking a heavy toll on ecosystems and raising fears for global food security.

Learning is child’s play for children with disabilities

31 July 2020

Play-based learning is providing opportunities for children with disabilities to demonstrate their individuality and independence, a researcher has found.

Controlling the controllable: A student’s journey through the COVID-19 landscape

23 July 2020

Like many other tertiary students across the world, this year has been very different from the one Gemma Foord imagined when she attended face-to-face classes in week one of 2020.

Ticking all the boxes at tax time

21 July 2020

It's a new financial year and with more employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased interest in what expenses taxpayers can claim deductions for.

How we’re learning about COVID-19

20 July 2020

Researchers are discovering the ways in which people have been learning about key aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why we need to know about sub-concussion

16 July 2020

Concussion has attracted great interest in the sport science and health research community over the past few decades. But what about head knocks where there is no concussion?

Working to protect the tiny burrowing crayfish

13 July 2020

Researchers are working to protect the mysterious burrowing crayfish, a tiny threatened crustacean that lives deep underground near waterways in Gippsland.

How mind training helps players conquer footy’s sound of silence

2 July 2020

The 2020 AFL season has started like no other because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid all the changes and early season upsets, what is certain is the impact that supporters have on their teams.

Fermenting revolution: uncovering miso’s health benefits

26 June 2020

It has been used in Asian cooking for centuries and is becoming a favourite on Australian menus, now researchers are looking into the health benefits of miso.

How maths is solving complex water quality issues

19 June 2020

Researchers are using mathematical modelling to improve the quality and distribution of water, a precious resource that is often taken for granted because of its simple journey from reservoir to tap.

Criminalised women further disadvantaged during pandemic

12 June 2020

Criminalised women are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups within our community. The COVID-19 pandemic means they are encountering adversities beyond those they usually face.

Worldwide study to explore the psychological effects of COVID-19 lockdown

5 June 2020

Researchers at Federation University’s Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology disciplines have teamed up for a worldwide study into the social and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Avoiding cybercrime during COVID-19

29 May 2020

Cyber security experts are using artificial intelligence to combat a rise in online scams and fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opportunity to innovate as restrictions begin to ease

25 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has placed an enormous strain on businesses of all sizes. But with the gloom, there are opportunities for some to adapt and thrive.

Getting a healthy dose of sport

21 May 2020

Researchers are taking time during coronavirus restrictions to learn about sport’s role in physical, mental and social health.

Instagram, isolation and the motherhood experience

14 May 2020

The effects of social media on our mental health and well-being is a question that becomes more important as our lives increasingly shift to the online space.

Intestinal worms may affect severity of coronavirus

8 May 2020

Countries in resource-poor regions may be harder hit by the COVID-19 pandemic than others, with many residents already suffering parasitic infections which could change how coronavirus affects them.

Kick-starting tourism in a post-COVID world

6 May 2020

Tourism operators are being urged to start planning for life after COVID-19 isolation when tourist behaviours and spending will create a different travel landscape.

Using dried biosolids to boost grain production

4 May 2020

Federation University Australia researchers are trialling the use of biosolids to improve soil fertility and increase crop productivity in Victorian grain-growing regions.

Planting the seeds of equality

4 May 2020

Federation University Australia researchers hope a new book will be a catalyst for change in Nepal’s forestry industry.

Tiny Antarctic springtail named after climate activist

22 April 2020

They are tiny in stature but a newly discovered Antarctic springtail species has been named after an environmental activist making a giant impact.

The Concert for Compassion

15 April 2020

Join Lior, Arts Academy Director Associate Professor Rick Chew, an orchestra of 20 and a choir of 40 for a world class concert from two opuses – the Compassion Symphony and Stari Most.

As the classroom moves online, there’s a lesson for everyone

9 April 2020

Remote and flexible learning offers both challenges and opportunities for teachers, students and parents.

Researchers and volunteers join forces to help protect the Latham’s snipe

3 April 2020

Researchers are tapping into the power of citizen science to study the Latham’s snipe, a shorebird that breeds in Japan and migrates to south-eastern Australia in spring.

Physically distant but socially connected

31 March 2020

In a world where social isolation and home offices are becoming the norm, Dr Evita March explores how our lives may irrevocably change in the months and years to come.

Pollution to solution – is the key to soil health buried inside brown coal?

13 March 2020

A researcher is studying the brown coal that is used to fire a Victorian power station to determine if it holds substances that can improve soil health.

Telling the tales from Rat City

4 March 2020

Long-forgotten stories of Ballarat’s dark and bizarre past are being brought to life in an award-winning podcast series featuring the research of a Federation University Australia historian.

An antipodean dream in Milan

20 February 2020

Jill Orr’s work has appeared at exhibitions around the world, with her work held at major collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.

The being of urban resilience

14 February 2020

Disaster management and policy responses have mainly focused on restoring environmental and physical structures. But what about the mental and emotional wellbeing of people affected by disasters?

What the National Apology means to me

13 February 2020

The National Apology starts the conversations to move forward in positive ways, focusing on Indigenous issues and what still needs to change to bring awareness, writes Alison McRae.

How a new book sparked a global technical community

12 February 2020

Academics have collaborated with the world’s leading authorities on positive displacement machinery to release a book combining the most influential research in the field from the past decade.

Living in the shadow of Black Saturday

7 February 2020

On the anniversary of Black Saturday, it is a time to reflect not only on the trauma associated with these bushfires but the sense of support and community engendered by a common threat.

How Dundee is ‘switching polarity’ to become a magnet city

5 February 2020

Dundee’s renaissance has seen the city known for its industrial past to now be considered Scotland’s ‘coolest city’, driven by an ambitious vision to become a magnet for new talent.

Our fired landscape – why things are different now

30 January 2020

Australia's bushfire crisis has put an alarming number of species at a much higher risk of extinction as our ecosystems get pushed to, and in some instances beyond, their limit.

Chronicling endangered species on Nanya – a vast biodiversity treasure

22 January 2020

Researchers have started a five-year project to study the threats to five endangered animals on the 40,000-hectare Nanya Station, home to several species only found in far western New South Wales.

Teaching our next teachers – educator awarded Fulbright Scholarship

21 January 2020

A Federation University academic has been awarded a Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholarship, one of the most prestigious international educational exchange programs in the world.

Is it safe to exercise in bushfire smoke?

17 January 2020

If elite athletes are prematurely stopping matches and hospital admissions are increasing, then you might question whether you should be outside.

New app could be game changer for dyslexia

10 January 2020

Researchers are tapping into the power of artificial intelligence to help diagnose dyslexia, a lifelong learning disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Australians.

Life in the Frain lane

6 January 2020

Nicole Frain has taken the road less travelled on her journey to becoming an elite cyclist.

Protecting the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked animal

24 December 2019

A Federation University Australia researcher has joined an international effort to protect a rarely seen and critically endangered mammal.

Digging deep to reveal the history of Australia’s wetlands

20 December 2019

Peter Gell has been recognised for his research across Australia’s wetlands where the cores he extracts from metres below the surface reveal the history of human impact on Australia’s ecosystems.

The maths luminary inspiring future generations

16 December 2019

World renowned mathematician Marco Lopez credits his high school teachers for fuelling his passion for the subject.

Researchers take the fight to typhoid fever with Grand Challenges Explorations grant

9 December 2019

A research team has won a research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to battle the spread of typhoid fever – a bacterial infection which kills more than 100,000 people a year.

Reimagining technology in education

5 December 2019

From the latest touchscreen tools to virtual reality and artificial intelligence, digital technology offers an unprecedented number of opportunities and challenges in the classroom.

How data could change life down on the farm

3 December 2019

The biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history could save the agricultural industry billions of dollars each year by giving farmers unprecedented access to information.

Power, precision and the art of time trialling

29 November 2019

On paper, the road cycling time trial is a simple event to win. It requires the combination of high sustained power, an aerodynamic position and the ability to tolerate pain.

Fewer cyclones – but they’re getting more intense

26 November 2019

Researchers are studying the role climate change is playing in the severity and frequency of tropical cyclones.

Testing times for young footballers

22 November 2019

The AFL draft is just days away and many of the country’s best young footballers will soon be living their dream at a new club. But before their name is called out, there is one final chance to shine.

Who wants to work forever?

21 November 2019

While the value of a later retirement is accepted by most observers, the notion that this is possible and desirable for all is open to question.

Age no barrier to a Happy Life in China

14 November 2019

Australian researchers are playing a key role in improving medical system responses in China where an ageing population is challenging the country’s health system.

After the war: Remembering those who chose to stay behind

13 November 2019

For a large contingent of Australian servicemen who served in World War I, the end to the conflict in November 1918 did not mean an end to their suffering on Europe’s battlefields.

The street games getting young people active again

12 November 2019

An innovative program offering free sport and recreation activities across the Latrobe Valley is getting more young people active and addressing a drop-off in sport participation.

'Clutch' performance in sport: How athletes shut out anxiety to succeed

6 November 2019

Some athletes have the ability to withstand the pressure and deliver in key moments. For others, it’s easy to understand but harder to do.

Why shaming mums won’t solve modern parenting problems

1 November 2019

The internet and social media may make mothers feel more connected, but it can also be stress inducing. Getting the balance right may be just one more thing contemporary mothers need to balance.

Frozen in time – looking to the past to protect Antarctica's seabirds

28 October 2019

Researchers have "raided the freezers” at the Australian Antarctic Division to begin work on a long-term study into the health of seabirds on the frozen continent.

Keeping it country – the struggle to hold on to regional teachers

21 October 2019

Researchers are uncovering the barriers which stop teachers from seeking jobs in regional schools, and how these schools can be made more attractive as preferred sites of employment.

Researchers join global Think Equal early years program

21 October 2019

Researchers are playing a key role in a global education initiative which is aiming to revolutionise teaching by introducing social and emotional learning in the earliest years of school.

Tackling the antibiotic resistance threat at animal market hot spots

21 October 2019

Federation University researchers are playing a key role in establishing a surveillance network in Asian live animal markets; the‘hot spots’ where new pathogens and resistances are likely to emerge.

Bowel cancer breakthrough shortlisted for immunology award

18 October 2019

A study which has found that immune cells that live in the walls of the bowel and can release chemical messengers to promote cancer has been shortlisted for a top award at a leading journal.

Music theatre graduate lands coveted role at UK school

18 October 2019

Sarah Wynen has taken up the position of Performing Musician in Residence at Malvern St James Girls’ School in Worcestershire.

Facing up to cricket injuries

17 October 2019

It is a debate that reignited when Steve Smith was struck by a brutal Jofra Archer bouncer in the second Ashes Test at Lords.

Finding a friend called pain

17 October 2019

If you were to write a position description for being employed as a professional cyclist one key attribute would appear at the top of any contract – the ability to suffer and deal with pain.

Entrepreneur on a mission to create positive change

17 October 2019

Social sciences student Sam Brown is running a cafe and catering business while he chips away at other projects and ideas which he hopes will shape the next phase of his working life.

Free TAFE sparks a new career path

17 October 2019

Blake Allison's exposure to basketball's elite levels convinced him that sports science was the career path for him. A curveball then came his way.

Morwell's hopes for the future on show at Foto Biennale

14 October 2019

A photo exhibition which evolved from research into the Latrobe Valley community’s recovery from the Hazelwood mine fire is on show in this year’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

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