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How a dual career can give athletes life balance and a sporting edge

22 June 2021

For many athletes, competing at the highest level means rigorous daily training sessions, endless travel and times of isolation away from friends and family, leaving little time for anything else.

There’s more to blowflies than meets the eye

22 June 2021

They are a menace at backyard barbecues but the humble blowfly is playing a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, cleaning up where others would rather not.

Coronavirus – advice for staff and students

18 June 2021

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.

Inspiring the next generation of researchers

15 June 2021

With a wealth of leadership in Higher Degrees by Research, Wendy Wright has been appointed Federation University’s Dean of Graduate Studies.

Smoke or smokeless – tobacco toll continues to climb

9 June 2021

Cigarette smoking caused 7.7 million deaths in 2019 as the number of people who smoked tobacco rose to 1.1 billion, while more people also turned to smokeless products.

Graeme Drendel’s Portrait of Jill shortlisted for Archibald

2 June 2021

A portrait from renowned artist and former student Graeme Drendel has been shortlisted for the Archibald Prize – Australia's most prestigious award for portraits.

Aboriginal heroes of fire, flood and food

31 May 2021

The stories of Aboriginal heroes who helped shape Victoria's history are being illuminated through a project that will use film and digital mapping to chronicle acts of heroism.

Working out for body and mind

25 May 2021

The social aspects of participating in group exercise appears to play a key role in reducing the impact of depressive symptoms in older people, a study has found.

New research centre to conserve, protect and transform our regions

19 May 2021

Federation University’s new research centre will bring together expert research and local knowledge to tackle the challenges faced by regional Australia.

Powering up for groundwater study

18 May 2021

A trial on Victoria's southwest coast is using electrical resistivity imaging equipment to give researchers an insight into the level of saltwater encroachment in the region's groundwater systems.

Kidney gene discovery unlocks door to high blood pressure answers

18 May 2021

An international team of scientists has discovered kidney genes responsible for high blood pressure, paving the way for new opportunities to treat the disease.

Core strength: why is it important and how do you maintain it?

12 May 2021

If you have been working from home in recent times, this may have impacted your core strength. So, what exactly is the core? And why is it important to have good core strength?

Scientists put vaccines to the test in unique COVID study

10 May 2021

Researchers hope a study of the relationship between the immune system and the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines could give a better understanding of how people will respond to vaccination.

The Missing: the inspiring Australians who went looking for the war dead

19 April 2021

A digital gallery celebrating the humanitarian efforts at the end of WWI details the efforts of women and men who helped Australian families in their quest for knowledge about their missing relatives.

Creative activation and renewal for urban Mechanics’ Institutes

15 April 2021

Many people will have seen one of the quaint old buildings bearing the name Mechanics’ Institute while out on a country drive or perhaps visited one for an event.

Why we still need to be COVID cautious

12 April 2021

We have low rates of COVID-19 and will soon receive a highly effective vaccine. Can we just forget 2020 ever happened and get back to living life without worrying about social distancing?

Another chance to live the Phantom dream

30 March 2021

Josh Piterman had the lead role in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera when the COVID pandemic put an end to the show. A year on, he’s reprising the role much closer to home.

A patient’s wishes — and life-or-death treatment decisions

24 March 2021

A study at a busy Melbourne hospital has revealed that many people who present to the emergency department do not have an Advance Care Directive (ACD).

AstraZeneca vaccine – should we pause the rollout?

18 March 2021

Several European countries have paused administering AstraZeneca's vaccine. Professor Stuart Berzins explains why many scientists and medical bodies continue to support it in Australia.

How a short film could aid farmers in the long run

15 March 2021

Researchers hope a new short film will help encourage farmers and agricultural groups to share more information to help the industry make better decisions about farm management.

From mining to medical – how Gekko responded to the COVID emergency

7 March 2021

After developing ventilators in response to the fast-moving COVID-19 emergency, Gekko Systems still had a mountain of work to complete before the life-saving devices could be deployed in hospitals.

Using maths to combat malware

3 March 2021

A researcher is using complex mathematics to help in the battle against cybercrime, developing algorithms that can detect malware in computer systems and networks.

Protecting our endangered plants

25 February 2021

Researchers are working to protect a plant community that is only found in a small number of salt lakes and has come under threat from grazing and climate change.

The hidden dangers lurking in groundwater

18 February 2021

A Federation University researcher is playing a key role in a project to determine whether groundwater in a pocket of south-eastern Kenya is safe to drink and use in agriculture.

The engineers keeping large-scale infrastructure moving

10 February 2021

A key industry conference on maintenance and intelligent asset management will be held as a hybrid event at Federation University later this year.

Adaptability the key to Nicole’s success

4 February 2021

Adaptability became a buzz word for a whole range of reasons in 2020 but for Nicole Frain and her quest to enhance her reputation on the female pro cycling circuit, it is a word with a deeper meaning.

Road racing tactics – it’s not always the fittest who win

3 February 2021

Researchers will begin a multi-year study at this year’s Federation University Road National Championships, to look at the technical components and strategic decisions used at road racing events.

Tylah’s ride down the road less travelled

27 January 2021

Tylah Meunier is using the 2021 Federation University AusCycling National Championships as a first step into racing at national level away from the confines of a velodrome.

Fellowship allows researcher to advance cardiovascular study in UK

22 January 2021

A Federation University Australia cardiovascular genomics researcher has been awarded a Victoria Fellowship to progress her research at the University of Manchester.

How cancer research could help in the battle against COVID-19

13 January 2021

Professor of Immunology, Stuart Berzins, details the latest developments in the search for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments in this Q&A.

The role of Aboriginal knowledge in the defence of Australia during WWII

22 December 2020

A Federation University researcher is leading a project to identify the key individuals and their attempts to alert the Australian Army about the advantages of using Aboriginal Knowledge in WWII.

Engaging communities with sport during times of crisis

15 December 2020

The Federation University Road National Championships are the focus of a study which aims to better understand how hosting events can help regional communities recover post-COVID-19.

Major national exhibition redresses gender imbalance

9 December 2020

A poster and a photograph produced by two Federation University Australia artists have been included in a National Gallery of Australia exhibition that is celebrating the work of women artists.

Unlocking the potential of farm data

7 December 2020

Federation University Australia researchers will play a leading role in a project that will support major changes to the way agricultural research is conducted across Australia.

The AFL season is over … let the financials begin!

26 November 2020

Football is big business and after a season like no other, the AFL is back in the spotlight with its upcoming AGM and annual report.

We’re all in this together: An age perspective on whether to retain or retire during a recession

25 November 2020

Turbulent economic times mean difficult people decisions as managers across the world consider the sustainability of present staffing levels while also thinking ahead to when economies recover.

Researchers compare psychosocial effects of COVID-19 during and after lockdowns

25 November 2020

A long-running study into the social and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is comparing the effects of the lockdowns on people in Australia and England.

New insights into the Gippsland experience of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic

24 November 2020

A study details the community-based experience of the worst pandemic of the 20th century, revealing the networks of support, and the community and voluntary efforts, which underpinned the response.

Data Democracy film to screen in Silicon Valley

24 November 2020

A short film that explores the concepts of a data democracy will screen at an international film festival held in the region that is home to many of the world’s tech heavyweights.

Taking a hybrid approach to learning

17 November 2020

A hybrid learning model was the key to completing semester two classes when staff and students were given the all-clear to return to their Brisbane campus in August.

Planning essential for good research — the stats back it up

12 November 2020

Research enabling is the quiet cog in the research process and a statistician can help researchers get the most from their project while allowing them to avoid ‘black holes’.

The science of compassion and empathy

5 November 2020

Researching the scientific understanding of empathy and compassion has never been more important amid the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and a volatile political landscape.

Comfort from the past: not all is unprecedented

28 October 2020

The challenges experienced by Ballarat Technical Art School students during the first half of the 20th century are not dissimilar to the challenges many are having today.

Researchers find high blood pressure does not increase COVID risks

27 October 2020

A Federation University Australia study has helped allay fears that high blood pressure and taking medication for the condition increases the chance of coronavirus infection and complications.

Rapid testing the key to opening up our borders

22 October 2020

Fast and accurate biochemical testing for COVID-19 could pave the way for international borders reopening, with world-leading technology under development at Australia’s National Phenome Centre.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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