ARC Discovery Awards for 2005

 

Faculty of Arts

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Faculty of Business and Law

Deakin Business School
School of Accounting and Finance

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
School of Ecology and Environment
School of Engineering and Technology
School of Information Technology

 

 

Faculty of Arts

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Title: Building cultural citizenship: Multiculturalism and children's literature

Prof CM Bradford; A/Prof W Ommundsen

2005 : $80,000
2006 : $63,000
2007 : $62,000
2008 : $62,000

Category: 4202 - LITERATURE STUDIES

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: This project will generate new knowledge - theoretical, methodological and pedagogical - through its interdisciplinary approach, which brings critical and cultural theories to bear on Australian children's literature from 1990 to 2003, and specifically on how this literature represents and advocates cultural values and meanings concerning migration, citizenship, multiculturalism and community relations. It will result in the first major study of the production and reception of multicultural literature for Australian children, and will make an important contribution to pedagogy by informing the fields of primary, secondary and tertiary education through the concepts it develops and the teaching resources it produces.


Faculty of Business and Law

School of Accounting and Finance

Title:Environmental Management Systems, reporting systems, stakeholder engagement processes and environmental performance in Australian companies

Prof CA Adams; Reader RL Burritt; Dr G Frost

2005 : $35,000
2006 : $35,000
2007 : $35,000

Category: 3501 - ACCOUNTING, AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: The achievement of an environmentally sustainable Australia requires improved environmental performance of Australian companies which have significant environmental impacts. This work will lead to improved environmental performance, more effective stakeholder engagement and accountability and reporting systems along with better environmental management systems. This in turn will reduce environmental impacts, create more responsive corporate cultures and increase the competitive advantage of Australian industry.

Deakin Business School

Externally led grants

Title: Australia's Regulatory Response to Recent Corporate Collapses and Perceived Auditing Deficiencies

Prof KA Houghton; A/Prof CA Jubb

2005 : $45,000
2006 : $30,000
2007 : $20,000

Category: 3501 - ACCOUNTING, AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Administering Institution: The Australian National University

Summary: The corporate collapses of recent years have cost shareholders and other stakeholders hundreds of millions of dollars. However, various reforms in accounting and governance are coming into force. As these reforms differ markedly from those in other jurisdictions (notably the USA), Australian based research is essential in understanding the effectiveness of the changes in moderating certain corporate behaviour. This research provides a measure of efficacy of these reforms in terms of measures of "manipulation" of corporate earnings. The results of the research will provide evidence of the efficacy of the reforms and pointers to further enhancements

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Title: Body image instability, disordered eating and muscle dysmorphia

Dr AJ Mussap; Prof MP McCabe; Dr LA Ricciardelli

2005 : $45,000
2006 : $45,000
2007 : $45,000

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Body image is a serious public health issue. Dissatisfaction with body shape promotes disordered eating in females who fast and purge to lose weight, and muscle dysmorphia in males who over-exercise and use steroids to gain muscle. We will test the idea that these psychological disorders stem from an unstable body image. Our research will reveal the fundamental risk factors associated with disordered eating and muscle dysmorphia and allow us to identify at-risk individuals on the basis of their body image instability. It will also predict patients' amenability to treatments that target body image, thereby improving outcomes for these individuals.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Biological Chemical Sciences

Title: Natriuretic peptide hormones and the stress response of fish

Dr T Toop; Dr JA Donald; Dr MD Powell; Dr Y Takei

2005 : $100,000
2006 : $80,000
2007 : $80,000

Category:2706 - PHYSIOLOGY

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: There are two main benefits of our research to Australia. Firstly, the team that we have assembled have international reputations, and include scientists from overseas. This team will be led by Australian Institutions and will put Australian science in the forefront of a competitive field, internationally. Secondly, our research examines questions that are critical in our understanding of how animals respond to stressful events. The response to stress, if excessive, leads to ill-health in both humans and other animals. Our research examines new connections between stress and fish biology, which could lead to discoveries that are valuable in managing stress and health in wild and farmed fishes.

Title: Socs proteins in development and disease

Dr AC Ward; Dr SE Nicholson

2005 : $75,000
2006 : $70,000
2007 : $70,000

Category: 3210 - CLINICAL SCIENCES

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Socs proteins are a component of a pathway that is central to a range of developmental processes, including embryonic development. In addition, there is evidence that these proteins are perturbed in several disorders. This Project will enhance our understanding of the Socs proteins and their role in disease, and ultimately provide an opportunity to identify new therapeutic strategies.

Externally led grants

Title: Plant Protein Signalling Networks

Dr HR Irving; Dr DM Cahill; Dr CA Gehring

2005 : $75,000
2006 : $70,000
2007 : $70,000

Category:2704 - BOTANY

Administering Institution: Monash University

Summary: We will assess the functional role of PNPs (novel plant protein hormones) at a biochemical, molecular and cellular level. Importantly, as stresses from climatic extremes are increasing, this will lead to new insights and critical appreciation of the processes plants use to regulate their water status. Since water and solute status underpins the regulation of plant growth and development, these findings will have a major impact on both agriculture and horticulture in Australia. The new insights that we gain can be used to directly accelerate progress towards the development of plants with improved drought and salinity tolerance that will lead to better crop and pasture productivity under harsh Australian conditions.


School of Ecology and Environment

Externally led grants

Title: Evolutionary, macroecological and phylogenetic patterns in Australasian freshwater crayfish

A/Prof AM Richardson; Dr CM Austin; A/Prof P Horwitz; Dr KA Crandall

2005 : $80,000
2006 : $75,000
2007 : $75,000

Category: 2705 - ZOOLOGY

Administering Institution: University of Tasmania

Summary: This project connects Australian systematists to a worldwide project that involves all of the world's living experts on freshwater crayfish evolution in a coordinated effort to answer some very important evolutionary questions. It involves a group of invertebrate animals that are not only readily recognisable, but which in Australia includes the world's largest and the world's most terrestrial crayfish species. Information gained from the project will contribute to the management of crayfish biodiversity, identification of threatened species and tools to identify these prominent and important members of Australian freshwater ecosystems.

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Parallel-Link Mechanism Control using new Concept and Techniques

Prof S Nahavandi; Dr HM Trinh

2005 : $60,000
2006 : $58,000
2007 : $60,000

Category: 2903 - MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: The new knowledge and techniques, as a result of this research project, will have direct relevance to many Australian industries. In particular, they provide opportunities to improve Australia's competitiveness through innovations for the manufacturing sector. For this sector, increasing global competition and tariff reductions pose serious challenges to its continuing international competitiveness. There is an urgent need to develop cost effective innovative products. The outcomes of this research will produce a faster, more accurate, cheaper and optimally controlled parallel-link robot than currently available.

Title: Modelling the stability and efficiency of ring spinning

Prof X Wang; Dr WB Fraser; Dr Z Tang

2005 : $76,522
2006 : $69,000
2007 : $71,322

Category: 2903 - MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: This research will benefit the animal fibre industry, particularly the multi-billion dollar wool industry. Low spinning efficiency adds a significant cost to the conversion of animal fibres into textile products, which reduces the competitive position of these natural fibres. The proposed research will lead to improvement in the efficiency of ring spinning. It has been estimated that a 1% improvement in spinning efficiency will add about $16 million to the wool industry alone.

Externally led grants

Title: MICROFORMING: effects of microstructural scale on metal formability

Dr CH Davies; Dr E Pereloma; Prof PD Hodgson; Dr RY Lapovok; Prof YS Estrin

2005 : $140,000
2006 : $135,000
2007 : $140,000

Category: 2913 - METALLURGY

Administering Institution: Monash University

Summary: Microforming is a rapidly growing industry, and already enjoys considerable activity in Germany, Japan, the US, and Korea, all of which are major trading partners of Australia. This project couples fundamental insight into the effects of microstructural and geometric scale with the frontier technology of microforming. Thus, the project will place Australian researchers at the frontier of microforming research, with the capacity to be involved in shaping the industry. In the course of this work, new process routes will be developed, new materials may be created, and new opportunities will certainly emerge.


School of Information Technology

Title: Exploiting Database Technologies for the Visualization and Analysis of Measured and Simulated Plant Structures in Bioinformatics

A/Prof Y Chen

2005 : $50,000
2006 : $50,000
2007 : $50,000

Category: 2801 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: The project will contribute to both bioinformatics and database research at both the national and international levels, although this project is specifically focusing on plant architecture but it has great potential other fields such as solving computationally difficult problems of branching in nature such as DNA and crystal related research. The results of this research can be applied to all kinds of plants such as rice, cotton, rose etc.

Title: Self Discovery, Self Configuration and Self Healing of Enterprise Grids

Prof AM Goscinski; Dr JJ Silcock; Dr MJ Hobbs; Dr RA Dew

2005 : $81,000
2006 : $81,000
2007 : $81,000

Category: 2803 - COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Firstly, the project will assist the elevation of grid computing into mainstream computing, and by this provide a direct response to some problems identified by the working party on the Australia's ICT research and research training. Secondly, our country is an excellent consumer of IT technology. But, it needs software artifacts that could be sold. A set of proposed services will be a saleable commodity of great commercial value. A software company that will develop its commercial version could be set up. Thirdly, the project will help Early Career Researchers in gaining an experience necessary to carry out independent research and assist in training new researchers: Postdocs, PhDs and Masters.

 

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1st December 2009