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Jaimie McGlashan

Google scholarship takes Jaimie to Tokyo

Tokyo was the destination for Deakin University maths honours student Jaimie McGlashan after she was awarded a 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia Pacific recently.


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Students design their way to robot competition final

A team of Deakin undergraduate engineering students put their mechatronic design skills to the test at the national final of the 2014 Warman Design and Build Competition in Sydney recently.


Bernhard Dichtl

Discovering how cells play protein jigsaw

Mention quality control and many would think of large factories and long production lines, but Deakin University molecular biologist Dr Bernhard Dichtl is investigating the role of this process in a somewhat smaller environment – inside cells.


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PhD student tracks desert waterbirds from space

Deakin University ecologists have gained fascinating new insights into the secret lives of a nomadic Australian waterbird whose ability to somehow know it has rained up to thousands of kilometres away has intrigued researchers for generations.


Justin Eastwood

Parrot colours linked to disease that kills other species

The iconic colours in one of one of Australia's most loved backyard parrots may be the surprise result of a tiny virus that kills other species, new Deakin University research has found.


New way to predict climate change impacts to estuaries

Centre for Integrative Ecology researchers have developed a world-first model to help scientists predict the impacts of climate change on estuaries in one region based on what occurs in another waterway in a different corner of the world.


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Bob Brown helps celebrate environmental science at Deakin

Former Australian Greens leader Dr Bob Brown helps celebrate 30 years of environmental science courses at Deakin with a special visit.


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More laurels for 'Dr Seagrass'

Marine ecologist Dr Peter Macreadie has attracted laurels along his whole, short career – almost as prolifically as seagrass attracts carbon.


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Birds of a smelly feather stick together

Raucous, gorgeous crimson rosellas are able to sniff out their own species by the lingering odour left over from smelly feathers, unique research by Deakin University has found.


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Go Girl, Go For IT!

Deakin's School of Information Technology hosted the Go Girl, Go for IT, a free IT career showcase run by the Victorian ICT for Women network to enable secondary school girls to experience the range of vocational avenues that are available in IT.


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Study finds little penguins work together to target prey

A new research study has found little penguins are more likely to forage for food in groups and work together to target prey.


Professor Andrew Bennett

Fire management research up for Eureka

A team of researchers from the Centre for Integrative Ecology has been short-listed for one of Australia's science "Oscars" - a Eureka prize.


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A calling to help Australian birds

Associate Professor Kate Buchanan has received a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship that will allow her to highlight the plight of Australian birds and animals under climate change.


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Deakin scientists watch tagged turtles from space

Millions of kilometres of protected marine parks covering vast tracts of ocean may not be enough to save some of the world's migrating sea life.


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Locking out illegal downloads

Deakin University researchers have helped find the keys to lock out digital music pirates through a newly-developed method that doesn't compromise the quality of files.


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Faculty ARC Linkage sucess

Faculty researchers are leading three projects announced in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project scheme commencing in 2014.


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Faculty researchers receive Deakin's highest honour

Three members of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment are among six researchers to have this year received Alfred Deakin Professorships.


Dr Euan Ritchie

Snapped - miniature mammals discovered

The use of 26 camera traps funded through the crowdfunding site Pozible has enabled Deakin ecologist Dr Euan Ritchie and Jim Thomas of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance to discover three possible new mammal species in remote Papua New Guinea.


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Frogs have hunters on the hop; Now you see me - now you don't

Frogs that rely on their vivid colour markings to ward off predators can also appear invisible, Deakin University scientists have discovered.


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Fostering altruism - a new approach to gaming

Deakin researchers are currently working on a project that aims to harness some of that screen time by concurrently instilling some values.


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Important migratory corridor for endangered marine species off north-west Australia

The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle.


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New research makes migrant species a conservation priority

Global conservation could be bolstered by new research that maps migratory species' impacts on eco-systems, food web dynamics and community processes.


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Visual tricks may aid male great bowerbird's mating success

New research has uncovered the visual tricks male great bowerbirds employ to enhance their chances of mating.


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Baum, Deakin Engineering and the pursuit of bespoke perfection

The School of Engineering is changing the way in which universities interact with SMEs in Geelong and the Surf Coast by actively deploying technological solutions to assist in the advanced design and manufacturing space.


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Beyond the impasse

The challenge of reconciling science with politics was one of the key issues raised during the recent visit to Deakin of one of the world's most eminent ecologists, and climate change expert, Professor Lord Krebs FRS


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Exhibition showcases students' design excellence

Paper Space, the School of Architecture and Built Environment's annual exhibition showcasing outstanding work from 2013 undergraduate and master's degree students, was held in November 2013.


Veelasha Moonsamy

IT security a rewarding career choice

The achievements of Deakin School of Information Technology PhD student Veelasha Moonsamy have been highlighted in an article published on specialty IT news site CSO Online.


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Rosella research makes for colourful cover story

A paper co-authored by Deakin University researchers and published in The Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) about how parrots see their colours was also selected as that issue's cover story and featured in the journal's 'Inside JEB' section.


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Give predators a chance

The idea of living alongside large predators such as sharks, lions or leopards may have people quaking in their boots, but it's time for a reality check, argues Dr Euan Ritchie.


Guy Littlefair

CADET vision taking shape with arrival of new equipment

Deakin University's forthcoming Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) will provide some of the best design-focused engineering facilities in the Australian university sector.


Lauren Dickson

Secrets of Lady Bay fishers revealed in Deakin study

Warrnambool's Lady Bay attracts mostly local recreational fishers who have a good efficiency rate in catching snapper, a Deakin University study has found.


Dennis Naphine, Dinh Phung, Jane den Hollander

TOBY Playpad engaged

TOBY Playpad is an iPad app created to change for the better the lives of parents who have a child with autism winning further recognition for PRaDA, Deakin University's high performing Strategic Research Centre.


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Ramping up success

Australia hosted the Asia and Oceania Boccia Paralympic championships in November, a chance for the national team to show off the new Deakin designed ramps for use in the sport.


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Animal personalities more like humans

A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural trait in the animal world.


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Plankton species heading for extinction

A species of one of the world's tiniest creatures, ocean plankton, is heading for extinction as it struggles to adapt to changes in sea temperature. And it may take local fisheries with it.


Colin Barrow

Funding helps researchers make the most of marine extract

A project involving Deakin University's Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology has been awarded NZ$10.8 million in funding in the New Zealand Government's 2013 Science Investment Round.


Yuliang Zhen

Giving expert thought to cyber security

As part of the 'Thinkers in Residence', the words Professor Yuliang Zheng, known as the father of signcrypton technology, used to describe the program were simple: 'a great idea, excellent'.


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