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February 2017

The Australian Academy of Science has released a think tank report discussing how risk and uncertainty impact the decisions we make as a society.
Four UTS scientists commence their journey to Antarctica this week working on a project supported by the Australian Antarctic Science Grant Program. The project is aimed at examining the role of sulphur compounds in Antarctic phytoplankton-bacteria relationships.

January 2017

Climate Change Cluster PhD candidate Stephanie Gardner may call it luck but those who know the young marine biologist will tell you that it was her exceptional science, dedication, persistence, and the ability to seize opportunities that got her a November 2016 berth aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov.
New research shows the potent anti-inflammatory effects of the molecule activin A may offer protection against the loss of dopamine neurons.
Rising salinity levels in freshwater systems and the impact on biodiversity are global concerns. Insects play a vital role in maintaining the health of rivers and streams.
UTS Science ran the inaugural Dr Loraine Holley Essay Prize in December last year. Named in honour of our Faculty’s recently retired long-serving colleague, the prize is awarded to research students who can best describe, in essay form, how their research might benefit the needy or marginalised in our society.
A study led by UTS researchers describes for the first time an Australian parasite in native biting insects that shares an evolutionary ancestor with the Leishmania group of “flesh-eating” parasites.
UTS scientists have shown that the host in reef building symbiotic partnerships plays a bigger role in maintaining the health of the relationship that previously recognised.
The UTS Bachelor of Advanced Science is set to produce the next generation of scientific problem solvers, working on some of the most dynamic and important global issues in science, health and technology today.

December 2016

Australian manuka honey is at least as powerful against bacteria as the more commonly known New Zealand variety, researchers have found.
Sheila Donnelly, Charlene Lobo, Jonathan Webb, Daniel Ramp and David Suggett have been promoted to Associate Professors within the UTS Faculty of Science.
Extreme wet years are getting wetter and more common. This means Australia's terrestrial ecosystems will play a larger role in the global carbon cycle.
UTS played host to the 2nd International Symposium on Renewable Energy Technologies from 30 November to 4 December.
The federal government is tackling antimicrobial resistance with a 'One Health' approach. But what is One Health and what can it offer that other approaches haven't?
A young scientist at UTS is using research on ‘cleavage’ as a catalyst for a potential future in science communication.

November 2016

Two UTS researchers working at the leading edge of modern science have been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science in its annual awards for excellence.
Antimicrobial resistance is recognised as a global crisis - diseases are no longer responding to medicines that once cured them.
Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair has announced the NSW Government is collaborating with UTS researchers to assess the capabilities of the Clever Buoy shark-spotting sonar technology off Port Stephens, as part of the $16 million Shark Management Strategy.
Over the last few months, researchers in UTS Science have been working on their applications for Senior Lecturers. This extensive process requires candidates to explain their research, papers written and published, and their potential plan for academic growth.

October 2016

Four UTS Science staff members have received Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Department of Education, as part of the 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching.
Russell Sandstrom, a UTS Science PhD candidate, graduated from the UTS Hatchery program held between March and May earlier this year. The UTS Hatchery is a distinctive extra-curricular program for UTS students, designed to up-skill students with new ways to solve real world problems.
UTS Science graduate Dr Aiden Martin recently secured a research position at the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, USA.
Second-year Forensic Biology in Biomedical Science student, Felicity Hall, has recently returned from Romania on month-long archaeology dig. She spent July studying in a field school located in the town of Odorheiu Secuiesc in the historically Hungarian region of Transylvania.
UTS scientists are using the body shapes of fishes to predict which species from the tropical reefs of the Great Barrier Reef might be able to successfully establish resident populations in the warming temperate waters around Sydney.
This year, the 2016 Tony Roach Prize was awarded to fellow UTS alumnus James Hitchcock for his paper entitled ‘After the flood: changing dissolved organic carbon bioavailability and bacterial growth following inflows to estuaries.’
Wild dog attacks on livestock are devastating, but bounties and culling aren't the answer, write Euan Ritchie and Arian Wallach.
A pair of scientists at UTS have received a top prize from a US science firm to assist their research into the efficacy of probiotics in treating depression.
The Wildlife One Health Initiative is a dynamic cross-disciplinary team of UTS scientists who aim to tackle wildlife health, loss and extinction.
The federal government is considering changes to Australia’s marine reserves to implement a national system. This week The Conversation is looking at the science behind marine reserves and how to protect our oceans.
A new innovative clinic designed for families with behaviourally challenged children and teenagers has recently opened in Sydney. The Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) clinic is the first to be accredited in Australia and is providing parents and their children with alternative and effective methods of reducing conflict.