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April 2017

Five women researchers from UTS are among 12 competitors preparing to face off in this week’s FameLab NSW semi-final. Each will have just three minutes to pitch complicated scientific concepts in a fun and enlightening way. Among other things, the judges will be looking for the three “Cs” – content, clarity and charisma.
Between 2008 and 2015, more than 600 new psychoactive substances were reported worldwide. Some, like ‘bath salts’, sound innocuous, while others, like ‘zombie drugs’, do not. However, all are dangerous and their numbers continue to rise.

March 2017

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney warn that the broad-spectrum antimicrobial effectiveness of silver is being put at risk by the widespread and inappropriate expansion of nanosilver use in medical and consumer goods.
Today’s official launch of the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) at the University of Technology Sydney marks a significant milestone for a facility that relies on death, generosity and partnership in equal measure.
A mass coral reef bleaching event at One Tree Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef has been described as “the worst ever seen” by UTS marine scientists.
Research by neuroscientists at UTS, the University of Sydney and the Garvan Institute has revealed a new insight into fear memories that might help to explain how disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arise and why they are so difficult to treat.
Velvet gecko hatchlings born in a future warming climate may be slower learners and have lower overall survival rates, new research suggests.
Ms Divya Vinod, a PhD candidate from the UTS School of Life Sciences, has been investigating a novel idea involving the use of crops - like sunflowers and salad leaves - as absorbers of selenium, a naturally occurring element that surfaces during coal mining.
The 2017 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Prize has been awarded to UTS Science’s very own Igor Aharonovich.
The Rail Manufacturing CRC has announced the HEC Group will join the Centre as a new participant on an innovative lithium battery project.

February 2017

Researchers at UTS, as part of a large international collaboration, have made a breakthrough in the development of compact, low-cost and practical optical microscopy to achieve super-resolution imaging on a scale 10 times smaller than can currently be achieved with conventional microscopy.
Researchers have found that protecting dingoes on a large Australian cattle station did not lead to an increase in predation rates on livestock.
The demand for faster computers is growing rapidly and the rise of big data demands novel solutions be explored to deliver quicker results.
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.
The UTS U@Uni Summer School program aims to demystify university and build confidence for tertiary study.
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.