[ASC-media] ASC Overseas

Alice Taylor-Gee alicetaylorgee at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 8 20:49:50 EST 2003


Hello,

I am a member of the Australian Science Communicators and have recently gone 
overseas to England where I will be looking for work. Is there a UK 
equivalent of this organisation, and if so, can anyone point me in the right 
direction?
I have just finished a course in science communication at the Australian 
National Uni and have returned home to find work in this field.

Thank-you

Alice Taylor-Gee





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>    1. CRCA Press Release - Secrets of DESIGNER Fare (Anne Campbell)
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>Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 08:12:15 +1100
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>From: Anne Campbell <crca at crca.asn.au>
>Subject: [ASC-media] CRCA Press Release - Secrets of DESIGNER Fare
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><bold>Cooperative Research Centres Association, Inc.
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><bold><bigger>Media Release	     </bigger></bold>January 7, 2003
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><center><bold><bigger>SECRETS OF  "DESIGNER" FARE
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>An enticing array of designer foods of the future is poised to grace our
>dinner tables as Australian researchers unlock nature's secrets of
>perfect flavour, texture, aroma, quality and health.
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>
>A secret of a good red wine lies in the colour - and researchers at the
><bold>CRC for Viticulture</bold> are exploiting that fact to give our
>best reds a global winning-edge.
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>
>They have developed a rapid measurement system to assess the colour of
>grapes being delivered at harvest. Using near-infrared spectroscopy to
>measure the intensity of malvidin, a red grape pigment, they can now more
>readily predict which grapes will make the best quality wines.
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>
>"The intensity of the malvidin gives a remarkable clue as to the ultimate
>appeal of the wine - up to a point, the stronger the colour, the better
>the quality.  We don't know why this is, because malvidin doesn't have
>much taste itself - but it obviously correlates with things that do,"
>says CRC CEO Dr Jim Hardie.
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>
>The test is applied when the grapes are delivered, but work is afoot to
>design a hand-held "gun" to provide an instant read-out of potential wine
>quality while they grapes are still on the vine.
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>
>The secret of tender, tasty beef lies in a world-first Australian test to
>help cattle producers consistently select the most tender animals to
>breed from.
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>Developed by the <bold>CRC for Cattle and Beef Quality</bold>, and
>Brisbane firm Genetic Solutions, the newly-patented GeneSTAR tenderness
>test was based on one of the world's largest scientific experiments in
>livestock, involving over 5000 animals and costing $32 million.
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>
>"It was only by combining the resources of the Commonwealth - through the
>CRC program - the universities, CSIRO, the agriculture departments and
>livestock breeders, that Australia has been able to snatch a world lead
>in this field," says CRC CEO Dr Bernie Bindon. "Our competitors in the US
>and elsewhere are too fragmented."
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>
>"Tenderness is far and away the most important quality attribute as far
>as beef consumers are concerned - we're seeing consumption of beef in
>Australia on the increase for the first time in years because we've been
>able to combine taste with tenderness.  As the world's largest beef
>export nation it has also given us a fresh market edge."
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>The secret of a gourmet noodle lies in its 'mouth feel' - and researchers
>from the <bold>CRC for Value Added Wheat</bold> have come up with a test
>that rapidly identifies which kinds of wheat make the perfect noodle.
>
>
>"The most affluent Asian consumers are very fastidious about how their
>udon noodles should feel in the mouth - and we know that this special
>'feel' occurs when a particular gene is absent from the wheat plant,"
>explains CRC CEO Dr Bill Rathmell.
>
>
>"We've come up with a totally reliable test which enables plant breeders
>to spot which types of wheat have this quality, and combine it with other
>desirable features to create a wheat that grows well here and commands
>premium prices in the Asian market."
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>Dr Rathmell says it's a good example of the use of molecular genetics to
>identify desirable natural traits in plants, without need for genetic
>engineering.
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>The secret of good health lies in a strong immune system - and Australian
>dairy researchers are working on a revolutionary series of foods designed
>to boost human immunity to disease.
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>Though in its early stages the research is focussing on a natural
>compound, normally in minute amounts in milk, which has strong potential
>as an immune booster and an anti-inflammatory, says Dr Paul Donnelly, CEO
>of the <bold>CRC for Innovative Dairy Products.
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>"We think this substance could be the basis for a whole range of
>health-giving dairy products, suitable for children and mature adults, or
>specially-tailored products for people with low immunity," he says.
>"These could be a normal part of a healthy diet, or taken as a special
>supplement.  We're looking at traditional dairy products incorporating
>this, as well as completely new ones."
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><bold><italic>More information:
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></italic></bold>Dr Jim Hardie, CRC for Viticulture				08 8303 9405
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>crcv at saugov.sa.gov.au
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>Dr Bernie Bindon, CRC for  Cattle and Beef Quality	02 6773 3501
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>beefcrc at metz.une.edu.au						04 2725 5991
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>Dr Bill Rathmell, CRC for Value Added Wheat		0412 127 789
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>brathmell at wheatcrc.com.au
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>Dr Paul Donnelly, CRC for Innovative Dairy Products	03 9607 9607
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>Paul.donnelly at dairycrc.com					0417 143 219
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>www.dairycrc.com/media/
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>
>Julian Cribb, CRCA media					0418 639 245
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>Dr Anne Campbell
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>Executive Manager
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>CRC Association Inc : ABN 42 892 101 689
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