[ASC-media] WA science at ECU in April/May 2014

Nardia BORDAS n.bordas at ecu.edu.au
Mon May 5 23:25:34 PDT 2014


Greetings, Science Fans!
Soft drink health damage, dieback effects on bird populations and our new seagrass guidebook are just some of the stories featured in the latest edition of COHESION.  Here are some extra news stories too:

*        Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood, Head of the School of Natural Sciences, has recently featured in several media interviews about her research into the atmospheric pollutants known as PM10.  Read details on her study of children's exposure in Perth and Hedland areas here:
Study finds Hedland kids less exposed to dust particles than Perth kids<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-29/study-finds-hedland-kids-less-exposed-to-dust/5418332>

*        Curious to see whether playing computer games improves multi-tasking and attention span?  Whether you're an experienced gamer or don't know your Mario from your mercenary, PhD student James Brooks is looking for research study participants to complete either a one-off computer test or a series of game training sessions.  Contact James at j.brooks at ecu.edu.au<mailto:j.brooks at ecu.edu.au> for more information.

*        Volunteers, especially healthy adult males with no history of autoimmune disease or cancer, are needed for a study into biomarkers for melanoma.  All it involves is giving a simple blood sample.  Contact Pauline Zaenker at p.zaenker at ecu.edu.au<mailto:p.zaenker at ecu.edu.au> for more information.

Our biggest public event of the year, ECU Joondalup Open Day, is on Sunday July 20.  Put the date in your diary and come along to ECU Joondalup for a massive dose of science fun and info!
In science,
Nardia Bordas
Laboratory Technician, Promotions Officer | School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University | Room JO19.242, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027 | T +61 8 6304 5116 | n.bordas at ecu.edu.au<mailto:n.bordas at ecu.edu.au>  | School website: www.ecu.edu.au/schools/natural-sciences/overview<http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/natural-sciences/overview>
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In this first issue of COHESION for 2014 we are pleased to feature some of the research by staff and students in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science. We hope you find the articles interesting and the range of topics informative. Researchers in the Faculty are all excited by the research they undertake and are keen to share their findings with the community.

We welcome your feedback and input on COHESION Magazine, this can be sent to the COHESION team at cohesion at ecu.edu.au<mailto:cohesion at ecu.edu.au>

Professor Will Stock
Editor






Soft drink sugar increases fatty liver disease risk in teens

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Every additional gram of the sugar fructose consumed by obese teenagers was associated with an increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver risk by close to 10 per cent, according to a new study by ECU's School of Exercise and Health Sciences.
With a single can of soft drink containing up to 17 grams of fructose, the study suggests that certain aspects of the diet could be an important factor in why some obese teenagers develop the disease, known as NAFL, while others do not. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-n/>




Engineering
pH sensor 500 times thinner than human hair
Nano-scientists have innovated a new pH sensor 500 times thinner than a human hair, in a state-of-the-art cleanroom facility using ruthenium oxide nano-film. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-s/>
Selective laser melting powers an industrial revolution
Three dimensional (3D) printing, first developed in the 1980s, has suddenly become the hot topic of manufacturing. The promise is that there will be a revolution in the way things are made, and in the last four or five years that promise has become a reality. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-g/>




Environment and Sustainability
Birds prove willing to cross the road for dining choices
Two local researchers spent four months watching birds cross a major thoroughfare to discover how many species of birds in Kings Park were able to cross the adjacent Thomas Road to reach nearby urban gardens. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-w/>
Dieback devastates south-west bird communities
In the first study of its kind, researchers have investigated how dieback negatively impacts bird communities in south-western Australia by altering the structure of vegetation and causing the loss of flower species they use as food. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-yd/>
New guide demystifies seagrasses
To the average beachgoer it's all seaweed, and sometimes it can be a tough job to tell your weeds from your grasses. The dedicated amateur botanist will also have problems identifying many of the 36 species of seagrass - half the world's total - that grow around Australia's shores. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-yh/>
Puzzle of sub-tidal systems unravelled by ECU researchers
Associate Professor Glenn Hyndes and his colleagues have produced a paper for the journal Biological Reviews that better explains the mechanisms behind carbon transfer within coastal seascapes and the ecological role this transfer can play. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-yk/>




Health and Wellness
Cancer patients exercise programs shatters misconceptions, not bones
The idea that cancer patients with bone metastatic disease should avoid exercise is being challenged by ECU researchers, who have completed a second study indicating that well-designed exercise can improve health outcomes. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-yu/>
'Force strength' could indicate bone health in ballet dancers
Ballet dancers' bone health is under investigation in an attempt to understand the long associated risk of bone stress injury-responsible for shattering the careers of many talented performers. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jl/>
Grandparent care found to be an all-or-nothing paradox
Having grandparents involved in the care of their children's children has long been thought to be a positive thing - but just how positive is unclear. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jr/>
Hand grip status reveals muscle mass secrets
When an elderly person is bedridden or unwell, determining their nutritional status can be a challenge. Dr Therese O'Sullivan worked with Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics students to develop a simpler, cheaper test to provide insight into the patients nutritional status. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jy/>
Prostate cancer presents no barrier to late lifestyle changes
The proverbial difficulty of teaching new tricks to old dogs has been laid to rest by a landmark study into the long-term maintenance of exercise regimes newly-learned by prostate cancer (PCa) survivors. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jj/>
Self-assessment offers a pathway to health
The sub-optimal health score questionnaire is a cheap and quick self-assessment tool offering early warning of deteriorating health to which personalised preventative health practices would be a cost-effective application of medical resources. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jt/>
Teachers play a role in peer victimization
Children who have conflict with their teacher whilst in pre-kindergarten are more likely to be picked on by the other children, and they are more likely to be picked on later on as well. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-ji/>
Uneven performances shown to have asymmetrical origins
The more likely an Australian rules footballer is to kick a major when he lines up for the goal, the less likely he is to feature on the list of injured players during the season, according to research by a team from ECU's Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jd/>




Security
WA professor discusses biometric future
Biometric security such as fingerprint, face and voice recognition is set to hit the mainstream as global technology companies market the systems as convenient and easy to use, according to a prominent information security systems expert. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jh/>




Social and Community
Coping in the police force - a story of battered resilience
Research has shown that as police officers get older, have a longer history of exposure to stressful and traumatic events, and move up the ranks of seniority, their psychological resilience is more likely to reduce. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-jk/>
New app lures kids to the maths gym
The struggle between parents and children over computer games versus homework appears to have been resolved, at least for primary school maths. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-ju/>
Paper claims statistics are losing their meaning
"There's nothing wrong with using statistics," says Professor Speelman. "The problem, particularly with the statistical mean, is how some psychologists misuse them." continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-tl/>
Search for barriers to Indigenous study proves timely
When psychology honours candidate Shaun Cameron decided he would examine the experience of Indigenous students entering the field, he quickly hit a hurdle. continue reading<http://ecu-facultyofhealthengineeringandscience.cmail3.com/t/t-i-yhijdhl-l-tr/>












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