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ECU Media Newsletter - 3 August 2016

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

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Environment/energy – Electric cars can bridge energy gap
Using electric and hybrid cars’ batteries to store energy as backup supplies while power plants are shut down for maintenance or forced outages could be up to 70 per cent cheaper than conventional storage, according to research from ECU’s Smart Energy Research Group. 

Legal – How do courts decide who is a journalist?
Should courts recognise citizen journalists and bloggers in the same way as traditional media? New research from law expert Professor Anne Wallace has examined how courts decide what constitutes a journalist.

Olympics – New sports announced 
With surfing, skateboarding and softball added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ECU’s Dr Sophia Nimphius is available for comment. She can talk about what is now needed in terms of coaching and building capability to get the athletes in these sports up to Olympic standard. 

Sport – mind game for cyclists 
Mental fatigue doesn’t slow down professional cyclists like it does the rest of us, according to new research. In the study, recreational cyclists and professionals were asked to complete a computerised challenge that induced cognitive fatigue before completing a time trial on a bicycle. It found professionals were able to race through the mental tiredness without slowing down. 

Business – Small business need ‘shock’ to get green
Australia’s small businesses contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and reducing that impact is important in tackling climate change. But Government programs to make small business greener have often had disappointing results in Australia. New research from business expert Associate Professor Janice Redmond has found businesses often need a shock or disruption to change their operations to be more sustainable. 

Environment/Indigenous – Nyoongar seasons 
The Nyoongar season Djilba season has arrived. ECU Cultural Awareness Officer Jason Barrow says Djilba is the beginning of a massive flowering explosion that happens in the South West of WA. It starts with yellow flowering plants such as the acacias, and also includes creams and some vivid, striking blues. The woodland birds will still be nest bound, and the swooping behaviour of the koolbardi (magpie) is starting to ramp up. 

Tech – Internet-enabled toys spark privacy concerns
Children could be at risk of corporate surveillance and breaches of their data privacy from an unlikely new source: their toys. Professor Lelia Green and Dr Donnell Holloway are calling for stricter privacy and security laws to protect children using internet-enabled toys. Professor Green said to children, a doll or teddy bear does not look like an entry door to the internet. “Your child could be talking about his or her greatest secrets to the company in the cloud,” she said. 

Tech – Pokemon Go
ECU PhD Candidate Luke Brook, an award-winning game designer and industry certified developer, is available to explain the reasoning behind the immediate success of the game. He says that the popularity is due to brand affiliation, wide demographic, and low barriers for entry. While there are numerous benefits for both gamers and businesses, there are potential privacy and security risks to be aware of. 

Education – Silver Scholarships
Free tuition for two ECU students are helping them to make their mark in their respective fields. Former Albany resident and current Exercise Science student David Barrett (Girrawheen) and Speech Pathology student Shi Jing Kong (Joondalup) have been awarded Silver Scholarships as part of ECU’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement. more.

Olympics – ECU experts available for comment 
Researchers can provide background, analysis and interviews on the topics of: doping, biomechanics & training, badminton, weightlifting, cycling, rugby sevens and soccer. 

Legal - Two in a row for ECU law students
Law student Concetta Macri has won the prestigious N J Wall Award for the best mediator at the Young International Mediation Competition in Hong Kong recently. She was part of an ECU group competing against other law students from top universities from across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. It’s the second year in a row an ECU student has won the award. 

Fashion – Emerging designer on show
Danielle Marklew (Oakford) will show off her edgy eveningwear label Stasera at STYLEAID this Friday night. Danielle is an ECU Contemporary Fashion graduate and STYLEAID New Designer Award Winner. She is following in the footsteps of her Italian mother and grandmother, both seamstresses who lovingly handcraft garments. Danielle’s collection will also be on show in live fashion parades at ECU & WAAPA’s Open Day on Sunday, 14 August. 

Indigenous/Books – From ‘angry young man’ to respected academic
Aboriginal Senior Research Fellow Dr Mick Adams hopes his new book will inspire others to take up the challenge of realising their full potential. My Journey through the Academic Mist tells the story of how Dr Adams turned his life around and went from angry young man to respected academic. At the end of his journey he has amassed an associate diploma, two bachelor degrees, a masters’ degree and a PhD. 

Indigenous/education – Aboriginal knowledge & contemporary science
Boomerang throwing, bush medicine and Nyoongar tool making are part of this year’s National Science Week program thanks to a new ECU initiative. The Wadjak Northside Community Science Exchange on Saturday, 20 August is bringing together traditional Aboriginal knowledge with contemporary science in a fun day of free activities. 

Arts – Father & son team up for WAAPA concert CELEBRATE!
Father and son duo Michael and Alexander Lewis will team up to perform Pearl Fisher’s Duet, accompanied by the Faith Court Orchestra, at this event to mark ECU’s 25th anniversary. Alexander Lewis is a graduate of WAAPA’s Music Theatre program and recently completed his training as a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Michael is one of Australia’s most respected singers, highly regarded for his command of both operatic and concert repertoire. CELEBRATE! will be held at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday, 12 August.

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